Views on the Bowl Picture

Last week, I took a shot at reviewing the bowl picture.  Here are my views this week:

BCS Championship

Florida vs. Texas Tech: Obviously, this weekend has a strong bearing on this.

Rose Bowl

Oregon State vs. Ohio State:  Happy valley ain’t so happy after Saturday.

Sugar Bowl

Alabama vs. Utah: Ok, so the Fiesta Bowl gets the pick before the Sugar Bowl, so I don’t seem them passing on USC, unless a deal is struck.

Fiesta Bowl

Texas vs. USC: A rematch? Oh, yeah.  Fox will advertise the shit out of this and about seventeen different movies.

Orange Bowl

Steelers vs. Dolphins: That would be better than the college namesake matchup.

Back of the napkin picks for other bowls involving the SEC:

Capitol One Bowl: Georgia vs. Penn State

Outback Bowl: South Carolina vs. Michigan State

Cotton Bowl: LSU vs. Oklahoma

Peach Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Florida State

Music City Bow: Kentucky vs. Georgia Tech

Liberty Bowl: Vandy vs. Rice

PapaJohn’s Bowl and Independence Bowl: Go ahead and find Sun Belt teams (Troy and Florida Atlantic seem about right) for these.



6 Responses to “Views on the Bowl Picture”

  1. 1 Oshea2002
    November 20, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I can see the ads now – “We give the viewers what they want – a rematch of the decade’s greatest game, and on January 21st – Jack Bauer!”

  2. November 20, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I have a dream of seeing Georgia and Missouri (my graduate alma mater) in the Cotton Bowl. Unlikely?

  3. 3 cousinwalter
    November 20, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    probably unlikely. LSU vs Oklahoma is guaranteed sell out. LSU fans are more likely to travel to Dallas than Georgia fans and OU has a huge ass alumni base in Dallas. Missouri might go to the Cotton especially if the Sooners win this weekend which send them to the Fiesta Bowl or BCS title game if they were to win out(including Big 12 title game).

    Georgia based on their current conference ranking is pretty locked to the Capital One Bowl whether they like it or not. Even if they lose to Tech that is probably were Georgia will end up. Georgia vs Ohio State would be a good game to watch but likely the Buckeyes will get an atlarge BCS bid for two reasons 1.coming in second behind Penn State(JoePa wins the tie-breaker by beating the Buckeyes head to head) and 2.Buckeye Nation travels like no other and a matchup of Bama vs the Buckeyes sells a helluva lot faster than Bama vs Utah compliments of the UGAvsHawaii backlash 3.Utah aka the non-drinking Mormons is exactly beneficial to the Big Easy alcohol/tourist driven economy.

  4. 4 cousinwalter
    November 20, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Utah is not exactly beneficial to the New Orleans economy= Utah fans will not be visiting the Quarter and while Buckeyes will be buying beer by the truckload. Sorry for the typos.

  5. 5 bulldoginexile
    November 20, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    I agree about UGA/Mizzu. The Cotton Bowl loves SEC West teams and the Cotton Bowl gets the number 2 team in from the Big 12. The only way Mizzu goes is if there is a stunning collapse by Texas Tech (and I still think Tech goes before Mizzu with two losses) and Texas/Oklahoma are in the BCS).
    Cousin, I agree with your notion about Utah, but the Fiesta gets the first/second and third pick, if the Big 12 champ is in the BCS championship game. The Sugar will get the first/second and fourth picks if the SEC champ is in the BCS championship game. The first or second pick is dependent on who finishes first in the BCS standings. Either way, the Sugar picks its second team after the Fiesta picks its second team. It is my guess the folks from the Fiesta know exactly of what you speak and would love to see the USC faithful come and drink the nights away in Glendale while the Utah faithful don’t do the same in New Orleans.

  6. 6 cousinwalter
    November 20, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Rose Bowl or more importantly the Big 10 and the Pac 10 has some sort of guarrantee that says if there champs are available(as in neither are playing in the game) they get to have them. The Rose Bowl last year had the option of picking Georgia over Illinois but didn’t want to upset its relationship with the Big 10. For some season every other BCS bowl does not get the same preferential treatment. It is for this reason that the BCS is a joke. The only thing it promises is 1 vs 2. Utah might end up in Tempe or New Orleans but one thing I know for sure is the Pac-10 champion will be represented in the Rose Bowl.

    If both Oregon State and USC win out, Oregon State will go to the Rose as Pac-10 champ and USC will go to the Fiesta as an at large bid to face the Big 12 champion(Fiesta gets first choice if the Big 12 champ is available). If SC wins out they will receive a BCS bid regardless. Missouri(Big 12 North Representive) can reach a BCS bowl, specifically the Fiesta Bowl, if they defeat Kansas to end the season and then somehow beat the Big 12 South representive(Texas, OU, Texas Tech) in the Big 12 Championship Game.

    However, if Missouri loses as expected they will be pushed back to the Sun Bowl because of there 3 loses would then put them behind Texas, OU, and TT Big 12 Bids 1.Big 12 1 Fiesta Big 12 2.Cotton(if no qualify for BCS) 3. Holiday, 4.Sun Bowl.

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