Sorry I didn’t give an update on this last week. I was busy and had a dicey connection to the world, so I went minimalist.
My views on the bowl picture going into Championship week (if you play a real championship or everyone in your conference; I’m taunting you Big 10).
Florida vs. Oklahoma: The SEC championship game will be much, much closer than most people think. No way voters put Texas in over UF.
USC vs. Penn State: Yawn. Another Rose Bowl for USC. Another over matched Big 10 opponent. Another game people not wearing Trojan or Lion colors will turn off after halftime.
Alabama vs. Utah: The Fiesta Bowl gets the pick before the Sugar Bowl. That means the Sugar Bowl will be looking at an at large Utah or Big East Champion Cincinnati to play the loser of the SEC championship game. I am thinking this is a possible preview of the Iron Bowl coaching match-up for next year.
Texas vs. Ohio State: I’d love to see the Fiesta pick Boise State and bring them back to the locale of thier program’s greatest win. Won’t happen. I hate Jim Delaney.
Virginia Tech vs. Cincy: I look for Bud Foster to create problems for the freshman QB that Boston College is starting this weekend in Tampa. The Hokies do just enough to get to play in the Orange Bowl. Then who cares?
Other bowls involving SEC teams:
Capitol One Bowl: Georgia vs. Michigan State*
Outback Bowl: South Carolina vs. Iowa*
*Obviously, these two are dependent on both the loser of the SEC championship game and Ohio State getting into the BCS. I think the SEC loser gets in even if the BCS pits Texas and OU in the championship game. Ohio State gets in because Jim Delaney is a huge tool and will threaten and cajole until people just do what he wants. If the loser of the SEC championship game gets booted out of the BCS (which will almost certainly be Florida, if that happens, look for Georgia to drop to the Outback or Cotton Bowl (they won’t play in the Chic-Fil-A Peach Bowl, since Tech has already accepted a spot in that game and the rematch just won’t happen in Atlanta). If Ohio State gets booted out of the BCS, put them into the Capitol One Bowl, move the Spartans to the Outback and Iowa into a game that I don’t care to go look up, but will guess it is something like the Alamo Bowl.
Cotton Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech
Peach Bowl: LSU vs. Georgia Tech
Music City Bow: Kentucky vs. Florida State
Liberty Bowl: Vandy vs. Tulsa
PapaJohn’s Bowl and Independence Bowl: Go ahead and find Sun Belt teams (Troy and Louisiana Tech seem about right) for these.