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Dec
08

Views on the Bowl Picture

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).

BCS Championship

Florida vs. Oklahoma: The SEC championship game will be much, much closer than most people think.  No way voters put Texas in over UF.

Rose Bowl

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.

Sugar Bowl

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.

Fiesta Bowl

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.

Orange Bowl

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.

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9 Responses to “Views on the Bowl Picture”


  1. December 4, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    I’m going to predict that my Ph.D. alma mater pulls a major upset over the Sooners and screws up the whole thing. And god I hope Bama beats the Gators.

  2. 2 bulldoginexile
    December 4, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Yeah. I am not an SEC conference guy when it comes to the Gators. I don’t want to see them in the championship game and I certainly don’t want them to win it. Either way, Mizzu has their work cut out for them, but if Chase Daniel regains his early season form, the Tigers could give the Sooners all they can handle.

  3. 3 Oshea2002
    December 4, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    I simply won’t be able to bring myself to cheer for either UF, Bama, or OU. I almost hope Texas makes it.

    Looking at these bowl matchups, Oregon State screwed everyone over. Lost 2 Pac 10 bids (well, only the Pac 10 cares about that), lost a USC / Texas Fiesta Bowl – that could have been for the AP Title, put the Buckeyes in the BCS, took a great Capital One bowl between UGA and tOSU and inserted Michigan State into it, etc, etc.

  4. December 5, 2008 at 8:14 am

    OSU pulls too many fans with all that mid-West auto manufacturing money. Wait… They have money to travel from somewhere.

  5. 5 bulldoginexile
    December 5, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Frankly, I would be worried about playing Ohio State in a bowl game. Hell, I am worried about playing any solid running team right now.

  6. 6 Oshea2002
    December 5, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Michigan State is the classic well-coached, no talent team. They beat all the bad teams they played, but not convincingly, and got beat down by anyone who had talent. 9-0 when favored, 0-3 when a dog.

  7. 7 cousinwalter
    December 7, 2008 at 12:28 am

    The Spartans got stomped by the Sweater Vest and the Buckeyes 55-10. My concern is the dawgs ability to get up for it.

  8. 8 bulldoginexile
    December 7, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I agree, but Javon Ringer is the real deal. We have to show more fight defensively and wrap that guy up on first contact. If not, we’ll not get the 10th win and be faced with being another pre-season number 1 that dropped completely out of the polls.

  9. 9 cousinwalter
    December 7, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Jevon Ringer had the opportunity to be a legitmate Heisman Candidate if he had performed against Ohio State. He didn’t. He is a poor man’s Knowshon Moreno.


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