Lame bowl lineup: Did BCS fear the Frogs?

bcsWhen it comes to his year’s bowl lineup, it might not have been the year of the Dogs, but it’s certainly a dog year once you get past the BCS title match between Alabama and Texas.

I was looking down the list of this year’s bowl matchups to see which ones I might want to circle on the calendar as must-sees. It’s definitely an underwhelming lineup.

Forget the early minor bowls, which boast the likes of Fresno State vs. Wyoming, and Central Florida against Rutgers. OK, BYU against Oregon State in the Las Vegas Bowl might occupy the attention for a quarter or two. Ditto USC and Boston College in the Emerald.

But the Music City puts its perennial SEC team, Kentucky, against Clemson, who got jobbed by the Gator Bowl. Unless Clemson goes into a post-ACC championship funk, that should be a blowout.

Miami and Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl doesn’t excite me much as a viewer. Neither does Arizona-Nebraska in the Holiday.

Actually, one of the more interesting bowls this year should be the venerable but oft-overlooked Sun, which pits Stanford, with Heisman candidate Toby Gerhart, against a down but still dangerous Oklahoma team.

Missouri and Navy in the Texas Bowl?  Bleh. Ditto two 6-6 teams, Iowa State and Minnesota, in the Insight Bowl.

The Chick-fil-A opted to go with Virginia Tech instead of Clemson in its ACC-SEC pairing and decided Tennessee would be better for business than Georgia. I’ll probably check it out, but I’m thinking Hokies all the way.

Then we come to the maverick bowl that initiated the chain of events that pushed the Dogs all the way down to Shreveport: the Outback. They let themselves get talked into taking an inconsistent Auburn team by the Tigers’ campaigning athletics director and matched them with … Northwestern. Yawn-inducing. Really, just about any of the 7-5 SEC teams would be favored in that game.

LSU and Penn State in the Capitol One might hold my interest for a while, but does anyone except Bobby Bowden loylists care about FSU and West Virginia in the Gator? The Rose is your usual boring Big 10-PAC 10 pairing, this time Ohio State and Oregon. And even if the Gators cry all the way to New Orleans and take the field as dehydrated as their coach, I can’t see them having much trouble with Cincinnati. Okie State and Ole Miss in the Cotton? The Cowboys don’t have Dez Bryant any more, so the Rebels shouldn’t have too much trouble there. Tech and Iowa? Yeah, that’ll draw blockbuster ratings for the Orange.

Putting TCU up against Boise State in the Fiesta is pretty much a waste. It would have been fun to see the Horned Frogs take on the Gators in the Sugar. Or even the Jackets in the Orange. But leave it to the BCS to avoid anything really interesting once you get past the national championship game. Maybe they feared the Frogs would show up a BCS conference team and give the Mountain West more ammo in its battle to get a guaranteed spot in the proceedings.

Actually, compared with a lot of these matchups, Georgia and Texas A&M looks pretty entertaining.

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Red's Skeleton

December 7th, 2009
2:01 pm

I got one for ya: Two Seagulls, Gertrude and Heathcliff own a trucking company. One of their drivers takes some meth, wrecks the truck and kills several. The driver gets a good lawyer, and only goes to jail for about 18 months. When the driver gets out of jail, he tells Gertrude and Heathcliff he has changed and begs to be forgiven – and begs to be rehired. Would you put him behind the wheel again?

In memory of Red – a beautiful, loving pit bull.

TCU

December 7th, 2009
2:04 pm

One thing TCU, Boise St and Cincinnati have in common. They all have players that don’t get arrested as much as UGA. UGA has 33 players that have been arrested in the last 3.5 years. Let’s rename it the University of Georgia Correctional.

SEC man

December 7th, 2009
2:07 pm

I still look for Florida to be very uninspired and a weak-conference Cincy beating them. The waste of a Gator bowl and the Chik fil la bowl, another waste. Wish it would go back to about 10-12 bowls and weed out these 6-6 teams.

NCR

December 7th, 2009
2:08 pm

Bullpups,
You’re going to start a new QB. If either of the new QB’s were better than Joe Cox this year, then why didn’t they start? Pete Carroll at USC didn’t have any second thoughts about starting the freshman Barkley because he was BETTER than his upperclassmen. Was it because of Richt’s nice-guy loyalty to the senior? Was it Bobo’s call? Or maybe it was cause Cox was truly the best QB among the bunch. If so, what does that say about the other QB’s?

You’re going to have a new DC. How much time will it take for him to get up to speed? What TOP-NOTCH DC is going to want to come here when he already knows that Richt/Bobo are on the hot seat and it could be a SHORT one year experience for him (and his family) if the Dawgs still suck next year? Kind of sucks to have to uproot your family for just a year. Arent’ most Dawgs fans true feelings that Richt/Bobo’s play calling/game management is also a problem and should be resolved just as much as the defense.

If Richt had any common sense, he’d play Cox one drive in the 1st quarter, then hand it over to the youngins. But he probably won’t because he has “loyalty” to Cox, and wants to make sure he gives the seniors their well-deserved “bowl experience”. LOL!

Sorry, Bill...

December 7th, 2009
2:08 pm

…but this is a very lame attempt to spin a rotten bowl game between 2 very rotten and lame teams (uga and a&m).

Hey, NCR...

December 7th, 2009
2:10 pm

…obviously you have no clue about anything, so I will just let you continue to play with your….

Jim Ragan

December 7th, 2009
2:11 pm

Hey Mr. TCU,look at the bright side of things. At least the Athens-Clarke County Jail is the one place in Georgia where Job Security is more stable!

SEC man

December 7th, 2009
2:12 pm

Jim Ragan, that is a good blog.

AltamahaDawg

December 7th, 2009
2:16 pm

They must have banned Mopeds on the TCU campus.

chipperdawg

December 7th, 2009
2:18 pm

It absolutely amazes me how many UGA haters will go out of their way to come on a UGA blog and talk smack. I’ve never been on another teams site before. In fact, its never even crossed my mind to do so. Yet, every time I come on this site, half of what I read is posted by some jealous jerk trying to kick my beloved Dawgs! Hey TCU… take a hike, Bozo! The grown-ups are having a conversation here.

dean

December 7th, 2009
2:18 pm

I bet that NCR and TCU are both ‘m’ in disguise. You coward! 30-24 still hurts huh? Take off the cloak and show who you really are! You already know who your daddy is! UGA!!!

Otto

December 7th, 2009
2:20 pm

TCU and Boise fight it out for the mid major title the way it should be. Give them their own NCAA divion and let the D1 schools get back up another 10 scholarships to where they were in the 90s.

Otto

December 7th, 2009
2:20 pm

*division typo

jack bull

December 7th, 2009
2:21 pm

have to disagree with ya Bill.. i kinda think this years bowls are much better than years past…i couldn’t even tell you who played in the fiesta last year, but i will be watching this yr..yes, chic-fil-a should’ve picked clemson(and UGA), but like i said on the other blog, i guess i’ll be going to zaxby’s for lunch..I know it’s a business, and UT sells more hotel rooms than UGA does here in atlanta, but they still got that one wrong…overall, i’m kinda liking the lineup..

Gdawg 84

December 7th, 2009
2:21 pm

Tech and the ACC are all about tradition!!

“Georgia Tech hasn’t played in the Orange Bowl or any of the big four bowls since losing to Florida 27-12 in 1967. The Jackets are 3-2 in the Orange and will carry the banner for the ACC, which is a lowly 1-8 in BCS games this decade. The lone win came last year when Virginia Tech defeated Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl. Tech is 1-8 vs UGA in this decade as well”

jimmy

December 7th, 2009
2:22 pm

when does baseball start,i predict a record low year for attendance and tv rating’s

Tech Teacher

December 7th, 2009
2:24 pm

I would argue that Georgia Tech tends to almost always be entertaining to watch. Their defense is terrible, but the last nine games their offense has been nearly unstoppable. No punts by either side in the last two games…that’s entertainment. I know what you’re thinking dogs fans, but you didn’t really stop our offense. In Nesbitt’s 6 drives he had 3 touchdowns, a missed field goal, the one fumble, and then the last drive of the game (which if we’d had more time, might have ended differently). Georgia deserved to win the game, but because of how much they outplayed our D, not our offense. I’m looking forward to this game matching our top ten offense versus Iowa’s top ten defense a lot more than the BCS Championship game pitting an awesome Alabama team against an overrated (44th schedule in the country) Texas team that will probably not fair as well as TCU would have against the Tide.

dean

December 7th, 2009
2:24 pm

I actually like the UT V. Tech matchup but not for the chick fil-a bowl. Maybe music city but they are in a love fest with Kentucky. Tenn and Va. Tech are a good regional matchup and if you go to northeastern Tennessee or Southwestern Virginia you’ll find they don’t like each other much. I usually go for SEC but here I’ll root for Beamer’s class act over Kiffin’s attitude.

dean

December 7th, 2009
2:27 pm

Tech teacher, I generally agree with you but please stop with the ‘If we had more time” line. I look forward to the Orange Bowl matchup and you’d be surprised to know that I almos always pull for Tech to win games outside of the UGA game. But, bieng that I have family from Iowa I may have to pull for the Hawkeyes in this one. In all honesty, I don’t think their defense stops tech’s offense. They play in the Big 10 which is severely down and your style of offense will probably blow them apart.

Bulldog Ben

December 7th, 2009
2:28 pm

I don’t know Bill, if us vs. Texas A&M is supposed to be “pretty entertaining”, why the heck are we on at 5 o’clock on a Monday afternoon??? I’m going to have to fight my wife to get her to change the channel off of Dr. Phil.

Gman

December 7th, 2009
2:28 pm

Tech Teacher: Agree with you. The way to beat Tech is to exploit the defense. Your offense is rarely stopped.

go dogs

December 7th, 2009
2:28 pm

TCU man, you have to remember, Richt is a Bowden protege. Look at how many of Bowdens recruits wind up in jail. Acorn never fell far from a tree. Ever wonder how many athletes would have made it in to GA or would have flunked out if Jan Kemp had never caught on to the grade changing skem?

Road Scholar

December 7th, 2009
2:30 pm

I hear the jail at Shreveport has better vittles than the Clark Co jail!

yea bill,

December 7th, 2009
2:30 pm

…this is a very poor attempt to make your shreveport bowl look better, face it the bowl sucks. just because you are going to a bowl on espn2 doesn’t mean that every other bowl is just as bad as yours…sorry

GO TECH

December 7th, 2009
2:32 pm

At least Richt got rid of your defensive problem ; still waiting on PJ to eliminate Wommack. Was hoping richt wanted him. At least Martinez held Vandy to 10, Wommack gave up 31 to them.

Bremen Dawg

December 7th, 2009
2:33 pm

Dag gum it, we want a play off system and the Dawgs would have 2 NC’s in the 2000’s. We still need a playoff system to fix this crap.

Russ

December 7th, 2009
2:35 pm

The UT-VT matchup is a great one.

The Past-Thug Pavillion is sure to be a great exhibit at the Wold congress Center before the game. I can’t wait for the “where are they now” feature, highlighting the Vick boys, MeAngelo Hall, Nukeese and Edwards!

Bremen Dawg

December 7th, 2009
2:35 pm

Tech has went to how many BCS bowls since 1990’s??? If they were in the SEC they would have went to 0.

Neutral Fan

December 7th, 2009
2:35 pm

Even as a neutral fan I’d rather see UGA vs A&M with a combined record of 13-11 play than GT vs Iowa. What a snoozer!! Too bad for Tech fans, nice year but the nation just won’t care about the Orange Bowl.

SEC man

December 7th, 2009
2:37 pm

Bremen Dawg, What 2 years would they have been NC’s, They never could beat Florida, and one time Richt was begging somebody to beat Tennesee, because he couldnt.

Bremen Dawg

December 7th, 2009
2:37 pm

Leave it to Tech to stink up the Orange Bowl. The ACC should not get a automatic bid.

Tech Teacher

December 7th, 2009
2:38 pm

Chipperdawg,
I agree with you about the negative blogging. It really takes the fun out of it for me when you have to scroll past a bunch of knucklehead remarks. They do go both ways, though. Check out a tech blog sometime. After we won our ACC Championship this year there were far more Georgia fans ragging on us than tech fans revelling in the victory. In fact, by even mentioning an ACC victory, I’m inviting these negative, sad, bloggers to come out of the woodwork. I know Tech wouldn’t have won the SEC this year, but we did win the ACC, and that’s still something to be proud of, particularly in year two of a new coach, and with the level of recruits we consistently get. Good luck against the Aggies.

Bremen Dawg

December 7th, 2009
2:39 pm

SEC Man

That would be 2002 and 2007. Not one was stopping the 07 Dawgs after the Tennessee loss. I mean no one.

HardTruthSoldier...

December 7th, 2009
2:39 pm

Hey Bill, After reading this article, Ga- Texas A&M looks pretty good. The LSU-Penn State game should be worthy of watching, but boy did they whiff on a UGA-Clemson match-up. Or UGA- Miami match- up! Auburn fans should be embarassed about taking this bowl game, when you look at there game against UGA, and the fact that out of there first 5 wins, La Tech, and Ball State counted, and they went 2-5 afterwards with one of the victories being against FURMAN ! Florida vs Cincy, will be a wipeout, Cincy has no defense, and if you think Pitt, whom I saw run up and down the field on them was tough, wait til they face a upset Florida team…… TCU, make yourself useful, for you to get on here and say that your team is that good is crazy. You guys at best would be a third tier team in the SEC, and that’s being generous!……NCR, If you knew football, you would know that if you look up Joe Cox stat’s, that he statistically had a decent year, but several drops that were good passes made it a tough year. Also the late and cheap calls vs OSU, And LSU took to possible wins away. Cox fault? Naw I don’t think so!

GT MAN

December 7th, 2009
2:42 pm

Tech teacher, I have to disagree about the needing more time. GT had a whole game to beat Ga. I remember, Ga beat us with 56 seconds left in 97, and if GT would have had a defensive coach beside Wommack, then maybe we could have stopped those long runs. Wommack, just hopes the offense will score so it’ll take pressure off his defensive coaching.

SEC man

December 7th, 2009
2:45 pm

Bremen dawg, they should have beaten Tennesee, then they’d had they’re shot, but as Lee Corso says, if you want to play in the Championship, the beat everybody.

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2:45 pm

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Tech Teacher

December 7th, 2009
2:46 pm

All I meant by more time is that three minutes is not enough time for us to run our normal offense down the field. We still could have won, but we did not have time to run, run, run. While in no way terrible at it, passing is not exactly Nesbitt’s strong suit.

GT MAN

December 7th, 2009
2:50 pm

Tech Teacher, those 3 stupid passes down field at the end was dumb. I saw against Clemson, GT threw a 10 yard pass to Dwyer, which he ran for another 15 yards—why in the world, PJ didnt call for that on that last drive against Ga. It always seems against Ga, GT plays they’re worst and gives it to them.

HardTruthSoldier...

December 7th, 2009
2:51 pm

TCU, You and your team have to sit and wait on what Texas, TxTech, And A&M don’t want, to get decent players, and with Ken Sumlin reviving Houston, and June Jones soon to Have SMU up and running next year, you guys will be the next “Vanilla Ice”, a one year wonder!

Jason

December 7th, 2009
2:52 pm

Ummm… how is the Texas A&M – UGA bowl game any more interesting than the pathetic list of bowls you mentioned. If that game is really that interesting then it doesn’t say good things about UGA.

Awesome

December 7th, 2009
2:53 pm

they didn’t fear the dawgs

HardTruthSoldier...

December 7th, 2009
2:54 pm

Hard Truth is real!

stoopid

December 7th, 2009
2:55 pm

I might be wrong, and if so, please someone fill me in.. but all these people saying that we will be playing a new QB.. if we were to play Murray in the bowl, would that not burn his redshirt?? and if it does, that will NEVER happen. And I would also think that this bowl game is mostly for the seniors anyways as it is their last game in the red and black. so i just dont see Cox sittin this one.

Awesome

December 7th, 2009
2:56 pm

HardTruthSoldier...

December 7th, 2009
2:56 pm

Hard Truth , that is something you suckers can’t take!

collegeballfan

December 7th, 2009
2:58 pm

Each bowl picks who it wants from the availabl;e teams that fit its own conference tie-ins. BCS decides nothing. Waste of blog space. You could of given us your pumpkin pie receipt & been more productive.

Tiger's Wood

December 7th, 2009
2:58 pm

Thug-dawgs, and thug fans…

If you need any names in Shreveport for good times and company, why just give me a call. Hide your caller ID though!

Enjoy your complimentary weed-eaters.

Note to Montez! The bottle of Round-Up furnished as a free gift from the bowl sponsor is NOT for human consumption – don’t drink that stuff Montez!

hatfieldgeoff

December 7th, 2009
3:01 pm

We are going to continue to get lousy bowl games until they change things and let each bowl in line get the next two picks. That way we wind up with the matchups everyone wants to see. It they are going to allow a playoff they better at least give us the best games. the set up now is made to order for blowouts. In 2007 I would have rather lost a close game to USC in the Rose Bowl and blowout overmatched Hawaii.

Cuz

December 7th, 2009
3:01 pm

Yep, you are right. Playing Murray in a bowl would burn his redshirt so that will not happen. How much longer do you want to beat the Joe Cox mule. Getoverit.

Teacher, I think Nesbitt has done pretty well with his passing this year. Just not on that hurryup four downs he had at the end of the game.