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.

276 comments Add your comment

67Cheers

December 7th, 2009
8:32 pm

OMG. Mr. King speaks with the FORK – ED tongue of a true HOMER. Why try to hide behind the cloak of a dog ghost Mr. King. Transparency would be a virtuous paradigm shift for you.

Chaamps

December 7th, 2009
8:37 pm

Kentucky beat UGA which beat GT so they should be the ACC champs.

Mississippi State beat Kentucky which beat UGA so they should be the ACC Champs

Georgia Tech beat Mississippi State which beat Kentucky which beat UGA so they should be (and are) the ACC champs.

Trojan Player

December 7th, 2009
8:38 pm

The best bowl game will be the GMAC Bowl in Mobile between #25 Central Michigan and Troy University. Check out the stats for both quarterbacks…amazing!

Starring Henry Wilcoxon as Bishop Pickering

December 7th, 2009
8:40 pm

Hey Bill: Only Bobby Bowden loyalists only care about the Gator Bowl. Yeah, right. Only took 2 hours to sell out. The Weedeater/Poulan/Independence Bowl won’t sell out even with 3 1/2 weeks to sell tickets. Evidently you are bitter that the bowls hold your pups in lower regard than you do.

TechCrybaby

December 7th, 2009
8:43 pm

Bremen Dawg, correction: Tech would not “have went.” They would have “done went.”

Observer

December 7th, 2009
8:48 pm

What you’re really saying is “if it ain’t two SEC teams, I ain’t a watch’n”.

You’re dumba$$ redneck like the vast majority of the redneck nation.
Enjoy the Poulan Weedeater Bowl.

Golden Tornado

December 7th, 2009
8:50 pm

Somebody said Tech would outrun Iowa’s “slow-footed Yankee boys” in the Orange Bowl. CAN that talk! If Tech takes four weeks off, and smugly faces those tough guys, we’ll get killed, just like last year in the Chick-fil-A against LSU.

jacketnation

December 7th, 2009
9:06 pm

7-5 teams and 6-6 teams should stay home. But since you brought it up, I hope Texas AM beats the dawg mess out of you. 11-2 Jackets Orange Bowl, national TV, BCS, 12,000,000 Bound.

Talk about bitter

December 7th, 2009
9:06 pm

Wow Bill. You sound like Walter Matthau in Grumpy Old Men. You’ll be complaining about your neighbours kids riding their bikes past your house next.

jacketnation

December 7th, 2009
9:08 pm

Your boys should enjoy the Weedeater bowl. Since after they get out of college, most of them will be running one.

Cumbayah

December 7th, 2009
9:10 pm

Bill – Could it possible be that the selection committees decided that Auburn, Kentucky, Clemson, and ANY OTHER fans from ANY OTHER SCHOOL in America promoted a more wholesome atmosphere than choosing UGA – not because they had a better record but because the entire country knows that Felon U is home to the world’s most obnoxious fans disguised as a correctional school……I am certain they don’t want to add extra police patrols for crowd arrests…but you keep on belivein’ that conspiracy theory !

Bill King is a Jackass

December 7th, 2009
9:11 pm

“Our bowl game will be the most excitin’ bowl on TV next to the BCS championship. It’s an honor to go to the Depends Undergarment, Poulan self propelled lawnmower bowl”.

jd

December 7th, 2009
9:15 pm

Tell me again, why is football so important in the bible belt South?

They still read the bible down here, don’t they?

Go Stanford!!!!!! Class of ‘73.

jacketnation

December 7th, 2009
9:20 pm

I wonder if the thugs at the University of Ghetto Academics will try to steal the Poulan Power equipment while their in Shreveport. They could take it to the Pawn shop for beer money.

45ACP

December 7th, 2009
9:22 pm

It is really nice of you guys to be on the Junkyard Blawg supporting Bill King.
We are fortunate to have such good neighbors in the state of Georgia.

jd

December 7th, 2009
9:28 pm

I’m from Seattle, went to school at Stanford and Cal and have lived in Atlanta for 21 years. I love to take shots at UGA and Ga. Tech, but I like both schools. Have friends who are graduates of both schools. I love the South (not all of it, but most of it). But I always have to go with Stanford, rain or shine. I feel your pain UGA and I hope Tech runs all over Iowa.

jacketnation

December 7th, 2009
9:33 pm

In the fall there are two very important things in the south. 1. God 2. Family. (These are important year round) After that, it’s Deer Season and college football. We love to hate Georgia. And even though we lost the most important game of the year, we only lost two games this season with a sorry defense. Three of our defensive lineman are now playing in the NFL and we didn’t have anyone to replace them with. Other than Derrick Morgan, the other guys rarely get a sack and make very few tackles. But with CPJ we know we will be national competitors for the next decade. UGA is on the decline. If I were CMR (a great man and a Christian) I’d find me a school where the student athletes were not a bunch of drunks and criminals. UGA, leading the nation in arrested football players.

WoDawg

December 7th, 2009
9:33 pm

30-24 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

30-24 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

SUCK IT TECH!

Just a fan

December 7th, 2009
9:33 pm

I think Bill is right TCU and Boise St. played last year why do we want to see that game again this year. TCU is the only Div 1 or FBS school in the top six in offense and defense and in MHO would beat Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Ohio St, and Oregon on a neutral field. You can call me crazy but the Orange missed out big time by not taking them or Boise St to match up against Yech. Don’t get me wrong I think the Fiesta will be a great game but the BCS really missed out

Boise Dawg

December 7th, 2009
9:40 pm

I really don’t see how this year is all that different than any other year. Bill all you did with this column is prove to me that you really aren’t a college football fan. It sounds like any game that isn’t for the National Championship or doesn’t involve Georgia isn’t worth watching. I think this is the best BCS matchups in years. I admit I would have liked to have seen TCU take Florida to the woodshed, but I think we have the most even even matchups with Tech v Iowa, Florida v. Cincinnati and TCU v. BSU. Don’t count out Boise State…. they nearly beat TCU last year and while TCU looks to be better this year, so is Boise.

jd

December 7th, 2009
9:41 pm

WoDawg,

UGA is a bad team this year. I mean bad, bad, not good bad. So show some self respect. Jump on Tech when UGA is 10-2. When you’ve got a losing team and you’re still talking trash, you’re showing you lack class, you’re a loser, a bum, a troll, a twit, a nut, a knuckle dragger, a physical education dropout, reject, tool. Take it like a man. UGA will be back in a few years.

WoDawg

December 7th, 2009
9:45 pm

30-24 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

30-24 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

SUCK IT TECH!

white dawg

December 7th, 2009
9:49 pm

suck your orange and suck on this
WE DON’T CARE, WE OWN YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
30 -24 all year longggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

WoDawg

December 7th, 2009
9:52 pm

Sept. 5 vs. Jacksonville State
Sept. 10 (Thur.) vs. Clemson
Sept. 17 (Thur.) at Miami
Sept. 26 vs. North Carolina
Oct. 3 at Mississippi State
Oct. 10 at Florida State
Oct. 17 vs. Virginia Tech
Oct. 24 at Virginia
Oct. 31 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 7 vs. Wake Forest
Nov. 14 at Duke
Nov. 28 vs. Georgia 30-24 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

SUCK IT TECH!

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lee

December 7th, 2009
9:55 pm

so don’t watch the damn games then!!

white dawg

December 7th, 2009
9:56 pm

How to shut up a tech fan?
Give em a cup of 30 -24. Served cold.

buzzster

December 7th, 2009
9:58 pm

Grouchy old SEC loyalist… Just wait and see & Please retire from blogging MR. Negativity

pete

December 7th, 2009
10:02 pm

TCU vs Boise State is a great matchup.Tech vs Iowa is also a great match.You need to crawl back under
your rock in Athens and quit showing your ignorance!

fitzgerald

December 7th, 2009
10:04 pm

Of all the bowls, poor ole SMU gets to go to a bowl game. Of all places in Hawaii. Nothing like spending the winter in paradise. Take that all of the other bowls.

Sour Grapes Patrol

December 7th, 2009
10:07 pm

Bill,
You suck, this column sux, UGA sux, Shreveport sux, UGA VIII will suck, hicks suck, inbreeding sux. Sour Grapes!

RAMBLING WRECK! MIAMI BOUND!

Xenophon

December 7th, 2009
10:14 pm

jd, don’t they still have jobs in Seattle? Are you a refugee from that wonderful economic/social system on the west coast? You should get yourself a job out there. You must be pretty stupid to hang out here with us rednecks. By the way, I’ve lived in California and I love the west coast (not all of it, but most of it).

jh

December 7th, 2009
10:17 pm

Bowl Chicken Series…BCS! Let the little guys play the big boys. They can hold their own. I think Utah and Boise have already proven that. The TCU-BSU will be a great game…don’t get me wrong. The players are evenly matched but the Broncos have the best coach and will win.

Go Jackets

December 7th, 2009
10:23 pm

Bill- real creative. I’m gonna be watching the Georgia/Texas A&M game for sure, but I’m also gonna be having a blast at the Orange Bowl over the holidays. Just because you are too dumb to enjoy a game involving any team but Georgia doesn’t mean you have to prove it by writing this idiotic article.

Zeno

December 7th, 2009
10:28 pm

I was a depressed Dawg until I realized that it’s been 18 years since we were in a crappy bowl like the Independence Bowl and it had been 33 years since Tech had been in a good bowl. One could then say “Well that shows that Tech is on the rise and we are on the decline.” Except that we beat them. bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha.

K-Town Dawg

December 7th, 2009
10:35 pm

“But with CPJ we know we will be national competitors for the next decade.”

Don’t make me laugh fool!
Turkey neck won’t be competitive after Chan’s atheletes leave.
And when exactly has turkey neck recruited for a national power.
At Navy he got his players handed to him and at GSU he got UGA’s hand me downs.

Maybe you should put 30-24 on those ACC chump rings!

Milton

December 7th, 2009
11:11 pm

K-Town, why do you make ugly comments about how Tech’s coach looks. I am sure you are a real hunk as well. And besides, why the personal attack. Why would you say something so utterly classless? Stick to football ad drop the name calling. It makes you look ignorant,

John Stamos had a nice, compact swing.

December 7th, 2009
11:27 pm

WE RUN THIS STATE.

Sour Grapes Patrol

December 7th, 2009
11:32 pm

Can You Dig It,
Dig this. Dig a hole & put that stupid dog’s corpse in it & be finished w/ that crap. Concentrate on football & keeping your playa’s out the slammer. It won’t happen in Richt’s tenure because he’s Bowden trained. Maybe the next coach can dig you out within 10 years. These arrest records besmirch a respectable university where a fine education is there for the taking (although not to be compared w/ Tech, but that is another topic). Even the despised Adams must be embarrassed. But maybe I give him too much credit (Harrick). Can you dig it? Dig it.

RAMBLING WRECK!

bob

December 7th, 2009
11:56 pm

So nobody else takes into account that Iowa has the best defense GT will face all year? Heck its better than the defense that killed GT last year in their bowl game.

I dont think GT will score that much on that defense and that offense is only interesting to those rare GT fans, oh and the ones who come out of the woodwork when they finally win. Also, the reason why there are very few punts is because PJ goes for it on 4th all the time.

Zeno

December 8th, 2009
12:23 am

Cheer up Dawgs. We’ve been to the Sugar Bowl THREE TIMES this decade (and won two of them). It’s been since 1966 since GT went to one of the Rose, Sugar, Orange, or Cotton Bowl. Tech’s lost four of their last five bowl appearances while playing in crappy bowls like the Humanitarian, Seattle, Emerald and the Silicon Valley Bowls.

P. Bull Terrier

December 8th, 2009
12:33 am

Georgia fans only get the chance to pick on Tech fans on the blogs once or twice every 5 or 6 years because that’s how often Tech has a good season. During the rest of the years, when Georgia is ranked higher, goes to the better bowl, and beats Tech, the Techies aren’t around to poke fun at. If it wasn’t for all the Tech fans (or the 1 tech fan using different names), we UGA fans would be busy talking about a crappy season, crappy bowl, fired DC and who’s going to play quarterback next year. No one would even bother to talk about the victory over Tech because that’s just expected.

However, since we have to hear so many Techies spouting off about their first real bowl in 42 years and ragging on Georgia for our bad season, we can’t help but point out things like <<>> and <<>>. The Techies trying to pick on the dawgs have so little amunition it’s getting kind of boring. Admit it, when you feel the need to harass a group of people because their dog died, there’s just something wrong with you. You need help.

It’s interesting to see how brave everyone is on the internet. I challenge the Techies to walk up to the UGA people they meet and start talking the same kind of smack you talk on here. When you pick up your teeth off the ground, go ask Paul Johnson what he meant by a punch in the mouth.

Sour Grapes Patrol

December 8th, 2009
12:53 am

Don’t get too cheerful Zeno, Recruits are flocking to UT,UA ,AU.GT,UF,UK.etc. ga will never see another heyday like the last few years. The Richt era is over. Next year won’t see 7 wins. If ga played in the ACC they wouldn’t win 6 games. But hey, your D is as good as Tech’s.

RAMBLING WRECK! MIAMI BOUND!

EmoryDawg

December 8th, 2009
1:13 am

P. Bull T, I agree with you. I’m not a UGA grad but I do like football and that means in this state I have to like UGA. I do associate casually with some Tech folk. Heck, some of my friends are Tech grads and a few times I have eaten at the same table with them. I like to talk football especially Aug. through July which means historically (last 33 years) there’s been little value in connecting with them except to talk about sewers for the hospital and office building. I did talk with one Tech acquaintance in mid November and of course he was very proud to report his team’s anticipated victories over UGA and at Tampa. They faced a big challenge in Tampa he said but wasn’t too concerned with UGA and then on to the big Orange. I inquired of my friend as to the victories which brought Tech to the threshold of such glorious achievement and whereupon the subject was moved to the business at hand. Well, you see why I can’t develop a friendship with a Tech grad because I like to talk football, a subject about which the current generation knows very little. ON to Shreveport to take on the Aggies. GO DAWGS. Better a Dawg in Shreveport than a Bee in the ACC.

BPhil

December 8th, 2009
2:12 am

Just a side note in response to the statement made that winning the ACC championship this year is similar to when Tech made it to the Final Four in 2004…..

Georgia beat Tech in basketball that year, too. How ironic.

arrh

December 8th, 2009
2:19 am

NCR- Aaron Murray was the NO. 3 QB in the nation. sometimes BBS w/ no experience strugele…just look at Stafford his Fr. yr. Richt & Bobo said he wasn’t ready, but it turned out later that he was injured as well. It makes absolutely no sense to me that you’re suggesting that a whole yr. of eligiblity be burned….just to get a FR. some experience for next yr. It’s not like the season isn;t already considered a failure. I’m not against one of those guys playing early on, but stop knocking Richt for not playing a young QB who was injured. Cos’s numbers aren’t actually that bad…minus the interceptions. He’s not the only problem on this team. Early in the yr. the line wasn;t blocking for him, receivers were dropping balls, & there wasn;t much of a running game. So defenses knew we were going to throw…it’s a little easier to make ints. When you know whats coming. I looked at the numbers…apparently stafford had 25 TDs last yr., which I believe was a UGA record. Cox has 22. His ints. are high, but tehy were about the same as Staffords Fr. yr. Cox was pretty much like a Fr., bc he didn’t receive hardly any playing time before this yr. Cox has about 2,500 yrd.s passing this yr. I’m not saying he’s the greatest…he was obviously inconsistent…just like the rest of the team, but I just fon;t think it’s all his fault. I understand the need to want to get young players experience, but it doesn;t guarantee that UGA will have a bad season next yr. I’ve seen plenty of teams do fine w/ a first yr. QB. Just look at David Greene, Greg Mcelroy, etc. As far as Bbob goes….I don’t agree w/ everything he’s done. He did lose a lot of key players after last yr., & I think just last yr. we led teh SEC in offense when we had Staff, Moreno, Massaquio, etc. He lost his best O-Lineman on teh 1st game of the yr. for the 2nd yr. in a row, & he had to make calls withough AJ greene at the end of the yr. Yet, they still found a way t obeat AU & Tech, shich are both pretty good teams. I don’t claim to know the future, but Richt’s been pretty consistent…so why not just wait & see if he can get in turned around. Oh & one more thing…USC may have played a FR., but they didn’t exactly have a great yr. either.

punch in da mowf

December 8th, 2009
2:45 am

P. Bull Terrier writes::

“when you feel the need to harass a group of people because their dog died, there’s just something wrong with you. You need help.”

and then he writes::

“I challenge the Techies to walk up to the UGA people they meet and start talking the same kind of smack you talk on here. When you pick up your teeth off the ground, go ask Paul Johnson what he meant by a punch in the mouth.”

dude … YOU’RE THE ONE WHO NEEDS HELP. Seriously, if you can get that worked up over some blog comments, you have some deep-rooted anger management issues. Get a grip.

SEC

December 8th, 2009
6:42 am

In February 2009 the University of Alabama board of trustees gave approval to begin stadium expansion of the south endzone,[2] with a capacity of approximately 101,000,[3] which, upon its completion, will make Bryant-Denny Stadium the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference, as Neyland Stadium is currently undergoing renovations, which will reduce its current conference-leading seating capacity from 102,037 to 100,011

Johnny DangerDawg

December 8th, 2009
6:44 am

Why’s everybody gotta hate on Bill King? He didn’t say the Independence Bowl was going to be an epic battle of the titans. But by most independent accounts, it is likely to be a fun shootout. Thus, it’s perfectly reasonable that Bill, an admitted UGA fan, would say he’s more interested in watching the Dawgs (in a game that either team could win) than watching one of the many lame bowls. You guys are acting like Bill said the Indep. Bowl would be an instant classic, one that everyone in the country should watch. You guys are misinterpreting him.

Johnny DangerDawg

December 8th, 2009
6:54 am

arrh,
On Opening Day 2010, our new QB will have the benefit of A WHOLE REDSHIRT YEAR to learn the offense. He’ll have a good O-line and an excellent running game (two things which the Dawgs were slow to develop in 2009). The Dawgs will probably win, and then everybody will say, “Oh, we shoulda been starting this QB last year. We would’ve won all our games.” As if he would have had the same success a year earlier…

Hedgepruner

December 8th, 2009
6:57 am

I would rather see Tech / Iowa any day than the UGA / Hawaii sugar bowl, talk about a snoozer….BCS BABY any way you slice it and if we win look for us to be a preseason top 10 team to start out next season…BRIGHT FUTURE at GT !!!