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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MR

December 8th, 2009
7:10 am

EmoryDawg, I seem to remember that most of you dawgies felt Tech would give you a good beat down. Even 1 hour prior to kickoff UGA fans were hoping they could stay past half time. Now all that tells me is that you so called fans had no confidence in your team and had thrown the clearly under the bus. CMR had been written off. Now that you come away a winner you spout your trash. I see from the polls that this game does not mean much in the bigger picture. Last year we win and UGA gets all the love in the ranking. This year you win and you are looking up at the Jackets. You have the state bragging rights for a year…we have a conference championship and a BCS bowl.

The Grinch

December 8th, 2009
8:28 am

Johnny DangerDawg

December 8th, 2009
6:44 am

Speaking of lame bowls, did you see the attendance at the A She She championship? 57,277. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! UGA had more fans at the Tennessee Tech game. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Shug

December 8th, 2009
8:51 am

The guy who writes this blog apparently stopped following college football when Charles White picked up his Heisman. This is the kind of mindset that allows Notre Dame to go to bowls it doesn’t deserve.

(By the way, contratulations to the Fighting Irish for having the dignity to not go bowling this year. Though it will prevent them from having that all important extra month of practice.)

BuzztheKiller

December 8th, 2009
9:29 am

Wow- it is always entertaining to see UGA fans debating with UT fans. Like two hillbillies fighting over a pig at the state fair…enjoy your bowls and debates on who has more convicted felons on the roster…meanwhile Paul Johnson is visiting your recruits- the ones that won’t get arrested.

robodawg

December 8th, 2009
9:34 am

Yeah, an unusual number of bad bowls. What’s really disappointing is the wasted opportunities out there. For the fans, you’d wish TCU was matched against a major conference so we can see just how good they might be, and if they perhaps deserved a crack at Bama.

Two I think will be worth watching, however, are the Rose and the Citrus. LSU-Penn St features one of the few Big 10 teams that get you juiced (Michigan and Ohio St being the other two). And for once, the Rose won’t be USC overwhelming a Big 10 team as consolation for not makng the BCS championship. Oregon is fun to watch and would love to see them get after Ohio St.

robodawg

December 8th, 2009
9:54 am

The SEC office has got to revisit its bowl tie ins. Fans get tired of the same bowls in the same locations in pairings with the same ACC and Big 10 teams. As long as the Outback, for example, gets the Big 10 number 3, it will feature ho-hum teams like Northwestern or Purdue. C’mon! I liked it better when bowls were at liberty to make their own matchups and teams could entertain multiple offers. Let the best bowls engineer the most compelling games for football fan buzz, ticket sales and TV revenue, and the rest can make do with what’s left or just go away.

The rare trips to, say, the Sun or Holiday bowls in interesting locations out west are now off the table. It doesn’t have to be every year, but just twice a decade if they could take an upper tier SEC team and match them with an upper tier Pac 10 team, that would be a real treat for fans. The Pac 10, which I used to laugh at, has become one of the nation’s best conferences, but SEC teams never get to play them.

And please fix the Sugar’s BCS positioning! B/c of conference tie-ins and picking orders and the like, the Sugar cannot for the life of it get a can’t-miss matchup. The last five have managed to match an SEC team against West Virginia, Notre Dame, Hawai’i, Utah and now Cincinnati. LSU had a lot of fun embarrassing the Irish, but otherwise these are games that teams and fan bases will never get all that excited about.

K-Town Dawg

December 8th, 2009
10:25 am

Milton,

Speaking of lack of class, maybe turkey neck
shouldn’t be advocating punching people in the face.
I also don’t remember you calling your fellow Tech
“fans” classless after all their postings for the last year.
Sounds like the Tech fans can dish it out but can’t take it.

I still want to see if CPJ can recruit some big D linemen,
some that won’t be pushed around all game.
I have a feeling he will have trouble recruiting NFL calibre talent
which will mean GT will always have a subpar defense.

The easiest way to beat Tech is to get up early on them
because they can’t come from behind because their offense
eats up to much time, hence the four pass plays at the end of
the UGA/GT game.

This is as good as it is going to get for Tech.
You are losing your two best defensive players and numerous
atheletes on offense. I don’t think PJ is going to have an easy time replacing
those players. And the overall lack of nationally competitive teams in the ACC
doesn’t help in recruiting either.

Enjoy it the success while it lasts.

maddawg

December 8th, 2009
10:41 am

Georgia got hosed—getting stuck in the worst bowl game of all. Damon Evans better be calling mike slive and letting him know this will not happen again. Going to shreveport sounds depressing!

LCDawg

December 8th, 2009
10:52 am

I think this years bowl match ups are the best we have seen in a long time. Do I wish UGA was playing in a better bowl, of course. There is an easy way to fix that……beat Kentucky and we can stop our whining.

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

December 8th, 2009
11:20 am

NCR:
TAKE A LOAD OFF YOURSELF AND DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE BULLDOGS AND THEIR COACHING STAFF, THE PAST 30 YEARS SHOULD ATTEST TO THAT, FOR IN THAT PERIOD OF TIME UGA HAS DOMINATED TECH ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD, AND 8 OUT OF THE PAST 9 ALSO….WORRY ABOUT THAT UNBELIEVABLE DEFEAT THE YELLOW JACKETS GOT FROM THE DOGS 2 SATURDAY NIGHTS AGO THAT NOT EVEN THE RESIDENT GENIUS MARK BRADLEY SAW COMING (SCHULTZIE DIDN’T EITHER)….BARK MADDLEY’S HEISMAN AWARD HALL OF FAME “COACH IN WAITING” PUGNACIOUS PAUL JOHNSON LET OLE WILLIE MARTINEZ’S 4-3 SCHEME HOLD THE TRIPLE OPTION ATTACK TO 33 YARDS FOR THE FULLBACK (IN ANY OTHER OFFENSE AS A TAILBACK HE WOULD BE ON THE PLANE TO NEW YORK FOR HEISMAN) AND QB JOSH NESBITT, WHO HAD 41 TOTAL YARDS…..THANKS WILLIE FOR THE WIN….IT WAS A GREAT GOING AWAY PRESENT YOU GAVE PUGNACIOUS PAUL AND THE BULLDOG NATION….

GT Joe

December 8th, 2009
11:25 am

Turkey neck or pencil neck…. I like turkey neck

BuzztheKiller

December 8th, 2009
11:33 am

maddawg

December 8th, 2009
10:41 am
Georgia got hosed—getting stuck in the worst bowl game of all. Damon Evans better be calling mike slive and letting him know this will not happen again. Going to shreveport sounds depressing!

I’m sure Damon Evans can get right through to Mike Slive- yeah right. How arrogant, sorry 7-5 and blown out by Tenn and UF and losing at home to UK- you don’t get to dictate where you are going (unless of course you are Bobby Bowden, but thats another story).

dawgfacedboy

December 8th, 2009
12:25 pm

Carroll could afford to start Barkley considering the PAC-10 is one step up from high school ball. Can’t really throw true freshman out in a conference that every sports analyst in the country will agree is essentially a semi-pro league.

Sorry but your argument doesn’t come close to holding any water.

dawgfacedboy

December 8th, 2009
12:31 pm

Another thing. The dawgs have the wins since Richt has been there to be considered among the best. Especially considering the schedule they play every year. They played Clemson twice, boise st 1 or 2 times and OSU this year to start the seasons over the past few years. Sure they’ve played GSU but you can’t be expected to play a BCS team to start your season every year. We also play Oregon next year

The problem is that we don’t have alot of pretty wins (style points) that wows the voters. Example kicking a FG and kneeling on the ball on 2 seperate possesions late against ASU last year. Could’ve easily punched them both in for TDs.

Richt is in the top 5 or 6 in wins since 2000 and has 2 confence championships and a 2 BCS wins. NOt to mention that when we played FSU that year we were a 1 loss SEC champ. How many 1 loss SEC champs have played for a NC in the past 5 years??

Matt

December 8th, 2009
12:39 pm

If a down year signifies the decline of a program then I guess USC and Ohio St. programs are both in decline??

Jeff C

December 8th, 2009
8:16 pm

Bill, you nailed it. The BCS organizers are cowards and don’t want to expose their fraudulent system again like what happened last year when Utah punked Alabama. Fact is, folks, some of you need to get out of the South for a little while. The Mtn. West plays really quality football. I’d put money on TCU beating any of the other BCS Top 6 teams this year. It’s a shame they won’t get to prove how good they really are.

Yowza

December 9th, 2009
12:21 am

The same people slamming TCU were probably saying Utah had no chance against Bama last year. Way to run and hide behind your big daddy smoking his cigar (BCS) and cry because you don’t want the Mountain West to kick your A$$es again.

gadawg

December 9th, 2009
2:14 am

Oh where is St Simons 34 to 20 hahahahahahahahahaha

gadawg

December 9th, 2009
2:38 am

For St Simons, correction 30/24 hahahahahahahahahaha

Nick

December 9th, 2009
2:48 pm

Chipper: agreed!

Nick

December 9th, 2009
2:50 pm

I think Boise vs. GA Tech would have been a very justified and interesting matchup, but probably not much of a fan following all the way to Miami. At least that’s what the BCS people would have thought anyway.

takedowndawg

December 9th, 2009
4:02 pm

Kiffin Has the Runs guy, Kiffin,will make all of you volunteers appear to be toothless, raging maniacs after 2-3 years. He firmly believes that his one victory against us gives him first place in line for our Georgia players. Pipe dream! No red blooded pure bred DAWG fan from childhood who plays football, who grew up listening to Larry Munson would choose the yucky orange and white checkerboard overr the RED & BLACK!! Play for your home state. Maybe kiffin should try flying in and landing in a Harrier Jet.

Bill King

December 9th, 2009
7:40 pm

Johnny Danger Dawg:

How did a perceptive reader like you get in here?

Garry

December 9th, 2009
11:12 pm

Bill … Tell me how Clemson got “jobbed?”
And if no one cares about the Gator Bowl except Bobby Bowden loyalists, how did the bowl sell out 77,500 seats within two hours, and has resulted in temporary seats in the stadium that will result in a record for one-game attendance, 85,000 — which will be more than any Florida-Georgia game.

Sam

December 10th, 2009
12:39 am

Nonsense, so many years people say “the bowl match ups are awful”. Then the games that folks expect to be great are often not, then the low profiles are good/great (Boise v Oklahoma, Mich v Neb a few years back).

Mourning USC Fan

December 12th, 2009
2:22 pm

TCU got screwed by Boise State’s failure to create a strong non-conference schedule. As MoDawg said, one non-BCS team can create controversy. If both beat big-name BCS powerhouses in bowl games the system would lose any credibility it has left. I really hope the frogs destroy the broncos

As for the entire lineup, the only ones that caught my eye were Utah v. Cal, USC v. Boston, Stanford v. Oklahoma (probably the most exciting aside from the National Championship), Ohio State v. Oregon and Alabama v. Texas. My Pac-10 bias is pretty clear. After all these bowls are over, the Pac-10 depth should be too. Arizona is the only Pac-10 team I can envision losing. Anyhow, my big problem with this bowl lineup is that there are no rivalries. In the absence of two exciting teams being available to play each other, the next best option is an exciting team against one of their rivals. And, yea, sadly A&M v. Georgia does look good by comparison.