Georgia fared pretty well in illogical world of bowl pairings

outback-bowl logo“The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.” — Andrew Carnegie

“Nobody remembers who came in second.” — Charles Schulz

The SEC no longer allows the loser of its championship game to plummet to a third-tier bowl and Mark Richt’s Dawgs weren’t exactly forgotten as the team that finished No. 2 in the conference this season.

But it’s one of those typical quirks of the crazy world of college football that the SEC runner-up Dawgs and the No. 6 team in the BCS, Arkansas, both were passed over by the Capitol One Bowl in favor of South Carolina, which finished behind Georgia in the SEC East. Of course, the Gamecocks are ranked higher in the polls than Georgia and their fans are known for buying up all the bowl tickets they can get their hands on.

Another oddity: While getting pasted in the second half of the SEC championship apparently knocked Georgia down a notch in the bowl pairings, the ACC runner-up, Virginia Tech, managed to crack the BCS (also on the basis of its well-traveling fan base) despite suffering a similar loss in its championship game.

And, of course, Alabama, which didn’t even make its conference championship game, gets to play for the BCS national title. Basically, the only way making the SEC championship game helps you is if you win it.

One other bowl note: Georgia ended up with a much more prestigious postseason game than Boise State, the team that got the Dawgs’ season off to such a poor start. The Broncos, who only had one regular season loss, will be in the pre-Christmas Las Vegas Bowl.

I actually was hoping Georgia would end up returning to Dallas, where it’s still 10 to 9, but after getting blown out in the second half Saturday Tampa seemed the inevitable destination. The Cotton always prefers an SEC West team for ticket sales and probably would have gone with Georgia only if the SEC game with LSU had been a nail-biter. Which is fine; the Cotton and Outback are on equal footing and both are traditional New Year’s Day bowls (post-New Year’s this year). Plus, with Arkansas and Kansas State, the Cotton gets to match two Top 10 teams, which makes sense.

Also, in Michigan State, Georgia gets a higher ranked opponent than South Carolina, who will play Nebraska, which ranks a couple of spots behind Georgia in the coaches’ poll. And it seems fitting to match the runners-up in the SEC and Big 10 in a bowl game.

While the Spartans are higher ranked in the human polls, Georgia finished just ahead of Michigan State in the final BCS rankings at No. 16. It’s interesting that the human polls, where emotion and perception rule, all had the Dawgs falling to No. 18 (where even their own coach ranked them in the coaches’ poll) while they finished higher in the BCS thanks to the computer rankings, whose detached crunching of the numbers placed Georgia at No. 12.

Georgia and Michigan State look to be a pretty good match, with both having highly ranked defenses and occasionally prolific offenses.

The weekend might not have ended with sugar falling out of the sky like we dreamed, but this year’s bowl picture is certainly a lot brighter for Georgia than the past couple. I’m pleased. How about you?

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Typical

December 5th, 2011
8:33 pm

AR…the NC game doesn’t come down to who you “want” to see play…it comes down to the two best teams in the country (whether they have already played or not).

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
8:34 pm

Flat
What if the AP pole picks LSU as national champions if it is another close game?
LSU and USC split a title a few years back..
We know bama beat LSU….. We don’t know if okie st can beat LSU?
And their was probably any one who pick ISU to upset okie st….

Typical

December 5th, 2011
8:35 pm

AR…his has nothing to do with my arguement…this one’s all you bud.

So…your arguement is that you should only look at wins? If so, then a team should schedule 11 patsies and one tough team…who cares if they lose….right?

Typical

December 5th, 2011
8:36 pm

AR…oh wait…sorry, that’s almost what UGA did this year. My bad.

Typical

December 5th, 2011
8:38 pm

Dawg48…still waiting on the 2nd poll.

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
8:39 pm

Typical
You came on here with your insults right off the get go!
And I showed you a team that was ranked to prove you wrong!

chazzo

December 5th, 2011
8:39 pm

There’s a lot positive that happened this season, and there’s plenty of time to get healthy and practiced up for Michigan State. Go Dawgs!

Typical

December 5th, 2011
8:40 pm

No you didn’t. You can say that you did, but you didn’t. I ddin’t want to call you out on this, but you showed me the BCS poll twice. That is 1 poll, not 2.

Typical

December 5th, 2011
8:40 pm

and Dawg48…I didn’t “come on here with insults…” You called me a moron. THat’s an insult.

Typical

December 5th, 2011
8:42 pm

Dawg48…so you want to say that Auburn is “ranked” because they are #25 in the BCS? The poll that is only used to determine where a team plays in a bowl game? Seriously?

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
8:43 pm

Typical

Wrong. “This year” it has come down to who the voters think are the two best teams instead of the two most deserving teams. Your position/example holds no logic strength of schedule was suppose to be a determining factor. History has set precedent that is “okay” to ignore conveniently because its “Bama”. More BS. This is a punishment for LSU more than anything. I don’t care if it’s Bama or not. I have no one “I” wish to see play in the game.

Your logic seems to be based on I have a dog in this hunt, I don’t. I am just calling it like I see it. the BCS is seriously flawed and is nothing more than a very good reason why we should have a playoff. I’m noting you ignored my question about the Game of the Century” being ignored

Still@theKool-aidBAR

December 5th, 2011
8:45 pm

I still say Keith Marshall will go to Clemson.

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
8:45 pm

Typical
Did you not say the only teams that are ranked are the three UGA lost to?
And is auburn ranked as of now?

Fff

December 5th, 2011
8:45 pm

Good matchup in a nice venue.

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
8:46 pm

Still
They show the money
Lol

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

December 5th, 2011
8:47 pm

Dawg48

Okie St has one of the worst defenses in the nation

You saw what LSU did to our D and I can tell you our D is much better than Okie St

Okie St would not beat LSU. Lets be real

By the way the Big 12 has a losing record in bowl games since 2000

Whats going to be funny is Stanford is probably going to beat Okie St

Typical

December 5th, 2011
8:48 pm

AR…You are splitting hairs between “the two best teams” and the “two most deserving teams.” Say what you want, but more people agree on it being Bama/LSU than anything else.

My logic has nothing to do with how you feel about it. I agree with most everybody else in America…did we all base our opinions on how you feel about it? Nope.

I have never said that the BCS is perfect…far from it. I just so happen to believe that LSU and Alabama should be playing for the NC…that they are the two best teams…or the most deserving…or whatever else you want to call it.

What was your question about the Game of the Century?

Typical

December 5th, 2011
8:50 pm

Dawg48…no, Auburn isn’t ranked. You keep saying you have shown me two polls proving Auburn is ranked, but you haven’t. You showed me the BCS twice.

If all you can do is go in circles, please move on to something else.

North ave. faithful

December 5th, 2011
8:51 pm

That Typical sounds alot like ole GTBob

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
8:51 pm

Flat
That’s why the games are played……
Then why not just let the two top teams at the beginning of the year play one game right then and we can give them the title in week one and the test of us can save money on going to the games.

Typical

December 5th, 2011
8:52 pm

North Ave…nice try…but nope.

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
8:53 pm

Typical
Then why does the BCS put out a top 25 then?

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
8:54 pm

North ave
GT bob
Is not this bad!

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
8:56 pm

The game of the century was the first game.
The second needs to be called the ” over signing bowl”

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
8:57 pm

Flat Tire
There’s nothing to indicate that Bama will beat LSU. With your disqualifier of the Pokes, Bama should be disqualified as well

Typical

December 5th, 2011
8:57 pm

Dawg48…AGAIN…the BCS is used to determine first and foremost what two teams play for the NC…that’s why it was created. For God’s sake the last thing we needed was another poll…didn’t you think we had enough already?

During the season, the AP poll and ESPN Coaches poll are used to determine rankings. The only reason why anybody ever even bothers to look at the BCS is to see who will be playing for the NC, and what teams might make BCS bowl games.

One last time…if you need to count Auburn that badly, GO AHEAD. It makes no sense, but please go ahead so you can sleep better tonight knowing that UGA beat ONE ranked team…#25 no less.

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
8:58 pm

I’m just proving you came on here not knowing what your talking about!

Typical

December 5th, 2011
8:59 pm

AR…there is no Bama conspiracy to get them into the NC. If anything, most of the country is tired of the SEC and would look for a reason to keep Bama OUT of the NC. It just so happens that this year, people couldn’t overlook the fact that Bama was the 2nd best team.

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
8:59 pm

Typical does make a relatively sensible formulated argument. It’s just not supported by previous precedent of the BCS. Forget the rules you don’t agree with kind;a thing

Typical

December 5th, 2011
9:01 pm

Dawg48…all you have done is tripped up yourself over and over again. You’ve talked in circles, can’t seem to understand that you showed the same poll twice, and are making no sense.

It’s you, my friend, that doesn’t know what you are talking about.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

December 5th, 2011
9:02 pm

By the way Im glad to see the SEC finally get the respect that it deserves from decades of being robbed by the Northern Elitest writers

Who cares about a rematch

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
9:03 pm

I gave you two links to yes the BCS pole
I’m sorry you don’t count it but the rest of CFB does.

Typical

December 5th, 2011
9:03 pm

AR…what sensible argument are you attributing to me? Ha ha

Still@theKool-aidBAR

December 5th, 2011
9:03 pm

So we are getting the FSU v UF crap all over again.
When Bama it Proves nothing.
There HAS to be a Split MNC or 1 more game.

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
9:04 pm

Typical, a few years ago Mich and OSU were the two best in the country, played during the regular season. A fantastic game and immediately the conversations about a rematch started. It was wrong then and recognized and thus didn’t happen. The reasoning was, they played in the regular season. Those games are suppose to count. There is nothing that supports Bama, the losing team have have any different outcome in a rematch. Bama lost, they should move on and let a NCG be a game we haven’t seen yet. IMHO of course

Still@theKool-aidBAR

December 5th, 2011
9:04 pm

sorry………….When BAMA wins It Proves nothing.

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
9:04 pm

Flat
Lol
At least a SEC team will finally lose a BCS NC game!

North ave. faithful

December 5th, 2011
9:04 pm

I just want to know one thing,HOW IN THE HELL IS VIRGINIA TECH IN THE SUGAR BOWL. sorry i got so worked up, but they got pounded twice by the team we pounded.

Typical

December 5th, 2011
9:05 pm

Dawg48…yes, you did give me two links to the BCS. However, you kept saying that you had shown me 2 different polls proving Auburn was ranked. All you did was give me the same link twice. Wow

Ringleader

December 5th, 2011
9:05 pm

FlatTire………The way the Dogs moved the ball passing the first half leads me to believe Oakie State would do the same.

And……The reason the Big 12 did not have a championship game is that they only had 10 teams, the NC2A requires you go have 12 or more to have a championship game.

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
9:06 pm

Typical
The argument that the BCS works, it doesn’t. It seems to only work when the teams are blantantly obvious. Then why do we need it. Your argument that the BCS is the end all and correct is BS. Thats the argument I attribute to you

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
9:06 pm

Hey but we got herbie and the boys at the ESPNCAA to tell us how to think!

Typical

December 5th, 2011
9:09 pm

AR…and I respect your opinion, even though I disagree wit it.

20 years ago the BCS didn’t even exist. Determining a NC was, at best, a highly subjective matter. “A few years ago” is now a much different landscape than what we have today…teams are jumping conferences…some conferences that used to now do not have a conference title game…etc…A lot has transpired since “a few years ago.”

The bottom line is this…you think that Bama should not play for the NC, I do. “A few years ago” a Big 12 team lost it’s conference title game and still played for the BCS.

Until a better system is created, there will be a team or two, every year, that complains.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

December 5th, 2011
9:11 pm

Dawg48
AR Dawg

Both of you would be screaming from the roof tops for UGA to play in the NC game if UGA was in AL place

You guys just cant stand AL,

You 2 need to realize SEC dominance gives UGA a better chance if they have 1 loss or no losses; just remember Aub in 2004.

The northern elites, ESPN etc said Aub couldnt hang with the so called better conferences ie. Big 12, Pac 10, Big 10, then they said the same thing about 1 loss FL that they had no chance against a Big 10 champion in the NC game

Get your head out of the sand boys and stop whining about Bama and realize this is better for UGA if Richt can learn how to coach again

Typical

December 5th, 2011
9:12 pm

AR…show me where I said that the BCS works or is the end all. I have said that the BCS is flawed…in fact, I have never liked the system. In the old Bowl Alliance, the two best teams would have been mateched anyway. Only when the BCS vaults a team ahead of a team ranked 2nd in the polls has it done anything. I’m not sure why you are attributing that argument to me.

However, I do feel like the two best teams in the country are LSU and Alabama…whether the BCS deemed it so or not.

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
9:13 pm

Flat
A few teams have been in bama’s place and got over looked!

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
9:14 pm

Typical

Agreed.

The thing for me is, I don’t give a fat rats patootie who plays in the NCG if it isn’t UGA. I really don’t. I have no interest in determining who “should” play. I just recognize doody falling on me and told it’s candy. I care nothing about any of the teams involved. It’s the inconsistancy and hypocrisy that has taken over and prevalent in college football thats the burr in my saddle over the BCS

Typical

December 5th, 2011
9:16 pm

ARdawg…I understand. However, it’s been that way since I first started watching college football….many decades ago.

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
9:17 pm

Flat Tire

You are wrong. In 07 UGA was in Bama’s place. I was very vocal they shouldn’t and didn’t deserve it. I’m a fan, not a homer

Typical

December 5th, 2011
9:17 pm

Although I must say, I do care because it’s two SEC teams…meaning the SEC will win another NC. I pull for my team first, and the SEC second.