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
9:19 pm

AR…the difference between UGA in 07, and Bama now is that in 07, UGA fell from #2 in the human polls. Although, I agreed with it at the time.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

December 5th, 2011
9:19 pm

If Bama and LSU are the 2 best then that is a LIE.
They have PLAYED and LSU won.
There is ONE BEST TEAM and it is LSU.
Give them Trophy and Make Bama and OSU play for #2.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

December 5th, 2011
9:20 pm

UGA in 07 was not near what Bama is today.

Mobile Dawg

December 5th, 2011
9:20 pm

Flat, I’m up and down on Richt. I tried to drink the kool aid and build him up again. It’s just one of those things in the gut, I don’t think Richt can get it done. I just don’t think he’s the man to put “all” the pieces together. It really bothers me, I hope I’m wrong, I will eat my words if I am.

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
9:22 pm

And Michigan in 06
Espn said they played in regular season.
If the BCS guys and espn came out and just said ” this game will bring in the most money”
And stop the hypocrisy then I may watch the game.
Just a maybe…

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

December 5th, 2011
9:24 pm

Ringleader

I realize the 12 team NCAA rule but Mack Brown and Texas have said on record that if or when the Big 12 gets 12 teams it still does not want a conference championship game

This is Mack Browns comments:

“Obviously, when you have nine teams on your schedule and you can play each one every year and the possibility of� not having a conference championship game, it?s probably an easier road to the BCS for, hopefully, two teams…

What we want at Texas — and I would think what most people want — is that we want to win our league, and we want to be in the BCS, and we want a chance to win the national championship. We think that we have that now, with a better deal than we had with 12 teams. In four of the last 14 years, a team that was going to the national championship game out of the Big 12 lost in the Big 12 championship game. So, we lost four opportunities for a national championship because of the game…”

The Big 12 is a chicken league and Okie St DOES NOT DESERVE A SHOT

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
9:24 pm

Typical

The BCS is every bit as inept as the old Bowl alliance. My contention is, it doesn’t work and Bama is evidence. Originally, it was suppose to have formulas base on play on the field and comparison to determine who was eligible. That last a good 2 years after coaches started running up the score and discarded. IMO, it could work if done correctly but, they tossed the baby out with the bath water and went reliant on human polls. Such polls are very easily influenced by ESPN

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
9:25 pm

Still
Agree on bama and okie st playing for # 2
did you here that from herbie and the boys?

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

December 5th, 2011
9:28 pm

ARdawg

UGA was not in Bama’s place. They lost to 2 middle of the road SEC east teams. They didnt go into overtime against the #1 team and lose by a field goal. They were blown out by Tenn that year

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
9:28 pm

Georgia was the best team in the country at the end of the year in 07. Subjective I know but I believed it then and still do now. I was miffed we got snubbed to play USC in the Rose. I just wanted to see the 2 best teams play. At that point we had lost our shot and all opportunity with two earlier losses

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
9:30 pm

Wait a minute there Flat Tire

You’re talking from both sides of your mouth now. You said Bama should play because they are the second best in the country?

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
9:30 pm

Flat
But what was ESPN reasoning for them not playing?
I’m going on the record saying I did not think we should play…

Mobile Dawg

December 5th, 2011
9:32 pm

That’s why every game counts ARdawg. You don’t stink it up on the field in one or two games, not represent your division, and expect to play for the NC. I just want to see the Dawgs competetive against the highest level of competition in the land. We’re not, haven’t been for quite a few years. Why?

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
9:32 pm

Flat Tire….a loss is a loss. Doesn’t matter to #1 or #101. It’s a loss. I don’t buy into the more attractive nose wart is a beauty

dd

December 5th, 2011
9:33 pm

Oh please, the outback sux.

Couldn’t they at least put us against Nebraska

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
9:34 pm

MobileDawg

You’re preaching to the choir. Apparently, “The Game of the Century” a few weeks ago, doesn’t count

Mobile Dawg

December 5th, 2011
9:35 pm

I think Bama is the second best team in the country, but, the BCS has dug themselves a hole. If Bama wins, becomes NC’s, LSU has a beef, we beat them, at their place. BCS is like the animal backed into a corner trying to defend itself at all cost.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

December 5th, 2011
9:35 pm

Mobile Dawg

Unless he gets an OC at the end of this season and moves Bobo back to QB coaching I have
Unfortunaltley lost total faith in Richt to win big

Yes he will win 10 games; maybe 11 once every 10 yrs or so but he is not going to win the big games.

Bobo showed once again he cannot make adjustments especially against good teams. Bobo went away from what was successful and Richt stood by and did nothing.

Sorry; I wish more than you I am wrong and would love to have everyone on here bash me and say I told you so in the near future, because I like Richt but we have 6 yrs of this and it still continues

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
9:37 pm

Mobile
I want to see the same….
But did we play the best ball this year….
Or consistent every week?
No we did not……
I will say that their was a major attitude change in Athens.
Kids played with better attitudes and hart then the past few years…..
Their are still a lot of work to do but I think it will get done.
IMO

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
9:38 pm

Mobile Dawg

They have a scapegoat in the coaches poll to deflect. Addmittingly, most coaches don’t fill it out or watch other teams but yet they still paint it as sterile. Quit funny when you think about it.

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
9:39 pm

Mobile Dawg

The other worse case scenario, LSU beats them worse than the first time

Mobile Dawg

December 5th, 2011
9:39 pm

Saban voted OSU #4 on his ballot.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

December 5th, 2011
9:42 pm

AR Dawg

How am I talking out of both sides of my mouth

Where did I say Bama was the 2nd best team in the country.

I for one would rather see Stanford play LSU

Im just glad to see SEC dominance because it helps UGA hopefully one day

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
9:44 pm

There is no good ending to that game for the fans. If Bama wins it’s a co-champ in reality, if LSU does, we already knew they were champ. Whats the mystery?

Mobile Dawg

December 5th, 2011
9:45 pm

I’m not going to bother going back over the stats of the game, but memory tells me Bama really should have won that game, maybe Saban finds a kicker this time, although the playcalling in OT by Bama was bizzare. They should have danced with Richardson, he was the one that brung them. Chances are excellent that a completely different set of circumstances will dictate the outcome of this one. For the record, I hope you’re right ARdawg. An LSU win would quiet the critics of the system some, but the system still needs tweaking. I like the idea of the plus 1. Maybe a Bama win would add some pressure to adjust the BCS again.

ARdawg

December 5th, 2011
9:46 pm

Flat Tire,

Next year it’s back to status quo and the usual darlings of which Bama will likely be one. OSU, Oregon, Michigan, ND, Texas ad nauseaum

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

December 5th, 2011
9:46 pm

Dawg48

We werent consistant in 2005, 2006 2007 or 2008 , 2009 on both sides of the ball this has become a Richt coached team trait

The only thing consistant this year has been our D and that ought to say something to our CEO in charge aka Richt

Mobile Dawg

December 5th, 2011
9:48 pm

Finebaum body slammed Richt and the Dawgs on the radio today. Realize he’s got a nationwide following.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

December 5th, 2011
9:54 pm

Mobile Dawg

I heard some of what Finebaum said, Richt doesnt make adjustments

Miles stated we made adjustments they didnt

Thats a slap to the face to Richt; but will he change
I will have to agree with Finebaum

Dawg48

December 5th, 2011
9:55 pm

Flat
We have agreed to disagree on bobo….
So are you going to Tampa?

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

December 5th, 2011
10:01 pm

No not going to Tampa

Though thats one of the easiest stadiums to park at

Mobile Dawg

December 5th, 2011
10:04 pm

I didn’t hear a lot of it Flat, what I did hear was that Georgia’s performance was the performance of a typical “Mark Richt coached team”.

31 years ago? I can splain it ..........

December 5th, 2011
10:13 pm

MNCs do not determine whether a football program is credible. What DOES DETERMINE CREDIBILITY IS the level of bowl games that a team attends for years upon years. NOt MINOR BOWLS like the Gator, Chic Fil A or the Emerald City or the BLue Carpet or the Music City or the Independence. No, an Orange Bowl for the first time in 44 years is not a determinant either, anymore than a MNC 31 or 32 or 5o years ago.

THE RECENT MID LEVEL TO MAJOR BOWL GAMES, being defined as the last 20 or 25 years AND THE FREQUENCY of them. Take UGA as one example.

In the last 15 years, UGA has done up 3 Sugar Bowls, 2 or 3 Outback Bowls ( counting 2012) and about three Capital One Bowl games. I do not count the one or two Chic Fil A or others as they are MINOR.

Do the math Techies. UGA has done about 8 or 9 or 10 MAJOR BOWLS in 15 years and GT has done TWO MAJOR BOWLS IN 43 OR 44 years ………………. THE 67 Orange AND the 2009 Orange Bowl and that is it. They also went to the 1955 SUGAR BOWL. 1955 !!!

Please …………….get your numbers correct ……………. LOOK THESE FACTS UP ………….if any of this is a lie or incorrect, prove me wrong. Citrus Bowl in 1990? MINOR BOWL THEN, having just morphed into the Citrus Bowl from the FAILED Tangerine Bowl.

Sun Bowl? DUCK …………………from all the gun fire with drug delars firing into the streets of El Paso. Be afraid …………….be very afraid with Obama’s guns and Eric Holder’s guns circulating in El Paso . DUCK !!!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

December 5th, 2011
10:13 pm

Mobile Dawg

One UGA fan called in and said the UGA team was celebrating in the locker room at the half

Yea the typical Mark Richt coached team was that he never can make adjustments

And Finebaum said something about Richt will get another contract extension and that UGA was basically going to regret it

Bill Stanfill

December 5th, 2011
10:20 pm

Boise State in the MAACO Bowl against 6-6 Arizona State is a crime.

Boise should be in the Sugar Bowl instead of Virginia Tech. Makes absolutely no sense. Folks down at the Sugar Bowl need a good spanking.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

December 5th, 2011
10:24 pm

Bill S Boise has just been put in their place like the UGa fans were saying before they beat the dawgs.

Chris

December 5th, 2011
10:25 pm

where are the isaiah crowell rumors coming from? If any one has heard it plz state your source. We need him

FLA DAWG

December 5th, 2011
10:26 pm

McGarity is a puppet of Richt and has been since his arrival in Athens.

Richt will get a contract extension and Richt will likely demand that Bobo be retained.

This is an absolute joke.

A blind man could see how bad The Dawgs are and the fact that they will not show any significant improvement next season.

Anyone want to bet The Dawgs win 10 in a row next season?… I didn’t think so.

FLA DAWG

December 5th, 2011
10:29 pm

31,

GOD Man,

Are we so bad now that we have to compare our record with GT!?

We really are bad – and Richt has put us here in my opinion.

Mobile Dawg

December 5th, 2011
10:29 pm

Someone mentioned the other day that this could turn into a Mike Shula type scenario. Let’s hope you’re wrong about McGarity FD. Will be a career move for McGarity either way.

FLA DAWG

December 5th, 2011
10:40 pm

Yep MD,
Time will tell.

Mosely Wright

December 5th, 2011
10:48 pm

Crowell freshman of the year must give every other conference hope that SEC domination is over. Herschel woulda played on a broken leg. He may have pulled a weed but he never pulled on one! Isiah, behave like your biblical namesake and your ankle, wrist, feelings, whatever will never hurt again. Just cause Honey Badger done don’t mean DAWG should do it.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

December 5th, 2011
11:25 pm

Take away all the stats of Crowell’s against Non-SEC teams and how did he do? I just find it hard he was the best freshman. There HAD to be a DB or Lineman or somebody that did more than Crowell. Well good for him maybe his head can Swell some more.

big black kracker dawg

December 6th, 2011
12:04 am

Crowell is a big wanta be … and never will be…. A high caliber running back… He is made of glass. He is unmotivated…He lacks passion… He doesnt want to improve his technique and stamina.. He fakes injuries… He doesnt realize he is wasting a opportunity.. He is overrated…He is a dope head…He want be here in 1 year… ” flunks out…He didnt deserve top honors as freshman of the year.. He is a embarrasment to CMR… Dawg nation is not fooled… Crowell!!!!!

We steal ruin this state

December 6th, 2011
12:06 am

Still, think of it in terms of obama’s nobel prize

aarh

December 6th, 2011
12:19 am

AltahamaDawg- Malcome barley even played earlier in the yr. mainly both bc he was fighting injuries, & also bc he was buried on the depth chart behind Crowell, Sameul & C. Thomas. Lately when he’s finally received some playing time…he’s played pretty well. It’s kind of hared to get a lot of yds though when s player doesn’t get many carries.

aarh

December 6th, 2011
12:27 am

Flat Tire- Yes, UGA did lose a couple of games early in the yr. in ‘07, but in that yr. everybody in the nation was losing every wk…even more so than this yr. LSU & many of the other top teams also had at least 2 loses as well. If there was any other team that had less losses than UGA that yr., then it was only a team that played a weak schedule. Like Hawaii, who was undefeated until UGA stomped them out. UGA also lost those games early in the yr. before they got hot, & LSU lost both of their games after UGAs last loss. Even though AL very well could’ve beaten LSU, they had their chance, but LSU never played UGA in ‘07. So, how can anyone say that UGA wouldn’t have beaten them when they were never given the chance? I understand the argument that they didn’t even win their conference, but if UGA couldn’t play for it that yr. for that reason…despite the fact that everyone in the media said that they were the hottest team in the nation, then AL shouldn’t either. Their should be consistency is all I’m saying. “07 was a weird yr. where everybody lost. So, a lot of teams could argue all day long.

aarh

December 6th, 2011
12:37 am

Kook Aid Bar- Crowell had over 100 yds. in 4 games…SC, Miss St., Ole Miss & AU. So, all 4 of those games were SEC teams thank you. He actually had over 100 yds. against AU pretty much just in one 1/2. I know he’s had a lot of issues…mainly just staying on the field, but I’m just letting you know he did have all of his 100 yd. games against SEC competition. He didn’t even play against New Mexico St., bc that’s when he got suspended.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

December 6th, 2011
12:41 am

aarh………….that is why I asked. I didn’t know when and against he had most of his yards.

Texas Dawg

December 6th, 2011
12:54 am

I live in Dallas and know some Cotton Bowl officials and as much as some Dawg fans may want to play here at Jerry World, it just wasn’t going to happen. Quite frankly, they would have rather taken Auburn than us due to belief that they will bring more fans. Also, ESPN reporting that CMR has opened up competition at tailback position for the bowl game starter. I find that extremely odd he would make that announcement on the same day IC gets named SEC freshman of the year after gaining nearly 1,000 yards in 10 games; and it comes just one day before Marshall’s announcement. Too bad AJC won’t give us any original reporting but as my grandmama used to say, “something in the milk ain’t clean.” I’m really worried about those flunking out of school rumors now.