It’s not wabbit season; it’s not duck season…

it’s bowl season!

 

You’re off the hook for now, fellas… kinda like Houston Nutt.

Here are a few random thoughts and questions I’ve got about the college football world in the wake of the bowl season being set:

  • I keep wondering how Dennis Dodd does his research. He’s “mildly interested” in watching the Sugar Bowl and warns us not to underestimate Hawaii because the Warriors “… can run, which is half the battle in college football today.” Uh, Dennis, Hawaii is currently sitting at 113th nationally in rushing offense. If the Warriors can run, that’s one helluva sandbag job they’ve pulled off this year.
  • Tony Barnhart’s doing that bowl ranking thing. It’s nice that he’s got the Sugar Bowl at #1, but does he really think the Capital One Bowl will feature the second most exciting game of the postseason? On paper, this one looks to be a rout. Michigan hasn’t figured out how to defend a spread offense – even a Division 1AA spread offense – all year and Florida has the 10th ranked rushing defense in the nation. Does he believe that Lloyd Carr coaching in his last game will make that big a difference?
  • Look, I would have loved to have seen a Georgia-USC matchup in the Rose Bowl as much as anyone, but it wasn’t in the cards. And it’s not the Rose Bowl’s fault, as much as folks like ESPN’s Pat Forde would like to make it sound (“The fact that the Rose Bowl took the Illini — a three-loss team from a lousy Big Ten — is an indictment of a hidebound bowl that’s part of a hidebound system. The Rose Bowl’s myopic, weepy Big Ten vs. Pac-10 nostalgia is out of step with the times.”) . As Paul Westerdawg points out, the decision was the Sugar Bowl’s to make, and it wanted Georgia.
  • Speaking of the Sugar Bowl, what do you think happens if LSU beats OSU in an ugly game and Hawaii whips Georgia? The AP isn’t bound by the BCS title game results, so do we possibly get a split MNC in that case?
  • I’m a bit surprised about the gnashing of teeth over some of the matchups in the non-title BCS games, particularly the selection of Kansas over Missouri in the Orange Bowl. People tend to forget that the BCS has one purpose in life: to match a #1 and a #2 in a title game. The remainder of the package is, after all, a bunch of bowl games. And the first priority of a bowl committee is to put asses in the seats. Missouri couldn’t even sell out its allotment of tickets to the Big XII championship game. And let’s face it, after seeing the backdrop of blue seats at the ACCCG, the Orange Bowl is probably a little concerned about Virginia Tech fans showing up in Miami. All of which proves again that Mark Richt ain’t a stupid guy.
  • That all being said, when you look at the two options being considered for the “plus-one” format for some future BCS arrangement, is there any doubt in your mind which one will be adopted?
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12 responses to “It’s not wabbit season; it’s not duck season…

  1. crewzin777

    Senator, from what I read we may have the Rose Bowl to blame:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=maisel_ivan&id=3138808

    “Given the opportunity to match No. 7 USC against No. 5 Georgia, the Rose Bowl chose No. 13 Illinois instead to preserve its Pac-10 vs. Big Ten identity. That decision freed up the Sugar Bowl to install Georgia as its “host” team. The Dawgs will buy a lot of tickets for a game against No. 10 Hawaii, which isn’t likely to bring a lot of fans.

    Under BCS rules, a bowl game that loses a team to the BCS Championship Game may “protect” at-large teams from that conference. For instance, the Sugar could have invoked that rule to prevent the Rose from selecting Georgia. However, Slive said, the Rose did not seek Georgia. ”

    Since the Rose Bowl did not even consider Georgia we have no idea if the Sugar would have allowed us to go to Pasadena.

  2. Interesting.

    I hesitate to throw this out, considering the source, but Buck Belue said yesterday on 680 The Fan that the Sugar Bowl wanted Georgia and wouldn’t release to the Rose.

  3. SSB Charley

    Heard on Rivals radio yesterday that BCS bowls have only invited a championship game loser once in 23 opportunities. That Mizzou shouldn’t be surprising to anyone, particularly if they didn’t sell their allotment to the championship game.

  4. Plus, there’s precedent- Tennessee beat Florida in the Swamp in ’01, went to the SECCG with their sights on the Rose Bowl, lost…and Florida went to the BCS as the at-large.

    I’m not yet totally sold on this whole “Kansas will travel ANYWHERE!” bit, espcially the Vandy-sized nature of their home field.

  5. Oh, and that Dodd quote is Joe Morgan-stupid.

  6. SonuvaDawg

    The Rose had first pick and could have requested UGA. They didn’t. The Sugar probably would have nixed it anyway.

    I think if we did play the Rose and beat USC, we could split the polls. I doubt we can split them based on a win over Hawaii.

  7. KG

    According to all the sites I have seen, Mizzou sold out its 8500 ticket allotment within a few hours. Where did you hear that Blu?

  8. According to Dodd’s column, the Big XII game wasn’t sold out… he blames Mizzou for that, but doesn’t say exactly that it’s because of failure to sell the allotment out.

    I should know better than to extrapolate from what he writes, shouldn’t I…

  9. Speaking of Dodd, he doesn’t even have a point with YPC, as the Rainbow Warriors are scooting to 3.6 per. So he’s wrong on multiple levels.

    I don’t get this at all. Everyone in the world knows all Hawai’i does is chuck it. How can you not? What inside of you would make you say that Hawai’i can run the ball, when all evidence, historical precedent, and international opinion points to the opposite of this? How does this man have a job?

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  11. As a loyal reader, a UGA alum raised in Athens who now teaches at Mizzou, I can assure you that Dodd could not have been more wrong. Mizzou bought up its allotment before 11 a.m. the day tix went on sale, and it bought all of its allotment for KU plus bought about 10,000 tickets off online sites, presumably sold by Kansas people. I was there for the Mizzou-KU game and it was almost 50-50! What a year for a Dawg who also roots for Mizzou…

  12. Like I said, I should have known better. ;)

    One of the local sports talk radio stations in Atlanta had the decision maker from the Orange Bowl on the air yesterday to discuss the rationale behind picking Kansas over Missouri… his was rather strained logic, to say the least.