Oh, what might have been.
Motivation level: Eh. After going 3-3 down the stretch and needing a field goal at the buzzer to avoid an upset at Kentucky, Georgia wants to put Smart’s debut season in the rear-view mirror so it can focus on what it hopes will be a brighter future under its new coach. This will not be an exciting bowl season for a team that sat at No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25 early in the fall.
Motivation level: The Horned Frogs just need to turn the page on this season. They backed into bowl season with four losses in six games to finish 6-6. TCU needs a bowl win to avoid a third losing season in the past 19 years, so it’s got that to motivate it through December — and much of its roster returns in 2017.
I can’t wait for McGarity and Smart to push ticket sales by telling the fan base it needs to show up in Memphis to impress recruits.
On the bright side, it’s another noon start, so it’s not like we’ll have to break any viewing habits.