Georgia Bulldogs Deserve BCS Berth, but Better off Without It

Mike Foster@michaelsfosterCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Quarterback Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates with running back Todd Gurley #3 after Gurley rushed for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on December 1, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Georgia fans could make a heated argument as to why the BCS is bogus after yesterday's SEC title game, but with a playoff just two years away—granted it's not the most preferable of formats—it might be advised to just take the rhetorical over-glorification of the BCS series with a grain of salt.

Afterall, Georgia will probably play the better contest come bowl season anyway. 

Thanks to an 11-1 record, against Georgia's 11-2 record, and a tougher schedule, the Florida Gators are everything but a lock to be the SEC team invited to play in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

According to the polls and computers combined, the SEC No. 2 will be Florida, which arguably was dealt luxury in the form of getting to sit on its hands this weekend as Georgia battled Alabama for the conference title.

This may not seem fair to Georgia fans, especially considering that the Bulldogs were five-yards away from not only winning the greatest game in program history, but earning a trip to the Discover BCS National Championship.

Even Alabama head coach Nick Saban chimed in on Georgia's future after the dust settled on Saturday.

"I think it's a crying shame if Georgia doesn't get to go to a BCS bowl game," Saban said. 

There were doubts about Georgia all year because of its softer schedule, but its performance against Alabama seemingly erased the implication that the Bulldogs were anywhere near overrated.

To further the argument, Georgia beat Florida head-to-head, fair and square. 

But, it may not be a crying shame at all. In fact, at the end of the day, Bulldog fans are probably going to be happier with the Outback, Cotton, Capital One or even Chik-fil-A Bowl. 


The opponents are clearly going to be the better teams. This bowl season will very well feature the worst BCS bowl matchups ever.

When everything in college football is clear cut and running smoothly, the BCS gets it right. But, when parity comes knocking, the BCS becomes a joke.

Ohio State's ineligibility helped send an 8-5 Wisconsin team to the Rose Bowl. Northern Illinois could make an at-large appearance against Florida State in the Orange Bowl. 

As for Florida's probable Sugar Bowl opponent?

Florida, meet Louisville. Believe it or not, they have a football team over there too.

Wherever Georgia lands this bowl season, it's going to be facing a storied program. Oklahoma could be Georgia's opponent for the Cotton Bowl. If Georgia makes the Capital One Bowl, it could face Nebraska. 

Heck, Georgia could even somehow end up in the Chik-fil-A bowl against Clemson. Clemson went 10-2 this year and was considered one of the most underrated teams in the nation. It also used to be one of Georgia's biggest rivals.

There's a very slight chance that Georgia could have earned enough respect last night to get a Sugar Bowl nod over Florida.

There's also a slight chance that Oklahoma, the more worthy team, could get the at-large invitation to the Sugar Bowl.

A Georgia-Oklahoma Sugar Bowl isn't likely, but a Georgia-Oklahoma Cotton Bowl is. 

Would Georgia fans rather see the Bulldogs further prove its worth with a decisive victory over a program like Oklahoma, or a blowout win over the Big East champion?

Football fans have debated the Big East's rights to an automatic bowl bid for a handful of years now. 

In a nutshell, this season has proven more than any other that the BCS is a flawed system when the cards aren't dealt the right way.  There's no reason to put the BCS matchups on a pedestal.

The better bowl games will be played outside of the BCS' reign. 

Yesterday's game against Alabama wasn't just about earning a shot at a national championship for Georgia.

It was a chance for Georgia to finally prove it could show up and compete with the best of the best, which was something the Bulldogs failed at in the past under head coach Mark Richt.

Georgia will get another chance in its non-BCS bowl game to get a signature win over a top program and create more momentum for next season.

If Florida gets stuck playing Louisville, its win would quickly be forgotten, if not ignored.


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