College Football Bowl Schedule Leaves Much To Be Desired
Every top ten team is in a BCS Bowl game.
An SEC team and Texas, the consensus picks for the National Championship, are in the BCS National championship game.
Not one, but two "BCS busters" are in a BCS game.
Yet still, something feels off. Something feels not quite right. Something feels....unexciting
Maybe it's because my school, Texas Tech, is playing in the Alamo Bowl against a 6-6 Michigan State team who just suspended ten players.
Maybe it's because the national championship involves a team I can't really stand versus a team from a conference I can't really stand, making cheering either way feel a little dirty.
Maybe it’s because Texas is backing its way into the championship game after a somewhat controversial one point win over Nebraska. Though putting one second on the clock WAS the right call, a win by the Cornhuskers would have created BCS chaos and likely would have moved Texas Tech up a spot in the bowl selection process.
Maybe it's because the two BCS busters, Boise State and TCU, get to prove their worth against....each other? Not getting to see either team play a BCS conference school is an absolute letdown, despite the fact that the Fiesta Bowl participants make a pretty intriguing matchup. But we've already seen Boise v. TCU. Last year.
Maybe it’s because Cincinnati never even stood a chance at appearing in the title game. Sure, Texas and Alabama is the matchup most of America would love to see, but so is Colts vs. Saints in the Super Bowl, the only difference is they will have to PLAY the WHOLE way there. Sure, you can argue that Cincinnati gets a chance (unlike Boise State or TCU) to prove that they were legitimately shafted by the system by playing the same Florida team that Bama just housed on a neutral field. But even if the Bearcats were to beat the Gators by a score similar to the one of this year's SEC championship, it is highly doubtful that they move ahead of the BCS title game winner in the polls.
Maybe it’s because, like every year it seems, one of the BCS bowls is going to be spent watching somebody beat up Ohio State.
Sure, there are some great matchups out there. Nine bowl games are between ranked teams. But for every Champs Sports Bowl (#15 Miami vs. #25 Wisconsin), there's a Gator Bowl (#16 West Virginia vs. 6-6 Florida State). For every Capitol One Bowl (#12 LSU vs. #13 Penn State) There's an Alamo Bowl (Texas Tech vs. Michigan State)
Much like the regular season, which featured few true upsets, few matchups between ranked teams, and few inner conference games that really meant anything, the bowl schedule leaves much to be desired. At least on paper.
At least for now.
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