There are already a bunch of threads, and more to come, on Michigan's Match-up in the Gator. But I thought we could use a catch all to discuss the other games, BCS games, Big Ten Games, and other Bowl Games of interest, so we don't get a new thread every time a bowl match up leaks. And through the Bowl Game Announcement shows on ESPN in about an hour. (One of the other threads already says it's OSU/Arkansas). So if you hear anything, read anything, or have a reaction to anything after it's announced, let's discuss.
Bowl Games Open Thread (non-Michigan)
I heard someone knock over a trash can outside. But it's probably just a raccoon.
The raccoon or the trash can?
Notre Dame and Miami in the Sun Bowl. The Hyundai Sun Bowl, in fact.
Catholics v. Convicts, Round Who Cares?
in East Lansing in September?
Wasn't that an episode of Most Extreme Elimination Challenge?
I will take the raccoon. His garbage can is too young to defend itself. In a year though I will take the garbage can as it will be ready.
In spite of the look of rage, the raccoon has mastered, I think the trash can is just to tough, however, after a year of battering, and, a year of growth and development, the stronger more mature raccoon with the aid of additional practice time with those posable thumbs, well, I like the chances of the raccoon in a rematch!
The Outback Bowl has PSU-Florida. That game should get pretty good ratings based on the reputations of those programs more than their teams this year. I'm pretty sure its on at the same time as the Michigan, so I won't be watching it. I think Iowa is locked into the Insight Bowl where they could be facing Nebraska, which would be an interesting matchup between our soon to be divisional rivals.
Everything I'm reading is saying Iowa- Mizzou in the Insight. Apparently they don't want the game to be all "about " the big ten. This is just what I've read so take it with a grain of salt until it's announced officially.
I don't really understand their reasoning because I'd guess that Nebraska would draw better ratings and a better turnout, in addition to probably being the better team.
If anyone cares, Toledo and Florida International will play in the bowl game at Ford Field.
Isn't that sort of a 'home game' for the FIU team?
Any news on Sparty?
They are pretty much locked into the Capital One Bowl against an SEC team that will proceed to destroy Sparty.
You won't hear anything until they announce the BCS rankings at 815. Sparty is waiting to accept a Capital One bowl bid just in case they are able to somehow get a BCS bid, although this is incredibly unlikely.
I saw that Huge said that it was going to probably be Bama, which I think is probably correct however he has certainly been wrong before.
That'll be a bloodbath if Bama comes in ready to play. MSU isn't in that league.
Saban faces-off with his old team. He should absolutely crush them. It'll be a lot of fun to watch.
...as it is more or less at the same time as the Gator Bowl it'll be even more fun to not watch!
I agree MSU will be highly outmatched if they play BAMA. One thing that state has going in their favor is motivation. Motivation for coach D to get a win on his former boss, motivation to send off the seniors with a bowl win, motivation for the team to prove themselves that the season was not a fluke. If the opponent is indeed BAMA, then I see the situation similar to the Sugar Bowl from 2years ago where Utah came out with a win. Alabama had no motivation to play in that game and Utah took advantage. Alabama is coming off a national title, was preseason number one, and just lost in epic fashion to send their in state rival to send them to a national championship. I can't imagine that Alabama players would be getting excited to play in the cap one bowl.
Apologies if there are grammatical errors because I'm on an iPad and have no idea how to scroll up in the post.
They're the one who got jilted/screwed out of a BCS Bowl. Bama has the motivation to prove they are better than they've shown. I'd say it's more Jan 1 Michigan-USC than Utah-Bama.
I'd have to disagree. I think they would be more fired up to play alabama than say if they got matched up with tcu in the cap one bowl. Mark may must read this blog because he just stole my points above
It would be matched up with TCU in the ROSE Bowl. Sure, Alabama is better than getting stuck with, say Mississippi State, for excitement value, but going to the Cap 1 again isn't the same thing as the Rose for the first time in 23 years. Or any BCS Bowl, ever.
And having Mark May agree with you is not a real backing up of your argument....
This is Sparty's best season in 50 years, 11-1, and they are going to the Capital One bowl where an 8-4 Michigan team made it in back in 2007/08.
One can almost feel sorry for them, almost, but not really.
Sparty vs LSU or Alabama would be great.
Even the bowl committees hate Sparty
No BCS bowl plus they get to play Bama (their worst nightmare) in the bowl they do make.
I would love to see OSU vs. Stanford in a BCS game....
Utah vs. Boise State
How the mighty have fallen.
Best reason for Peterson to move on. His teams have to shoot the moon or they go to Vegas. Curfew will be fun to enforce there.
OSU vs. Arkansas... not sure if confirmed.
I hope Mallett bombs OSU into Bolivian.
It counts as a victory for Michigan if a once-michigan-qb beats OSU, right? Right?! RIGHTTTT?!
for Mallett. Undisciplined quarterback versus disciplined defense equal comfortable Buckeye win.
It's a good match-up for OSU. Maybe the best they could have outside the ACC/Big East dregs. I actually think Bama would be a scarier match-up for them.
the real question is if the Ark recievers can get off the coverage, not because tosu corneres are that good, but therir speed isn't bad, and the Ark receivers catch the best in space..in tight coverage? Well.
OSU is marketed as some kind of powerhouse. Sure they've dominated the Indianas and the Purdues, but they haven't done much else. MSU (a team that gets laughed at for their soft schedule) has more victories on the road against bowl teams than OSU does. Frankly, I think Arkansas gives them a lot of trouble and comes away with it.
I hope Mallet bombs OSU into Bolivian
It's an MGoBoard-meme spelling of oblivian. It came a while back when somebody said they would be "negged into bolivian [sic]". A typo turned endless enjoyment.
Alabama is going to annihilate MSU. I cannot wait to watch it go down.
Can't say those Bowl commisioners don't like a good plot line. I laughed out loud seeing that matchup.
are freaking out about this matchup because they think that Bama is going to kick their ass in the bowl game.
According to Lou Holtz, Virginia Tech quarterback "Tyler Tyler" is underrated
I coulda' sworn he said, "ND,...blah-blah-blah, ND, blah-blah-blah...lisp, or something like that. Oh, sorry, I guess I might have tuned him out after his comments about UConn & Oklahoma. Has he woke up yet?
Fiesta Bowl... yuck.
Oklahoma is gonna wreck UConn. Down with the BCS!!
is this the worst BCS line up ever?
It is pretty damn ugly.
Oregon v Auburn (duh)
Wisky v TCU
OSU v Arkansas
Stanford v VT
Oklahoma v U-Conn
Like the Big Ten chances, Stanford should be able to take VT...and OU finally found a team they shouldn't choke against in a bowl.
Oklahoma shouldn't choke against UConn, but I wouldn't put it past them.
I may be biased, but VT looks like they're hitting their stride, and Tyrod Taylor is settling down as a QB. Not to mention they have 3 runningbacks averaging 50+ yards per game and they have the usual Lunch Pail defense. I think this will be a good game.
I will be rooting for UConn as usual.
scenario if VT kicks Stanford in the teeth?
Nebraska vs. Washington
Washington is way overmatched in this one.
35th ranked total offense vs. 84th ranked total defense.
75th ranked total offense vs. 10th ranked total defense.
That's dumb. They already played each other this season with Nebraska winning 56-21 in Seattle.
Why is a 9-3 team playing a 6-6 team?
I would imagine that USC not being bowl eligible has something to do with it. Also, the Pac-10 sent two teams to the BCS, so the Pac-10 is probably having a tough time filling all of its bowl commitments.
Not a very exciting matchup though.
Nope. Not a great matchup at all. But looking at the PAC 10, outside of Oregon and Stanford, there aren't any great teams. The third place team is Arizona who is 7-5.
I think that's why I'd lean toward Auburn taking the national championship. Oregon beat Stanford, but outside of that, they haven't played anybody who is very good, whereas Auburn went undefeated in the SEC West, which is stacked this year.
Not saying that Oregon doesn't deserve to be where they are, I think they are a very good team, but Auburn just has more experience against tough competition.
Nebraska is 10-3, but your right this one wont be good
I think I can skip watching that one.
this is the dumbest thing ive ever seen
bowl season is a chance to see cool matchups we dont get very often and we get a rematch of a beatdown.
Nebraska fans have to be pissed. From the fiesta bowl to this crap. Well i guess they woulda played a crappy uconn team anyways.
Funny how they have a big hyped show to announce one meaningful game and a bunch of "who cares" crap games. The selection show would be so much better if they were revealing a 16 team playoff bracket.
Herbstreit just said he loves Cam Newton's smile. How can he even talk about smiles without you know who...
Saban vs MSU.
I get my favorite non-Michigan matchup: Pros vs Cons.
Good subplot with Saban having dumped MSU when the administration meddled in his business too much. Also, it's great to see MSU have to face a quality team on a neutral field. I have a feeling the Spartybragging won't be nearly as loud after this game as it will before.
Harbaugh interview right now. He kind of looks like he can be chad hennes father
Who? I only know Chad Henry.
How much did the missed FG in the Nevada game cost Boise St?
It cost them $3mill and each team in their conference $625K:
SBNation Detroit has a good compilation of all the Bowl Games.