Plain and simple, it looks like it's TCU, KSU or Boise St.
Who do you want to play in the Sugar Bowl?
Except that it's not that simple. Kansas State is also a factor.
Only if TCU isn't in the top 16 then it would be between K State or Boise
There you go...so in answering the question, who do you want?
I don't really care. I think we matchup well with all of them. That said, I'd prefer K-State/TCU to Boise. And while a Fiesta Bowl trip means that I get to attend (although with the coaches poll having bama a solid #2, its highly unlikely), I'd rather play any of those teams than a stanford team that would thrash us through the air.
Hearing it's KSU.
and I hope they're good.
Boise State. I think we'd win and I really want to beat them/am tired of them
I think its really unlikely that Boise gets picked at large. They have a comparable fan base to boise, but k state would add way more viewers (big 12 markets) than boise would (mountain west markets)
Doesn't MSU open with Boise State next year? Would be nice to beat Boise with Moore and then have then beat MSU to start the season next year.
I hope it's KState. And I think there's a good chance of it being that.
If it is between those two, I say TCU. Although they did beat Boise, Kellen Moore terrifies me, and I think Denard would have more success against TCU than Boise.
Higher level of competition and just a better overall game I think.
You know what I wish? I wish one of the gazillion times we're away next season, we'd have a Slippery Rock game in the Big House. I think they did that once in the '80s.
but I would prefer TCU.
Their defense would be overmatched. I have more fish in GMatt than I do in Boise's two stars versus DRob, Fitz, Junior, etc.
They have not see speed like Denard. I also will argue that Georgia is a different team. Then when Boise played them.
I think their defense is an average BCS defense, which is more than you can say for the typical; non-AQ squad not named TCU, but Georgia did score 21 against Boise and weren't so much slowed down by Boise as just make some bad plays.
I think Boise would be a nice matchup, but I have a sense it won't be them. Personally, I'd like UM-Stanford just for the B1G/Pac-10 symmetry and the fact that it would be a really fun game to see Luck and Denard dominate in their own ways.
But I will be happy regardless of the opponent.
Why would Sugar Bowl choose Boise State when they don't have to?
Boise State, and if they do I will be going to that game.
Soo... I would enjoy beating them. And possibly having them beat MSU when they play next year, so we can have more bragging rights.
We play Bama first game next yr. Bring on the best if you ask me. It will prepare us for our NC run next year.
Joke almost beat them last year.
I am not familiar with this person.
We aren't in yet. I just hope we are playing in the damn game ... at this point it doesn't matter who else is in the Sugar Bowl, especially if we are not. If we make it ... I'll gladly play whomever they say we are playing against
Guys, there are still so many options out there that this kind of thread is completely useless (and I'm normally fine with speculation threads). Can't we just wait until 8:15, and then start discussing who we are really playing?
It's a question...who do you WANT to play?
Not who do you think we'll play. It's who do you want to play of the names being floated around for the Sugar. It's so simple, why can't we just answer the question?
1. West Virginia. 2. Virginia Tech.
I think the reason it is speculation is because you put forth only three of at least 5 possible teams. Of those you put forth....1. KSU, 2. TCU, 3. Boise. I don't want Boise in a bowl game. They are good, and not a lot of upside. Beating WVU would be awesome for obvious reasons, and Va Tech would be a good matchup against a team from the ACC we haven't played perhaps ever, etc.
The fact that there are so many threads with so many comments shows that people want to discuss this.
...because I think they would be the best matchup for us in this scenario, BUT....
....I also shall wait for 8:15 PM, since I can hardly stand not really knowing at this point.
I think WVU would be the most interesting matchup available to us under the present circumstances.
TCU, because I have seen so little of them, would also be interesting. The Horned Frogs certainly gave Wisconsin something to think about last year.
A little TOO much to think about. Us too. Not that KSU is a pushover, but unlike Houston, TCU plays defense as well as offense. Not really interested. (West Virginia would be fun, without quite the venom with new coaches, and maybe a more likely win, as the Big East isn't good...but not looking too likely at this point).
I prefer a team from a BCS conference. Otherwise it's a lose - lose.
Kansas State. I don't understand why people think TCU is even worth a bid.
They would be an autobid if they get into the top 16.
I know, and to me, that's the biggest current problem with the BCS. That they didn't have the balls to kick out the Big East like they should've, and thus, crap-ass midmajors like TCU have an easy path in.
Plus, occasionally I see people thinking that they deserve a bid regardless of autobid status. (That is, had Houston kept it.) It boggles the mind.
TCU has won more BCS bowls than we have and also beaten Wisconsin more recently than we have. I wouldn't call em crap.
What they did last year means shit to whether they're worth it this year.
The problem with Boise is they have no depth on defense. If Michigan is able to run the ball effectively against them, it will wear Boise down and they would be able to win the game. Boise has a good power run game but it is not better than most of the teams we faced this year. Kellen Moore is a great quarterback, but they lost their two best receivers last year and their biggest threat is a tight end. Boise also likes to run a 4-2-5 and they hardly ever blitz, relying on a four man rush to get pressure on the qb. They also have a hard time keeping up with elite athletes that have great speed, which we have. Boise would be a good match up and I think we would win that game.
I feel like they are Nebraska but without as many good athletes.
Baylor is a long shot for a BCS bid, and probably won't make it anyway, but as a fan of the game in general I would love to see it, but as a UM fan, I would not want any part of it. It is one of the few teams that even a 21 point 4th quarter lead would not be secure against. Of the others, KState is from a BCS conference and should be the easiest to defend against, so the ease of victory and upside to defeating a team from a BCS conference makes it my pick.
After 2 trips to AA from KC this year, I had no plans on going to a bowl game. If my alma mater plays my favorite team since I can remember, I would have to think about going.
I pick WV
I guess I would actually go with KSU in the Sugar.
If not that, then TCU in the Sugar.
Playing Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl is pretty sexy* to me as well, but it would have been sexier had JH still been their coach.
*not to be confused with terms like "interesting" or "neat." I really mean that playing in the Fiesta or any other BCS game is like my very own veritable Viagra.
TCU. Beat Boise on the road. Lost a thriller to RGIII on the road. Lost to Iowa's 2nd Cousin (SMU) which was bad but Boise did not win the conference and did not beat TCU at home. Both have similar schedules. I think the Michigan vs TCU matchup is a really good one that everyone is going to bitch at for both teams being outside the top 10 BCS-wise, especially all of Spartan-Nation (all 20 of them). Good luck eating at Outback tonight. Make sure you get your bloomin onion their Sparty, I heard their insanely good! Great job this year Blue, first year Sugar, Second Year Rose and beyond!
We could play Stanford.
Kansas State, there isn't much upside to beating Boise St. or TCU
I think West Virginia would be much more interesting. RR Bowl
I recognize the no-upside angle when it comes to non-AQ teams, but I would really like to play Boise State. Kansas State is boring, and TCU seems nondescript this season. Boise State would be interesting to finally play after all they've hung around for all these years, and I'd like to see Kellen moore play a defense I'm actually familiar with.
I know this isn't really a part of this thread (Not nearly enough points to start a thread) but I know the selection show is at 815 on ESPN...can anyone tell me when they actually announce? Do they usually drag it out or do they announce the actual match-ups at 815?
Stanford or Baylor in whichever bowl. I would like another "signature" win outside of Nebraska going into next year.
I can't believe the choices in the Sugar Bowl come down to TCU, K State or Boise. What happend to good teams in the major bowls? Is it because they limit BCS games to 2 teams from a given conference? Hate to take a sparty side here, but they are way better than all three of those teams. So is South Carolina and Arkansas. What an unattractive matchup the Sugan Bowl is--if we weren't in it (fingers crossed) it almost wouldn't be worth watching.
I want Boise and I disagree with the no upside argument to beating Boise. They are basically the Gonzaga of college football, and yes I'm aware the sports are different. But Boise has gained a lot of national respect in the past five years and they deserve their top 10 ranking. Everyone knows Boise shows up for the big games (except for TCU, who apparently has Boise kryptonite) and beating them would be more than Georgia, Oklahoma, etc. have been able to do. And really, is it embarrassing to lose to them anymore? Doesn't everyone expect Boise to pull these out? I also think Boise is more vulnerable this year than they have been in a while so we have a shot. And if you don't like Boise then it is a chance to show people they aren't as good as their ranking.
...so I'd rather kick K-States @$$
I don't want to play KSU even though I think it would be a great game. I'm a big fan of Bill Snyder and I'd rather pummel Boise.
Word is VT is going to the Sugar bowl, which is ridiculous given what happened yesterday.
Here is the link.
"Virginia Tech to Sugar, Virginia to Chick-Fil-A."
Nice system where you can get blown out in your championship game and make a bowl. And I'm a VT graduate and fan, and I love VT, but they don't deserve to be in the Sugar Bowl, period.
That would be an immense shock given all the reporting that puts UVA in Nashville. I'll put that one in "believe it when I see it" territory.