And I 3rd the idea that if the Cotton can match Texas and A&M, they'll drown kittens to do it.
Useless ESPN Bowl Projections Week 13
My prediction: Michigan vs LSU.
Matchup with Miles against his alma mater is too good to pass up. Michigan has never played LSU. Plus the Cotton Bowl is probably salivating at a Texas-TAMU matchup a year after the rivalry ended.
I agree, and I say bring on the Tigers. Unless we're playing for a national championship or Rose Bowl title, I'm not too concerned about losing a bowl game. I'd rather have a high-profile, interesting, challenging bowl matchup even if that means we're less likely to win. LSU would certainly be high-profile, interesting, and challenging.
(For what it's worth, I have a very different philosophy with non-conference scheduling, where I generally think it's a mistake to schedule games like this year's Alabama game. Losses hurt more there.)
Of course, I was disappointed to get Miss State in the Gator Bowl a couple of years ago...just didn't seem like a glamorous match-up at all.
By halftime, it occurred to me that the Maroon Bulldogs fans were probably thinking the same thing.
Seriously, these conference tie-ins to the bowl games are the worst. The ESS EEE SEE fans have got to be sick of kicking the crap out of the B1G and the ACC by now. I used to get sick of always playing Arkansas or Ole Miss or Auburn in Florida during the Moeller/Carr years...and those were games Michigan won pretty easily at the time.
I'm clamoring for a complete wipe of the bowl tie ins. I want to see Michigan play in the Cotton Bowl soooo badly. It's the only major bowl they haven't won or played in.
I want to see Michigan play in bowls like the Chick-fil-A (Peach), Sun Bowl and others because they have storied histories. Wouldn't even mind maybe a game with texas at the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
If Kent St. beats N.Illinois and either UCLA, FSU, or Nebreska lose and Kansas State does as expected and beats Texas it appears that Kent St. would be BCS bound. Also Rutgers can win the Big East with a win Thursday and possibly head to the Sugar Bowl.
Uhhh, no. First, they gotta crack the top 14 to be eligible. Second, they're not gonna get selected as an at large unless scandals pop up for 4-5 schools and make them ineligible for the postseason (not happening). Third, they have to finish top 6 to auto-qualify for a BCS bowl and that's ain't happening.
So no, Kent St will not get to a BCS bowl.
Top 16 and they get an auto. Its top 12 unless they are ranked above a BCS conference champion and they wil be above the Big East champ.
" The champion of Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, or the Western Athletic Conference will earn an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game if either:
Man, when did this happen? I didn't realize they changed that rule.
Kent State would have to crack the top 16 and be ahead of the Big East Champion to automatically qualify. Kent State is #17. UCLA is #16. Assuming Stanford pounds UCLA again, Kent State is going to a BCS game.
Based on the current Sagarin numbers, these would be predicted lines. The highlighted number(s) indicate a game in which the Big Ten pick would actually be favored:
|Bowl||Schlabach||Predicted Line||Edwards||Predicted Line|
|Rose Bowl presented by Vizio||Nebraska vs Stanford||6.69||Nebraska vs Stanford||6.69|
|Capital One Bowl||Michigan vs Texas A&M||10.7||Michigan vs Texas A&M||10.7|
|Outback Bowl||Northwestern vs LSU||8.07||Northwestern vs South Carolina||8.97|
|Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl||Wisconsin vs South Carolina||7.05||Wisconsin vs Vanderbilt||2.01|
|Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl||State vs TCU||4.19||State vs TCU||4.19|
|Meineke Car Care Bowl of TX||Purdue vs Baylor||14.03||Purdue vs Texas Tech||11.59|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||Minnesota vs Iowa St.||10.88||Minnesota vs Iowa St.||10.88|
Suck it, Vanderbilt!
What would this look like if OSU and PSU were eligible? Because of that B1G teams are playing 1-2 slots above where they normally would be. My guess is at least the spreads would be smaller.
but hey at least we have Rutgers and Maryland coming to save the day...
I would love to get a crack at playing against Johnny Football.
The prospect of playing an SEC team led by a young Heisman winner in the Capitol One Bowl actually sounds great to me, just like 08
Yes, just like 08! Uh you know, except without all the future NFL'ers, the #1 draft pick on the OL and a functional run game. Other than that, dude, we are GOOD. Seriously though, there is no good option for us here. We will be a multi-score dog no matter who we play.
That is terrifying. Texas A&M is not a team I would want to see us play right about now. I am not sure our "number 1 pass defense" would hold up.
I want to see Michigan play the best team they can play.
The more big games they play in the better off they will be the following year.
I'll bet the sum of the bet lines for all bigten bowl teams is +50
Edit: didn't see the sagarin predicted lines above, sorry
I highly doubt A&M falls to the Cap 1. The Cotton Bowl gets the first pick from SEC teams and it would be shocking if they passed on A&M. Huge alumni base in Dallas. High profile player. Almost guaranteed interesting matchup.
Assuming Florida's getting the SEC's second BCS bid, of the SEC title game losers, Georgia is a long way from Dallas (and not nearly as attractive a team as A&M) and Alabama's already played in Dallas this year. LSU is probably the second most likely for the Cotton, but again, Johnny Football, Heisman winner from a Texas school, is pretty much irresistible to the Cotton Bowl. About the only way A&M doesn't go is if Deloss Dodds informs the Cotton Bowl Committee through back channels that a matchup with A&M isn't acceptable to UT, but A&M may be more attractive than even UT to the Cotton Bowl this year.
I though Texas A&M was in the SWC?
We have beat little bro's before and we can beat them again.
Zona to the New Mexico Bowl
that's a shame