Sunday, December 4, 2011

My Two-Cents on the 2011-2012 Bowl Season

Admittedly, I have not been paying too much attention to college football this year since my television obsession has taken over, but I do know that it's been a crazy season. Last night, the bowl match-ups were announced, and I thought I'd share my initial thoughts:

BCS National Championship Game: (1) LSU vs. (2) Alabama
I go back and forth when it comes to the BCS. On one hand, I agree that the only fair way to crown a National Champion is by having some sort of playoff system because that's how every other title is determined in America. It's only logical, but big time college football has never been logical. On the other, I like bowl games and the tradition that comes along with them. The schools like them too because of the money that comes along with them which is why we'll never see a playoff anytime soon.

If anything, the BCS causes a lot of drama and is the seed of interesting debates throughout the season, but the idiocy of the system has peaked its head out from the ground as we're being forced to watch a rematch between LSU and Alabama for the BCS Championship. Luckily, I didn't watch the first game, but having a rematch to crown the championship makes zero sense in my opinion (yes, a playoff could result in the same match-up.) What makes me even more upset is the fact that it's two SEC teams because I'm tired of that conference dominating football. Since I don't have a horse in the race, I'll be skipping this year's game altogether.

Orange Bowl: (23) West Virginia vs. (15) Clemson
I cannot remember a non-BCS Title Orange Bowl that I actually cared about, and this year's is not going to be memorable either, but it's a prime example of what's wrong with college football. You see, the big bowls thrive on dishing out big money to the champions of the big conferences. The problem is the Big East and the ACC are not relevant anymore but we're stuck with this match-up between a school, West Virginia, that's ranked lower than schools from smaller conferences (Boise State, Houston, and Southern Mississippi) and a team that's ranked lower than the team they beat for their conference's championship (Clemson). Since the Orange had to take the Big East and ACC champions, more deserving teams are left on the outside. How does that make any sense?

Much like most of the major games, I don't really care for either team. Since WVU will be jumping ship to the Big 12, and that's my home league, I'll go ahead and secretly cheer for them while I openly mock them for sneaking into a big money game.

Sugar Bowl: (13) Michigan vs. (11) Virginia Tech
OK, now I'm really confused. I know that the Sugar Bowl has ties to the SEC, and since the two best teams are facing off for the BCS title they couldn't play in this game. I get that, but how did two teams that didn't even win their conferences get here especially when Arkansas was ranked higher than BOTH of them?

I give up. I'm going for Michigan because the Big Ten is less of a joke than the ACC.

Fiesta Bowl: (4) Stanford vs. (3) Oklahoma State
So, I lied. There is a major bowl game that I care about and it's the Fiesta. My allegiances will always be to the Big 12 (until next year when Texas A&M leaves for the SEC), but the Pac-12 will always be a close second.

I was surprised that OKSt did as good as they did, and I was little upset that they ruined their own chances to play for the National Title (who loses to ISU?) thus giving us an all-SEC championship game. On the flip side, I was pulling for Stanford for most of the season, so I'm going with the Tree over the Pokes.

Rose Bowl: (10) Wisconsin vs. (5) Oregon
Ah, tradition. The Granddaddy of Them All. At least we can count on the Rose Bowl to remind us of the greatness of college football and for keeping us all stuck in the past since they'll never budge enough to give fans a playoff. Deep down, I'm always looking forward to the Rose Bowl even though it stands in the way of progress.

My ties to the Pacific Northwest dictate that I root for the Ducks, so that's what I'm going to do. I'm just glad they don't have to play Ohio State again. Man, I really dislike the Buckeyes.

Other Notable Games:

Poinsettia Bowl: (18) TCU vs. Louisiana Tech: Yup, the 18th ranked team in the land has to play in the Poinsettia Bowl...again! At least next year TCU will have a legit shot a bigger bowl game since they'll be a member of the Big 12, but so will WVU.

Las Vegas Bowl: (7) Boise State vs. Arizona State: Much like the Poinsettia Bowl, a decently ranked team (top ten as a matter of fact) is forced to play in an inferior bowl game for who knows why. It's just too bad we didn't get another meeting between TCU and Boise State because those games salvaged previous bowl seasons.

Holiday Bowl: (24) Texas vs. California: I just want the Golden Bears to destroy to shorthorns. I know it probably won't happen, but a guy can dream.

Alamo Bowl: Washington vs. Baylor: Maybe I should move back to the West Coast because this is the second match-up that has me picking a lefty school over a Texas one. To be fair, I've always been a fan of Washington even when they were horrible (plus, I really dislike Baylor.)

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Texas A&M vs. Northwestern: Leave it to the Aggies to force me to break my "no corporate sponsorship" rule. Ah well, Gig 'em!

TicketCity Bowl: (19) Houston vs. Penn State: What the hell is TicketCity? I still can't believe the Coogs blew their chances at a bazillion dollars and a BCS bowl game.

OK, rant over.

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