Thursday, January 3, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
Many bowls lead up to biggest game
Aah, the sake, thrill and agony of going bowlin’!
With that kind of lead up, all of you know exactly which type of bowlin’ we are referring to. They started about a week ago and have progressed slowly, meandering through the lesser bowls (if any can be referred to as “lesser” in the eyes of those who made it), to the granddaddy of them all on January 7.
The bowl picture has taken on an amazing involvement over the years, being fueled by big corporate names and money. One can find just about any name from Poinsettia to Orange and Rose and back again. The food craze invaded a few years ago and now we have the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Bowl. And in an apparent effort to address every need, there is a Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco and a Pinstripe Bowl at New York.
The interest is supposed to keep building until it reaches that certain level just before the burst of the biggest game on the biggest scene in Miami. Given this scenario, one must ponder why Ole Miss and Pittsburgh slipped past the radar and landed in the BBVA Compass Bowl on January 5. Both had records of 6-6 and neither was ranked at season’s end. Don’t worry, I am not knocking an SEC team in a bowl game; the bowl itself does seem appropriate for both teams.
It is clear to see just where I am going with this (which was written this past weekend prior to the bulk of the bowls). Each and every season we have to remind the rest of the collegiate world just who rules the roost in football around here. You have the Commodores (Vanderbilt) in Music City, a bit of a sleeper perhaps, but not shabby a record. LSU in Atlanta (Chick-fil-A) should be a lock versus Clemson. Mississippi State at the Gator Bowl against Northwestern is too close to call. Georgia in Orlando at the Capitol One, no sweat against Nebraska. Ditto, South Carolina in Tampa in the Outback, this year. Florida just might have a little tussle in the Sugar against Louisville. Texas A&M has been a giant killer all season so we don’t foresee any changes.
In case any of you have any problem in jumping on the Rollin’ Tide, just the use the cliché made famous by Flip Wilson, the comedian, “The devil made me do it!”
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