There are two articles that are must reads for Georgia fans wondering where our bowl destination lies. The first is an interview with the CEO of the Rose Bowl on the AJC's site. The key quote is this:
"We are very cognizant of the long-time partnership between the Big Ten and the Pac-10, and we try to give special preferences to those," said Mitch Dorger, CEO of the Rose Bowl. "But we are not obligated to disadvantage the game in order to keep that [partnership] alive."As a refresher, the Rose Bowl will have the #1 pick of available at-large teams if Oklahoma beats Missouri. In that scenario, the Rose will essentially have to pick between UGA with its high ranking, sexxxy winning streak, great record, warm and fuzzy coach, and big traveling fan base OR Illinois with its low ranking, three loses, knuckle dragging coach, thieving basketball fans who smoke in non-smoking rooms, eat crackers in bed and pee on the toilet seat. I think the choice is obvious.
Groo at DawgsOnline points out that Jim Delany, Big 10 Commissioner and resident pain in the ass for the SEC, worked with the Rose to create a contract that gives them all sorts of most favored nation status exemptions. In other words, the Rose will have plenty of excuses at their disposal if they want to screw us and pick the Fighting Zookers. He theorizes that the Rose At-Large selection will simply come down to a power struggle between SEC Commissioner Mike Slive and Delany.
Dec. 2nd's Bowl Selection Show will be must see TV if Oklahoma beats Missouri. Well...it'll be pretty intriguing regardless.
-- Dawgs in the BCS - DawgPost.com
-- Bowls and Recruiting - OnlineAthens
-- Stewart Mandel says Illinois to Rose - SI.com