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December 4, 2011

Where Will Georgia Go Bowling?

No matter how the BCS Championship shakes out, LSU and Alabama are going to be BCS teams.  That leaves Arkansas, South Carolina and Georgia left for the CapitolOne, Outback and Cotton bowls. For purposes of discussion, I assume those three bowls wouldn't pick a 7-5 team over a 10 win team (and I am not sure they can by rule, now that I think about it).

The CapitolOne has first pick of SEC teams after BCS teams are off the table. Outback and Cotton pick next, working together.

Conventional wisdom has Arkansas going to Dallas for the Cotton.  There is no rule requiring a West team, but only Tennessee in 2001 and 2005 has played in the Cotton Bowl from the East since the SEC tie in started. The West just makes more sense, given proximity of fan base.

However, for that to happen, CapitolOne has to pick either Georgia or South Carolina over Arkansas. Do you think that'll happen?  I don't. It looks like the B!G rep will be Nebraska, so matching Bobby Petrino and Bo Penlini is a pretty compelling opportunity. If Michigan doesn't get a BCS bid, you can expect them to play in Orlando, by the way. There is a chance they pick Georgia, since we played in the SECC or South Carolina because they are stupid, but given the match-ups and getting a top 5-6 BCS ranked team, they'll pick Arky.

So that leaves the Outback and Cotton picking between Georgia and South Carolina. I don't have anything more than a hunch, but I think we'll go to Dallas and face Oklahoma.   If I am wrong, we'll face Michigan State (or Nebraska if they don't go to Orlando).

Where would you like us to go/see us going?


Anonymous said...

It does not matter to me who we play and what bowl we go to. What matters is that we need to win the bowl game and finish the season on a winning note after what happened last night. Just like last year, the bowl game is going to set the tone for the start of the next season. It is important we finish it the right way.

Bill M. said...


Paul Westerdawg said...

Schlabach says the CapOne will take South Carolina. They've never been, and they have the same record as ARK. They are also located closer.

That sends UGA to the Outback and ARK to the Cotton.

That's probably the best fit for everyone including fans, bowl reps and teams.

Unfortunately, that means we likely play Michigan State.

Until reading Schlabach's article, I really, really felt we were heading to Dallas.

Anonymous said...

I think the last time we played Michigan State was after the disappointing 2008 (pre-ranked #1) season in the Capital One bowl.

Scott said...

The one thing that the folks at the Capital One Bowl knows is that Georgia travels well. Our fans will show up. And who wouldn't want a nice trip to Orlando this time of year?!

Pack your Capital One card and get ready for a Mickey Mouse time!

PatinDC said...

I agree tht the win is most important.

I do think that UGA would pack the Cotton Bowl. Everyone I know is most excited about that opportunity.

Andy said...

I don't want the Outback. Sure, it'll be a homecoming for 7 and 11, but God, I really don't want our bowling reward to be an 11:30 AM kick-off. Perhaps that's fitting though.

Anonymous said...

Actually I believe the Outback is now back to 1PM too. In fact, I believe it changed last year.

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