The best bowling is in the alley
During the upcoming holiday season, a glut of college football bowl games are on tap.
There are the meaningful ones like the Orange, Fiesta, Rose and Sugar Bowls, which the BCS deemed as the ‘Big Four.’
And, of course, there are the ridiculous ones as well. My personal favorites are the Humanitarian; Motor City; and the latest bowl joke, the Galleryfurniture.com Bowl.
The Humanitarian Bowl, which annually features the hometown Boise State Broncos, shouldn’t even be a bowl game, rather just another home game for the Broncos.
The same goes for the Motor City Bowl, I mean the Marshall Bowl. Who wants to see a team from the Mid-American Conference make their way to Detroit to pick on some slappy team like Cincinnati?
The Thundering Herd were exciting to watch when superhuman Randy Moss played or even when Heisman Trophy candidate Chad Pennington was calling the plays, but now I’d bet that about 70 percent of all college football fans would be hard-pressed to name at least one player on this year’s team.
As for the Galleryfurniture.com Bowl, where do I begin. The name itself is ridiculous. The teams pitted against each other hardly are worth the air-time slotted for the game.
Only alumni of the two schools, Texas Tech and East Carolina, will tune in this dandy of a game.
The BCS games have a bit of intrigue this season, although many fans are saying that the two top teams are not squaring off for the national title in the Orange Bowl.
While I’ll admit Florida State is probably the most exciting team to watch, the simple fact remains they shouldn’t have a chance at the title.
The Seminoles lost to the Miami Hurricanes back in October, which by default should make them ineligible for the Orange Bowl.
The Hurricanes did drop a game as well – to Pac-10 tri-champion and Rose Bowl bound Washington – but they did everything else right, including beating the ‘Noles in Tallahassee.
Oklahoma is the only undefeated team in major Division I football remaining, but they haven’t been playing at the top of their game down the stretch. While FSU has been hitting on all cylinders, the dream of a Sooner national title will have to wait until next year.
The intriguing matchup is the Hurricanes against the Gators. With a win over Spurrier in January, Butch Davis and Miami can claim Sunshine State supremacy.
Miami, once the maligned former power of the state of Florida, has experienced a meteoric rise back to the top 10 under Davis and are the best team in the land according to most people (other than the BCS committee).
The forgotten game in the quartet is the Rose Bowl. Oregon looked to be on their way to Pasadena for the first time in six years when the Ducks ran into a roadblock in the Oregon State Beavers, which sent the Huskies to a showdown with Drew Brees and the Purdue Boilermakers.
The Beavs, with their win over the Ducks in the Civil War, completed their improbable run into the BCS standings and a New Year’s day date with the Fighting Irish.
Even though the Irish are sentimental favorites of many Americans, they belong in the Fiesta Bowl as much as the Yankees deserve Mike Mussina.
As it is, the Irish are in and the Beavers are in, so the two will be in sunny Arizona when 2001 arrives.
The loser in the whole situation is Virginia Tech, a contender for the national championship and the playground for one of college football’s most exciting players in quarterback Michael Vick. The Hokies are now relegated to a second-rate bowl in the Gator Bowl.
Coach Frank Beamer and Vick were robbed of their just dues, but that’s the way with the BCS.
College football is on its way to finding the optimal formula to determine a ‘real’ national champ, but until then we’ll just have to gorge ourselves on these “intriguing” matchups.
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