I think it's crappy that they're playing each other (again) in a bowl game, but at least this time around they get the benefit of a big payout from a BCS bowl game. The really nice thing here is that the winner of this game will, along with the winner of Texas/Bama and Cincy (should they upset UF) have a claim on the national title. If we can get three teams undefeated at the end of the year having played and WON a BCS game, that's pretty compelling stuff for a playoff.
Iowa and GT? Are you serious? GT is boring to watch anyway, and Iowa's offense is as painful as GT's defense. It should be close, but there's not a good chance I'll be watching that game. But hey, at least the ACC got a great draw with the weakest of the weak BCS bowl opponents.
I'm going for the MNC Game here (Hook'em horns!!!). Texas is one of my favorite teams outside of BC as my sister went there for law school, and Austin is just a great college town.
Bama is a very well coached team that doesn't allow mistakes on their end to beat themselves...but is Texas good enough to do that? I think they are. We'll have to see.
Excellent call on BC/USC. I'm a blinded homer as well, but I think I would enjoy that game regardless of my homerness.
For my pick here, I'm going with the Bobby Bowden Bowl...err...Gator Bowl. Let's first point out the funniest part about the Gator Bowl was that it pissed off the Clemson fans something fierce because they felt like they were a better team, with a better record, that had beaten FSU that year. Sound familiar, Chick-Fil-A bowl?
That stuff aside, it will be interesting to see FSU play WVU. FSU's biggest issue is wrapping up tackles, so they'll have their hands full with Noel Devine. WVU hasn't faced an offense half as good as FSU's this year, so expect this one to be a barn-burner. I think both teams will be in the mid-40's at a minimum. Should be fun to watch.
As I've said before, I really hold no ill-will towards NBE members USF, Cincy, etc. I watched Cincy's first game this year and have been sold ever since. I honestly believe that they deserve a shot at the title game...but so do Texas, 'Bama, and TCU (and maybe even Boise State).
Florida's non-conference schedule was beyond laughable: Charleston Southern, Troy, FIU, and FSU. Bama beat them pretty soundly and Tim Tebow simply isn't the same QB he was prior to the concussion. I know Cincy is the underdog here but I would have fully expected them to win if Brian Kelly were still the HC. Will they still pull it off even though "BK" is in South Bend now? That's worth a watch if you ask me.
Speaking of over-rated...
Both Oregon and Ohio State got a LOT better after they stopped playing other teams not in their conference. How the Big10 got two BCS nods is still perplexing to me, but in any event, you have the battle of two teams that looked great in-conference and lousy out.
SOMEONE's got to win, and my money is on Oregon..because "winning" and "BCS" don't usually go together with "Ohio State".
BCMike drafted: TCU-Boise, Texas-Bama, FSU-WV, Cincy-UF, Oregon-tOSU
Wesley drafted: Iowa-GT, BC-USC, VT-Tenny, LSU-PSU, Da U-Wisky