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Looks like Jordan Hicks, Texas' best linebacker who has missed almost all year, and Case McCoy got sent home related to sexual assault allegations. That's... not good.
cmd600 - that isn't why this bowl wasn't evenly matched.
Evidence? Seems like if you could argue any conference gets scheduled up it is the SEC.
They weren't evenly matched because the Big 12 is the deeper, better conference.
For the Big 10, that is currently the Outback, Capital One, and Gator Bowl (I apparently didn't realize they had the Gator Bowl tie-in), plus the BCS games. These are the bowls they're consistently losing, and they're not scheduling up in them.
So, yeah, 2012 is a bad year for the B1G because of the tattoo parties and the little boy rapers, but outside of this year isn't the argument that the B1G "schedules up" for bowl games really "the B1G isn't deep enough to compete in as many bowls as they attend?
The whole SEC is great and Big 10 sucks has started over the last 5 or so years. In that time, the SEC is getting an at-large berth every or near every year as well. Throw in the fact that the best non-BCS team from the SEC plays the Big 12 half the time and it's just not true that the Big 10 is scheduling up. That's the thing - most of the big time games these two conferences play are against each other.
most of the big time games these two conferences play are against each other
I don't think your evidence supports your point though. That the Big10 has the most atlarge selections is an important fact, but has nothing to do with this specific point. They are - in the meaningful bowls - mainly matched up with SEC or a BCS team and they aren't scheduled up in those bowls.
I guess we may be saying different things about what scheduled up means. I mean #X team from the Big 10 plays #Y conference from another conference.
In contrast, the league you mentioned initially, the SEC, is probably playing down, though that's based entirely on the league's strength.
Well, yeah, the SEC plays down, except for the years they play each other in BCS games, I guess.
Hey, the SEC has been the best league.
Now it's easy to take that simple truth too far (for example, thinking Georgia warranted the No. 3 ranking before the SEC title game),
UGA played a Bama team that will destroy ND to a stalemate, more or less.
Two safeties. Wow, I don't remember seeing that before.
that's a pretty nifty description. Both were the 3rd team taken from their conference and Bama was ranked higher coming into the game.
Prior to the SEC title game, Georgia beat one outstanding team all year in an ugly game, and got smoked by the only other good team on its schedule. They had no business bieng ranked where they were.
I mean, Ohio St. beat Arkansas that year, and both were non-champ BCS reps, using your phrasing, that's an even matchup that the Big Ten won. But I don't think it's reasonable to argue that year's Arkansas team was better than that year's Bama team, especially at the end of the year.
Arkansas was 3rd place in the SEC West (with 2 losses).
Edit: Oklahoma always reloads too.
We already see evidence of the Purple Pride invasion and we are estimating that between 30,000 and 40,000 K-Staters will be here for the game. Congratulations and thanks are due, again, to our incredible fans as the 22,500-plus Fiesta Bowl tickets distributed through the K-State ticket office were tops in the Big 12 and third only to Stanford (Rose Bowl) and Ole Miss (Compass Bowl) for tickets sold through participating schools.
I think, if I go again to a non-BCS, non-Cotton, game I'll wait and stub hub at the last minute.
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