But, who knows, maybe one of Kiffin’s minions will go all rogue again and deflate the tires on the team buses. That way, they can’t leave their hotels and no one would have to be subjected to such a marquee matchup.
Though, we must say, this game might have some car-crash appeal if held in conjunction with a Kiffin family reunion. The bratty coach already dumped his 72-year-old dad because of the team’s defensive woes, and he surely would be willing to jettison a few more relatives if the Trojans lost again.
Georgia Tech, meanwhile, was blown out at home by Middle Tennessee, lost its final regular-season game by 32 points and wound up with a losing record after getting into the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game by default, the next team in line after Miami decided to spend another postseason in self-imposed lockdown.
Even after losing the ACC game, the Yellow Jackets still got the call that extended their bowl streak to 16 years in a row.
Talk about an achievement worthy of an asterisk.
But, this isn’t about one particular school. There’s plenty of averageness to go around.
A dozen teams received bowl bids with records of 6-6, which is often the sort of mark that gets a coach fired, not earns his team a trip at the holidays. (Or, in the case of Purdue, was bowl-worthy AND got the coach fired).
In fact, there are two games matching a pair of 6-6 teams _ Rice vs Air Force in the Armed Services Bowl at Fort Worth (sorry, our men and women in uniform) and Pittsburgh vs. Ole Miss in the BBVA Compass Bowl at Birmingham.
When those kind of teams get together, they’re hoping you throw out the record book.
Instead, you should change the channel.
Yet, none of the 35 bowls could find a spot for Louisiana Tech, the highest-scoring team in the country, a squad that won nine times and barely lost to Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in one of the most entertaining games of the season.
The Bulldogs apparently weren’t too thrilled about the idea of going to the nearby Independence Bowl to dance with another team from their own state (Louisiana-Monroe). They thought they had might get a call from someone more handsome. The Independence was all, like, why you disrespectin’ us, girlfriend? So they called up Ohio (University, not State), which said “yes.”
“Under no circumstances did I ever think there was any possibility at all that we would not play in a bowl game,” Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes said. “It is a shame that our nationally recognized team and its 31 seniors have to end the season this way.”
No, the real shame is that college football ends its season this way.
We’re promised a playoff in 2014, but we should see through that four-team ruse. It’s a way to silence everyone who wants a legitimate playoff (16 teams, minimum) and keep alive the bowl system, nothing more than a nonprofit scam lining the pockets of its operators with exorbitant salaries for the taxing job of putting on one game a year.View Entire Story
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