Football Future: Preparing for the bowl bubble and Pac-12 bowl expansionby Scott Terrell on Aug. 31, 2011, under Sports
The 2011 college football season starts tomorrow. By the end of the weekend every (eligible) Pac-12 team (not playing 13 games) hopes to have 1/6 of the wins needed to play in the postseason.
Who is going to make it to a bowl game and who is going to come up short?
You are already planning your bowl trip. Now you just need your team to win enough to take you there. Last year was so bad for the Pac-10 a 6-6 Washington team played in the same bowl that hosted the 11-1 Arizona team in 1998. This year the competition should be a little stiffer.
The math is certainly tougher. The conference added one bowl tie-in but there are two new teams. On top of that, it’s improbable the Pac-12 will get two teams in the BCS for the second straight year so that pushes everyone down a slot.
Just like last year we’re going to monitor the Pac’s bowl race using the following groupings: In, Bubble In, Bubble Out, Out. But – look out – this year we’re adding some color.
Based on last year’s results and this year’s expectations I think it’s safe to say Oregon, Stanford and Arizona State will be winning at least six games. That leaves eight teams battling for four bids and every squad has question marks galore.
Here in the Cheap Seats we crush no one’s dreams in training camp. Teams will have to stink their way off the bubble on the field.
USC’s players and fans are stuck waiting till next year. Larry Scott may want to use the time to secure an eighth bowl tie-in. Here are some options:
TicketCity – Dallas
This 2-year-old bowl could want to step up from Conference USA.
Meineke – Houston
A nine-team Big 12 doesn’t need seven bowl slots.
Pinstripe – New York
Insight – Tempe
The Bowl Formerly Known As Copper used to be in the Pac’s portfolio.
Armed Forces – Fort Worth
Another Texas bowl with a C-USA tie-in.
Poinsettia – San Diego
With the WAC being gutted, the 8th place Pac-12 team might look pretty good.
New Orleans – Guess
You can pretend it’s the Sugar Bowl and the Sun Belt champ is from the SEC.
Famous Idaho Potato – Boise
Nothing wrong with having a fallback plan. Washington State fans wouldn’t even have to get on a plane.
Six wins to go and I’m very happy to remind you that everybody’s looking for that first one…this week!
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