OU's drop was more about getting them and Bama on the opposite sides of the bracket, IMO. ESPN greatly prefers OU vs. Bama to Clemson vs. MSU.
I'm not disagreeing that TV ratings will like a OU/Bama finale, but there is a risk in hoping for that scenario. They (whomever "they" are) had it within their control to have an OU/Bama matchup in the NYE games.
Personally it doesn't matter, everyone in this has to beat 2 of the other 3 to win the championship.
They shouldn't bother asking Jeff Long why the committee manipulates the rankings just to get the seeds they want. He isn't going to tell the truth and just say "we thought this would make for good television, and guarantee the B1G or SEC is in the championship game."
Camellia Bowl-Ohio vs. Appalachian State
Cure Bowl(Cure for what? decent television ratings?)-San Jose State vs. Georgia State
New Mexico Bowl-Arizona vs. New Mexico (how in the hell has the University of New Mexico managed to snag their own customized bowl game?)
New Orleans Bowl-Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech
Miami Beach Bowl-South Florida vs. Western Kentucky (given the glamour of the match up a better name would be the Overtown Bowl or the Little Haiti Bowl)
Idaho Potato Bowl(appropriate name since it should be mashed)-Akron vs. Utah State
GoDaddy.com Bowl-Bowling Green vs. Georgia Southern
Bahamas Bowl-Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan(though I would probably watch three hours of footage of Middle Tennessee fans on R&R in the Bahamas)
Pinstripe Bowl-Indiana vs. Duke (assuming this is not actually an outdoor basketball game)
St. Petersburg Bowl-Connecticut vs. Marshall (truly a match up deserving of Tropicana Field)
Quick Lube Bowl-Central Michigan vs. Minnesota
Arizona Bowl-Nevada vs. Colorado State
I think it is safe to say now that this august body of self proclaimed college football geniuses have no $#@!ing clue. With a few exceptions what a bunch of $#@!ty bowls and stupid as $#@! determinations as to who were the top ten teams. Jesus, just give a manatee the job.
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