December 6, 2013

Anywhere But Birmingham

Filed under: Bowls,Football — Chas @ 7:20 am

Yes, even if that means Detroit.

As an economic model, the college bowl system is up there with the Shoe Event Horizon (only less logical).

It now seems like a secondary cottage industry for pundits and commenters now exists  to complain about the volume of bowls. More noise that eventually sounds like so much static.

I’ve long since stopped being bothered by the whole issue of bowls and the overwhelming volume. People show up to them. We watch them. The beat goes on.

Even when it comes to Pitt, given their 6-6 record — again. I’m at a point where I can’t get worked up over where they Panthers go for their bowl. At least they are going. At least they get the extra practices.

It’s not like Pitt deserves some nice bowl game after their regular season performances. In fact most of the outrage the last couple of years has been that teams just as undeserving have gotten incrementally better bowl bids. To the point where there is resentment at not getting the “Beef O’Brady Bowl” or something like that. And of course, repeated visits to Birmingham.

With that out of the way, I’m not concerned at the slightest possibility that Pitt gets left out of the bowls because there might actually be more qualified teams than bowls.

Pitt’s going. It won’t be a great bowl, but they are going.

Even as things stand, it seems unlikely that Pitt will get one of the ACC’s bowl spots. The league has a rule that bowls selecting may not reach more than one win down in conference standings. For example, at 3-5, Pitt could be picked ahead of any 4-4 teams, but not any 5-3 teams.

Because of this rule, the Panthers can be selected no higher than seventh in the bowl selection, and geographic placements of other teams (for instance, North Carolina going to the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.) make it likely that they will be searching for a non-ACC bowl spot.

The final ACC pick is the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md., but executive director Steve Beck told The Washington Post this week that if faced with the likely choice between Pitt, Maryland and Syracuse, the bowl likely would go with the Terrapins.

Most projections have the Panthers going to the Little Caesar’s Bowl Dec. 26 in Detroit. The bowl will not be able to fill its Big Ten spot, and executive director Ken Hoffman said he expects Pitt and Syracuse to be the teams still available after the ACC’s selection process.

A bowl game in Dallas is also a possibility.

Marietta – yes, you are in the minority.

If Pitt goes there again, all the seniors should be awarded a “Minor in Civil Rights Studies” from the University to go with their stated majors.

Comment by Joe Lawrence 12.06.13 @ 4:59 pm

here is a wild one for you fallow me on this one
Boston College is thinking of going to the heart of dallas bowl maybe.
Notre Dame wants a warm weather bowl.
if they both do that that would put us in the independence bowl in shreveport and orange in the pinstripe hey it could happen.

Comment by Frankcan 12.06.13 @ 6:42 pm



Love Shreveport. I lived 90 minutes away in East Texas. Still have a brother & other relatives there. back in the old days (1974-1987) used to take dates to Shreveport. Hopefully, a PITT bowl, family visit & gambling.

Comment by PITT-cocks fan 12.06.13 @ 6:59 pm

PITT cocks fan it is a long shot and some things have to fall just right but maybe .

Comment by Frankcan 12.06.13 @ 7:50 pm

info for any who are on line like Wbb or EMel Boston College is trying pushing hard for the heart of dallas is all over the place on sites check it out if they make it good for us.
it would be independence bowl for pitt no cold detroit bowl hey it could happen.

Comment by Frankcan 12.06.13 @ 9:24 pm

Mayor of Dallas is a former BC football player. Shreveport would be nice. Detroit would be terrible. Dallas Cotton Bowl would be great for Pitt but they’d play a Conference USA team. In Shreveport, they play an SEC team and the payout is more.

Comment by TX Panther 12.06.13 @ 9:49 pm

forget the orange to pinstripe notre dame just told pinstripe they would come guess they could not get that warm weather bowl.

Comment by Frankcan 12.06.13 @ 10:06 pm


Why doesn’t Pittsburgh have a bowl game?

Given the # of bowl games it wouldn’t be a bad location for mid tier Big 10 school (eastern ones of that conference) vs a northern ACC school…

They could even get ND on year like this instead of NYC.

Comment by JoeP 12.06.13 @ 10:37 pm

Bowling Green upset #14 and previously undefeated Northern Illinois 47-27 to win the MAC championship and a bid to the Bowl ..NIU likely headed to Detroit and the Papa John’s Bowl ..

Comment by hoopzebra 12.07.13 @ 12:20 am

Detroit sounds about right for a 6-6 team. Short trip for our guys and since Chyrst seems to have started pulling some recruits from Michigan it could be good for recruiting. Seriously.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.07.13 @ 7:59 am

so glad ohio state lost .

Comment by Frankcan 12.08.13 @ 12:06 am

I wouldn’t go to Detroit for a bowl game if the entire trip was covered and I got 5k in spending money. Anywhere but that shithole please. Dallas or the Port City!

Comment by Upittbaseball 12.08.13 @ 1:41 am

I thinks its Shreveport or Dallas now given tOSU loss last night combined with the Biwling Green win the other night. I am so glad the Buckeyes lost. FSU and Auburn then to settle things.

Comment by TX Panther 12.08.13 @ 7:38 am

Sorry Frankcan, Ohio State losing means SEC in the championship and by that I mean “SEC” not Auburn, not Alabama. I live in Atlanta and it gets old. Supposedly these are die hard fans of specific schools, but they’re not because they root for the “SEC” even when it’s their supposed team’s conference rival. It’s really extreme…. so yeah I wanted OSU to win.

Comment by JoeP 12.08.13 @ 8:58 am

Projection: Pitt vs. W. Kentucky, 12/31 Advocare V100 Bowl

Comment by MariettaMike 12.08.13 @ 10:16 am

Advocare V100 Bowl, Shreveport, Louisiana

Comment by MariettaMike 12.08.13 @ 10:20 am

You are smoking crack if you think we are going to Shreveport. Advocare has the 6th or 7th pick in the ACC. They will take GA Tech.

I do think there is a very real chance we end up in St. Petersburg at the Beef O Brady – unless there is something going on behind the scenes that I don’t know about.

Technically we could also get an invite the Pointsettia bowl but I think that’s probably unrealistic.

All that being said, at least Detroit is an easy drive from Pittsburgh. I’d hate to see us get hammered by Ball State though…

Comment by Atlanta Panther 12.08.13 @ 10:45 am

now that i think abought it ohio state haveing lost is is bad becuse FS could have beat them .
i dont know if we can beat Auburn.

Comment by Frankcan 12.08.13 @ 12:00 pm

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