The Fighting Illini get picked to play in the Rose Bowl!

December 3 2007

Who would have thought it would turn out this way ...

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Saturday I decided to say inside, watch the snow turn to freezing rain turn to rain, and just watch college football. Saturday would determine where the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois ended up for their bowl game. 9 wins and 3 losses was the best turn-around of any team this year ... but probably not good enough for a BCS bid. Ohio State, who the Illini beat when they were #1 in the country, still won the Big 10 conference with only one loss on the year. They got the automatic bid to the BCS and were going to the Rose Bowl. The Illini were destined for the Capital One Bowl Game in Orlando on January 1st. This was perfect for me ... with family in Orlando. I was content.

Then Saturday happened. Oklahoma steamrolls over #1 Missouri. #2 West Virginia loses to PITT, who end the year with a losing record. What the $%^&! So, when the BCS cards fell, Ohio State ended up #1 in the polls again and play LSU for the National Championship. The Rose Bowl, which lost Ohio State, is very proud of their traditions .. picked USC vs Illinois .. the tradition PAC 10 vs Big 10 game. WOW. I guess I need to plan a trip to Pasadena for New Years!

And what about Kansas getting a bid over Mizzou! That is wild stuff. The BCS is definitely broken ... we need a play-off, even if it is a +1 play-off (meaning you earn a spot in one of the 4 BCS bowl games and the 2 highest votes get to play in a final game).

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