Some of the 2010 bowl matchups aren’t exactly what college football fans were hoping for, as the college bowl schedule came out on Sunday night. Sure, some of the 2010 bowl matchups could end up producing some classic games, including that Oregon vs. Auburn bout for the BCS National Championship Game. Other games, like the Nebraska vs. Washington game, don’t exactly ring up support from the fan base of the better team or from college football analysts around the country.
There are always going to be those bowl games where the only people who really care about the results are the fans and players of the two institutions competing on the field that day. When it comes to the big bowl games, though, especially the ones on the big networks during primetime, there is almost an obligation to provide an ultra-competitive game that is going to be exciting for the full 60 minutes. Looking at the bowl matchups, though, some of these games could have missed the mark.
One of those disappointing pairings is going to be the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl, where Boise State will play against Utah. No disrespect to what Utah has been able to accomplish this season, as they finished in second place in the Mountain West standings this year, with a 10-2 overall record. Their only conference loss came to undefeated TCU, and now they will take on Boise State, who also finished in second place in their own conference, falling late in the season to conference champion Nevada.
Many wanted to see this 11-1 Boise State team go up against one of the elite conferences, like the Big 12, Big Ten, or SEC in order to prove they belonged among the elite in college football. Getting to play Utah, after being forced to play TCU from the same conference last year, just comes as a huge letdown.
Then there is the Holiday Bowl with Nebraska vs. Washington, which seems like a horrible consolation prize for Nebraska after they lost the 2010 Big 12 Championship Game. They finished 10-3, and will now play a Washington Huskies team that only made it to 6-6 on the season with a last-minute touchdown to win the 2010 Apple Cup on Saturday. Not quite the battle of powerhouses that Nebraska or the Holiday Bowl is used to seeing, but this one can be blamed a bit on Oregon and Stanford getting poached out of the Pac-10 for two of the BCS bowl game slots.
There are some bowl matchups that are going to be exciting, including Wisconsin vs. TCU in the Rose Bowl, Stanford vs. Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, and Ohio State vs. Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl. The Insight Bowl should be a good one too, with a Missouri vs. Iowa game that could be one of the best non-BCS bowl games we get to see.
The bowl matchups begin on Dec. 18 with the New Mexico Bowl and BYU vs. UTEP. That should get us excited about many of the games to come, and end off with the Jan. 10 BCS National Championship Game of Oregon vs. Auburn.