Tuesday marked day one for the BCS Bowls and the official end the college football season. The day was spattered with some great bowl games, which for the most part, the good ones ended up being the non-BCS bowl games. If you missed out on the South Carolina/Michigan Outback Bowl, you missed out on the best bowl of the day. The BCS bowls were kinda snoozers. Especially the Orange Bowl.
The Granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl, kicked us off in terms of BCS games and it featured Wisconsin (8-6) and Stanford (12-2). It wasn’t as high-scoring as expected, with the Cardinal defense really being stingy to the Badgers. Stanford took the Rose Bowl, marking their first ever win of the bowl game, 20-14. In a B1G heavy bowl day, the conference didn’t fair too well. The only win of the day for them came from the Northwestern Wildcats. Good try, good effort to the rest of them.
In the Orange Bowl, it pitted the Florida State Seminoles (12-2) against the MACtion’s Northern Illinois Huskies (12-2). It was the first time the MAC conference had sent a team to a BCS game, since they are not an auto-qualifying conference. Many had hoped that the MAC would put -up a better showing than they did, but it ended up in a 31-10 Seminoles beatdown. There was some controversy going into the game, ) while apparently the Orange Bowl actually told the Huskies they didn’t even want them playing in the game due to ratings. I don’t think the Orange Bowl should be complaining one bit, considering the ratings over the last couple of years have been terrible due to the teams who get selected. They Huskies should have just said, “It’s not me, it’s you.”
Wednesday night features the Sugar Bowl and the Louisville Cardinals and the Florida Gators, which has the making to be a very good match-up. Only five more games until the National Championship game featuring two of College Football’s blue bloods.