Good news, bad news about BGSU’s bowl projectionsWritten by Matt Sussman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Finishing October with a 3-5 record is no way for a MAC team to win over the hearts, minds, and pocketbooks of the high chieftains who decide which teams play in bowl games. But strutting through November with four straight wins usually helps.
So the Falcons finished their season at 7-5 after an unusual 38-24 win over UT. With 71 to 73 teams vying for 68 spots, this tells you a couple things:
- Having that extra win will definitely help the Falcons over some of the 6-6 teams.
- My word, that’s a lot of bowls.
The good news is that both bowl projection websites I frequent, CFN‘s and ESPN‘s, expect BGSU to be selected for a bowl game. The bad news is they all predict the same outcome: Bowling Green vs. Marshall in the EagleBank Bowl.
In a warranted case of looking a gift horse in the mouth and acting confused, it’s not so much that the EagleBank Bowl is not a very hallowed game. (It’s not, but any bowl game can help Freddie Barnes break the NCAA Division I record for receptions in a season.) It’s more that BGSU already played the Thundering Herd earlier this season in a 17-10 loss. Rematches are no fun.
It’s better than nothing, I suppose. For what it’s worth, both sites have Northern Illinois playing Idaho in the Humanitarian Bowl, which is another rematch. So what’s the better locale in late December: Boise or Washington, DC?
This is all speculation, of course. If Army beats Navy, an unlikely albeit very real outcome, the Black Knights would become 6-6 and qualify for the EagleBank Bowl. This would probably bump Marshall, also 6-6, out of the bowl, but it could also move the Falcons to an even more depressing location in late December: Bowling Green, Ohio.
See? Speculation is fun!