It's official: BYU will meet Oregon State in the 2009 Las Vegas Bowl.
[insert Cougar/Beaver joke here]
While it wasn't the matchup I wanted (I was dreaming of a BYU/Stanford clash), I am pretty excited about this game. For one thing, I think BYU has the fire and desire to bring home the 2009 LV Bowl trophy, whereas last year I got the feeling we were just going through the motions.
Also, we finally have a decent representative from the Pac-10. No more 6-6 UCLAs or Arizonas.
Oregon State is a good team. Quizz Rodgers is a little firecracker, and his brother James is a big-time playmaker. It'll be interesting to see how BYU matches up with OSU's athletes.
If our offense is on, though, BYU will blow them out. It won't be close.
Another interesting bowl game is the Fiesta Bowl. And by interesting I mean infuriating.
The 2010 Fiesta Bowl is pitting the TCU Horned Frogs against the Boise State Broncos. It's actually going to be a great game, but the fact that they put the two non-BCS teams in the same bowl game drives me crazy. It's an effort to reward two great teams, but at the same time keep them from playing in any meaningful games.
The selection committee is bound to grant both teams BCS bowl berths, but they won't allow them to play actual BCS teams
Why? Because the BCS is scared. They don't want any more flack from the non-BCS crowd. They don't want TCU to beat Florida and go through the same mess they went through last year with Utah.
And what happens when Boise State beats Cincinnati? Then there would be chaos.
No, they would never let that happen. They're cowards.
Now TCU and Boise State will battle each other like toddlers fighting over the last drumstick on the kids table. One will win the game, but both will lose the chance to prove how REALLY good they are.
It's a crying shame, and it's yet one more reason why I hate our corrupt college football post-season.