I have to give props to Hawaii, the only team to go undefeated. But seriously, look at who they played:
Northern Colorado. Louisiana Tech. UNLV. Charleston Southern. Great schedule, guys… I think you missed the St. Mary’s Boys’ College in that schedule to round out a tough year.
And now UGA gets to play them in the Sugar Bowl, which I am sure will barely warrant 5 seconds on the College Gameday ticker. When UGA dismantles Hawaii and hands them their first loss, everyone will just say, “well, yeah… this was an unfair matchup to begin with.”
Of course it’s unfair. UGA should be dismantling USC in the Rose Bowl.
The Rose Bowl organizers, according to Herbstreit, “went with tradition.” USC was a given in to get the Rose Bowl bid, and, well, the organizers couldn’t bear to see UGA hand USC their helmets on their home turf. It’s kind of like scheduling your homecoming game… you don’t want to schedule that against a sure loss.
I would have absolutely loved to see UGA whoop USC, get showered with roses, and make Kirk Herbstreit talk about it. Of course, he would never recognize UGA’s dominance. Look at his broadcasts throughout the year… he might give Knowshon Moreno some props (you can’t ignore him), but most of Herbstreit’s talk is about where the opponent failed rather than UGA prevailed.
It is more than slightly disturbing that one guy had such an effect on the final BCS standings.
UGA should be playing USC. There’s no way that Herbstreit would be able to ignore Georgia for that game, because USC is his alma mater. But now, since UGA has been pushed to the corner like a misbehaving school kid in a non-bowl against an undeserving team, there will be little coverage of the game other than to quickly announce the final score.
UGA should be playing USC, but the Rose Bowl organizers just can’t bear to see the Trojans publicly flogged.
Hope that all of this saved your job, Herbstreit, for your monumental screw up against LSU’s Miles.