Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

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Byline: Scott Kendrick, The Times-Union

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What's the definition of a bad bowl game? It is if . . .

-- . . . you're traveling to a colder climate for an outdoor game, that's probably a bad bowl game. Alabama could go north to the Music City Bowl in Nashville. Georgia Tech could spend its holiday season in tropical Boise, Idaho, at the MPC Computers Bowl.

-- . . . you're playing against Akron. Yes, Akron is actually a contender to go to the Hawaii Bowl, especially after Clemson and South Carolina pulled the plug on bowl trips this week. Gerry Faust coached at Akron for a while after he left Notre Dame. He would have been better off staying in the high school ranks. (Props to the Zips, though -- they usually play their games in the Rubber Bowl. And yes, that's their stadium's actual name.)

-- . . . you're playing your bowl game before Christmas. Wouldn't ESPN2 get better ratings with poker reruns than they'll get for a North Texas-TCU matchup in the New Orleans bowl? Or for a potential matchup of Cincinnati vs. Bowling Green in the GMAC bowl? Nobody in Ohio even cares about that one.

-- . . . you're playing a Big East school. Even the Bowl Championship Series isn't immune this year. Its goal is to match up the top eight teams in the country. Instead, one of the marquee bowls will feature a pathetic Big East squad with two league losses. Time to change that automatic bid.

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THIS WEEK'S QUESTION

The Jaguars have had a roller-coaster season so far. How many games do you think they'll win in the regular season?

a) 11 or 12, and they'll make the playoffs.

b) 10, needing some luck on the playoff bubble.

c) 9, maybe a slight chance at the postseason.

d) 6 to 8, fading down the stretch.

LAST WEEK'S QUESTION

How will Steve Spurrier do as coach of South Carolina?

SEC title within 2 or 3 years. . .33 percent

SEC title within 5 years. . .26 percent

Won't ever win SEC title. …

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