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How Big East may get 'guaranteed' bowl slot

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09:30 AM ET 09.22 | The Big East had been one of the original BCS partners in the mix with a guaranteed slot -- right next to the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12 and ACC. Not this time. The Big East, which had used the Orange Bowl as a safe haven in recent years for its champion, has been basically told by the ACC, Big 10 and SEC and Notre Dame -- the ACC champion's probable opponents in a new Orange Bowl deal -- that if it wanted a spot for its champion it needed to find its own bowl. But that sounded a little harsh and was a little harsh. So here's the deal that was set up, but not officially accepted yet. A a 7th bowl will be part of the group, offering a guaranteed spot to the highest ranked team available. While there will be guaranteed spots for the conference champions from the ACC, Big 12, SEC, Pac-12 and Big Ten,, the other conferences, including the Big East, will also have a guaranteed slot for the highest ranked team from that group. The Big East's gamble is that with the addition of Boise State and perhaps BYU in the next few years, as well as improvement from schools such as Louisville, Cincinnati and the other Big East schools, it will almost always have the highest ranked team from that group.

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September 22, 2012  09:36 AM ET

To hell with guaranteed slots for conferences! The BCS has made a mockery of the bowl games due to guaranteed slots and the politics of selection. We fans just want to watch the best match ups possible.

September 22, 2012  09:41 AM ET
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To hell with guaranteed slots for conferences! The BCS has made a mockery of the bowl games due to guaranteed slots and the politics of selection. We fans just want to watch the best match ups possible.

You are correct.

While the past had guaranteed bowl slots (SWC was Cotton Bowl, Big 8 was Orange, Rose Bowl was Rose Bowl, etc), the bowls, except for the Rose which always had the same two conferences, usually tried to get the best game they could factoring in the capability of the opposing team to "travel"...but the BCS kind of messed all that up.

September 22, 2012  09:48 AM ET

So here's the deal that was set up, but not officially accepted yet. A a 7th bowl will be part of the group, offering a guaranteed spot to the highest ranked team available. While there will be guaranteed spots for the conference champions from the ACC, Big 12, SEC, Pac-12 and Big Ten,, the other conferences, including the Big East, will also have a guaranteed slot for the highest ranked team from that group.



Upon further review...this is just the BCS with a different name and having an "inhouse" playoff.

The big 5 conferences will get a guaranteed spot and the last spot will be fought over by the other conferences...so we will still need a "BCS Buster" to qualify....only this time that ONE team will be guaranteed....

Balderdash!!!! What if Boise, BYU and Cincinnati all make it in the top 8???? Only the higher ranked team goes and the others go home??? Or HOPE they get picked for the "Big 5" bowls?

September 22, 2012  09:49 AM ET
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You are correct. While the past had guaranteed bowl slots (SWC was Cotton Bowl, Big 8 was Orange, Rose Bowl was Rose Bowl, etc), the bowls, except for the Rose which always had the same two conferences, usually tried to get the best game they could factoring in the capability of the opposing team to "travel"...but the BCS kind of messed all that up.

A conference commissioner has to negotiate with network TV execs and other conference commissioners to find a landing spot for his conference champion? What a political crock of ****!

September 22, 2012  09:59 AM ET

It appears the "quote" function has stopped working and thread numbering is whacked.

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September 22, 2012  10:00 AM ET

The Cotton bowl?

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September 22, 2012  10:01 AM ET
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I still find it hilarious that ND convinced the ACC to let them "join" their conference, then play 5 games against ACC teams in football AND convince them to be guaranteed to play in the Orange Bowl against the ACC champion. Talk about taken to the woodshed.

We have to prove we are back, we have to and will earn it.

September 22, 2012  10:09 AM ET
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fn is now and always has been an massive pieceofshitwebsite and the maroons who run it are aggys who couldn't graduate from the school.

Same thing is happening at my company ... newer younger cheaper employees with "radical" ideas come in and basically break things.

September 22, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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Upon further review...this is just the BCS with a different name and having an "inhouse" playoff.

Agreed 100%. It may take years to rid CFB of the politics of the BCS and get a real playoff.

<still can't "quote" your post #5 for some reason>

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September 22, 2012  10:23 AM ET
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I just tried number five too, what is up with this crap?

I was wondering if it was only me.
Probably an upgrade. Isn't technology great?

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September 22, 2012  10:25 AM ET
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Its not messed up. Its creative, radical and progressive. You old guys just don't get it yo.

Most likely a change implemented for change sake. You know, the kind of change that comes out of those lean process mapping events. Useless crap.

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