Bobbing for Bowls

Rumors are rampant and you can’t believe anything at this point, especially based on past years’ surprises. But you can limit the Vols’ destination to three possibilities based on the rumors themselves: the Outback Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, and the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Those are the only three for which Tennessee have been mentioned.

Most sources have Tennessee linked with the Outback because of that Bowl’s traditional choice of SEC East teams. But that bowl has been known to set up bidding wars according to Dave Hooker of GVX who writes that “[g]uarantees of tickets sold are not allowed by SEC rules, yet the Outback Bowl has been suspected of using that as a determining factor.”

And, most sources seem to think that if the Outback snubs Tennessee, the Vols will go to Atlanta on New Years’ Eve to play in the Bowl Formerly Known as the Peach to face an ACC team.

But I would be willing to bet that the Cotton Bowl is the destination to where the Vols just might get their bags checked (and so does ESPN’s Chris Lowe even though ESPN’s Ivan Maisel apparently reported that Ole Miss have a deal to go to Dallas already – but he’s from Alabama and Chris lives in Knoxville, so I’m sticking with Chris). Traditionally, the Cotton supposedly selects a team from the SEC West, but occasionally, they choose an SEC East school, and Tennessee has been the only school from the right side of the conference selected since realignment in 1992. And for me, I’ve always liked the Cotton Bowl, even though this season the game will not be played where it should be played – in the Cotton Bowl itself (it’s going to Jerry’s Toilet).

As a fan who wants as many people as possible watching my school, I like the Cotton for other reasons. People across the country have other plans for New Years’ Eve night (thus, I don’t prefer Atlanta). Also, 11 am eastern (that’s 8 am on the west coast) is too early after a night of staying up late; and, there is stiff competition from the Capital One and Gator for a good part of the second half (thus, I’d rather not have Tampa); and I can’t stand playing the Big Ten, especially this year – yawn. The Cotton is on Saturday January the 2nd at 2:00 pm, a good time, and the competition is relatively slim from the International Bowl (Big East vs MAC) and Papajohns.com Bowl (Big East vs SEC).

So Cotton is my preference. Below is some information for your consideration.

What’s your preference?

Outback Bowl (fka Hall of Fame)

Date and Location: January 1, Tampa FL

Time and TV: 11:00 am ESPN

Participants: Big 10 vs. SEC

Most Recent Payout: $3.1 M

Time slot competes with: Capital One Bowl (Big Ten vs SEC), 1:00 pm, ABC / Gator Bowl (ACC vs Big East), 1:00 pm, CBS

Previous Tennessee appearances (Season): 2007 (Wisconsin), 2006 (Penn St), 1992 (Boston Coll)

Cotton Bowl

Date and Location: January 2, Arlington TX

Time and TV: 2:00 pm Fox

Participants: Big 12 vs. SEC

Most Recent Payout: $3.0 M

Time slot competes with: International Bowl (Big East vs MAC), 12:00 pm, ESPN2 / Papajohns.com Bowl (Big East vs SEC), 2:00 pm, ESPN

Previous Tennessee appearances: 2004 (Texas A&M), 2000 (Kansas St), 1989 (Arkansas), 1968 (Texas), 1952 (Texas), 1950 (Texas)

Chick-fil-A Bowl (fka Peach)

Date and Location: December 31, Atlanta GA

Time and TV: 7:30 pm ESPN

Participants: ACC  vs. SEC

Most Recent Payout: $3.0 M

Time slot competes with: Insight Bowl (Big 10 vs Big 12), 6:00 pm, NFL Network

Previous Tennessee appearances: 2003 (Clemson), 2002 (Maryland), 1987 (Indiana), 1982 (Iowa)

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6 responses to “Bobbing for Bowls”

  1. Sandy says :

    To be honest, if I’m not going to the game, it really doesn’t matter to me which they play in.

    They made bowl eligible, which means they get the extra month of practice and exposure. At this level of the bowls, the are all pretty much the same to me. Although an ESPN game probably gets better exposure.

    If I was going, I would prefer it to be a warm place, which points to Tampa.

    But I’ll have the same seat, wherever they go ;)

  2. NorCalVol says :

    The picture is getting a bit more strange as the press let fly with more speculation: The Outback is apparently leaning toward Auburn (an unpredicted step away from the SEC East) based on promises of sellable tickets.

    Assuming that Ole Miss, not Tennessee, would go Cotton, and that is still a big if in my book due to the Maroons rolling over the Rebs, that would push the Vols to Atlanta. But, if the Chicken Suits like a Clemson-Georgia matchup (if Tech defeats Clemson for the ACC crown), you might see us in the Music City or the Liberty.

    Yuck.

  3. NorCalVol says :

    Now we have GVX reporting that Tennessee and Virginia Tech will meet in the Chick-fil-A Bowl “according to a source familiar with the selection process” with an official announcement coming after the SEC releases non-BCS teams for bowl consideration, possibly later this evening.


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    code for “let’s wait for the official announcement.”

  4. DW says :

    Don’t matter too much to me either. I like the Cotton a bit more, because it’s the marquee name that goes back more than 50+ years. Can’t be the Music City bowl, cause that’s where the KY fans think they are going again. Chicken sounds good for a second choice.

  5. T K says :

    LETS GO BOWLING……AND IN ALL THESE UNIVERSITY’S MINDS IT TRUELY IS “BOWLING FOR DOLLALRS” AND I HATE THAT. MONEY AND GREED HAVE TAKEN OVER OUR COLLEGE GAME. AND THIS IS THE REASON BEHIND THE COTTON BOWL LOCATION, WHICH I ENTIRELY AGREE ON WITH YOU FREDDY. I DONT WANT TO SEE THE COTTON BOWL OUT OF THE COTTON BOWL. I ALSO AGREE WITH DW ON THE FACT THAT ITS A LONG STANDING BOWL MAKING IT A LITTLE MORE SPECTACULAR. RUMOURS ARE FLYING IN KINGSPORT ABOUT CHICKEN AND HOKIES. THAT IS WHAT EVERYONE HERE WANTS TO SEE BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE HERE WANT THAT MATCHUP FOR SOME REASON. I COULD CARE LESS FOR THAT MATCHUP.
    BUT ILL PICK ATLANTA FOR SELFISH REASONS. 1) ID NEVER MAKE IT TO THE COTTON. 2)IVE BEEN TO LAST TWO OUTBACK BOWLS…..EVEN THOUGH ITS WARM (WELL SOMETIMES) ITS BEGINNING TO BE A RERUN FOR ME, ESPECIALLY IF THE OPPONENT WAS WISCONSIN AGAIN 3) HOT LANTA IS A CLOSER DESTINATION AND I HAVENT VISITED THERE A WHILE 4) I HAD MADE RESERVATIONS THERE ALREADY BEFORE THE KENTUCKY GAME JUST IN CASE….WALKING DISTANCE TO THE GEORGIA DOME 5) FREDS SISTER LIVES CLOSE BY AND CAN GET ME FREE TICKETS….AND 6)FRED MAY COME IN FOR A VISIT WITH HIS SISTER (YOU NEVER KNOW) AND I CAN SEE THE BLOGMASTER IN PERSON. SO THERE IS MY OPINION. AND SANDY, IT DIDNT USED TO TAKE MUCH TO GET YOU INTTO ATLANTA….HAS OLD AGE CREPT IN? HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN HOW GOOD THOSE VARSITY HOT DOGS ARE? AND DATS ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT DA SUBJECT!!!!

  6. Bert says :

    the worst case scenario for me, personally, would be
    a game vs Va Tech…there are waaaaay too
    many hokies in this area and that particular matchup
    scares me.

    so, i’m hopin’ for da [oops! there it is again…] cotton…

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