So Much for Rumors

Tennessee Volunteers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
Music City Bowl | LP Field (69,143 capacity)
Thursday 30 December 2010 | 6:40 EST | ESPN

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For many days, it was a foregone conclusion that Tennessee would be headed to Nashville for their first Music City Bowl appearance. But rumors from ‘insiders’ started to sprout on Saturday like flowers in May — the Vols were headed to Jacksonville on New Year’s Day for their reward of a perfect November.

This afternoon, the smoking jackets at the Outback Bowl proclaimed what they thought about South Carolina. Florida was claimed instead of the Gamecocks. Instead of a New Year’s Day present for their finest season in a light year, South Carolina gets to play their third-ever indoor game – their second in a month, in the same stadium to boot. That’s right, the reward for winning the SEC East this season is a New Year’s Day snub. And Florida, with a 5-loss season, earns the right to stay within the friendly confines of their peninsula.

Enter the sponsor-less Gator. Rumors speculated on the continuation of the screw-you process by a thumbing of noses at Mississippi State with a selection of Tennessee. Such a scenario would give ticket brokers a field day to handle all those Music City tickets purchased by the Vol faithful this past week. It would give Vol fans a crack at a national brand.

The rumors proved to be gossip. The Bulldogs West were invited to Jacksonville to face Michigan, forcing the Music City folks to choose between the Bulldogs East and the Vols. It was Tennessee for Nashville and Georgia for the Liberty in Memphis. Lowly Kentucky grabbed the scraps In Birmingham.

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A Tennessee-North Carolina matchup is a good one for the Vols’ program as it presently stands. Although not as splashy nationally as a Gator Bowl tilt against Michigan would have been, it’s loads better than the Liberty.

And, of course, I can’t wait to read the tweets from Mike Hamilton…

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BOWL LINEUP FOR SEC SCHOOLS (in order of prestige)

National Championship Game (BCS)
Auburn vs Oregon | Jan 10 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
Sugar Bowl (BCS)
Arkansas vs Ohio State | Jan 4 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
Cotton Bowl
LSU vs Texas A&M | Jan 7 | 8:00 ET | FOX
Capital One Bowl
Alabama vs Michigan State | Jan 1 | 1:00 ET | ESPN
Outback Bowl
Florida vs Penn State | Jan 1 | 1:00 ET | ABC
Chick-Fil-A Bowl
South Carolina vs Florida State | Dec 31 | 7:30 ET | ESPN
Gator Bowl
Mississippi State vs Michigan | Jan 1 | 1:30 ET| ESPN2
Music City Bowl
Tennessee vs North Carolina | Dec 30 | 6:40 ET | ESPN
Liberty Bowl
Georgia vs Central Florida | Dec 31 | 3:30 ET | ESPN
BBVA Compass Bowl
Kentucky vs Pittsburgh | Jan 8 | 12:00 | ESPN

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2 responses to “So Much for Rumors”

  1. tk says :

    so should the vols in the fall group predict winners for the sec bowl games
    is a little prediction form available from you……lol
    just a thought

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