"Oh boy! We get to go to the Pittsburgh of the South ovah New Year's!" Said no one evah.
I highly doubt BC had more than a thousand or so, if that, of actual fans who travelled to Birmingham.
The worst kept secret in the college football world today is that the bowls provide most of the FBS programs (I think about 80 of 130 or so make a bowl) another month-6 weeks of added practice time to their season.
You're honestly comparing Pittsburgh to Birmingham ?
( perhaps Detroit would be a better comparison )
And why do you keep saying that the obvious bowl-prep practice is some sorta secret ? A secret from whom ?
Worst kept secret, thus everyone knows...and Birmingham was once known as "Pittsburgh South" due to its steel production...
Agree with most of this. BC had no choice but to go to the ACC. The money was too great which they have reinvested to raise the school's overall profile. But overall it's athletic program IMO has gotten worse. That bowl game yesterday was embarrassing on many levels.
Penn State going to the Big Ten and becoming a 'midwest' school was the death blow to a Northeast FBS conference. One wouldn't and can't work without them.
It was indeed.
But I'm trying to think of team that won a bowl game without their best player ( AA RB Dillon ), no Head Coach and a lame-duck staff staring at non-retention. Can you ?
And if you add a .500 team also, that narrows it even more and of course,.500 teams should not be rewarded with a bowl invite.