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Ball State, Western Kentucky annual bowl snub recipients

Kawaun Jakes, Willie Taggart AP

It’s a dilemma college football teams have faced before: who gets left out when there are more bowl eligible teams than bowl slots. This year’s bowl lineup — did we mention you can keep track of ’em all HERE? — features 35 games. Do the math and, well, you get it.

There are, however, 72 bowl eligible teams.

So who got snubbed this year?

Ball State (6-6) out of the MAC and Western Kentucky (7-5) out of the Sun Belt. While there probably aren’t too many people upset over these snubs (relatively speaking), Pete Lembo and Willie Taggart have done outstanding jobs at BSU and WKU, respectively.

It’s a bummer for them and their players that their work won’t be rewarded.

Although, with the way so many schools lose money going to bowl games, this might be blessing in disguise.

Keep in mind that UCLA was able to grab a bowl waiver and will go to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 31 against Illinois with a 6-7 regular season record. That’s one team I think most of us can agree shouldn’t be participating in the postseason.

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18 Responses to “Ball State, Western Kentucky annual bowl snub recipients”
  1. freidasboss says: Dec 4, 2011 11:03 PM

    Honestly the only way I would care about this is if the coaches missed out on bonuses… I know there is one at W. Kentucky that wouldn’t mind.. Don’t drink and drive… Moron

  2. steelerchicken says: Dec 4, 2011 11:04 PM

    Is this article a joke? You feel bad for Ball State (6-6) out of the MAC and Western Kentucky (7-5). Who did these teams play? This gave me a another good laugh while watching the Hangover

  3. geraldthecat says: Dec 4, 2011 11:13 PM

    The teams screwed: boise, Ark, Kansas st and Baylor. All would beat the stuffing out of michigan. As well as the least from the east.

  4. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 4, 2011 11:15 PM

    I’m really glad you could see how bad I felt for ’em. Since that’s what I said…

  5. cosanostra71 says: Dec 4, 2011 11:38 PM

    The USC Trojans are a snub in reality although they aren’t technically bowl eligible.

  6. Brian Basher says: Dec 4, 2011 11:38 PM

    Only teams with winning records should go to bowl games not .500 teams and definitely not a team with a losing record especially a bad team like UCLA

  7. ogre2010 says: Dec 4, 2011 11:40 PM

    Bowl Season is horrible!!

  8. Battle Red Raider says: Dec 4, 2011 11:53 PM

    I thought 7 wins guaranteed you a spot

  9. hay1111 says: Dec 5, 2011 12:15 AM

    No way in hell should Va Tech be in a bcs game. The spot shoulda went to kstate or boise

  10. itstariq says: Dec 5, 2011 1:30 AM

    Sad how 6-7 UCLA gets a bowl but a 7-5 team gets snubbed. I understand they play inferior competition, but hey… they at least won’t have a losing record even if they blow their bowl game.

  11. go14broncos says: Dec 5, 2011 9:16 AM

    Put yourselves in the players shoes here: they all play for the same scholarship money (in theory); they all play at the same level; they all work just as hard. Do these kids deserve to be overlooked just because they don’t play in an AQ league? Do they deserve to be abused by some of the morons on boards like this? None of the kids see any of the money from these bowls. They should ALL get the same opportunities.

  12. wow1029 says: Dec 5, 2011 9:28 AM

    I dislike UCLA but they deserved a Bowl.Had USC not been ineligible for a Bowl they(USC) would have played in the PAC 12 Title game & not UCLA.So UCLA would have ended 6 & 6.As for Western Kentucky they got screwed.Sure they aren’t a big name team but 2 of the teams they beat in the Sun Belt(WKU finished 7 &1 in it) & finished ahead of went to a bowl.Temple played a good schedule last year went 8 & 4 & got left out.Had USC been eligible & Miami(Fla) decided to go to a bowl instead of taking self punishment for violations then one of the Sun Belt teams would have been left out as well as Western Michigan most likely so 4 teams would have been left out.

  13. wow1029 says: Dec 5, 2011 9:37 AM

    Plus Western Kentucky put a scare into LSU & really got some credit from the LSU players & coaches.They didn’t lose to LSU no worse really than Arkansas.However early season 0-4 start killed them.Decent 1AA Indiana State blew them out & lost a tough one to Kentucky plus a 4 point loss to Sun Belt Champ Arkansas State.However they did win many close games too that could have gone either way but still a nice step up for the new Division 1 program.Ball State got destroyed by South Florida & Oklahoma.They really at least want to see you hang with the big dogs if you have a shot at a bowl.2 bowls got shot down so really be lucky(I like all bowls so it’s good.after all College Hoops has 4 tournies now & all are great).The Rocky Mountain Bowl in Salt Lake City & The Cure Bowl(For Cancer) in Orlando

  14. wethog66 says: Dec 5, 2011 2:03 PM

    As a Navy fan I saw what WKU was made of when they played Navy and it wasn’t much. 7-5 is huge for that program, but the rest of the nation will not be missing out by not seeing WKU play in a bowl game. They still have a lot of work to do.

  15. woebegong says: Dec 5, 2011 5:07 PM

    OK, next year we can have the left out bowl game. That will cover things like this from happening. Let’s face it, a 6-6 team is not going to get a whole lot of attention. UCLA with the waiver bowl isn’t either. Tell me that a football fan, is seriously going to watch half of these bowl games in the first place.

  16. concernedcitizen001 says: Dec 5, 2011 8:31 PM

    The simple fact that two teams that were bad enough to have fired their coaches this past week (one with a losing record this year and the other at .500) is proof that there are entirely too many bowls. And as far as the argument that UCLA “deserved” to go to a bowl based on USC’s ineligibility causing them to finish with a losing record is absurd. Simply put, they should have won more games (not be given a pass based on woulda, coulda, shouldas).
    Irrelevant bowls have gotten out of hand all in the name of the almighty dollar.

  17. wow1029 says: Dec 5, 2011 8:41 PM

    I watch all the Bowl Games & think the small ones are more exciting than most of the Big Boy ones

  18. mnorris0123 says: Dec 7, 2011 5:00 PM

    I remember Miami (Ohio) had a 10-1 record several years ago, and beat North Carolina away soundly. NC ended up getting a bowl bid with a 6-6 record, and Miami was snubbed. My Big 10 friends tell me it is only about the $ and who brings the most fans to games. If this is true, then why even play the games…

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