Yesterday morning, John noted that a seventh bowl game was possibly going to be added to the rotating playoff site mix. As it turns out, that extra spot — again, provided that little detail comes to fruition — could benefit the Big East.
According to longtime sports writer Mark Blaudschun, the seventh bowl would offer a guaranteed spot to the highest remaining ranked team available. Given that the Big East will have the likes of Boise State, Houston, Central Florida, Louisville, Cincinnati and other BCS busters, there’s a good chance that spot could go to the Big East more often than not. Here’s what Blaudschun writes:
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.
Granted, it’s not a guarantee that the Big East will be the representing conference in a seventh bowl game (if there is one); it only guarantees a spot for the highest-ranked team available. Reportedly.
The concern for the Big East moving forward was that it would be left out of college football’s new postseason since it’s been stripped of practically all its cornerstone programs over the past decade. The Orange Bowl has reportedly opted to look into matchups between the ACC and either Notre Dame, the Big Ten or the SEC. That seemed like potentially devastating news for the Big East at the time. However, if there’s a seventh bowl game added to the playoff rotation and Blaudschun’s report is accurate, the Big East may not be left out of the cold entirely.
Really what the move would do is allow a mid-major Cinderella to play in a high-profile game while pretty much guaranteeing the representative isn’t a 2010 UConn (which went 8-4 that season).