Clemson took FSU’s spot in 2008 and FSU took Clemson’s spot in 2009, fair is fair, but it would have been better if the Gator bowl would have stayed connected to the ACC some how. One thing i’m starting to notice is how important tradition is tied to the bowl games and the ACC had a long history with them though it’s been a little off and on.
I hope this relationship is repaired one day with both sides reconciling. I think it would be great if the Gator bowl could work out something with the ACC, SEC and Big East, taking 2 from these conferences in 3 years. Examples:
2013 USF vs UGA
2014 Miami vs Rutgers
2015 Clem vs UTenn
The idea is to always have 1 team within a 5-6 hour drive and always have 2 teams with a winning record. The ACC and SEC will have 14 schools, if the Gator bowl can work out getting the #3 ACC (after BCS picks), #5 SEC (after BCS picks) and #2 Big East (after BCS picks), I think most years there will be at least 1 top 25 team involved and occassionally a top 25 matchup.
The problem with the GB IMO is they made a poor decision based on how a few small ACC teams had good runs in a small period of time and that caused them to make a poor decision….
Wake and Boston College both had a few years of good runs in the ACC….Unfortunately, their fans travel poorly and nobody cares about them nationally….. That situation has corrected itself and the creme is starting to rise to the top again….
With that said, I doubt Syracuse or Pitt will add much to future bowl in TV of ticket sales….It still rests with Clemson, VT, FSU, UNC, Miami,NC State and maybe GT to play well and out asses in the stands and keep the small schools in the little bowls