By Bob DiCesare
Good morning class. Today we'll run through a simple exercise to determine which of two teams in a certain conference is more deserving of a bowl bid. I will put forth the facts and you will make your decision based on the information provided. Don't fret it. This isn't all that hard.
Team A Team B
Overall Record 7-5 7-5
Conference Record 5-3 4-4
Combined Records of Non-Common Foes 56-30 33-52
Record of Divisional Crossover Opponents 23-14 8-16
Record Last 4 Games 2-2 1-3
Points For/Against Last 4 152/123 67/146
If you have selected Team A, which is Toledo, good for you. You possess the ability to reason based on comparison. And if you Selected Team B, then we know you're either a Mid-American Conference administrator or somehow affiliated with Ohio U.
In a preview to last season I wrote a story that showed how Ohio is continually dealt a favorable crossover schedule based on records from the previous season. That remained the case this season. What's more, the Bobcats didn't beat a single conference team that finished with a winning record.
Toledo had a brutal crossover schedule but defeated both Bowling Green, the eventual MAC champ (at BG nonetheless), and Buffalo, the East runner-up. Ohio lost to UB and BG by a combined 79-3.
And yet which is the MAC's fifth bowl team? Toledo? No. That would have been defensible.
X X X
Have to love the matchup between Bowling Green and Pitt in the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26. BG further validated itself as one of the nation's top defensive teams by containing Jordan Lynch and knocking off Northern Illinois in the MAC title game. Pitt has one of the premier defensive players in the country in defensive tackle Aaron Donald. BG is playing light's out since early November. Pitt has been highly erractic. The Panthers own wins over Notre Dame and Duke but finished 6-6 overall. Great opportunity for BG to knock off an ACC team before (or maybe even after) coach Dave Clawson, the former Lew-Port QB, departs for greener pastures. Reports says he's already interviewed at Wake Forest.
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