Georgia football: The bowl games never really mattered, even before the College Football Playoff
Welcome to your one-stop shop for all the relevant UGA football news and takes every Monday through Friday. In today’s edition, fill-in writer Connor Riley explains why bowl games aren’t that big of a deal and why he would be all right with Nick Chubb sitting out the Liberty Bowl. Now, on to the greatest holiday song of all.
Quick, can you tell me your favorite memory from the 2013 Capital One Bowl? What about the 2014 Belk Bowl? Or even last year’s Gator Bowl?
Most bowl games, outside of the Rose Bowl, don’t carry much importance to fan bases. By the time the bowl games have rolled around, most have already moved on to next season, unless you were playing in the national championship game or in the relatively new College Football Playoff.
And the College Football Playoff didn’t drastically change the perception of all the other bowl games. Were Georgia fans pumped to take on Nebraska in 2013 after coming up yards short of knocking off Alabama in the SEC Championship Game? Of course not. And it didn’t matter that the Bulldogs won that game. Most Georgia fans are still bitter about the 2012 SEC Championship Game.
And even the results of these games mean very little going into next season. If you watched the Gator Bowl last year and said afterward one of these teams will finish in the top 5 in final College Football Playoff rankings, no one would have said it would be Penn State. And look at what huge bowl wins for Tennessee in each of the last two years have done.
Bowl games are a chance for players to play games in an exotic location, for coaches and others to get some bonuses. Instead of deciding how to explain Christian McCaffrey’s decision to sit out the Sun Bowl to a child, just sit back and enjoy the games. You never know when you’ll see something cool, like Mike Bobo coaching on the blue turf in Boise, as he will lead the Colorado State Rams against the Idaho Vandals in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Thursday night.
Throwback Thursday: Nick Chubb’s last bowl game appearance
OK, so I know I just railed against the importance of bowl games, but the Liberty Bowl will be Chubb’s first postseason game since the 2014 Belk Bowl. And that game may have been the best game Chubb has ever played.
Against Louisville, and a motivated defense led by former assistant coach Todd Grantham, Chubb ran for a career-best 266 yards and 2 touchdowns. Perhaps making it even more impressive was that the Bulldogs starting quarterback, Hutson Mason, had to leave the game after an injury. So, with the entire defense keying on Chubb, he still ran for 8.06 yards per carry.
If Chubb can play like that in the Belk Bowl against TCU, and the Horned Frogs’ 72nd-ranked defense, Georgia fans might actually have a positive bowl game memory.
Or if Chubb or Kirby Smart decide to take it easy for the bowl game, since Chubb is coming back for 2017 along with Sony Michel, that’s fine, too.
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Personally, I’m not a big Denver Broncos fan, but I’m a sucker for dogs playing in the snow. And this guy looks like he’s ready to have a good time as soon he can get out of this Von Miller jersey and specs.
Dog dressed like Von Miller is a very good dog pic.twitter.com/mQMxtcIwaV
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 18, 2016