I realize I used the old name for the bowl, but I did it for space reasons since the title was long. However Miss State fans really need to get behind the idea of the Gator bowl as the bowl we need to get into. The Peach Bowl would match us against the ACC and the Gator Bowl would match us against the Big 10.
As it stands right now, the ACC only has 3 teams that for sure will finish the season with a winning record, yes and if you don't believe me check out the current ACC standings. FSU and Clemson will be headed to BCS games more than likely, which means UNC will get the #2 ACC Bowl Bid. Right now GA Tech, Duke, Miami, and NC State are bowl eligble and they are all 6-5 and out of those teams only Miami or Duke is assured of getting the 7th win, as they play each other Saturday. GA Tech isn't beating UGA this year and NC State isn't going to beat SC, so they both will finish at 6-6. VA Tech and Wake Forrest are playing Saturday to get bowl eligible. Wake plays Vandy so they aren't going bowling. Va Tech finishes with VA so they will become bowl eligible. Bottom line is we will be more than likely facing a 6-6 team which does nothing to further the our national credibility.
When it comes the Big Ten, we are guaranteed to meet a team with at leat 7 wins and more than likely 8 wins. So we will be playing a better team. Nebraska will end up facing Penn State or Wisconsin in their championship game and more than likely lock up the BCS bid. Michigan and Northwestern have 8 victories already. Penn State and Wisconsin have 7 Ws and face each other to determine who will play Nebraska in the Big 10 Title Game. Minn plays Mich State this coming saturday looking to get to 7-5. Ohio State is ineligble. So the worse record team we might face would be 7-5. More than likely given the BCS choices available we would end up facing an 8-4 Big 10 team. Playing the Big 10 would enhance our national credibility. Miss State needs to go bowling where it helps the team nationally, not where it makes it easier for fans to travel.
Bottom line for Miss State football - The Gator Bowl is the better bowl for the team.