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If USF doesn’t win Big East, St. Pete most likely bowl trip?
Posted Mar 28, 2008 by Brett McMurphy
Updated Mar 28, 2008 at 11:40 AM
Since the comments section on the blog limits the length of each response – don’t blame me, I just work here – I wanted to address some questions about the proposed St. Petersburg Bowl, specifically what pick the bowl would have.
In short, if the University of South Florida would be the most likely candidate to represent the Big East in the inaugural St. Pete bowl in 2008 if the Bulls don’t win the Big East.
The league’s first three choices are already determined: BCS (champion), Gator/Sun (second selection) and Meineke Car Care (third selection).
Although not officially determined, it’s likely the St. Pete Bowl would be grouped with the remaining bowls (Texas, Papajohns.com and International), meaning those four bowls would make their picks together with the league office with strong consideration given to providing the best regional matchups.
So if the Bulls don’t win the Big East, here’s what may happen.
The Gator picks second and likely would take a Big 12 team or Notre Dame. Either way the Sun Bowl would then have to take a Big East team and since the Sun Bowl has openly said it doesn’t want repeat teams – that’s why it skipped Oregon State last year – the Bulls would likely be bypassed by the Sun.
The Meineke Car Care Bowl has the third selection (not third place) and probably would opt for another team other than the Bulls since USF hasn’t sold more than a couple of thousand tickets in its past two bowl trips.
That would leave USF in contention for one of the remaining four bowls (St. Pete, Papajohns.com, Texas, International) and, ESPN wanting a big turnout for the inaugural St. Pete Bowl, would make a strong push for the Bulls.