Friday, December 05, 2008

International Bowl chief will be here

Just found out through a UConn spokesman that there'll be another VIP guest at Rentschler. Joining the folks from the Sun Bowl tomorrow will be Ken Hoffman, the executive director of the International Bowl and Motor City Bowls.

The Sun Bowl selection committee chairman told me earlier this week he is prepared to formally invite the Panthers, should they win, in the visiting locker room at Rentschler. I don't think Hoffman has that luxury, since the Meineke Car Care Bowl selects before the International Bowl. Hoffman also expressed interest in taking Rutgers and slotting them into the Motor City Bowl. So either he expects Ball State to lose tonight, in which case all bets are off, or he's still open to taking the Huskies.

Here's the bowl scenarios heading into Saturday as I see them. Cincinnati to BCS, USF is going to St. Pete, no matter what.

Pittsburgh wins: Pitt to Sun Bowl, WVU to Meineke
Pittsburgh loses, West Virginia wins: WVU to Sun Bowl, Pitt to Meineke Car Care Bowl
Pittsburgh loses, West Virginia loses: Pitt to Sun Bowl (after much discussion among the committee); WVU to Meineke.

As for Rutgers and UConn, well, all I can say is one is headed to Ken Hoffman's bowl and the other to Birmingham. No clue how it will shake out at this point. My instinct says UConn goes to Toronto, but I expect to have a better grasp tomorrow.


Anonymous Sean O said...

Please, please, please Toronto. I can't believe I just wrote that but the Pizza Bowl is played on a Monday afternoon likely against a Sun Belt team in a pit of a city in a damaged, old stadium.

The International Bowl is in Toronto against a decent Buffalo team in a building (SkyDome) and a city that I've never been too but wouldn't mind visiting. And no problems with the holidays since its after New Year's.

UConn needs to beat Pitt tomorrow.

December 05, 2008 9:43 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Sean, Toronto is a great city. Lots to do downtown, all in walking distance. Too bad it'll be below zero.

December 05, 2008 10:54 PM 

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