Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How Bad Is The 2012 Dr. Pepper Bowl Match Up?

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Pretty bad thanks to Miami and UNC.

So bad that if Georgia Tech (6-6) loses to Florida State, the Yellow Jackets will be probably be home for the holidays.

Here is what ESPN’s Brett McMurphy has to say about GT and an NCAA exemption that is needed for a 6-7 team to go to a bowl game:

"The Yellow Jackets finished in a three-way tie for the ACC's Coastal Division title with North Carolina and Miami. However, North Carolina is on NCAA probation and not bowl-eligible. Miami would have played in the ACC title game but took a self-imposed bowl ban on Monday, hoping to soften future NCAA sanctions.

Miami's decision sent Georgia Tech (6-6) into the ACC title game -- and will cost the Yellow Jackets a bowl berth unless they win the appeal.

If Georgia Tech (6-6) loses to FSU -- the Seminoles are a two-touchdown favorite -- the Yellow Jackets would finish 6-7 and be in a similar situation that UCLA was in last season.

However, the NCAA's Board of Directors specifically ruled on the possibility of 6-7 bowl teams this summer, a decision that could keep the Yellow Jackets home.

Last year, the Bruins played in the Pac-12 title game because South Division champion USC was not bowl-eligible. The Bruins lost to Oregon in the Pac-12 title game to finish 6-7 but received an exemption to play in a bowl despite a losing record."

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