templefootballfan Wrote:For the last couple yrs, with B-12 talking about leaving the Independence & ACC talking about bowls closer to home. I tought Emerald & Independence would flop ACC & B-12, also tought ACC would end up in GMAC. However things have changed since then, For one, who does the B-12 think is gonna pay the 1.1 million for 6-6 team. Also, If GMAC wants to go Sun Belt with So Ala looking to move up, ACC might have 2nd toughts on GMAC.
However, I wanted to talk about Independence bowl. I could see B-12 moving to Emerald & I agree SEC would do alot of talking about playing another C-USA school. It's also going to tough for the SEC to find another bowl to pay 1.1 million for 6-6 school.
Alot is going to depend on the local support if this bowl continues, granted They would look at BCS conf 1st. BE would be offer #4 with ND in the mix, ACC would offer #7 which is 6 or 7 win school that does not travell well, B-10 could offer #7 but latelly has been having trouble getting 8 schools eligable with 2 BCS berths. SEC might accept B-10 & takes chance on at-large. So Car sat at home last yr & did not play Ala in the regular season. I would not doupt SEC wants them to at least contact Pac-10 about #6. Pac-10 might be intrested in bumbing Poinsetta & Haw down for shot at SEC & more money
If Salt Lake bowl gets shot down, MWC would offer #2. With all thier bowls on campus, I'm sure the would love to get away & play BCS school. WAC could offer #1 & with local support might work. A real bonus would be BYU going indepentent & being part of WAC bowl package. Certainly C-USA is going to offer #2
Last yr these are the schools that would have been avaiable from above conf [Cin, Perdue, GaT, Cali, AF, Boise & Tulsa]
As much as this bowl gets trashed, with it's payout. Bowl can still be attrative
From what I have read, the MWC wants no part of the Independence Bowl, even if it does pay $1.1 million. Now the Emerald Bowl is a different matter, the MWC was very disappointed to not retain their tie-in to the Emerald Bowl the last go around. Location plays a major factor in what Bowls the MWC wants for it's tie-ins. The Liberty Bowl pays around $1.5 million, but the MWC elected not resign with the Bowl, because of it's location. It was very expensive for MWC teams and fans to travel to, in fact I don't think any MWC team ever sold their allotted 10,000 tickets. It seems like BYU was only able to sell a little over 8,000 tickets in 2001 and BYU reported they lost money going to the game. Now in the case of BYU and the Las Vegas Bowl, BYU has made a boat load of money going there. I didn't notice it in 2005, but in 2006 BYU charge an extra $25 processing fee per ticket (sold $50 tickets for $75). So they sold around 22,000 tickets (12,000 allotment, Oregon gave BYU 6,000 of their allotment, and Las Vegas Bowl gave BYU another 4,000 tickets from temporary seating that was brought in after all tickets were sold). Doing the math: $25 x 22,000 = $550,000 BYU made just by charging a processing fee in 2006. In 2007 they sold around 18,000 tickets (their 12,000 tickets and UCLA gave BYU around 7,000 of their alloted tickets), so $25 x 19,000 = $475,000 extra in 2007. I used rough numbers, but know matter how you look at it that's a lot of money that BYU made extra... Because they still made money for playing in the Bowl (travel expenses) and their share of the MWC Bowl distributed monies. I noticed that BYU again charge a $10 processing fee per tickets sold for their NCAA Basketball Tournament game against Texas A&M, but Texas A&M also charge their fans a processing fee per ticket (it was $25).
As far as BYU going independent, it's not going to happen. BYU's AD came out and said so, a few months ago. He said something to the effect that BYU is very happy in the MWC and planned on staying in the MWC for a very long time. There is a lot of history between BYU and most of the MWC teams (football):
Air Force- 28 games, first was in 1956
Colorado St- 66 games, first was in 1922
New Mexico- 57 games, first was in 1951
San Diego St- 32 games, first was in 1947
TCU- 7 games, first was in 1987
UNLV- 15 games, first was in 1978
Utah- 83 games, first was in 1922
Wyoming- 74 games, first was in 1922