I know what you are thinking. I am getting way ahead of myself with this whole Navy-Georgia Tech bowl talk, but let's face the facts, just the possibility of such a match-up sends Midshipmen fans into a delirium. Sure, about a million (more like a thousand) scenarios would have to play out for PJ Bowl to take place but that didn't stop me from asking Paul Johnson about it when we spoke last week.
Johnson, who is in the midst of spring practice with his Georgia Tech squad, admitted that he had not heard about the ACC signing the agreement with the Congressional Bowl, so in a way I guess I was delivering some news to him. However, it did not take him long to digest it and form an opinion of what he thought of such a possible game with his former team.
"We'll play Navy," Johnson said immediately and in a tone that I would say was enthusiastic.
The reason why Johnson did not delay in his response was what he called the amount of "respect" he has for the Navy players, most of whom he said he had a hand in recruiting personally.
As I previously mentioned though there are a few hurdles that stand in the way of the potential match-up. First and foremost, Navy would have to engineer six wins in a schedule that contains 10 of the 12 teams they faced last season. The Mids went 7-3 against those opponents, but three of the wins (Notre Dame, Pitt and Duke) were decided by a combined 9 points and five overtimes. Meanwhile two of the losses (Rutgers and
On the other side of the dream match-up is the ACC, a conference that already has eight bowl tie-ins for 2008/09: BCS, Champs Sports, Chick-fil-A, Emerald,
Who knows what the pecking order would be, but it's safe to say that the Congressional Bowl could at best hope to land the ACC's sixth best team based on payouts alone.
After running through his team's schedule, Johnson let it be known that six wins for the Yellow Jackets is far from a guarantee.
Pointing to the away games on the schedule - at
In addition to the daunting road schedule, Georgia Tech was unable to schedule a Division I-A opponent for this fall to replace Army, who opted out of the backend of a home-and-home series. As a result, if Tech is able to win both of the two most favorable contests (
I have to admit, I am not crazy about the idea of a bowl game being played on December 20 in the friendly but chilly confines of Washington D.C., but I'd warm up to the notion in a real hurry if both sides were running the triple option.