Don't get me wrong; I think the Vols deserve a lot of credit for being resourceful enough to win 10 games. I just don't think they have much room to complain about not getting a BCS bid. I doubt they would beat Miami in a rematch, and I doubt they could beat any of the other teams that got BCS bowl bids -- Oklahoma, LSU, Michigan, Southern Cal, Ohio State, Kansas State or Florida State. Well ... maybe Florida State.
Moreover, I don't blame the Capital One Bowl for picking Georgia over UT because the Dawgs beat Tennessee by 27 points on the Vols' home field. It's true that Georgia lost three times but two of those setbacks were at the hands of LSU, which is probably the best team in college football.
If the Outback Bowl had picked Tennessee, I think the Vols would've gotten exactly what they deserved. Instead, the Outback picked an 8-4 Florida team that UT beat by 14 in the Swamp, enabling UT to drop to the Peach Bowl. That really stinks.
So, I agree that the Big Orange deserved better this bowl season ... but not MUCH better.