The Cotton takes two Texas teams? Really? Who is going to book up those hotel rooms?
Exactly. This is where we are in CFB and it's been that way for a while. 2-3 nights of booked hotels and many one-dayers coming over. LSU playing Texas would have much more national eyesight; although, I do think the Cotton Bowl needs to set its eyes further east and north. That is, if they wanna be players like it looks like they're becoming.
Nobody wants to watch Texas A&M play Texas again -- especially A&M. Now that they are in the SEC (and doing quite well), they believe that Texas is in an inferior conference. The Ags are sticking their tongues out at the Austin Lib School and saying, "Told ya so. Now look at us." If Texas and A&M really wanted to play that badly, they would have scheduled a regular season game. Texas, already in the shadows of Oklahoma, does not want a thing to do with A&M. You are about to see the late 80's-early 90's again when A&M was always the 11-1/10-2 team and Texas was -- well -- irrelevant. Wayne Clements was over his head and losing battles in recruiting to OU, A&M, SMU, and Houston. The Horns are playing now much like their Bluebonnet Bowleqsue-calibur.
Back to the hotel rooms, I would think the Cotton Bowl may even want a Georgia -- talk about filling up rooms, against OU. I think Jerry and co. and Cotton execs would want to remove the whole Texas team-stigma. Maybe not...perhaps showcase the best in-state university ya got, be it Texas or even Tech. I think that's not what should be the focus. Who cares if the locals all jam the stadium? They would anyway for a 5-7 vs. 4-8 game. That's done. No hotels. No week-long celebrations.
The Sugar Bowl proved that hotels and spending money and staying long, long periods of time are the primary concerns as last year they said, "Hey, remember when VT came here in '99 c'ship vs. Florida State and in '04 vs. Auburn? They brought tons of folks and filled up rooms, Harrah's, restaurants, bars, and they were all spending damn near a grand a day. Bring them back to play Michigan!" What a horrible television mistake. There is a fine line. Texas vs. A&M in Dallas would not tip-toe it without crashing down on its big lunch crowd mania/leave town in the 3rd quarter to beat the crowds back to Waco, Houston, and cross-town traffic. TV wise, you would have to showcase it in a good slot, but not too good of one. It wouldn't hold its water on a weeknight competing against American Idol and all the other crap. You would need it it on a Saturday afternoon/Friday night. Sunday? No chance vs. NFL.
Georgia vs. Oklahoma/K State in Cotton would be the way to go. I'm guessing that won't happen.
This post was edited on 11/19 at 10:35 am