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Can You Accept The BBVA Compass Bowl?

I started too title this post ‘Are you happy with the BBVA Compass Bowl,’ before changing my mind to go with ‘Are you happy okay with the BBVA Compass Bowl,’ only to discover the technology for strikethrough on the post titles doesn’t exist yet, so we’re going with ‘Can you accept.’  So while we really have no choice but to accept the bowl, we can still decide if it’s acceptable or not.

Tyler Thompson gave you plenty of reasons to pack your bags up and go to the game, but just like monday nights out with Fake Gimel, just because I’m going to do something about it doesn’t mean I’m going to be happy about it.  So how about it, can you accept that Hatline and Locke’s senior year and Cobbs (potentially) final year end with a trip to Burmingham?

Things to consider:

-It was Joker’s first season as a Division 1 Head Coach.  First years don’t usually fare much better than average, and what might have been a disappointment for Rich Brooks doesn’t necessisarily equate to one for Joker – yet.

-It continues the Kentucky Bowl Streak.

-We are just a handful of years past a two win season.

Last year South Carolina was playing in the BBVA, this year they won the east – and were an NCAA ruling away from winning the SEC championship outright.

On the down side:

-The season began with much more promise.

-It likely is the end of an offensive era (whether that era was good or bad remains to be defined.)

“Next year we don’t want to be just going to bowl games.  We want to fight for titles. We do. The sixth-straight bowl game, I want to be fighting for a title, where that’s not an issue, where you’re not talking about a sixth-straight bowl game, you’re talking about a title.”  -Joker Phillips

I don’t think anyone is particularly elated to be going to Birmingham (outside of maybe Pete Thamel.)  But I also don’t think anyone will be staging mass boycotts, either.  So what do you think?  Are you okay with the bowl game?  Should we have legitimately expected more from this team?  What do you expect from Joker: year two? 

Article written by Will Lentz