The reasons there aren't bowl games in the North are the same reasons that people from there are leaving in droves...the weather sucks, the women are ugly, the economy is terrible, and there's nothing to do. Not to mention the accents. If people FROM Michigan are getting the hell out, why would anyone schedule a post-season football game there?
Is the Big Ten argument that Alabama wouldn't have beaten Michigan State by six touchdowns if if was 30 degrees cooler?
If the Big Ten is that concerned about it, why are they fighting tooth and nail to preserve their bowl tie in played in sunny Pasadena?
@JohnVol This is the time of year that they should start having bowl games in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. We are obviously suffering from college football withdrawal and night time temps are down in the high 30s and 40s. I'm going to suggest the closest college campuses to the east shore Lake Michigan sand dunes. You won't be interested in California or Florida scenery after you check out some of sun worshipers there. My personal favorite probably Warren Dunes, not al that far from Notre Dame, just across the Lake from Northwestern. Nobody is trying to move any further south than that for sure.
@JohnVol Hehehehe. Almost 100% correct. However, not ALL the women are ugly.
@MoKelly I would also add that it's always some kind of whining from the Big Ten. They've complained about having higher academic standards, now playing a ninth conference game, hot weather, SEC in NCAA trouble...the list goes on.
I went to the Tennessee-Ohio State Citrus Bowl in 1996 (1995 season), the year Eddie George won the Heisman. UT won, Ohio State filed a formal complaint after the game because "our cleats were too long". I'm not making this up.
I also went to the Tennessee-Wisconsin Outback Bowl following the 2007 season. After UT beat Wisconsin, Bret Bielema said that we "hit too hard". We knocked out their QB on a legal hit (knockout as in black out). Bielema literally complained after the game in the press conference that we hit too hard.
It's always something with these clowns. The fact of the matter is that Ohio State, Michigan, etc. have their glory days behind them. As the North continues to flounder on the whole, the Big Ten is facing increasingly larger economic and demographic issues. This in addition to the fact that most of the top high school talent is in the South and West (excepting farm boy O-linemen).
It's only going to get worse, and Delaney knows it. I don't think Ohio State and Michigan will ever be BAD teams for long periods of time, but the league (region) as a whole is in trouble.
@JohnVol The Big Ten in general are a bunch of whiners. I'll say that the exception in my experience has been the people from Penn State. They seem more normal and down to earth. And State College seems like a nice place.
I was disappointed by their semi-riots and the angry reaction to Paterno's firing though.