ESPN's Edwards thinks both Clemson and Bama have Orange Bowl ticket concerns


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Would Alabama vs. Clemson be an attractive matchup for the Orange Bowl?
Would Alabama vs. Clemson be an attractive matchup for the Orange Bowl?

Miami in early January against the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide is beginning to look more and more like a reality for the Clemson football program.

Brad Edwards, an analyst on College GameDay on ESPN Radio, an ESPN college football researcher and one of the top analysts on everything BCS told the media during a conference call early Wednesday afternoon that he believes a Tiger-Tide matchup in the January 3rd Orange Bowl is still the most likely scenario.

Clemson is currently ranked 13th in the BCS rankings and needs to stay in the top 14 in order to be considered for a BCS bowl game. Providing that Florida St. beats Duke this weekend in the ACC Championship Game, the Seminoles will more than likely play for the National Championship, and the Orange Bowl would have the option of picking Clemson as the ACC’s replacement in the game.

Edwards told the media that he doesn’t see Clemson falling out of the top 14.

“I don’t see a likely scenario where Clemson would fall out of top 14 which would prevent the Orange from being able to take them,” Edwards said. “I guess if Northern Illinois and Oklahoma and Arizona St. win and where no one in front of them has fallen past them. Even Michigan St. would have to win. There is a pretty lengthy series of results that would have to be strung together to make Clemson fall out of the top 14.”

However, the Orange Bowl has indicated it is worried about ticket sales if Clemson were to be picked, but Edwards said he thinks the bowl’s relationship with the ACC would trump those concerns.

“As to whether the Orange would pass them over if they were available, I think it really comes down to the relationship that the ACC has with the Orange Bowl,” he said. “It’s not the just the one that has existed for many years now in the BCS, but the fact they also have the agreement in place for next year for the playoffs for the ACC champ to go there. It’s hard for me to imagine the Orange Bowl stiffing the ACC there and going with someone else if Clemson is available.”

Edwards said he thinks that some of the concerns for ticket sales could be allayed by a strong matchup.

“I understand they are a little concerned over ticket sales, and I think maybe that comes into play when they choose an opponent for Clemson. If they are a little worried about the number of people that Clemson may bring, then maybe the second choice number of tickets sold could be a factor. But I would really be surprised to see the Orange Bowl pass over a Clemson team that is eligible.”

Clemson’s losses to South Carolina and Florida St. are a major component of the Orange Bowl’s worry about Clemson ticket sales, but Alabama’s loss to Auburn last week would also be a concern.

“You think about that fan base and how excited they were after beating Georgia to open the season,” Edwards said. “At that point they basically had two games left on their schedule in Florida St. and South Carolina, and they lost both of them. I can understand the Clemson fan base being deflated after that, and I think that is what the Orange Bowl is worried about, that Clemson wouldn’t travel as well as they had hoped. So I think they need to look for someone to sell tickets.

“There is the same concern for Alabama. Their fans traveled down to Miami – not for this game but to that stadium for the National Championship game last year, so how many of them are going to want to come back for a game that really means nothing compared to what they were down there for a year ago. Selling tickets is a huge bottom line for these bowl games.”

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spacer Front Page Story: ESPN's Edwards thinks both Clemson and Bama have Orange Bowl ticket concerns
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spacer Didn't hurt us last year did it? We always travel well
Drobins
spacer Re: Didn't hurt us last year did it? We always travel well
uproar84®
spacer Re: Didn't hurt us last year did it? We always travel well
CUTotalTiger
spacer It was on a Wednesday. Who can go to a game on WEDNESDAY
HAWG
spacer Re: It was on a Wednesday. Who can go to a game on WEDNESDAY
oldschtiger70
spacer Wouldn't that be true for any team that they pick?
PGTiger
spacer this year it is on a Friday, not a Wednesday
scooter
spacer Re: this year it is on a Friday, not a Wednesday
Dugatiger®
spacer Re: Wouldn't that be true for any team that they pick?
tabbyplague®
spacer They can't pick Miami by rule
uproar84®
spacer No team travels great anymore.
Johnstone4Life
spacer Re: Didn't hurt us last year did it? We always travel well
Dugatiger®
spacer Beginning to believe ESPN and "Expert" are contradictory.***
cutigersJD
spacer shoot, the backup WalMart Bama fans will come if nobody else
scooter
spacer Completely understand the concerns...that's a long drive
Tigerfansince1972®
spacer Yeah and it's not safe to pull a doublewide that far***
BigCUFan®
spacer Easy solution for the OB
sckick
spacer Under that scenario, MSU would still play in the Rose Bowl
tplemin
spacer Not necessarily....
BigCUFan®
spacer It doesn't matter that this year's game is on a Friday...
uproar84®
spacer As BigCUFan pointed out, MSU might fall out of top 14
TigersAndCubs
spacer Miami is out of the way for most people.
Judge Keller
spacer Except for Cubans apparently
BigCUFan®
spacer Deer OB committee...GOOD LUCK finding....
ClemBert
spacer ..100% right..any of the other matchups aren't even...
gleaner63
spacer Beating Alabama in the Orange Bowl would be a sweet
wildblulou®
spacer Problem is that few want to see a blowout in-person or on TV***
Razzmatazz
spacer Aw, we'll take it easy on Nicki. We'll even bring a present-
SOLOS®
spacer Re: Problem is that few want to see a blowout in-person or on TV***
mikeyT®
spacer Re: Front Page Story: ESPN's Edwards thinks both Clemson and Bama have Orange Bowl ticket concerns***
1994CUTIGER®
spacer Take Clemson and SCar.
1994CUTIGER®
spacer Re: Take Clemson and SCar.
WP85
spacer Re: Take Clemson and SCar.
Oconee Tiger®
spacer Hey Coot, Georgia was ranked #5 and had all thier players
41rcook
spacer Probably true. Good idea. 63-17 here we come!!!***
Tiger_Fan_007®
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JBTFLO
spacer I think this will all be solved this weekend.
tigertown0626
spacer Re: I think this will all be solved this weekend.
Country Gentleman®
spacer Every bowl game that I've attended, we were well
CUsouix®
spacer Bowl games
tigertown0626
spacer Re: Front Page Story: ESPN's Edwards thinks both Clemson and Bama have Orange Bowl ticket concerns
clem5onTiger
spacer RT- Didn't hurt us last year
Lilnaitch
spacer A not so good Ga
Lilnaitch
spacer Went last year after EOY pounding. Not this year.
Tman84
spacer He thinks the Orange bowl is concerned about ticket sales...
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