With much of the recent buzz around college football focusing on the Bowl Championship Series debacle, one thing some Western Kentucky fans might have overlooked is that future Sun Belt foe Troy was left out in the postseason cold.
Yes, that same 8-4 Troy team that finished 6-1 in the Sun Belt. The same Trojan squad that knocked off Mike “I’m a Man” Gundy and Oklahoma State (who, by the way, finished with a 6-6 record, and will be playing in this year’s Insight Bowl) and lost to BCS-bound Georgia by just 10 on the road. In fact, all four Troy losses were to bowl-bound teams (Florida, Arkansas, Georgia and Sun Belt champion Florida Atlantic).
What does all this mean and what does it have to do with Western Kentucky? Basically, it means that when WKU makes its full transition into the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Sun Belt in 2009, it might have to win the Sun Belt outright to secure a postseason party.
Now I know that last season Middle Tennessee was able to squeak into the Motor City Bowl as an at-large team, but with the recent snubbing of Troy (who has a much better resume than last year’s Blue Raider’s squad did), one can’t help but wonder if that was maybe a one-time deal.
And while nothing is ever written in stone (especially in the recent head-scratching world of college football), it looks like the Hilltoppers will really have no choice but to hit the ground running once they enter the Sun Belt in ’09.
Otherwise, any participation WKU might have in a warm-weather holiday bowl excursion might have to take place the old fashioned way: Through the TV set.