All the talk of TCU in the Orange Bowl and the Fiesta is a bit baffling to me. TCU doesn't have a tremendous fan base or national recognition. I would be willing to bet that most people have never seen them on TV. Experts say that the best geographical fit would be the Sugar Bowl, but that the Sugar Bowl picks last (after they pick the SEC runner up) and that TCU won't fall that far. I don't see how pitting TCU against a Big Ten team or the ACC champion (possibly a rematch) will do much for ratings or attendance.
Would more fans from Iowa/Penn State travel to Glendale to take on an unknown TCU opponent or a famously gimmicky Boise State team? Would more fans from Clemson travel to Miami to see a rematch of a 14-10 game they already lost in a painfully-boring-to-watch and frustrating game? How bout to take on the boys that play on the blue field who have been giant slayers over the past 3 years playing on ESPN every other week?
Will a TV audience tune in to watch TCU vs Big Ten or TCU vs ACC over Boise State vs those teams? I think not. And I think the Bowl Execs from both those bowls know that is the case. This FanPoster's take: TCU is picked last by the Sugar. Being picked last will benefit all the bowls' ratings and attendance, including the Sugar. That means I am acknowledging the Broncos, Penn State/Iowa and the Cincinnati Bearcats are all more attractive picks. What do you think?
Disclaimer: I do not believe TCU to be an inferior team to any other BCS teams this year. On the contrary, they may be the best. I am talking ratings and attendance and Bowl executive's opinions only.