On Monday, members of our Team Selection Committee convened for their fourth meeting of the year to discuss a wild Week 7 in college football that saw six Top 25 teams from our partner conferences fall and three others win by closer-than-expected margins.
The Road Reports were kicked off Jim Martin, who attended Louisville-Boston College alongside Jeff Swartz.
“I pretty much got the same sentiment from everyone we spoke with at Boston College,” Martin said of the fans in Chestnut Hill. “Everybody would love the opportunity to come to Florida. They think that they would bring a ton of people down here.”
Martin also added that a Boston College executive stated that Boston College’s alumni base is larger in Orlando than it is anywhere in the US outside of the New England area.
At Duke-Georgia Tech, meanwhile, Ken Hoffman found that fans were still talking about the Yellow Jackets’ 1991 national championship, clinched at that year’s Citrus Bowl, and said the fanbase expressed interest in a return trip to the Camping World Bowl.
In the Big 12, Kevin Laczko was on site in Manhattan, Kansas, for Kansas State’s win over Oklahoma State and stated that Wildcats fans “show up” for bowls.
“This is my first scouting trip, so I had the best time figuring it all out,” Laczko said. “They were very hospitable and grateful that we were there.
“I had actually spent some of my growing-up years in Manhattan so it was almost like a homecoming for me,” Laczko continued, “and to see the stadium now versus what it was … it’s a big difference. They’ve added about 20,000 seats since back then, and gameday was beautiful.”
Scouts were also on hand for several Big Ten games, including Wisconsin-Michigan, Nebraska-Northwestern, Minnesota-Ohio State and Michigan State-Penn State, and in the SEC, Doug Bauer was on hand for Alabama’s win over Missouri in Tuscaloosa.
“Alabama being Alabama, they always treat you first class,” Bauer said. “In terms of fan interaction, everyone really enjoyed the opportunity to come down here. It’s not something we don’t know, but it’s always great to hear that they loved coming down for a game.”
Down the road in Auburn, Gregory Dryden was on hand for one of the weekend’s biggest upsets, as Tennessee took down the No. 21 Tigers for the first time since 1999.
Despite the loss, Dryden found that Auburn “was accustomed to having us there, and they didn’t take it for granted. They appreciated having us there.”
“There was a lot of affection for Orlando, talking about how nice being in Orlando that time of year would be,” Dryden added of the Citrus Bowl. “The team sort of started the season with aspirations that were better, but by the time the game was over, they would love to come here.”
In another upset, LSU took down No. 2 Georgia with representative Tim Loftin in attendance.
“They call it Death Valley at Tiger Stadium for a reason, and Georgia found that out on Saturday,” Loftin said. “It was a great experience and if you ever get a chance to go to Tiger Stadium, I recommend it.”
The next Team Selection Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15, in the Varsity Club. The Team Selection Committee is an all-volunteer community that represents Florida Citrus Sports at games across the Big Ten, SEC, ACC and Big 12, and participation is open to all active members. To check out recaps from past Team Selection Committee meetings, click here, and to learn more about membership options, visit our information page.