|Married Jo wrote:
Outside of the BCS Championship game, the objective of the big bowls is to sell tickets and draw viewers. Their desire is to get "payoffs" at the turnstiles.
This. It's just common sense on the Sugar Bowls part, VA Tech and Michican both travel well, they will sell tix, Kansas State and Boise won't.
I think Kansas State travels okay, but Virginia Tech has a track record of bringing good crowds to New Orleans. The Sugar likes to go with SEC teams, but couldn't take one here due to the two-teams-per-conference cap, so opted for another southern team to put opposite Michigan and their giant fan base.