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"While Georgia and Nebraska were probably the most deserving teams to be in the Cap One Bowl, Texas A&M would have been more exciting for fans and more lucrative for the local economy. Johnny Football is currently college football's greatest show on turf and it's been more than half-a-century since Texas A&M played a bowl game in the State of Florida. Aggie fans would have flocked to Orlando for the bowl game and many local residents would have bought tickets just for the chance to see Johnny Heisman work his magic.
"But with the SEC and Big Ten wielding so much power in college football, the Cap One Bowl bent over backwards to accommodate those super conferences in hopes of keeping its primo spot in the bowl pecking order for years to come."
"Without conference partnerships, you don't have the inventory to play your game," Hogan told Bianchi. "We don't have the groceries, but we have to cook the dinner. ... We are a host destination that wants to continue to be important.
"You have to understand that we've had a 20-year relationship with the SEC and Big Ten where we've had the top BCS selection from those conferences. That's an important place to be and we'd like to continue that relationship."