Originally Posted by Kellster
It's basically the Consolation Bowl. Kinda sad given its history.
It has been the last few years because the loser has always had a better record than the #3 SEC team.
If UF had two losses or maybe even 1 loss and then lost the SEC champ game LSU would be a lock and it's no longer consolation because LSU wasn't really expecting a BCS bid anyway.
For example with ark lost to UF in 06 they went to some other bowl (i dont remember) and LSU went to the Sugar bowl because both LSU and Ark had two losses so for someone who didn't make it to the SEC champ game, making it to the sugar bowl is huge and would draw a very large fanbase.
Doesn't work so well when a fanbase is expecting an NC and then they end up getting knocked out with one game remaining.
I'm not saying it's fair that the loser gets snubbed, but I guarantee the loser would likely travel not nearly as well as the number 3 team.
All of this, of course, if the winner goes to the NC.