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It's a tie

Penn State 0 USC 0 Texas 0

Fans stayed away in droves for Tom Bowl XVII as the game experienced its first rainy day ever. There has been nasty cold, wind and even balmy for December weather but the highly anticipated Tom Bowl XVII game was just all wet. There was high optimism heading into the game as articles appeared nationally in The Sporting News and in-state with the Saginaw News but despite that the Tom Bowl had its smallest crowed in years. An advanced bomb detection squad surveyed the stadium prior to kick off. Letters were received from Penn State who flat out turned it down and the Pac-10 which accepted the bid on USC's behalf and stated they would not be attending the game. They followed through and did not appear and  Texas didn't show either. Attendance: 12


Responses to Tom Bowl XVII bids

Big 10 Conference

Penn State

Pac-10 Conference


The crowd works their way into rainy Frank A. Schafer Field


A lone fan departs the grandstand, disappointed that no one showed.


Evidence that some team was there? Maybe they brought the wrong kind of ball?


Tom Bowl XVII attendees obviously relieved to be out of the rain

Maybe this car belonged to fans who
got stuck on their way to the game?



How was this game possible?

After last year's smashing success of the three-way game format the Tom Bowl wasn't displeased when the newly-created Tom Bowl formula came up with a match-up of USC, Texas and Penn State for Tom Bowl XVII. The Tom Bowl formula is as sound as the BCS formula in picking teams. For details of how the formula works and the breakdown of this year's selection process click here.

To make this possible, the Tom Bowl devised a unique format that would allow all three teams to play each other in what would have been arguably the most talked about event in college football history. Each team would play each other for a "half" However, in what can only be called a mathematical anomaly, the game would consist of three "halves.

In the first "half" Penn State plays Texas
In the second "half" USC plays Penn State
In the third "half" USC plays Texas

You could call it a "thirder" instead of a half if you feel like it but we chose not too.

The end result? Each team plays a full 60 minutes of football, 30 minutes against one team, 30 against the other. The team that had the most points at the end would be declared the winner with the rights to be called the true #1 college football team in the nation. In an advent of a tie, we would have played a standard overtime with the two tied teams. If it was a three way tie we devised a complicated method for resolving the contest that we won't document here because it'll take too long.

Who you might have seen in Tom Bowl XVII

QB - Vince Young

QB - Michael Robinson

QB - Matt Leinart

DT - Rod Wright

LB- Paul Posluszny

RB - Reggie Bush

 RB- Ramonce Taylor

WR- Derrick Williams

WR Dwayne Jarrett

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