Some of these comments are a piece of work. Not playing is a choice. Maybe they can pay back 1/13th of the scholarship. It is their choice and in 2061, no one will care, but it may make a big diff in the player's life. Bowl games used to have more meaning. Now they are there only for advertising revenue.
Some of you just need to get that figured out. In 1980, if say Eddie Phillips opted out who would care now. Get over your hurt.
Anyone who says the USC game was fun to watch and think they saw 2 teams put it all out on the field is full of BS. It was a terrible played game by one team and incredibly boring (mostly due to Fox and then USC).
Outside of revenge for 18 years ago, there was no real value for the fan more than any other game. Imagine going out and getting revenge for your HS days 18 years ago.
I thought the bowl game was fun to watch. We scored points, got a little "exotic" and Hawks played pretty solid all around. I don't think there is extra value in any bowl game, outside of CFP, but its always good to see one more Hawk game...a win is a nice bonus.