Wednesday, December 15, 2010


College Football gives us 35 Bowls.  Most are important for only two fan bases and the extra practice and development time for the participating teams.  Without a playoff system, the bowls work in these ways, plus young men are rewarded for hard work by one more road trip, unless you are Hawaii, who hosts a game, which always seems a bit wrong.  Are there too many games?  Probably, but no one watches them all, so what harm is there in a Florida International vs Toledo game?  I think the worst part about the system is the automatic tie-ins, which rob us of some more intriguing match-ups.  Do we really need to watch Nebraska-Washington part II?  Would have been fun to see Boise State vs a BCS school, say Oklahoma State, who is stuck with a fading Arizona team.  The system is what it is.  They give us 35 Bowls.  Thus, I must pick 35 Bowls.  Heck, I will even do the confidence thing to further embarrass myself, with 35 being my most confident.  Shucks, I will probably have some random editorials as well.

35 - Holiday Bowl - Nebraska over Washington (One more chance for me to stick it to Jake Locker)
34 - MAACO Las Vegas Bowl - Boise State over Utah (Unless the game is decided by a FG)
33 - Alamo Bowl - Oklahoma State over Arizona
32 - KRAFT Fight Hunger Bowl - Nevada over Boston College (and enjoy a box of Mac'n'cheese if your stomach growls)
31 - Military Bowl - Maryland over East Carolina
30 - New Mexico Bowl - BYU over UTEP
29 - Fiesta Bowl - Oklahoma over Connecticut
28 - Little Caesars Bowl - Toledo over Florida International (Pizza! Pizza!)
27 - Bowl - Miami (OH) over Middle Tennessee State (Otherwise known as the Danica Patrick Bowl)
26 - Liberty Bowl - Georgia over Central Florida (I being suckered by the SEC in this one)
25 - TicketCity Bowl - Texas Tech over Northwestern (Plenty of good seats still available)
24 - Insight Bowl - Missouri over Iowa
23 - Gator Bowl - Mississippi State over Michigan (How does Greg Robinson still have a job?)
22 - Poinsettia Bowl - San Diego State over Navy (A virtual home game for the Aztecs)
21 - Music City Bowl - North Carolina over Tennessee
20 - Chick-Fil-A Bowl - Florida State over South Carolina (Never ate at one of those.  Are they any good?)
19 - Beef 'O'Brady's Bowl - Southern Mississippi over Louisville (Son, when I was a junior we were 6-6 and played in the Beef 'O'Brady's Bowl.  Dad, you are just making that up - they would never name a Bowl something like that)
18 - Orange Bowl - Stanford over Virginia Tech
17 - Cotton Bowl - LSU over Texas A&M
16 - Rose Bowl - Wisconsin over TCU (In honor of Scott Tolzein's jersey number)
15 - BBVA Compass Bowl - Kentucky over Pittsburgh (Never heard of it)
14 - New Orleans Bowl - Troy over Ohio (Risky picking one man to beat an entire state)
13 - Sugar Bowl - Ohio State over Arkansas (Screw the Big Ten, I really want the Buckeyes to lose)
12 - Armed Forces Bowl - SMU over Army
11 - BCS National Championship Game Bowl - Oregon over Auburn (Staying with the Ducks 'til the end)
10 - Capital One Bowl - Alabama over Michigan State (Might have gone with the upset if Dantonio wasn't whining so much)
9 - Humanitarian Bowl - Northern Illinois over Fresno State (Isn't Boise beautiful this time of year?)
8 - Champs Sports Bowl - West Virginia over NC State
7 - Independence Bowl - Georgia Tech over Air Force (What ever happened to Poulan Weed Eater?)
6 - Pinstripe Bowl - Kansas State over Syracuse
5 - Meineke Bowl - South Florida over Clemson (First one to 10 wins)
4 - Sun Bowl - Notre Dame over Miami FL
3 - Outback Bowl - Penn State over Florida
2 - Texas Bowl - Illinois over Baylor
1 - Hawaii Bowl - Tulsa over Hawaii (First one to 50 wins)

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