While not a single show, college football season will be upon us this weekend. For those in the cold, wintry states, this is a great opportunity to work on the man-tan. An astounding thirty-four different bowl games culminating in the BCS Championship, the majority can be seen on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC). While a true fan will watch almost all of the games, one might be in football overload, especially with the NFL playoff push. This can be your short guide for the games to watch.
You can skip the first couple days of Bowl Mania and wait until the 22nd when BYU and Oregon State do battle in the Las Vegas Bowl. This one is sure to be a shootout with the Mormons and their QB Matt Hall. While Oregon State is still licking its wounds from not earning a berth in the Rose Bowl, you can bet they’ll be out to prove something to the nation. Jaquizz Rogers is an electric running back, and quicker version of Steven Jackson. This game will feature lots of offense and I can guarantee that it will be exciting from beginning to end.
I have an upset alert on Christmas Eve when Nevada and SMU play in the Hawaii Bowl. Here’s some inside information for you, June Jones is the ex-Hawaii coach and will be making his first appearance in the state since taking the job at SMU. While the initial line on the game is Nevada -14, that is very deceiving. SMU has a solid offense and Nevada can be stopped. Emotions will run high and Nevada will be suffering from a post-Boise State hangover.
The New Year’s Day Gator Bowl features Bobby Bowden’s very last collegiate game against West Virginia. While many would like to see the ‘Noles win one for the Gipper, it’s won’t be. Their defense is downright terrible and the inconsistency at the quarterback position will just play into the Mountaineers hands. Noel Devine, WV’s running back, will have a great game and Bowden will end his illustrious career with a loss.
While the BCS lovers are salivating at the Rose and Sugar bowl matchups (OSU/Oregon and Florida/Cincinnati), you should skip both. Actually, just watch the Rose Bowl parade. Oregon will run all over the Sweater Vest and this game will be over by halftime. Tim Tebow’s reign is over and most of us are fed up with all the hype around a guy who will NEVER be and NFL quarterback. Cincy just lost their head coach to ND so they’ll come out flat.
In a battle of little brothers, Boise State and TCU will vie to see who will improve their position for the 2010-11 BCS push. If either of these teams wins then runs the table next year, they are automatically in the National Championship game. Both will come out ready to play. BSU’s lack of defense is a distressing though and TCU’s balance on both offense and defense has them winning the game.
Finally, Bowl Mania will end with the ‘Bama/Texas game. The Tide come in with more momentum seeing as how Texas shouldn’t even be in the game (questionable call in the Big XII title game). The Big XII will be no match for the SEC in this one.
The lack of stars this year will translate into less attractive games. Make no mistake though, I will watch as many as possible to carry me over to next August when the FBS kicks off again. But using this will help you appease the family and friends that might be visiting you during the holidays.
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