Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Silly Season

The Silly Season is upon us.

No, not the Holiday Season, the Silly Season. That's the time of year when 70 of 124 FBS college football teams get to play an extra game known as a "bowl" game. There was a time the number was much, much lower, when there were only a tiny handful of bowl games played between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day all of them aired on the Big Three networks of CBS, NBC and ABC. Then someone came up with cable TV and 24-hour sports channels were born. Not long after the BCS was devised to settle once and for all which team was to be considered the National Champion.

Today, in order to participate in a bowl a team must have 6 regular season victories over other FBS schools and should be at least 6-6 for the year. (Georgia Tech gets a pass this year since the ACC has several teams deemed ineligible due to NCAA rules infractions. The Yellow Jackets are going to a bowl despite having a 6-7 record. Ohio State at 12-0 and Penn State at 8-4 will be sitting at home also due to NCAA sanctions. I told you it was Silly Season.)


I'll be making some predictions as to which team I think will win each of the bowl games. With so many to talk about, however I'll be breaking them down on a day-by-day basis starting with this Saturday's games.

In the mean time, here's a complete list of who is playing when and in which bowl. Most, but not all are airing on ESPN or ESPN2. Only the Sun Bowl (CBS), Capital One Bowl (ABC) and the Cotton Bowl (FOX) are listed as being on any of the "regular" networks. (NBC has none. Guess they went and put all their dough into Sunday Night Football with the NFL and the Olympics.)

Date Bowl Teams
15-Dec New Mexico Nevada (7-5) Arizona (7-5)
15-Dec Famous Idaho Potato #18 Utah State (10-2) Toledo (9-3)
20-Dec Poinsettia BYU (7-5) San Diego State (9-3)
21-Dec Beef O'Brady's UCF (8-4) Ball State (9-3)
22-Dec New Orleans East Carolina (8-4) Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4)
22-Dec Maaco Las Vegas Boise State (10-2) Washington (7-5)
24-Dec Hawaii Fresno State (9-3) SMU (6-6)
26-Dec Little Caesars Pizza Central Michigan (6-6) Western Kentucky (7-5)
27-Dec Military #24 San Jose State (10-2) Bowling Green (8-4)
27-Dec Belk Cincinnati (9-3) Duke (6-6)
27-Dec Holiday Baylor (7-5) #17 UCLA (9-4)
28-Dec Independence Ohio (8-4) Louisiana-Monroe (8-4)
28-Dec Russell Athletic Rutgers (9-3) Virginia Tech (6-6)
28-Dec Meineke Car Care Minnesota (6-6) Texas Tech (7-5)
29-Dec Armed Forces Rice (6-6) Air Force (6-6)
29-Dec Pinstripe West Virginia (7-5) Syracuse (7-5)
29-Dec Kraft Fight Hunger Navy (7-4) Arizona State (7-5)
29-Dec Alamo Texas (8-4) #15 Oregon State (9-3)
29-Dec Buffalo Wild Wings TCU (7-5) Michigan State (6-6)
31-Dec Music City N.C. State (7-5) Vanderbilt (8-4)
31-Dec Sun USC (7-5) Georgia Tech (6-7)
31-Dec Liberty Iowa State (6-6) Tulsa (10-3)
31-Dec Chick-fil-A #9 LSU (10-2) #14 Clemson (10-2)
1-Jan Heart of Dallas Purdue (6-6) Oklahoma State (7-5)
1-Jan Gator Mississippi State (8-4) #21 Northwestern (9-3)
1-Jan Capital One #6 Georgia (11-2) #23 Nebraska (10-3)
1-Jan Outback #11 South Carolina (10-2) #19 Michigan (8-4)
1-Jan Rose #8 Stanford (11-2) Wisconsin (8-5)
1-Jan Orange #13 Florida State (11-2) #16 Northern Illinois (12-1)
2-Jan Sugar #4 Florida (11-1) #22 Louisville (10-2)
3-Jan Fiesta #5 Oregon (11-1) #7 Kansas State (11-1)
4-Jan Cotton #10 Texas A&M (10-2) #12 Oklahoma (10-2)
5-Jan BBVA Compass Pittsburgh (6-6) Ole Miss (6-6)
6-Jan #25 Kent State (11-2)  Arkansas State (9-3)
7-Jan BCS Title #1 Notre Dame (12-0) #2 Alabama (12-1)

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