Friday, December 19, 2014

College Football: Bowl Season

Tomorrow begins the bowl season for the FBS schools. (Division III Championship is being decided tonight between Wisconsin-Whitewater and Mount Union. The FCS is in their semifinals this weekend with the championship game scheduled for next week.)

With the playoff scheduled for the top four teams (Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and Florida State) the January 12th FBS Championship game participants are to be determined. I predict that Oregon will end up being the National Champion.

My niece and sister and I have once more decided to pit our wits against one another in a little friendly competition. We've each made our picks and notified the others. May the best MAN win!

Since I'll be in Disneyland--or traveling to and from Anaheim--from Monday the 22nd through late Saturday the 27th, I'll miss watching 13 of these games including the Quick Lane Bowl between my Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the North Carolina Tarheels to be played on the 26th in Detroit. Terry and I would have been there to cheer on the Scarlet if we hadn't already made plans to be with family on the west coast.

Here's the bowl schedule and my picks.

New Orleans Nevada vs. La.-Lafayette New Orleans Nevada 11 a.m. Dec. 20 ESPN
New Mexico UTEP vs. Utah State Albuquerque, N.M. UTEP 2:20 p.m. Dec. 20 ESPN
Las Vegas Colorado St. vs. Utah Las Vegas Colorado State 3:30 p.m. Dec. 20 ABC
Famous Idaho Potato Western Mich. vs. Air Force Boise, Idaho Western Michigan 5:45 p.m. Dec. 20 ESPN
Camellia Bowling Green vs. South Ala. Montgomery, Ala. South Alabama 9:15 p.m. Dec. 20 ESPN
Miami Beach BYU vs. Memphis Miami Memphis 2 p.m. Dec. 22 ESPN
Boca Raton Marshall vs. Northern Ill. Boca Raton, Fla. Marshall 6 p.m. Dec. 23 ESPN
Poinsettia Navy vs. San Diego State San Diego San Diego St. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 23 ESPN
Popeyes Western Ky. vs. Central Mich. Nassau, Bahamas Western Ky. Noon Dec. 24 ESPN
Hawaii Rice vs. Fresno State Honolulu Rice 8 p.m. Dec. 24 ESPN
Heart of Dallas Illinois vs. La. Tech Dallas Illinois 1 p.m. Dec. 26 ESPN
Quick Lane Rutgers vs. North Carolina Detroit RUTGERS! 4:30 p.m. Dec. 26 ESPN
St. Petersburg NC State vs. UCF St. Petersburg, Fla. UCF 8 p.m. Dec. 26 ESPN
Military Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati Annapolis, Md. Virginia Tech 1 p.m. Dec. 27 ESPN
Sun Duke vs. Arizona State El Paso, Texas Arizona St. 2 p.m. Dec. 27 CBS
Independence Miami (Fla.) vs. South Carolina Shreveport, La. South Carolina 3:30 p.m. Dec. 27 ABC
Pinstripe Boston College vs. Penn State Bronx, N.Y. Penn State 4:30 p.m. Dec. 27 ESPN
Holiday Nebraska vs. USC San Diego USC 8 p.m. Dec. 27 ESPN
Liberty West Virginia vs. Texas A&M Memphis, Tenn. West Virginia 2 p.m. Dec. 29 ESPN
Russell Athletic Clemson vs. Oklahoma Orlando, Fla. Clemson 5:30 p.m. Dec. 29 ESPN
Texas Texas vs. Arkansas Houston Arkansas 9 p.m. Dec. 29 ESPN
Music City Notre Dame vs. LSU Nashville, Tenn. LSU 3 p.m. Dec. 30 ESPN
Belk Louisville vs. Georgia Charlotte, N.C. Georgia 6:30 p.m. Dec. 30 ESPN
Foster Farms Maryland vs. Stanford Santa Clara, Calif. Stanford 10 p.m. Dec. 30 ESPN
Peach Ole Miss vs. TCU Atlanta TCU 12:30 p.m. Dec. 31 ESPN
Fiesta Boise State vs. Arizona Glendale, Ariz. Arizona 4 p.m. Dec. 31 ESPN
Orange Miss. State vs. Ga. Tech Miami Gardens, Fla. Ga. Tech 8 p.m. Dec. 31 ESPN
Outback Wisconsin vs. Auburn Tampa, Fla. Wisconsin Noon Jan. 1 ESPN2
Cotton Michigan St. vs. Baylor Arlington, Texas Michigan St. 12:30 p.m. Jan. 1 ESPN
Citrus Minnesota vs. Missouri Orlando, Fla. Minnesota 12:30 p.m. Jan. 1 ABC
* Rose Oregon vs. Florida State Pasadena, Calif. Oregon 5 p.m. Jan. 1 ESPN
* Sugar Alabama vs. Ohio State New Orleans Ohio State 8:30 p.m. Jan. 1 ESPN
Armed Forces Pittsburgh vs. Houston Fort Worth, Texas Houston Noon Jan. 2 ESPN
Gator Iowa vs. Tennessee Jacksonville, Fla. Iowa 3 p.m. Jan. 2 ESPN
Alamo Kansas State vs. UCLA San Antonio Kansas St. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 2 ESPN
Cactus Okla. State vs. Washington Tempe, Ariz. Okla. State 10 p.m. Jan. 2 ESPN
Birmingham Florida vs. East Carolina Birmingham, Ala. East Carolina Noon Jan. 3 ESPN
GoDaddy Toledo vs. Arkansas State Mobile, Ala. Arkansas St. 9 p.m. Jan. 4 ESPN
CFP Champ. Game TBD vs. TBD Arlington, Texas Oregon 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12 ESPN
* -- College Football Playoff semifinal games

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