The college football bowl season begins in earnest Dec. 19 with the New Mexico Bowl and the St. Petersburg Bowl and culminates Jan. 7 with the Citi BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, California. There are 33 bowl games in all.
College football fanatics will tell you every matchup is intriguing. They will argue that even the minor bowls like the Independence Bowl
or the Outback Bowl
can provide plenty of thrills and excitement.
That may certainly be the case but while we are crossing our fingers hoping for a classic college football moment from Sun Bowl
or the Alamo Bowl
we can rest assured that the five bowl games previewed below will be anything but disappointing.
Las Vegas Bowl
#14 Brigham Young vs. #18 Oregon State
December 22, 2009 - 8:00pm ET
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas NV
This game not only features two top ranked teams it also showcases two tremendously talented backfields. Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield has thrown for 3,103 yards and 21 touchdowns while running back Jacquizz Rodgers has 1,377 rushing yards and 20 TD's. BYU quarterback Max Hall has thrown for 3,368 yards and 30 scores as teammate Harvey Unga has rushed for over 1,000 yards in just 184 carries. This is the fifth year in a row BYU has been ticketed to play in the Las Vegas Bowl
#7 Oregon vs. #8 Ohio State
January 1, 2010 - 4:30pm ET
Rose Bowl, Pasadena CA
It's the granddaddy of all bowl games and one of the few that still has clout. If you can't make it to the National Championship game the Rose Bowl
is a fine consolation. The year's edition features a couple of "O" schools, No. 8 Ohio State and on No. 7 Oregon. The Buckeyes haven't played in the Rose Bowl since 1997 while the Ducks have been kept away from Pasadena since 1995. Ohio State has won all seven of these schools' previous get-togethers including the 1958 Rose Bowl. Oregon wants the nation to know there's another power house in the Pac-Ten besides USC.
#3 Cincinnati vs. #5 Florida
January 1, 2010 - 8:30pm ET
Superdome, New Orleans LA
If you thought CBS drooled over Tim Tebow just wait until Fox gets their chance to slobber all over Mr. Perfect. This matchup of No. 5 Florida versus No. 3 Cincinnati will be Mr. Tebow's swan song. Emotions will definitely be running high as the Gators try to ensure Tebow goes out a winner in the 76th Sugar Bowl
. Lost in the Tebow victory lap is a very good Cincinnati team. Not only are they the alma mater of Florida head coach Urban Meyer, but they are also a perfect 12-0. Can the Bearcats bring respect to the Big East? Or will the departure of head coach Brian Kelly to Notre Dame be too big of a distraction?
#4 TCU vs. #6 Boise State
January 4, 2010 - 8:00pm ET
Cardinals Stadium, Glendale AZ
If you're not furious that these two teams are playing one another you either hate underdogs or you're the athletic director at a BCS school. TCU and BSU should be playing Iowa and Georgia Tech, who are matchup in the FedEx Orange Bowl
. Now we understand the thrill of seeing unbeatens battling in the Fiesta Bowl
but what we really want to see is the so-called little guys knock off two BCS schools. This is the first time a BCS game, other than the championship, has featured undefeated teams. Boise State and their vaunted offense are 13-0 while TCU and their dominate "D" are 12-0.
BCS Championship Game
#1 Alabama vs. #2 Texas
January 7, 2010 - 8:00pm ET
Rose Bowl, Pasadena CA
Technically it's not a bowl game. Then again it's technically not a national championship game since the NCAA does not crown a champion at college football's highest level. Of course, we're splitting hairs. The title game is tradition versus tradition as No. 1 Alabama faces off against No. 2 Texas. These teams haven't played one another in over 30 years. This also marks the first time since 2005 that two undefeated teams clashed in the BCS national title game
. Texas won that game but if they had trouble with Nebraska's defense in the Big 12 championship just wait until they get a load of Alabama's.
Boston College takes on USC in the Emerald Bowl
on Dec. 26. Can the Trojans salvage their season with a bowl win? Here's a mind boggling accomplishment, for the past seven years USC has played in a BCS bowl. Not as awe inspiring but still an impressive feat, BC is making their 11th straight bowl appearance.
The Insight Bowl
, held in Tempe Arizona on Dec. 31, has Iowa State taking on Minnesota. Aren't both these teams from the Big Ten? Anywho, the Cyclones were 2-10 last year but are now in a bowl game thanks to first year head coach Paul Rhoads. We know. We Know. Iowa State is in the Big 12 they just sound like a Big Ten team.
No. 19 Oklahoma State takes on Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl
on Jan. 2, 2010. This is probably the most prestigious bowl game outside of the BCS. Both schools had similar seasons: started in the top ten, disappointing early loses, rallied, and then finished regular season with loss to rival. Keep an eye on Mississippi's Dexter McCluster he could become first SEC player with 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving in one season.
They are adding extra seats for the Gator Bowl
scheduled to go down in Jacksonville, Florida on Jan. 1, 2010. It's not that fans are clamoring to see #16 West Virginia demolish a banal 6-6 Florida State team. It's because everyone wants to see Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden walking the sidelines for the last time. The legend retires after the game. College football, especially Florida State football, will never be the same.