Welcome to bowl season, Big Ten football fans! It really is the most wonderful time of the year.
You know who's enjoying this season? None other than Michael Bolton in these hilarious Honda commercials. I've heard some people complain about them and wonder why the former hit pop singer is doing commercials now, but I just love them. He has accepted his place in (or out of) music quite well, and his comic timing and facial expressions certainly are humorous.
Somebody who probably wishes fans would think about Michael Bolton commercials and not him is Michigan State All-Big Ten linebacker Max Bullough. Per Kirkland Crawford of USA Today, Bullough was suspended for the Rose Bowl matchup with Stanford for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Two of the conference's most mobile quarterbacks, Nebraska's Taylor Martinez and Michigan's Devin Gardner, will miss their team's bowl game because of injury. Martinez hasn't played since Nebraska's loss to Minnesota in October, while Gardner will miss the the final game of the season because of a broken foot sustained in Michigan's loss to Ohio State.
By the way, how great was that game?
Don't worry, though. It's not all about suspensions and injuries. There is plenty to enjoy for the conference in this, the greatest of seasons. Even Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue and Illinois, who aren't bowl eligible, are all celebrating, as their coaches will all be back next year. Oh, and you know they're going to enjoy the shared bank from both Michigan State and Ohio State in BCS bowls.
Of course, I can imagine Penn State being a little leery with Bill O'Brien interviewing with the Houston Texans, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport (h/t Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com). Who knows, maybe he'll chum it up with the Texans brass during the Texas Bowl on December 28. Hopefully he can explain why his Nittany Lions lost at Minnesota in November and alternated wins and losses from the second to the final game of the season.
By the way, how come Capital One Bowl Week is, like, two weeks long? They've got to think of a better name.
On to the bowls!