The holidays are moving closer and closer, and only three weeks of the season remain. It is an interesting time in college football, as many teams are battling for the National Championship and BCS Bowl Games week in and week out.
The leading contenders for the national championship include Alabama, Florida, and Texas, while outsiders TCU, Boise State, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh are looking for glory.
After locking in a BCS bid, Ohio State is already packing its bags for the Rose Bowl. Navy has accepted a bid to the Texas Bowl in Houston. Georgia Tech is a lock to take on Boston College or Clemson in the ACC Championship in sunny Tampa, Florida.
Speaking of Tampa, it is time to start talking minor bowls. Speaking of the Outback Bowl, I see Georgia and Wisconsin here. This year should be the second in a row of Outback steak and sandy beaches for 7-5 SEC teams, Georgia (2010) and South Carolina (2009).
Last year I attended the Outback Bowl, and the Tampa experience qualifies as one of my best.
In the Holiday Bowl, I see a matchup with the nation's hottest team, "The Tree" (Stanford), and Nebraska. San Diego would be provided with a truckload of money.
Some other good matchups I see are Ole Miss-Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl, Pitt-Miami (FL) in the Gator Bowl, Southern Cal-Mizzou in the Sun, and Virginia Tech-UT in the Chick-fil-A.
In the Gator Bowl, I project Pitt to take Notre Dame’s spot, and the Irish to suffer an upset loss to UConn, playing to honor Jasper Howard.
The Fighting Weises could go to a toilet bowl like the EagleBank, GMAC, Little Caesars, or New Mexico as a wild card bid with a loss Saturday. (Blame Charlie, Notre Dame.)
If Notre Dame beats UConn, they are a lock for the Gator Bowl, and you can thank Notre Dame fans for that.