The college football bowls function as a reward for the players, schools, students, and fans. The bowl season is rich in history and provides an entertaining comparison of various conference performances..
Too often, the Bowls avoid placing teams in the appropriate situation to measure comparative strength and weakness of any one specific league.
Consider last season's Outback Bowl between the Gamecocks of South Carolina and the Iowa Hawkeyes. To look at the result, a 31-10 Hawkeye victory, one would be drawn to the conclusion the Big 10 is stronger than the SEC.
A deeper analysis reveals the SEC Gamecocks of 2008 to be a competitive bunch but, vastly outclassed by the powerful Iowans of the Big 10.
Iowa demonstrated this season they were a powerhouse in waiting by the time of the Outback encounter last January.
In the 2007 season, the Big East champion West Virginia Mountaineers were given little chance against the behemoth of the Big 12, Oklahoma, in the Fiesta Bowl.
The result? A stunning 48-28 victory for the Big East champion.
Going further back, to the 1983 season, SWC champion Texas was undefeated when they met SEC runner-up Georgia in the Cotton Bowl.
In "the year after Herschel," the Bulldogs were considered an overachieving lot who had won only five contests all season by double digits.
Seemingly over their heads against the No. 2 ranked Longhorns who had given up only 104 points in 11 regular season games, Georgia put together an epic fourth quarter to derail Texas, 10-9.
These postseason extravaganzas serve to provide talking points for the next season as well as the year in review.
Since this is an open and active contest, all readers are invited to list their projections. This will be considered a separate competition from the regular season series.
Be sure to have all predictions in by noon on Saturday, December 19th.
With that in mind, let us turn the page to the the Bowls of the 2009 season.