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Bowl Season Begins as Lower-Level Playoffs Finish

As ESPN reminds us on a regular basis, Saturday begins bowl season and “the most wonderful time of the year.”

I can’t say that I disagree.

People screaming for a playoff in Division I college football must realize that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the college bowl system. It’s how the NCAA crowns its champion that is screwed up.

A post-bowl, four-team playoff is the way to go, but that’s a different argument for a different day.

I love bowl season, but there are too many of them. To have 68 out of 120 teams playing in bowl games is just too much.

The Insight Bowl, with a pair of 6-6 teams in Iowa State and Minnesota matching up is about the least intriguing of any bowl game.

That being said, there are some good matchups this weekend, beginning on Saturday.

Just as an appetizer to the bowl schedule, the Division III championship game is Saturday morning.

Congratulations to Villanova for beating unbeaten Montana Friday night to claim the Division I FCS (I-AA) championship, and to Northwest Missouri State for winning the D-II title.

On to the bowl games. All times are Central and BCS rankings are used when applicable. Games are listed in chronological order through Christmas Day.

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