College Football Bowl Season: 4 Bowl Games We Don't Really Need to Watch
The never-ending list of College Bowl Games came out earlier this week, and let’s just say there are a few matchups that are underwhelming.
Kicking off in New Mexico on December 17 and culminating with the BCS National Title Game nine days into 2012, the Bowl season has become a marathon for viewers.
While there are many good games to be seen this holiday season, let’s take a look at some games we might not want to watch in the next few weeks.
Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, St. Petersburg, FL, Florida International vs. Marshall
The aptly named game sees the Thundering Herd of Marshall making the trip south to take on Florida International University.
The Golden Panthers rolled up an 8-4 overall record this season, but has suspect losses against the likes of Arkansas State and Duke.
Marshall finished second behind Southern Miss in the East division of Conference USA and was 6-6 overall thanks in large part due to their difficult non-conference schedule.
The game is being played in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg home of the Devil Rays. With the venue and teams involved, this may be a good enough reason to skip over that evening.
Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, #7 Boise St. vs. Arizona State
Arizona State takes on Boise State along The Strip on December 22.
The Sun Devils dropped four of their last five Pac-12 matchups and appear to be backing up into Las Vegas rather than storming into Sin City.
Texas Christian mercifully defeated the Broncos this season saving the American public from yet another year of Boise State ‘undefeated and should be in the BCS Championship game talk.’
The loss to TCU pushes Boise back to this game where they will take on a Pac-12 opponent that has dropped their last four games.
Boise might have little mercy on the Sun Devils in an effort to push their end of season ranking to sixth or maybe even fifth – look out.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, San Francisco, CA, Illinois vs. UCLA
Both teams have .500 or below overall records and both have interim coaches, factors which will certainly make this a less-than intriguing matchup on New Year’s Eve.
How can the 2-6 conference record amassed by the Illini be justification for entering a bowl game? Several teams at .500 who had a better record could have been considered over Ron Zook’s former team.
UCLA’s resume is a bit more credible – even with a 6-7 record. Given a waiver to play in a bowl game because their seventh loss came in the Pac-12 Championship Game, the Bruins will look to justify themselves as they make the short trip to San Francisco.
Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, LA, #13 Michigan vs. #11 VA Tech
Several teams were passed over for this slot including Boise St., Kansas St. and Michigan St.
Instead folks at the Sugar Bowl give us Michigan and their playmaking quarterback Denard Robinson to take on Virginia Tech who lost twice to Clemson, who also features in a BCS Bowl.
A matchup that genuinely lacks intrigue and maybe has stirred up more controversy than anything by passing over teams that might have been more deserving of a BCS Bowl bid.
Maybe Robinson can make this a memorable game, if not the BCS has only themselves to blame for suspect choosing.
A Year for Criticism
The College Bowl system is deservedly under fire this season. If ever there were a year to rise up against this establishment, now would be the time.
The BCS has made many controversial decisions about Bowl games to this point, and for all that want a playoff system—hopefully this year is a flop.
We will see this year, as the BCS has given us every opportunity for criticism with some very unusual picks for Bowl games.