2011 Bowl Games: Outlining the Worst Football Games in Bowl Season

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 25, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 22:  The new University of Pittsburgh head football coach, Paul Chryst, speaks during a press conference on December 22, 2011 at the University of Pittsburgh Panthers South Side training facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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While there are plenty of bowls that are must-see TV, there are a few that you couldn't pay most people to sit through.

Drying paint looks like a dazzling spectacle compared to the duds some bowl games produced. Underachieving, dejected teams limp into bowl season and square off in the worst games this bowl season.

Here are the worst football games in bowl season.


Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Western Michigan vs. Purdue

With 11 losses between these two teams, they form the worst bowl this season. Critics of the bowl season feel there are far too many bowls. Games like this are the reason why.

The celebration of mediocrity is embarrassing. Nobody cares about these two teams and aside from the fans who are hoping their team ends its so-so season on a high note, it's hard to imagine anyone will want to suffer through this one.


Champs Sports Bowl, Notre Dame vs. Florida State

Before the season started, this game would have been a dream marquee matchup. Both of these teams came in grossly overrated and now with Florida State barely clinging onto the rankings and both teams sporting four losses, some of the biggest disappointments of the 2011 square off for a shot at redemption.

The losing team will have to hang their head even further and the winning team proves absolutely nothing. Neither team achieves the big quality win needed to shake off the painful losses they've sustained this season.

BBVA Compass Bowl, SMU vs. Pitt

The effects of June Jones, Todd Graham and Arizona State's love triangle come to a head here. Neither team was overly impressive this season, finishing in the middle of their relatively weak conferences.

The coaching debacle makes this matchup even worse. Both teams score under 26 points and while a shootout can make even the most heinous game mildly interesting, we won't see one here.