Reasons Why You Should Watch Every Bowl Game...In One Sentence

Brian HoodAnalyst IDecember 10, 2009

New Mexico Bowl, Fresno St. vs. Wyoming (Dec. 19, 4:30, ESPN)

Tune in to see the nation's leading rusher, Fresno's Ryan Mathews (151 ypg).

St. Petersburg Bowl, Central Florida vs. Rutgers (Dec. 19, 8:00, ESPN)

This game features two really good coaches stuck at traditionally mediocre programs. 

New Orleans Bowl, Southern Miss vs. MTSU (Dec. 20, 8:30, ESPN)

Two nationally underrated players—S. Miss running back Damion Fletcher and MTSU quarterback Dwight Dasher—are electric play-makers who should garner a look. 

Las Vegas Bowl, Oregon St. vs. BYU (Dec. 22, 8:00, ESPN)

The first game in the bowl season with two ranked teams pits two prolific offenses.

Poinsettia Bowl, Utah vs. California (Dec. 23, 8:00, ESPN)

In a PAC10-Mountain West showdown, California tries to put a stop to the nation's longest active bowl-win streak, Utah with eight in a row.

Hawaii Bowl, Nevada vs. SMU (Dec. 24, 8:00, ESPN)

Nevada's running game is both dynamic and dominating with three players over 1,000 yards on the season—oh, and this is SMU's first bowl since 1984!

Little Caesar's Bowl, Marshall vs. Ohio (Dec. 26, 1:00, ESPN)

What else are you going to do at 1:00 PM EST the day after Christmas, besides try to decide which gift from a family member you are going to return?

Meineke Car Care Bowl, Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina (Dec. 26, 4:30, ESPN)

A popular bowl—fourth highest attended game last year—with two good teams, this game should be physical and close until the end.

Emerald Bowl, USC vs. Boston College (Dec. 26, 8:00, ESPN)

If you're like me, you are giddy to see USC playing in a lower-tiered bowl, but will they care enough to come to play?

Music City Bowl, Kentucky vs. Clemson (Dec. 27, 8:30, ESPN)

Perennial underachiever Clemson goes up against perennial overachiever Kentucky in a game that will be the C.J. Spiller and Randall Cobb show.

Independence Bowl, Georgia vs. Texas A&M (Dec. 28, 5:00, ESPN2)

If you like a lot of points, this game is for you—these defenses are heinous.

Champs Sports Bowl, Miami vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 29, 8:00, ESPN)

The glamorous Hurricanes take on the blue-collar, physical Badgers in an intriguing speed against power matchup.

Humanitarian Bowl, Idaho vs. Bowling Green (Dec. 30, 4:30, ESPN)

Blue field...yeah, that's all I got.

Holiday Bowl, Arizona vs. Nebraska (Dec. 30, 8:00, ESPN)

Two defensive-minded teams battle in a potential slug-fest that should be ugly, and fierce.

Armed Forces Bowl, Houston vs. Air Force (Dec. 31, Noon, ESPN)

Both teams can score—Houston through the air and Air Force on the ground—so, don't blink, or you could miss a point.

Sun Bowl, Oklahoma vs. Stanford (Dec. 31, 2:00, CBS)

Heisman Trophy running back candidate Toby Gerhart tries his luck against the stingy Oklahoma run defense, but will Oklahoma show up?

Texas Bowl, Navy vs. Missouri (Dec. 31, 3:30, ESPN)

Navy specializes in the run and Missouri is fantastic in run defense, so something's gotta give.

Insight Bowl, Minnesota vs. Iowa St. (Dec. 31, 6:00, NFL Network)

You have an hour-and-a-half before kickoff for the Chick-fil-A bowl so you have to do something.

Chick-fil-A Bowl, Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech (Dec. 31, 7:30, ESPN)

This game features a good regional matchup—two schools less than four hours apart—and two really good running backs.

Outback Bowl, Auburn vs. Northwestern (Jan. 1, 11:00a, ESPN)

Could this be the year Northwestern wins a bowl game for the first time since 1948 (Hint: No)?

Capital One Bowl, Penn St. vs. LSU (Jan. 1, 1:00, ABC)

A great matchup of traditional powers, this game is another one the Big 10 would love to win to lessen the gap between the two conferences.

Gator Bowl, Florida St. vs. West Virginia (Jan. 1, 1:00, CBS)

It goes without saying, but we say goodbye to Bobby Bowden in this game, and, fittingly, his Seminoles go out against the school that gave him his first head coaching job.

Rose Bowl, Oregon vs. Ohio St. (Jan. 1, 4:30, ABC)

The Buckeyes play in the Rose bowl for the first time under Jim Tressel, and while they're happy to play against a non-SEC opponent, we'll see if Ohio St. can contain the mighty Ducks' offense, which has equal speed and athleticism as an SEC squad.

Sugar Bowl, Florida vs. Cincinnati (Jan. 1, 8:30, Fox)

Cincinnati tries to shock the world and send Tim Tebow off with a loss.

International Bowl, South Florida vs. Northern Illinois (Jan. 2, Noon, ESPN2)

Um...kinda lost for one here...I guess if you like teams that run the ball well...this is the game for you?

PapaJohns.com Bowl, Sout Carolina vs. UConn (Jan. 2, 2:00, ESPN)

You should be cheering on UConn after the tragic death of CB Jasper Howard this season—unless you are wearing garnet and black.

Cotton Bowl, Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma St. (Jan. 2, 2:00, Fox)

This is the "not good enough" bowl, as both teams had higher expectation but are still worthy of a good bowl.

Liberty Bowl, Arkansas vs. East Carolina (Jan. 2, 5:30, ESPN)

The matchup to look for is ECU's tough defense against future NFL star Ryan Mallett at quarterback for Arkansas.

Alamo Bowl, Michigan St. vs. Texas Tech (Jan. 2, 9:00, ESPN)

This is a match that pits the two best passing teams in their conferences.

Fiesta Bowl, Boise St. vs. TCU (Jan. 4, 8:00, Fox)

Boise St. is the nation's No. 1 scoring team, and TCU is the best defensive team in the country—'nuff said.

Orange Bowl, Iowa vs. Georgia Tech (Jan. 5, 8:00, Fox)

Both teams have been involved in some nail-biting games this year, and this game should continue the trend as Georgia Tech's triple option tries it's hand against the tough, and rugged front four for Iowa.

BCS Title Game, Alabama vs. Texas (Jan. 7, 8:00, ABC)

Tradition, powerhouses, Heisman Trophy contenders, undefeated teams, SEC vs. Big 12 (that's one sentence right?).


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