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Posted on: December 15, 2008 11:15 am
Edited on: December 15, 2008 6:14 pm
Hot off of the heels of our wildly successful "Hate Bowl 2008", it's time to test the mettle of the College Football Bowl Season.  Welcome to "INSIGNIFICANT BOWL 2008".

A number of posters at the Hate Bowl expressed interest in a bowl season contest.  So here's my take on it.  There are 34 bowls this year, meaning SIXTY-EIGHT teams received a bid to a bowl game.  Now let me first say that I'm all in favor of rewarding good performance, but seriously, take a look at ANY 6-6 team and make a good argument to me that they deserve to go bowling.  THAT'S rewarding extreme mediocrity.  Well, that's enough of my rant.  Let's get down to "bidness".

I have listed each and every bowl game below.  My intent is to do this "Heisman" style.  You give me (in order, worst first) the five bowl games you consider to be the most insignificant.  I don't care what your criteria is.  Heck, the Heisman voters don't have a criteria, why should we?  Just rank 'em and spank 'em.  Point totals will be 5 for first place, 4 for second, 3 for third, 2 for fourth, and a single, lousy point for fifth.

As always, we welcome your candid and humorous comments.  Please, just keep 'em clean.    To post your votes, just add a comment to this blog.

And now, here are our party guests (payoffs in parentheses, followed by network).

Saturday, December 20:

Eagle Bank Bowl  Washington DC:  Navy (8-4) vs. Wake Forest (7-5) ($750,000)  ESPN
New Mexico Bowl  Albuquerque, NM:  Colorado State (6-6) vs. Fresno State (7-5) ($750,000)  ESPN
St. Petersburgh Bowl  St. Petersburgh, FL:  South Florida (7-5) vs. Memphis (6-6) ($1 million)  ESPN2
Las Vegas Bowl  Las Vegas, NV:  BYU (10-2) vs. Arizona (7-5) ($1 million) ESPN

Sunday, December 21:

New Orleans Bowl  New Orleans, LA:  Troy (8-4) vs. Southern Miss (6-6) ($325,000)  ESPN2

Tuesday, December 23:

Poinsettia Bowl  San Diego, CA:  Boise State (12-0) vs. TCU (10-2) ($750,000) ESPN

Wednesday, December 24:

Hawai'i Bowl  Honolulu, HI:  Hawai'i (7-6) vs. Notre Dame (6-6) ($750,000) ESPN

Friday, December 26:

Motor City Bowl  Detroit, MI:  Florida Atlantic (6-6) vs. Central Michigan (8-4) ($750,000) ESPN2

Saturday, December 27:

Meineke Bowl  Charlotte, NC:  North Carolina (8-4) vs. West Virginia (8-4) ($1 million) ESPN
Champs Sports Bowl  Orlando, FL:  Florida State (8-4) vs. Wisconsin (8-4) ($2.125 million ) ESPN
Emerald Bowl  San Fransisco, CA:  California (8-4) vs. Miami (7-5) ($750,000 to ACC, $850,000 to PAC10) ESPN

Sunday, December 28:

Independence Bowl  Shreveport, LA:  Louisiana Tech (7-5) vs. Northern Illinois (6-6) ($1.1 million) ESPN

Monday, December 29: Bowl  Birmingham, AL:  Rutgers (7-5) vs. NC State (6-6) ($300,000) ESPN
Alamo Bowl  San Antonio, TX:  Northwestern (9-3) vs. Missouri (9-4) ($2.25 million) ESPN

Tuesday, December 30:

Humanitarian Bowl  Boise, ID:  Nevada (7-5) vs. Maryland (7-5) ($750,000) ESPN
Holiday Bowl  San Diego, CA:  Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Oregon (9-3) ($2.3 million) ESPN
Texas Bowl  Houston, TX:  Rice (9-3) vs. Western Michigan (9-3) ($750,000) NFLN

Wednesday, December 31:

Armed Forces Bowl  Fort Worth, TX:  Houston (7-5) vs. Air Force (8-4) ($750,000) ESPN
Sun Bowl  El Paso, TX:  Oregon State (8-4) vs. Pittsburgh (9-3) ($1.9 million) CBS
Music City Bowl  Nashville, TN:  Vanderbilt (6-6) vs. Boston College (9-4) ($1.7 million) ESPN
Insight Bowl  Tempe, AZ:  Kansas (7-5) vs. Minnesota (7-5) ($1.2 million) NFLN
Chick-fil-A Bowl  Atlanta, GA:  LSU (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (9-3) ($3 million) ESPN

Thursday, January 1:

Outback Bowl  Tampa, FL:  Iowa (8-4) vs. South Carolina (7-5) ($3.2 million) ESPN
Capital One Bowl  Orlando, FL:  Georgia (9-3) vs. Michigan State (9-3) ($4.25 million) ABC
Gator Bowl  Jacksonville, FL:  Nebraska (8-4) vs. Clemson (7-5) ($2.5 million) CBS
Rose Bowl  Pasadena, CA:  USC (11-1) vs. Penn State (11-1) ($17 million) ABC
Orange Bowl  Miami, FL:  Cincinnati (11-2) vs. Virginia Tech (9-4) ($17 million) FOX

Friday, January 2:

Cotton Bowl  Dallas, TX:  Texas Tech (11-1) vs. Mississippi (8-4) ($3 million) FOX
Liberty Bowl  Memphis, TN:  Kentucky (6-6) vs. East Carolina (9-4) ($1.8 million) ESPN
Sugar Bowl  New Orleans, LA:  Utah (12-0) vs. Alabama (12-1) ($17 million) FOX

Saturday, January 3:

International Bowl  Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  Connecticut (7-5) vs. Buffalo (8-5) ($750,000) ESPN2
Fiesta Bowl  Glendale, AZ:  Texas (11-1) vs. Ohio State (10-2) ($17 million) FOX

Tuesday, January 6:

GMAC Bowl  Mobile, AL:  Tulsa (10-3) vs. Ball State (12-1) ($750,000) ESPN

Thursday, January 8:

BCS National Championship Game  Miami, FL:  Florida (12-1) vs. Oklahoma (12-1) ($17 million) FOX

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2009 4:45 pm


Amen, Bigg John Studd, the Humanitarian Bowl is the scourge of the ACC. Whoever has to go up there and take a chance on losing to a WAC chump, can't possibly be looking forward to it. And that BLUE field - pitiful and gross. If the ACC #8 team goes up there and wins, so what, who cares?

If the WAC team loses, they are embarassed in front of their own fans.

If the ACC team loses, what an embarassing finish to an already mediocre season...

So no matter who wins, somebody has to hang their heads... let the CUSA 7th selection or the MAC 4th selection go up there - it would be a better game and someone might actually care about having a mild celebration when they win the lousy game...





Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 5:07 pm


It has to be the Humanitarian Bowl, the blue turf is just god awful ugly and who wants to go to Idaho during the winter?  C'mon! Give me a break.  

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 5:24 pm


P.S. Oh ya I have a new one for you!  How about one of these where we vote on the teams with the biggest "HOMER" fans!!! I have a few I am sure would be well deserving!

Ohio State Fans - Definately deserving if for nothing else the use of "the" as they speak of the buckeyes!

Boise State Fans- Until this year I wouldn't have placed them here but after another year of listening to them talk about how the deserve to play in the NCG, are better than Utah, TCU, and the WAC is better than the MWC I am really starting to think that way to many of them are homers for sure! (now dont get me wrong.. a lot of them arent.. but I think its a vast majority that are!  Something like 80% homer lol)

BYU Fans - OH how they totally bought into the "quest for perfection" bought t-shirts, talked of a second national championship after just 4 games in and anytime you corner them on a topic what comes up?  Ya that 84 year!

Any SEC  Team Fan - Lets face it these fans as a whole have one belief and live in one world!  They only watch  the SEC and they have a complete belief that if you dont play football in the SEC...  you dont play football!

I'm out!

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 5:15 pm


Durfish.. love it love it.. if I could of gave that post 10 stars I would of .. 3 times! lol

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2008 8:14 pm


Spud...still trying to find your way into the national championship game, huh?

I can't figure out why the Fiesta is getting all the buzz, either.  Must be like driving by a car wreck.  Texas will be going into that game with a case of pissed-off the size of their state.  They have a national championship caliber chip on their shoulder.  The only chips Ohio State have are the ones coming out of those complimentary bags of Tostitos.

As far as the Sugar and Orange are concerned, I like the Sugar Bowl match-up better than your BSU-TCU game.  One loss between two teams, played in New Orleans vs two losses between two teams played in San Diego?  I've spent plenty of time in both cities, and believe me there is no contest when you're talking bowl season.  Now, the Orange Bowl is a different story.

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2008 8:02 pm



The BCS Championship Game?  Say it ain't so! 

But seriously, I agree.  It's a sham.  I'd rather have15-20 bowls "old school".  I hate that the Cotton Bowl means nothing, and I actually miss the Bluebonnet Bowl (why, I have no idea).  There should be a law that states unless your regular season actually extends past January 1, it is illegal to play a bowl game from January 2 forward.

As far as the $300k payout, that's what was listed in the paper bowl preview here. 

Ditto that on the NFLN.  Should be like separation between church and state. 

Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2008 7:11 pm


Dfish, Since the Poinsettia bowl with BSU and TCU is ranked by ESPN (and has the 9th and 11th teams) as the 4th best bowl game (for some reason the arse whipping OStU is getting in  the Fiesta is ranked higher at #3, go figure)

Don't both the Sugar and Orange bowls rank insignificant to the Poinsettia?  But that makes the BCS system look kind of homerism don't it?  Please excuse me for pointing that out.



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2008 6:42 pm


great post hookm... and ya that 300k is right.. I guess thats all Papa has.. after all baby needs a new pair of shoes! lol

Durfish... ya I was a little late... that time of year and all and been traveling.. headed to canada the day after christmas for a week...  good banter btw between you and the wife.. I am still chuckling over the "great dinner tonight honey" comment! 

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2008 5:36 pm


Let me state that I love the bowl games.  I am not in the section of people who feel that it is a travesty that there are so many.  The more the merrier I say, why else would I be anticipating a battle between Troy and Southern Miss 3 hours before the fact, if it wasn't a bowl game.  That said, I'll pick the 5 that are the lamest.

1. Independence Bowl - If I could have independence from one thing only, it would be independence from a ruthless tyrant.  If I could have independence from a second thing in this world, it would be the independence from having to go to Shreveport, Louisiana to watch my football team play.  I know nothing about Shreveport, La.  It may be a wonderful place.  But I like to travel a lot, and have not once thought about Shreveport, LA in my life.  Northern Illinois vs. Lousiana Tech doesn't sweeten the pot at all.

2.  Texas Bowl - Any bowl that has been on the NFL Network for its entire history has to be significant, right?  I am bitter about this fact more because in Rutgers' grand leap into respectability and relevance, their 10-2 record got them a birth in this crappy place, where they beat down Kansas State... in front of a television audience of 33 households, 14 of them involving Greg Schiano's family members.

3. Bowl - Mostly just for the aspect of it.  Totally unnecessary.  There was the bowl and then they dropped the .com after a few years.  What is the point of this?  To let people know that not only does Papa John's exist, but now they have a website!!  Wow!  Papa John's is totally hip and with the times!  Now I can order pizza without leaving my computer... and I wouldn't know if it weren't for the Bowl!!  (Also, is that 300K figure correct, Durfish?  That would make it the smallest payout of anything, even less than the New Orleans Bowl).

4.  GMAC Bowl - So you mean 5 days after New Years, during the middle of the week, I can watch 2 non-BCS non-champions play in Mobile, Alabama??  Sign me up.

5.  The BCS Championship - That's right.  The "National Championship."  To create this game separate from an actual bowl game was ridiculous.  To make it now a full week after Jan. 1 was even more ridiculous.  This will be the third year now of this separate championship game, the third year that it will be on Jan. 8, and the third year that it bear the name of whatever corporate had its turn.  Not a coincidence that it will be the third straight year that I will hardly give a damn about whoever the "national champion" is.  More and more, I think that that night in Pasadena in the true ROSE BOWL when Texas played USC, Keith Jackson calling the game on ABC, really marked the end of a great era in college football.  None of this the last 3 years has seemed right.

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2008 2:37 pm


About time you showed up, Wooly!  Great stuff as usual...big surprise with the Fiesta Bowl vote, but I can't argue with your logic.

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