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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: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2008 6:15 pm


Thanks, lhendrix33.  Your ballot is accepted.  Thanks for correcting my math...content is edited.

Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2008 6:08 pm


Shame on Toronto, Durfish?  Really?    Shame on you for choosing the incredible International Bowl as being insignificant in any way, much less as the Most Insignificant!    Next to the Championship bowl games played, the International Bowl is the most important  bowl game of the year, hands down.   It represents everything our forefathers dreamed of when they first stitched a pig's skin and decided to hit the guy who was holding  it.  The sacrifice these teams are willing to make;  playing in a strange, strange land, far from home, eating God knows what, all to advance the understanding and acceptance of the world's greatest game in less civilized countries  is incomparable to anything the other bowls stand for.    So big deal;  other schools go to oh,  Florida  or Pasadena--ooooohh, what a hardship!  To rise to the challenge of traveling to Canada to serve as NCAA anbassadors, if you will, is far and away the greatest calling and has earned the greatest prestige.  That way lies true glory and honor!    Where would college football be without it?  Only in America?  What are you, an isolationist?   I say again, shame, Durfish.  I expected better from you.  My only hope is other voters don't listen to your fishbowl opinion and are willing to reach out in friendship to our neighbors to the north who are so obviously desirous of bettering themselves.  We can teach them, people, we can be a candle in the darkness of a hockey playing society.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2008 4:49 pm


1.) Bowl  Birmingham, AL:  Rutgers (7-5) vs. NC State (6-6)

2.) New Mexico Bowl  Albuquerque, NM:  Colorado State (6-6) vs. Fresno State (7-5)

3.) Music City Bowl  Nashville, TN:  Vanderbilt (6-6) vs. Boston College (9-4)

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

5.) St. Petersburgh Bowl  St. Petersburgh, FL:  South Florida (7-5) vs. Memphis (6-6)


Why even bother with the bowl games above? Also, in 34 games, 68 teams will play, not 64.

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2008 12:39 pm


By the way, for those of you who are keeping score...unlike the Hate Bowl, Durfish is submitting a ballot for this one.  My votes (and reasons) are below:

1.  International Bowl.  Come on.  CANADA?  They have their OWN version of football up there.  And it's cold.  And it pays a measly $750k on a Saturday AFTER January 1?  Two 5-loss teams that should be playing before Christmas?  This one breaks ALL of the rules for Bowl decency.  Shame on you, Toronto.  Shame.

2.  Texas Bowl.  A great excuse for another Rice home game, this time against Western Michigan (?!).  Ragging on the teams aside, Houston is a big enough city to pay off more than $750k, and it doesn't help that the NFL network is televising.  ANY bowl game shown on NFLN deserves SOME votes in this contest.

3.  St Petersburg Bowl.  South Florida virtually HOSTING a 6-6 Memphis team.  WOW.  This one's a set-up.  Problem is, it pays a cool $1m for this stinking match-up. 

4.  Hawai'i Bowl.  There are just too many ways this one sucks.  Time zone problems,  6-6 Notre Dame, etc.  Oh well, at least the coaching staff and players will be off on Christmas AND New Years!

5.  Motor City Bowl.  6-6 Florida Atlantic takes on powerhouse Central Michigan (8-4).  Come on, dudes.  It's freaking Boxing Day.  This is all we get to watch while the wife is out at those post-Christmas sales?  There oughta be a law...

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2008 12:03 pm


Gotcha, huskyonspeed.  Out of those five, I'll probably watch the CSU-Fresno State game ONLY because I've followed Fresno State for about 40 years.  Even at that, I'll probably nap through most of it.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2008 11:43 am


1. Louisiana Tech-Northern Illinois

2. Colorado State-Fresno State

3. South Florida-Memphis

4. Troy-Southern Miss

5. Rutgers-NC State

My criteria is how interested I am in watching the games.

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2008 11:16 am



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2008 11:16 am



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2008 11:15 am


Big bump for bowl season

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