If you missed the three college football bowl games over the weekend, you really did not miss anything that might affect the landscape of that sport. Moreover, there are still 32 college bowl games left on the agenda so there are plenty more opportunities for you to see a bit more of the sport. As a public service, I will present ratings for a few of these remaining games.
Games rated as “W” are ones to Watch.
Games rated as “P” are ones to Peek in on.
Games rated as “M” are ones to Miss.
You can thank me later…
Dec 22 Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State (11-1) versus Arizona State (6-6). This game is rated “W”. Boise St. was jobbed out of a much more prestigious bowl appearance this year and might do some real damage in this game.
Dec 27 Belk Bowl: Louisville versus NC State. This game is rated “M”. Look, if you do not know where the game is to be played and you do not know a Belk from a Whelk, why tune in?
Dec 28 Military Bowl: Air Force versus Toledo in DC in decrepit RFK Stadium. This game is rated “M”. No one in DC cares about this game; why should you? This game does not honor our servicemen and servicewomen.
Dec 29 Alamo Bowl: Washington versus Baylor. This game is rated “W”. You should take any opportunity to watch Robert Griffin III.
Dec 29 Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State versus Notre Dame. This game is rated “P”. Too bad this game is in 2011 and not in the mid-90s; it would have been a great game then. Peek in for nostalgia value only…
Dec 30 Music City Bowl: Wake Forest (6-6) versus Mississippi State (6-6). This game is rated “M”. Call this game what it really is – - the Mediocrity Bowl.
Dec 30 Armed Forces Bowl: BYU versus Tulsa. This game is rated “M”. Unless the winner here is to play the winner of the Military Bowl, what does this matchup or venue have to do with the Armed Forces?
Dec 30 Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa State versus Rutgers. This game is rated “P”. You want to peek in here to check and see how many folks out of the 10 million or so in the NYC area might be lured into attending this game – - even with giveaway tickets.
Dec 30 Insight Bowl: Oklahoma versus Iowa. This game is rated “M”. That is all the insight you need.
Dec 31 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Illinois (6-6 and loser of 6 games in a row) versus UCLA (6-7). This game is rated “M”. If you mistakenly watch this game, you will not need to “fight hunger”; you will need to “fight your natural gag reflex”.
Jan 2 Gator Bowl: Florida (6-6) versus Ohio State (6-6). This game is rated “M”. Florida is in the Gator Bowl? Well, of course they are…
Jan 2 Rose Bowl: Wisconsin versus Oregon. This game is rated “W”. Here are two very good teams who play completely different styles of football. This game should be fun to watch.
Jan 2 Fiesta Bowl: Stanford versus Oklahoma State. This game is rated “W”. Here are two teams with 11-1 records who throw the ball all over the field. This game should be fun to watch.
Jan 4 Orange Bowl: Clemson versus W. Virginia. This game is rated “M”. The ACC Champ versus the Big East Champ? Is that remotely interesting?
Jan 8 GoDaddy.com Bowl: Arkansas State versus N. Illinois. This game is rated “M”. The Sun Belt Conference Champ versus the MAC Champ? Is that even as interesting as the Orange Bowl pairing?
Jan 9 BCS Championship Game: LSU versus Alabama. This game is rated “W”. I do not like rematches any more than you do, but these are both very good college football teams so the game should be an excellent one.
If you do not see a bowl game listed here and you are wondering what rating I would have given it, stop right there. Any game not on this list is rated “I” – - for Ignore.
Jeff Schultz had this observation in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the state of the football program at Auburn:
“Is the party over at Auburn? The Tigers’ drop from unbeaten BCS champions to 7-5 (4-4 in the SEC) this season wasn’t a great surprise, given the loss of Cam Newton. The recent departure of defensive coordinator Ted Roof to Central Florida for the same job was a little surprising. But with Gus Malzahn’s reported decision to leave his $1.3 million job as Auburn’s offensive coordinator to become head coach of a Sun Belt Conference team, Arkansas State, for $850,000, you have to begin to wonder what’s going on down on The Plains.”
Finally, here is a college football observation from Dwight Perry in the Seattle Times:
“Q: What do you call the paramedics on duty at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl?
“A: The M*A*S*H unit.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………