Monday, December 05, 2005

Bowl Schedule Set

The 2005-2006 Bowl Schedule was announced yesterday. The BCS system was a huge winner as for the first time in three years the clear cut No.1 and No. 2 teams will play in the Rose Bowl on January 4. Reggie Bush and No. 1 USC will play Vince Young and No. 2 Texas. Both teams are coming off blowout statement wins on Saturday. For the first time, perhaps since the BCS’ inception three of the four BCS bowls are marquis can’t miss match-ups. While the Georgia-West Virginia Sugar Bowl is missable, Notre Dame-Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl is the second biggest game of the season, College Football’s winningest active coaches, Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno, take their teams into Miami for the Orange Bowl.

The fun in most years seems to come from the more minor bowls, where major programs are sent to towns like Boise and Shreveport and have to pretend to be excited to play in bowls sponsored by Insurance companies and pharmaceuticals. I am not promising any running diaries this year (I did last year and did none, looking like a jackass, although I did not have Tivo last year either) but I hope to do at least one.

The Bowl Schedule:

New Orleans Bowl, December 20: Arkansas State vs. Southern Miss
GMAC Bowl, December 21: UTEP vs. Toledo
Las Vegas, December 22: BYU vs. California
Poinsettia, December 22: Colorado State vs. Navy
Fort Worth, December 23: Houston vs. Kansas
Hawaii, December 24: Central Florida vs. Nevada
Motor City, December 26: Akron vs. Memphis
Champs Sports, December 27: Clemson vs. Colorado
Insight, December 27: Arizona State vs. Rutgers
MPC Computers, December 28: Boise State vs. Boston College
Alamo, December 28: Michigan vs. Nebraska
Emerald, December 29: Utah vs. Georgia Tech
Holiday, December 29: Oregon vs. Oklahoma
Music City, December 30: Minnesota vs. Virginia
Sun, December 30: Northwestern vs. UCLA
Independence, December 30: South Carolina vs. Missouri
Peach, December 30: Miami (FL) vs. LSU
Meineke Car Care, December 31: N.C. State vs. South Florida
Liberty, December 31: Tulsa vs. Fresno State
Houston, December 31: Iowa State vs. TCU
Cotton, January 2: Texas Tech vs. Alabama
Outback, January 2: Iowa vs. Florida
Gator, January 2: Virginia Tech vs. Louisville
Capital One, January 2: Auburn vs. Wisconsin
Fiesta, January 2: Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
Sugar, January 2: West Virginia vs. Georgia
Orange, January 3: Florida State vs. Penn State
Rose, January 4: USC vs. Texas



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