Friday, December 09, 2011

2011-2012 College Bowl Games

A week from tomorrow, the slate of 35 college football Bowl games will kick off, and while I am not an ardent fan of the college sport, I always do enjoy catching as much of this action as possible.

While I do have a genuine rooting interest in the vast majority of these games, I always do pick one team in each game to "support" and as always, they will be barked in bold here. Of course, I will be happy to cheer on my alma mater, champions of the MAC for the first time since 1983, as they will play on January 8 in the last game before that National Championship thing between two boring SEC teams.

The rankings listed here are from the latest AP poll and let me just make a quick note to state that the #5 Southern California Trojans were ineligible this year for post-season play because they were corrupt or something.

1. New Mexico Bowl
Albuquerque, NM

Temple Owls vs. Wyoming Cowboys

2. Potato Bowl
Boise, ID

Ohio Bobcats vs. Utah State Aggies

3. New Orleans Bowl
New Orleans, LA

San Diego State Aztecs vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

4. St. Petersburg Bowl
St. Petersburg, FL

Florida International Golden Panthers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd

5. Poinsettia Bowl
San Diego, CA

# 16. Texas Christian Horned Frogs vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

6. Las Vegas Bowl
Las Vegas, NV

Arizona State Sun Devils vs. #8. Boise State Broncos

7. Hawai'i Bowl
Honolulu, HI

Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack vs. # 22. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

8. Independence Bowl
Shreveport, LA

Missouri Tigers vs. North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels

9. Pizza Bowl
Detroit, MI

Western Michigan Broncos vs. Purdue Boilermakers

10. Belk Bowl
Charlotte, NC

Louisville Cardinals vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack

11. Military Bowl
Washington, District of Columbia

Toledo Rockets vs. United States Air Force Academy Falcons

12. Holiday Bowl
San Diego, CA

California Berkeley Golden Bears vs. Texas at Austin Longhorns

13. Sports Bowl
Orlando, FL

# 25. Florida State Seminoles vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

14. Alamo Bowl
San Antonio, TX

Washington Huskies vs. #15. Baylor Bears

15. Armed Forces Bowl
Dallas, TX

Brigham Young Cougars vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

16. Pinstripe Bowl
New York, NY

Rutgers, State University of New Jersey Scarlet Knights vs. Iowa State Cyclones

17. Music City Bowl
Nashville, TN

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

18. Insight Bowl
Tempe, AZ

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. # 19. Oklahoma Sooners

19. Texas Bowl
Houston, TX

Texas A&M Aggies vs. Northwestern Wildcats

20. Sun Bowl
El Paso, TX

Georgia Institute of Technology Yellow Jackets vs. Utah Utes

21. Liberty Bowl
Memphis, TN

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

22. Fight Hunger Bowl
San Francisco, CA

Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Fighting Illini vs. California, Los Angeles Bruins

23. Chick-Fil-A Bowl
Atlanta, GA

Virginia Cavaliers vs. Auburn Tigers

24. TicketCity Bowl
Dallas, TX

# 20. Houston Cougars vs. # 24. Pennsylvania State Nittany Lions

25. Outback Bowl
Tampa, FL

#12. Michigan State Spartans vs. # 18. Georgia Bulldogs

26. Capital One Bowl
Orlando, FL

#21. Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhuskers vs. # 10. South Carolina Gamecocks

27. Gator Bowl
Jacksonville, FL

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Florida Gators

28. Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA

#9. Wisconsin-Madison Badgers vs. #6. Oregon Ducks

29. Fiesta Bowl
Glendale, AZ

# 4. Stanford Cardinal vs. #3. Oklahoma State Cowboys

30. Sugar Bowl
New Orleans, LA

#13. Michigan Wolverines vs. # 17. Virginia Polytechnic Hokies

31. Orange Bowl
Miami Gardens, FL

# 23. West Virginia Mountaineers vs. #14. Clemson Tigers

32. Cotton Bowl
Arlington, TX

#11. Kansas State Wildcats vs. #7. Arkansas Razorbacks

33. Compass Bowl
Birmingham, AL

Southern Methodist Mustangs vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

34. Bowl
Mobile, AL

Arkansas State-Jonesboro Red Wolves vs. Northern Illinois Huskies

35. Bowl Championship
New Orleans, LA

#2. Alabama Crimson Tide vs.#1. Louisiana State Tigers