2011-12 NCAA Bowl Games and why I’d Wear a Case Keenum Jersey

By on December 10, 2011

Case Keenum will lead the Cougars against the Nittnay Lions in Dallas on January 2nd. (photo courtesy of University of Houston Athletics)

BEST BOWL MATCH-UP: The GoDaddy.com Bowl, Arkansas St. vs. Northern Illinois, ha ha, got ya!   No the obvious pick is the National Championship Alabama vs. LSU.  Rematch, Saban – Miles, defense… we definitely have the best for last.  And yes it is last. I think a couple years we actually had a bowl game after the National Championship Game. 
Now on to the less obvious…  

The San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.  TCU vs. Louisiana Tech. Did the Horned Frogs screw themselves that bad?  The loss to Baylor in week one, who knew then that was no biggie. But losing to SMU at home gets you a Wednesday bowl game at 5pm local time.  Wow at least with it being a Wednesday maybe Andy Dalton will show up.  Frogs should crush Tech provided the Frogs play even though it must suck to be there, well San Diego is nice.

BEST BOWL SPONSORSHIP NAME:  Valero Alamo.  It just has a nice ring… THE VALERO ALAMO BOWL, THE VALERO ALAMO BOWL, THE VALERO ALAMO BOWL.  At least the Valero Corp.thought this opportunity out, nice sounding and the bowl is based in their HQ city, San Antonio.  (Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) is a Fortune 500 international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels, other petrochemical products, and power based in San Antonio, Texas, United States)
WORST BOWL SPONSORSHIP NAME:  Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl.   Are you kidding me?  The last thing I want to do is think of income taxes during bowl season.  I would never use or recommend taxslayer.com, but Ohio St. – Florida and the Urban Meyer story line is good.
BEST BOWL TO PLAY IN:  Uh da!  Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.  Whether you’re from Nevada or Hattiesburg Mississippi, or anywhere else in the world, I say “Mele Kalikimaka”,which means to me in English “It would not suck to spend Christmas in Hawaii.”
WORST BOWL TO PLAY IN:  New Era Pinstripe Bowl.  I don’t care who built the house… unless I was playing baseball there in the summer, or better yet October.  But football in December?  You got to be kidding me.  Does anyone from Ames Iowa make this trip?  New Year’s in Times Square anyone from the the Hawkeye State?  Since the Sopranos went off HBO Rutgers has lost some muscle.
BEST BETS ATS: TCU 11 over La Tech,  Baylor 9 over Washington, Cincinnati +2 over Vandy, Arizona St. +12 over Boise St.
BIGGEST UPSET: Wyoming over Temple outright.  No one from Philly belongs in New Mexico.

(photo courtesy of the University of Houston Athletics)

BOWL I WOULD BE AFRAID TO WEAR MY SCHOOL COLORS: Ticket City Bowl.  I’d wear a Case Keenum jersey even if I was from Happy Valley.  (Thanks Jerry, you freak!) The only bowl game on ESPNU, ??? The other 35 bowl games are on either ESPN, ABC, ESPN2 (1 game), FOX (1 game), CBS (1 game)… isn’t ESPU still in non-HD?
GAME PLAYED AT BIGGEST TAXPAYER EXPENSE:  Belk Bowl played at Bank of America Stadium, sponsorship paid for with your tax dollars  (TARP funds),  Why does anyone even bank there anymore?
 Well whatever bank you are getting ripped off by,  it’s a great time of the year





Gildan New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. Dec. 17 ESPN  
Temple vs. Wyoming University Stadium 2 p.m.  
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, Idaho Dec. 17 ESPN  
Ohio vs. Utah State Bronco Stadium 5:30 p.m.  
R+L Carriers New Orleans New Orleans Dec. 17 ESPN  
San Diego State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Mercedes-Benz Superdome 9 p.m.  
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Fla. Dec. 20 ESPN  
Florida International vs. Marshall Tropicana Field 8 p.m.  
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia San Diego Dec. 21 ESPN  
TCU vs. Louisiana Tech Qualcomm Stadium 8 p.m.  
MAACO Las Vegas Las Vegas Dec. 22 ESPN  
Arizona State vs. Boise State Sam Boyd Stadium 8 p.m.  
Sheraton Hawaii Honolulu Dec. 24 ESPN  
Nevada vs. Southern Miss Aloha Stadium 8 p.m.  
AdvoCare V100 Independence Shreveport, La. Dec. 26 ESPN2  
Missouri vs. North Carolina Independence Stadium 5 p.m.  
Little Caesars Detroit Dec. 27 ESPN  
Western Michigan vs. Purdue Ford Field 4:30 p.m.  
Belk Charlotte, N.C. Dec. 27 ESPN  
Louisville vs. NC State Bank of America Stadium 8 p.m.  
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman Washington, D.C. Dec. 28 ESPN  
Toledo vs. Air Force RFK Stadium 4:30 p.m.  
Bridgepoint Education Holiday San Diego Dec. 28 ESPN  
California vs. Texas Qualcomm Stadium 8 p.m.  
Champs Sports Orlando, Fla. Dec. 29 ESPN  
Florida State vs. Notre Dame Florida Citrus Bowl 5:30 p.m.  
Valero Alamo San Antonio Dec. 29 ESPN  
Washington vs. Baylor Alamodome 9 p.m.  
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Dallas Dec. 30 ESPN  
BYU vs. Tulsa Gerald J. Ford Stadium Noon  
New Era Pinstripe Bronx, N.Y. Dec. 30 ESPN  
Rutgers vs. Iowa State Yankee Stadium 3:20 p.m.  
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Nashville, Tenn. Dec. 30 ESPN  
Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest LP Field 6:40 p.m.  
Insight Tempe, Ariz. Dec. 30 ESPN  
Iowa vs. Oklahoma Sun Devil Stadium 10 p.m.  
Meineke Car Care of Texas Houston Dec. 31 ESPN  
Texas A&M vs. Northwestern Reliant Stadium Noon  
Hyundai Sun El Paso, Texas Dec. 31 CBS  
Georgia Tech vs. Utah Sun Bowl 2 p.m.  
AutoZone Liberty Memphis, Tenn. Dec. 31 ABC  
Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt Liberty Bowl 3:30 p.m.  
Kraft Fight Hunger San Francisco Dec. 31 ESPN  
Illinois vs. UCLA AT&T Park 3:30 p.m.  
Chick-fil-A Atlanta Dec. 31 ESPN  
Virginia vs. Auburn Georgia Dome 7:30 p.m.  
TicketCity  Dallas Jan. 2 ESPNU  
Houston vs. Penn State Cotton Bowl Noon  
Outback Tampa, Fla. Jan. 2 ABC  
Michigan State vs. Georgia Raymond James Stadium 1 p.m.  
Capital One Orlando, Fla. Jan. 2 ESPN  
Nebraska vs. South Carolina Florida Citrus Bowl 1 p.m.  
Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl Jacksonville, Fla. Jan. 2 ESPN2  
Ohio State vs. Florida EverBank Field 1 p.m.  
Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 2 ESPN  
Wisconsin vs. Oregon Rose Bowl 5 p.m.  
Tostitos Fiesta Glendale, Ariz. Jan. 2 ESPN  
Stanford vs. Oklahoma State U. of Phoenix Stadium 8:30 p.m.  
Allstate Sugar New Orleans Jan. 3 ESPN  
Michigan vs. Virginia Tech Louisiana Superdome 8:30 p.m.  
Discover Orange Miami Jan. 4 ESPN  
West Virginia vs. Clemson Sun Life Stadium 8:30 p.m.  
AT&T Cotton Arlington, Texas Jan. 6 FOX  
Kansas State vs. Arkansas Cowboys Stadium 8 p.m.  
BBVA Compass Bowl Birmingham, Ala. Jan. 7 ESPN  
SMU vs. Pittsburgh Legion Field 1 p.m.  
GoDaddy.com Mobile, Ala. Jan. 8 ESPN  
Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois Ladd-Peebles Stadium 9 p.m.  
National Championship Game New Orleans Jan. 9 ESPN  
No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Alabama Louisiana Superdome 8:30 p.m.  
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