Hurray: The college football bowl TV lineup, Part I


It’ll come in four parts, as the college bowl weeks start with the first batch this weekend and continue into the second week of January.

We know. It’s out of control. And we don’t know how to contain it. Do we really want to?

ESPN or ESPN2 has all but nine of the 34 bowl games. One broadcast team — Terry Gannon and David Norre — do three games. Some broadcast teams are doing two. One team, Mike Patrick and Todd Blackledge, has a game on the first night Saturday, and then again on Jan. 1. (Blackledge, the former Penn State QB, would like to be in Pasadena, but he’ll be in Orlando, Fla., instead)

Brent Musburger only calls one of ’em. Unfortunately, it’s the Rose Bowl.

This first batch here is about as weak as it can possibly get without looking like just another weekend of college football. Somehow, a BCS Top 25 team snuck in all the way at the front — BYU, stuck at the Las Vegas Bowl again.

Here’s as much as you’ll need to know for now:


== 8 a.m., ESPN and EagleBank Bowl from RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.: Wake Forest vs. Navy (with Terry Gannon, David Norrie and Quint Kessenich).
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: RFK Stadium is still standing? EagleBank hasn’t gone under? Wake Forest and Navy meet again (The Midshipmen won, 24-17, on Wake’s home field)? An 8 a.m. kickoff? Sleep, America. Sleep in.

==11:30 a.m., ESPN and New Mexico Bowl from Albuquerque: Colorado State vs. Fresno State (with Joe Tessitore and Rod Gilmore).
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: It’s the third annual game from the nuclear-hot part of the country, pitting the fifth place teams of the Mountain West and WAC is what’s sure to be … sorry, lost our train of thought.

==1:30 p.m., ESPN2 and St. Petersburg Bowl from Tropicana Field: South Florida vs. Memphis (with Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Rob Stone).
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: ESPN owns this game, but still stuck it on its “other” channel. Its the first year they’ve played this game, and it promises to be as exciting as a Sean McDonough touchdown call.

==5 p.m., ESPN and Las Vegas Bowl: No. 16 BYU (10-2) vs. Arizona (with Mike Patrick , Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe).
Official bowl site linked here
Comment: Arizona was the fifth, and last, bowl-eligible team in the Pac-10, so this is the reward. At least it’s about the midway point between the two schools. Remember last year when UCLA faced BYU in this game and … never mind.


==5 p.m., ESPN and New Orleans Bowl from the Superdome: Southern Miss vs. Troy (with Eric Collins and Shaun King)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: Alabama-based Troy’s best losses this year were to Ohio State (28-10), Oklahoma State (55-24) and LSU (40-31). Go Trojans.

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