College football bowl TV lineup: Part III


If all we had was this week’s of bowl games, give or take three, we’d be fine.

New Year’s Day can’t get here quick enough. A few more hurdles to overcome before we get there.

Meanwhile, we plod ahead with:


== Noon, ESPN and Bowl from Birmingham, Ala.: Rutgers vs. North Carolina State (with Eric Collins and Shaun King)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: Used to be called the Birmingham Bowl. Now, the kids all know it as the place to order on-line pizza. That’s thinking outside the bun.

== 5 p.m., ESPN and Alamo Bowl from San Antonio: No. 23 Northwestern (9-3) vs. No. 21 Missouri (9-4) (with Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham and Jack Arute)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: We flash back to the 2005 Alamo Bowl, which ended with a multi-lateral play by Michigan that no one seemed to pay much attention to, as players from the Wolverines’ sideline, as well as the Nebraska sideline, came onto the field before it was all blown dead.


== 1:30 p.m., ESPN and Humanitarian Bowl from Boise, Idaho: Nevada vs. Maryland (with Bob Wischusen and Brock Huard)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: The true humanitian thing to do would be eliminate this thing. Boise State had to go undefeated to avoid having to play in this one again.

== 5 p.m., NFL Network: Texas Bowl from Houston: Western Michigan vs. Rice (with Fran Charles, Tom Waddle and Kara Henderson)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: Both teams finished 9-3. We’re just not sure how.


== 5 p.m., ESPN and Holiday Bowl from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego: No. 17 Oregon (9-3) vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State (9-3) (with Chris Fowler, Jesse Palmer, Craig James and Erin Andrews)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: Oregon was going to this game whether or not it defeated Oregon State in its season finale. But the Ducks did beat the Beavers, knocking them out of the Rose Bowl and costing the Pac-10 conference millions of extra dollars it could have split by having two teams in the BCS (since USC would have instead gone to the Fiesta). After creating that ugly situation, we wonder what ugly uniform Oregon will pick to celebrate the occasion.


== 9 a.m., ESPN and Armed Forces Bowl from Fort Worth, Tex.: Houston vs. Air Force (with Terry Gannon and David Norrie)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: Air Force already beat Houston, 31-28, back in Dallas in September. A repeat performance? We can only hope.

== 11 a.m., Channel 2 and Sun Bowl from El Paso, Tex.: Oregon State vs. No. 20 Pittsburgh (9-3) (with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: This is the Sun Bowl’s 75th anniversary. Which counts the years when it was known as the Hancock Bowl. We kid you not: The Village People are performing at halftime. Don’t wander away from the TV set.

== 12:30 p.m., ESPN and Music City Bowl from Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt vs. No. 24 Boston College (9-4) (with Mark Jones, Bob Davie and Todd Harris)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: Basically a home game for Vandy, against an Eagles squad that was one win away from a BCS trip. So close, and so far. It couldn’t have held out for the Hawaii Bowl instead?

== 2:30 p.m., NFL Network: Insight Bowl from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.: Kansas vs. Minnesota (with Paul Burmeister, Mike Mayock and Lindsay Soto)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: When did this get switched from being played on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ home field? There could be worse places to spend a New Year’s Eve.

== 4:30 p.m., ESPN and Chick-fil-A Bowl from Atlanta’s Georgia Dome: LSU vs. No. 14 Georgia Tech (9-3) (with Brad Nessler, Bob Griese, Paul Maguire and Jack Arute)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: The official site still refers to itself as the Peach Bowl. But the fast-food joint that offers chicken sandwiches owns the official name. Can I get a peach smoothie with that nugget express, please?


== 8 a.m., ESPN and Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla.: Iowa vs. South Carolina (with Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Rob Stone)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: The former Hall of Fame Bowl based in Birmingham, Ala., it moved to Tampa and became the first bowl in that city since the — we’re not making this up — Cigar Bowl from 1947-1954. Now, known for its bloomin’ halftime show.

== 10 a.m., Channel 7 and Capital One Bowl in Orlando’s Citrus Bowl: No. 15 Georgia (9-3) vs. No. 18 Michigan State (9-3) (with Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: The former Tangerine Bowl is still trying to be the fifth BCS game, but can’t come up with a stadium big enough. Maybe someday it’ll have the juice behind it.

== 10 a.m., Channel 2 and Gator Bowl from Jacksonville, Fla.: Clemson vs. Nebraska (with Craig Bolerjack, Steve Beuerlein and Dan Fouts)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: The Gator Bowl Mission Statement: To provide Northeast Florida with the very best in college athletics and related activities in order to maximize positive impact on the area’s economy, national image and community pride. Then why bring Nebraska and Clemson into this situation?


== 2 p.m., Channel 7: Rose Bowl in Pasadena: No. 5 USC (11-1) vs. No. 8 Penn State (11-1) (with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters; on ESPNRadio with Mike Tirico, David Norre and Erin Andrews, who is made for radio)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: It’s Game No. 95 for Pasadena. And we think USC has been in at least 92 of ’em.

== 5 p.m., Channel 11: Orange Bowl in Miami: No. 19 Virginia Tech (9-4) vs. No. 12 Cincinnati (11-2) (with Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis and Chris Myers)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: Gotta admit, we have not seen the Bearcats play one game all season. Is Bob Huggins still the head coach?


== 11 a.m., Channel 11: Cotton Bowl in Dallas: No. 7 Texas Tech (11-1) vs. No. 25 Mississippi (8-4) (with Pat Summerall, Brian Baldinger, Jeanne Zelasko and Krista Voda)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: Tech fans are still grumbling that Graham Harrell wasn’t given an official invite to this game. Local Fox viewers will have to wait until Monday to get their fix of “Mike & Juliet,” “Cops” and “The Tyra Banks Show.”

== 2 p.m., ESPN and Liberty Bowl from Memphis, Tenn.: Kentucky vs. East Carolina (with Mark Jones, Bob Davie and Todd Harris)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: Can you name the game’s official sponsor? If you said Autozone, you know way too much about this.

==5 p.m., Channel 11: Sugar Bowl from New Orleans: No. 6 Utah (12-0) vs. No. 4 Alabama (12-1) (with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Chris Myers and Charissa Thompson).
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: Do the Utes deserve to be here? Ask us after the first quarter, when they’ll be reconsidering why they turned down a bid for the Weedeater Bowl.


== 9 a.m, ESPN2 and International Bowl from Toronto: Buffalo vs. Connecticut (with John Saunders, Jesse Palmer and Doug Flutie)
Official bowl site linked here.
Comment: Didn’t Buffalo already playing a game in Toronto this year ruffle some feathers in the NFL? Turner Gill gets some air time in his campaign to coach a more higher-profile squad down the road.

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