I love college football bowl games. No matter how many say a playoff system should be put in place, the holidays without bowls would just not be the holidays.


The bowl games of New Year’s Day is where it all begins for me. I guess it is symbolic to begin the New Year with a healthy helping of the sport America invented out of soccer and rugby played by amateurs at the collegiate level.


I love college football bowl games. No matter how many say a playoff system should be put in place, the holidays without bowls would just not be the holidays.

The bowl games of New Year’s Day is where it all begins for me. I guess it is symbolic to begin the New Year with a healthy helping of the sport America invented out of soccer and rugby played by amateurs at the collegiate level.

Not to mention, it is an all-day affair, so when one game ends, football continues. Growing up, a bowl of my godmother’s seafood gumbo didn’t hurt either along with a chance to make a little pocket change taking bets on the contests with my uncle and cousin at our family get together.

I remember all the games being played by New Year’s night and admit a game every preceding night leading up to a supposed championship drawn up my computers is a little silly. I would rather conferences send their champions to designated bowls like in the past but I am “ole skule,” don’t own a cell phone and believe I can survive on vegetables grown in the dog yard. And Pearl Jam still rocks.

Through the years I have even grown fond of  bowls leading up to the New Year like the Holiday Bowl, Sun Bowl, Independence Bowl and Peach Bowl. I figure it is because their names represent an area of the country, freedom, bright beams of light or this time of season instead of an advertisement for a fortune business.

So here are my picks of some remaining bowls without the list of their corporate sponsors...

Alamo Bowl - Missouri is not from the AFC South and Pat Fitzgerald has Northwestern winning again - this time from the sidelines.

Holiday Bowl - Oklahoma State has a good “HEAD” coach and Oregon’s uniform slush fund is drained.

Sun Bowl - Pittsburgh has a back that reminds you of Mr. Dorsett. Oregon State’s back is known for not wearing his helmet against USC. It is El Paso and the edge of the Rocky Mountains. Don’t miss it.

Music City Bowl - Too many smart guys here. Here’s to Vanderbilt and their castles. I hope your first bowl appearance in 20 years is successful in your back yard. Boston College is known for their quarterbacks.

Peach Bowl - Georgia Tech is playing virtually a home game but I am an LSU alum and can’t pick against my school. Geaux Big Blue.

Outback Bowl - This is a toss-up. Iowa did hand Penn State its only loss and Steve Spurrier is not the same “ole ball coach” at South Carolina as he was at Florida.

Citrus Bowl - As much as I hate to do it, Javon Ringer is too much for slumping Georgia. Michigan State.

Gator Bowl - Here is to Bo Pellini. We miss you. Nebraska is on the rise and will mangle underachieving Clemson.

Rose Bowl - Joe Paterno just got a contract extension. Penn State should be in conversation about a national title but they settle for what should be the best game of the bowl season. Pasadena in all its pageantry pitting Pac-10 against Big-10 and USC and Mario Lopez, (excuse me Mark Sanchez) crawling back to Bayside.

Cotton Bowl - Ole Miss has a darn good smash-you-in -the-mouth football team this year and Texas Tech is too finesse.

Liberty Bowl - Kentucky doesn’t have a bad football program. They have given LSU fits for as long as I can remember and East Carolina doesn’t play in the SEC.

Sugar Bowl - Alabama over Utah by a landslide. George Teague is a super hero flashing before your eyes in the Superdome. No it is T.O. stomping on the star. Too much of Texas Stadium’s greatest moments.

Fiesta Bowl - I don’t like either one but I was in the Cotton Bowl when LSU lost to Texas and Chris Simms so here is to the buckeye of Ohio State.

National Championship - My uncle never picks against the SEC, but I have to take Oklahoma over Florida on this one. It is their time. And my mom thinks she is Native American.