Are you ready college football fans!? It all starts Saturday--"it" being 35 different bowl games over the course of three weeks, culminating with the BCS title game on Monday evening, January 10.
Leading up to the Oregon-Auburn national championship clash, we'll get bowls with names like Beef O'Brady's, Music City and Poinsettia. For the fashion forward, there's the Pinstripe Bowl, being played in that headquarters of fashion sense, Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y. For those who like their bowls with a military flair, there's the Military Bowl, Liberty Bowl and the Armed Forces Bowl. Social responsibility is apparently featured in the Humanitarian Bowl and the Fight Hunger Bowl. The auto-aftermarket gets its due with the MAACO Bowl and the Meineke Car Care Bowl. And, of course, we still have the agricultural influence of the tried-and-true Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl.
Don't look for profiles in this space of the BYU (6-6) versus UTEP (6-6) New Mexico Bowl, or the Middle Tennessee (6-6) versus Miami of Ohio (9-4) godaddy.com Bowl. We'll save our digital ink for the games featuring our favorite Big 12 teams plus those of keen national interest, i.e., the BCS bowls.
We can only hope that Mark Cuban's plan to finance a future national playoff for college football gets quick legs so that this over-exposed bowl season is ultimately overhauled with games of true significance.