That magical time of the year is quickly approaching. No, not the one with the big guy in the red suit, but the one that involves sitting glassy-eyed on the couch after staring at your television for two-straight weeks watching college football. Penn State fans know all too well that the Nittany Lions are still ineligible for any bowls thanks to the brain trust that is the NCAA. However, just because there’s no bowl game for Penn State, that doesn’t mean that fans won’t be interested in what happens.
VBR is planning to bring previews and predictions of the bowl games, starting with the game on Christmas Eve. All of the non-Big Ten games and the non-BCS games will be grouped into segments. Our writers will bring you separate, more in-depth looks at any game that involves a Big Ten team, as well as all of the BCS games.
Believe it not, the bowl games kick off this weekend, with four games being played on Saturday. It all starts at 2:00 p.m. ET when the Colorado State Rams take on the Washington State Cougars in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The second game of the day starts at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl features an intriguing matchup of Fresno State and USC. The Bulldogs had hopes of landing a BCS bid before losing late in the year.
Saturday’s feast of football continues at 5:30 p.m. ET when Buffalo and San Diego State meet in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The quadruple-header is capped off at 9:00 p.m. ET with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. That game features a battle of Louisiana between Tulane and UL Lafayette.
The college bowls take a break on Sunday for the NFL, but after that, there’s pretty much a game every night until after New Year’s Day.
The Big Ten Conference has seven teams participating, including two teams that will be playing in BCS games. Minnesota and Michigan play in games before New Year’s. Nebraska, Wisconsin and Iowa will all play in non-BCS games on January 1. Two Big Ten teams earned BCS bids with Michigan State in the Rose Bowl and Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.
Of course, bowl season culminates on January 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET when Florida State takes on Auburn in the BCS National Championship.
Be sure to check out VBR’s previews and predictions, starting with the Christmas Eve game and going through to the National Championship.
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