Bowl Season, Week Two

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Last week we looked at the first full week of bowl games, those match ups being played through Christmas Eve. No games will be played on Christmas Day, a Saturday, but the bowl adventure will resume on Sunday when Florida International takes on Troy in Detroit’s Little Caesar Bowl. Most people will likely pass on that game.

There will be 15 games from December 26 through the end of the year including some notables:

Champs Sports Bowl – This Dec. 28 contest pits West Virginia against North Carolina State in a match up between teams with high expectations. The Mountaineers are still feeling the sting of missing out on the Big East Conference title while the Wolfpack have to be wondering what their season would have looked like if they had beaten ECU and Clemson.

Military Bowl – This Dec. 29 game played in our nation’s capital will be a frozen affair. It will also feature the last game for Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen who was fired this week despite taking the Terrapins to a bowl and finishing the season at 8-4. Perhaps the most bizarre thing about this game is that the Pirates were still bowl eligible even though they were hammered by Navy and Rice late in the season.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl – The teams playing, Kansas and Syracuse, don’t have a whole lot to offer, but this particular venue, Yankee Stadium does. Playing a football game in Bronx, NY, in the winter does not seem like a treat, but that is what this game is all about. Look for two frozen teams to duke it out on a field made for baseball, but converted for college football use on Dec. 30.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl – Four games are scheduled on New Year’s Eve, but of the four the best contest appears to be this formerly named Peach Bowl tilt between South Carolina and Florida State. The Gamecocks busted Alabama’s season early on, but just couldn’t get past Auburn to win the SEC, losing twice and losing big each time. The Seminoles lost in the ACC championship, thus we’re being treated to a pair of conference runner-ups.

New Year’s Day will feature six contests with seven more following through January 10 when we’ll see Oregon and Auburn play for the national championship. Until then enjoy the games and Merry Christmas!

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