Bowl Bid Announcements to Follow Weekend’s Action

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Conference finales and championships are being held this first week in December, just about bringing to a close the regular season for major college football. We’ll leave that door open just enough for Navy and Army to shut it on December 11, the absolute final regular season game scheduled.

TCU to the Big East

This weekend’s action will be big, but it is being overshadowed for the moment by TCU’s decision to accept an offer to join the Big East Conference beginning in 2012-2013. That move, which seems geographically crazy, will help TCU join a BCS conference while giving that conference a much needed boost from a respected national power.

On tap this weekend are a pair of big conference title games: Auburn and South Carolina for the SEC championship while Virginia Tech plays Florida State for the ACC title. The MAC and Conference USA will also have their title games and several other contests will have bowl implications.

The Big East is having a down year, so much so that its only nationally ranked team, #24 West Virginia may not be representing the conference in the BCS this year. That conference will be represented by UConn if the Huskies beat South Florida this Saturday. Interestingly, one of the Huskies two conference losses this year was to Rutgers, the last place team in the Big East.

The national championship title game will be between Auburn and Oregon if the Tigers beat the Gamecocks and the Ducks beat their in-state rivals, the Oregon State Beavers. Should either team lose, then TCU will most likely get a shot to play for the national championship.

Bowl Bids Extended

A number of teams have accepted bowl bids, securing spots for winning at least half their games this year.

Texas A&M will be playing in the Cotton Bowl, facing a yet to be determined SEC team. Southern Miss will play in a St. Petersburg bowl game on December 21, facing a Big East team.

Navy has already committed to playing in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 23, against a Mountain West opponent. Hawaii stays home to play host at the Sheraton Hawaii bowl on Christmas Eve. Their opponent will be a Conference USA team.

East Carolina, despite finishing 6-6 and getting crushed by Navy and Rice along the way, will face an ACC team in the Military Bowl on Dec. 29. Army, who hasn’t been bowling in 14 years, has accepted a Dec. 30 bowl date in Dallas.

Come Monday, the remaining bowl picture will be settled, with about three dozen games  to be played from December 18 to January 10, 2011. Lots of college action to help conclude the 2010-2011 season.

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