Bowl Season Heads Into Overdrive

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Have you had enough of the bowl season yet? As of this writing, we’re at the half-way point of the post-season with more than a dozen games to go. Most of the remaining tilts are between ranked teams which means that spending three and one-half hours watching two teams duke it out on the gridiron seems less of an endurance match than, let’s say Florida International playing Toledo.

This Saturday is New Year’s Day, once marked as the traditional day the mythical national champion of Division 1 football was crowned. That is no longer the case — you’ll have to wait until January 10 for the winner of the championship game between the Auburn Tigers and Oregon Ducks to emerge.

Still, there are a handful of games worth watching culminating in the Tostitos BCS National Championship game 10 days later:

Capital One Bowl — Alabama won’t be playing for the national championship this year, but they’ll be out to prove that they are still one of the best teams in the land when they play Michigan State on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans don’t get the respect they deserve, but can prove that this season is no fluke by rolling the Crimson Tide.

Outback Bowl — The next best game of the bowl season (after the BCS championship, of course) is this late Saturday afternoon match up pitting the Wisconsin Badgers against the TCU Horned Frogs. Texas Christian is 12-0, but locked out of the title hunt by reason of its schedule. The Badgers are good too which means this game will likely offer plenty of firepower for four quarters.

Orange Bowl — One of the best Stanford Cardinal teams will be taking the field on Monday evening in Miami when they face the Virginia Tech Hokies. After starting the season 0-2, Virginia Tech has been unbeatable and will give the Cardinal all that they can handle in Florida.

Sugar Bowl — The only contest on Tuesday is the Sugar Bowl pitting the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Arkansas Razorbacks. This game, featuring two Top 10 teams won’t disappoint fans and should interest most viewers.

Cotton Bowl — Texas A&M doesn’t have to go far to play in the Cotton Bowl and the Aggies will entertain the LSU Tigers who were “oh so close” all season, but just couldn’t beat Auburn and Arkansas though they did knock off Alabama. The Aggies won their final six games of the season, knocking off Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas along the way.

BCS Championship — You’ll have to wait until Monday, January 10, to watch the two top ranked teams in the nation square off, but the wait will be worth it. Certainly, TCU has a valid argument for being one of the players, but they’re not. Both Oregon and Auburn have plenty to offer and this game won’t be lacking in offense which seems to be what most fans want these days. Will this be Cam Newton’s final game as a Tiger or will he come back for his senior year?

Enjoy the games — and a Happy 2011 to you and yours!

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