If you have not listened to this week’s Men Of The Scarlet And Gray Podcast, shame on you. I will remember you during The Airing Of Grievances when I celebrate Festivus next week with my family.
Bowl season is upon us. Just like the college football season
itself, bowl season seems to come and go far too fast for my liking.
Below are some quick thoughts about how The B1G will be represented this
12/26 at 3:30pm EST on ABC, in The New Era Pinstripe Bowl ~ Indiana
vs Duke. Admit it – after a couple days of family time, won’t you be
anxious to see some college football? Personally, I think Indiana has
too much offensively for Duke, but maybe I am mistaken.
12/26 at 9:15pm EST on ESPN, in The Foster Farms Bowl ~ Nebraska vs
UCLA. To say that Huskers Head Coach Mike Riley had a rough year in
2015 would be an understatement. While I would like to see Nebraska
finish out 2015 on a positive note against UCLA, my feeling is UCLA has
too much, especially with budding superstar quarterback Josh Rosen at
the helm for the Bruins.
12/28 at 5pm EST on ESPN2, in The Quick Lane Bowl ~ Minnesota vs
Central Michigan. Quite commonly in bowl games, it comes down to which
team is happiest to be there. After losing their head coach midseason
unexpectedly, I believe the Golden Gophers are going to make the most
out of their bowl experience.
12/30 at 10:30pm EST on ESPN, in The National Funding Holiday Bowl ~
Wisconsin vs USC. Some things never change. Among them, the idea that
kicking off a football game at 10:30pm EST, even during bowl season, is a
good idea. Wisconsin seemed to falter down the stretch; I like USC
under their recently named head coach Clay Helton here.
12/31 at 8pm EST on ESPN, in The Goodyear Cotton Bowl (CFP
Semi-Final) ~ Michigan State vs Alabama. First off, do not be surprised
if this does not kick off at 8pm; the other semi-final game is
scheduled to start at 4pm, but that could always run over. Anyway, this
is a tough one to call, but I am leaning with Michigan State, if, and
this is a big if, Spartan quarterback Connor Cook’s shoulder is healthy.
Remember I wrote “big if”.
01/01 at 12pm EST on ESPN2, in The Outback Bowl ~ Northwestern vs
Tennessee. Northwestern has had a solid year, but has really struggled
offensively. While I do not believe Tennessee is an upper echelon SEC
team, I believe the Volunteers will have too much speed for the Wildcats
in this one.
01/01 at 1pm EST on ABC, in The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl ~ That
Team Up North vs Florida. Personally, whenever I go to Buffalo Wild
Wings, the last thing in the world I think of is “citrus”, but I
digress. Buckeye fans will be focused upon what the Buckeyes will be
doing at this time. Do not be surprised if Jim Harbaugh earns a win
over an offensively challenged Gators squad.
01/01 at 5pm EST on ESPN, in The Rose Bowl Game Presented By
Northwestern Mutual ~ Iowa vs Stanford. “The Granddaddy Of Them All”.
Yes, I would have loved to have seen the Buckeyes in this one, but that
is a separate conversation. Iowa is to be congratulated upon a fine
2015 season, but I like Stanford in this game.
01/02 at 12pm EST on ESPN, in The TaxSlayer Bowl ~ Penn State vs
Georgia. As I stated up above, bowl season will go fast. Here will be
one of your last chances to watch live college football for several
months. Maybe your last time to watch Nittany Lions quarterback
Christian Hackenberg running for his life in a Penn State uniform. I
like Georgia here, despite all of their coaching turnover.
Bowl season is something to be cherished. Here is to hoping The B1G
will give us fans something worthwhile to watch over the next couple of