Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Playoffs for Worst College Bowl Game!

It's that time of year again!

Bowl season is upon us! Thirty-four bowl games have been slated and 68 teams begin preparations for the postseason. Athletic departments are busy buying "gifts" for their players, fans are excitedly booking trips and packing for vacation hot spots of El Paso, Boise and Shreveport!

Excitement is in the air!

However we here at the College Football Guys objectively looked at the slate of bowl games and notice that there are a lot of games that you should probably avoid watching. The advent of two MORE bowl games this year gives teams that are 2-5 in conference (USF) a chance to go bowling and also brings us some terrible and unappealing match ups.

Since we all clamor for a playoff in college football, we have devised our own "Worst College Bowl Playoff Bracket" to determine the worst bowl in college football this postseason.

We have decided to break this down into four regions with four games each. The "Sleeper Sixteen of College Bowls."

Join us as we set our brackets up and take the time to vote for which match up/bowl you find the least attractive, in each reagion. Next week we will narrow it down to the final four!

West Region:

Texas Bowl - Rice vs. Western Michigan. Luckily this match up is on the NFL Network so it won't interrupt actual sports programing on your basic cable provider.

New Mexico Bowl - Nothing says excitement more than #5 WAC, Colorado State vs. #5 MWC, Fresno State in cold Albuquerque, NM. Could be worse. Imagine New Mexico/New Mexico State.

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl - Rematch of a Hurricane Ike displaced game played Sept. 13th between Air Force and Houston in rainy Dallas. A game that included ZERO pass completions for Air Force. Bowl - (7-5) Kansas vs. (7-5) Minnesota. The Golden Gophers finished the season 0 for 4 including embarrassing home losses to Michigan (29-6) and Iowa (55-0).

South Region:

R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: (6-6) Southern Miss. vs. (8-4) Troy. The victor gets the "Best SEC Cupcake Trophy."

Independence Bowl: (6-6) Northern Illinois vs. (7-5) La Tech in Shreveport, LA. Writing more would be a waste of characters. Definitely the number one seed in our books. Bowl: (6-6) NC State vs. (7-5) Rutgers. The Bracket's sixteen seed. Birmingham, AL gave this one a line.

Autozone Liberty Bowl: No matter how much Autozone and the Liberty Bowl Committee have paid "The Worldwide Leader" to shill the game this year, (6-6) Kentucky isn't turning on any dials outside of Lexington.

North Region:

EagleBank Bowl: The Nation's Capital kicks off bowl season at 11:00am EST on the 20th. That's right 11am! That is 8am PST! Whoever talked Navy into trading sunny San Diego for this bowl tie-in should be given the award for "Salesman of the Year."

Motor City Bowl: FAU vs. Central Michigan. Since when did a 6-6 record in the Sunbelt become good enough to be bowl eligible?

International Bowl: Buffalo vs. U Conn. Yeah Buffalo is a cute story this year, but who cares about a bowl played in Canada, AFTER New Year's Day.

Roady's Humanitarian Bowl: (7-5) Maryland vs. (7-5) Nevada. Four words: Boise. December. Smurf Turf. Plus we guess the selection committee forgot that Maryland lost to Middle Tenn State and Nevada was defeated by the Aggies of New Mexico State.

East Region:

majicJack St. Petersburg Bowl: (6-6) Memphis vs. (7-5) USF. Does anyone know anyone who plays for Memphis? USF is an impressive 2-5 in Big East play.

Outback Bowl: South Carolina vs. Iowa. Doesn't quite scream Tennessee/Wisconsin of years past.

Champs Sports Bowl: It took Wisconsin three missed extra point tries and overtime to defeat FCS Cal Poly at home. Florida State is 6-4 without its two FCS victories.

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl: Boston College vs. (6-6) Vanderbilt. This is interesting if you like to watch Vanderbilt continue to drive its season off a cliff. The Commodores are 0-2 vs. the ACC. BC should present a bigger challenge than Duke and Wake.

Editor's note: The Sheraton Hawaii and Pioneer Las Vegas Bowls just missed this list and only because they are played in actual tourist destinations. Look for NBC to make a run at ESPN for broadcast rights to another Notre Dame defeat.

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