Bowl Season

I’m not going to argue against the sentiment that a playoff system is probably best for everyone. I’m also not going to argue that what I’m about to do would ever happen (again) …

I just thought it would be fun to turn back the clock to the way things were done awhile back. What if the bowl games still had their traditions? What if there was no such thing as the following abominations: GoDaddy.com Bowl, Outback Bowl, Ticket City Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Little Caesars Pizza Bowl … ?

Below is a hypothetical bowl schedule if it were just cut down to 12 essential (and classic) bowls. I’ve tried to keep proper conference tie-ins alive with these as well (Which is the reason you’ll see Northern Illinois in a bowl game. The Tangerine Bowl was traditionally established as a vehicle to get a bowl matchup with the MAC champion. Likewise, Air Force makes it since the Liberty Bowl once pitted a bowl eligible Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy bearer against an at-large opponent).

Anyway, here goes:

Sugar Bowl
#1 Auburn (13-0) vs. #3 TCU (12-0)
Tues., Jan. 4, 2011
New Orleans, LA

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Rose Bowl
#2 Oregon (12-0) vs. #4 Wisconsin (11-1)
Sat., Jan. 1, 2011
Pasadena, CA

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Sun Bowl
#5 Stanford (11-1) vs. #6 Ohio State (11-1)
Sat., Jan. 1, 2011
El Paso, TX

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Orange Bowl
#8 Arkansas (10-2) vs. #9 Oklahoma (11-2)
Sat., Jan. 1, 2011
Miami, FL

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Cotton Bowl
#11 LSU (10-2) vs. #16 Oklahoma St. (10-2)
Sat., Jan. 1, 2011
Dallas, TX

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Tangerine/Florida Citrus Bowl
#18 Texas A&M (9-3) vs. Northern Illinois (10-3)
Sat., Jan. 1, 2011
Orlando, FL

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Peach Bowl
#12 Virginia Tech (11-2) vs. #15 Alabama (9-3)
Fri., Dec. 31, 2010
Atlanta, GA

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Gator Bowl
#14 Missouri (10-2) vs. #19 South Carolina (9-4)
Thurs., Dec. 30, 2010
Gainesville, FL

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Fiesta Bowl
#7 Michigan State (11-1) vs. #10 Boise State (11-1)
Tues., Dec. 28, 2010
Tempe, AZ

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Holiday Bowl
#13 Nevada (12-1) vs. #20 Utah (10-2)
Wed., Dec. 22, 2010
San Diego, CA

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Independence Bowl
#21 Mississippi State (8-4) vs. #22 West Virginia (9-3)
Sat., Dec. 18, 2010
Shreveport, LA

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Liberty Bowl
#17 Nebraska (10-3) vs. Air Force (8-4)
Sat., Dec. 18, 2010
Memphis, TN

By my count, there are currently 35 bowl games. Ridiculous. While my bowl schedule fails to deliver a #1 vs. #2 matchup … you just have to keep in mind that that’s the way things went. It’s unfortunate that we wouldn’t get to see an Auburn vs. Oregon matchup … but at the same time, you can’t beat a Granddaddy of Them All matchup of Oregon vs. Wisconsin. Classic.

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