Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Non-BCS Football Fan's Four-Pack

The college football nation has collectively beaten the Playoff/BCS debate to death. Now it is bowl season, so sit back, relax and enjoy:


1. Poinsettia Bowl – Boise St. vs. TCU (December 23):
Not quite the BCS Buster Championship we were hoping for (Boise taking on Utah) in a BCS Bowl, but we’ll take it. Led by Kellen Moore and Ian Johnson, the Broncos leave the friendly confines of the blue turf to take on one of the nation’s top defenses. Jerry Hughes and Jason Phillips are two of the best defenders you may not have seen much of.

2. Cotton Bowl – Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech (January 2):
The Big 12 vs. SEC undercard and the final Cotton Bowl in the actual Cotton Bowl. This game will help answer the question of the 2008 season – what’s better, the Big 12 offense or the SEC defense? Michael Oher and Michael Crabtree are a pair of potential top 10 picks.

3. Holiday Bowl – Oklahoma St. vs. Oregon (December 30): Both teams know how to move the ball and put up points. Zac Robinson triggers the Pokes’ attack with Dez Bryant, Brandon Pettigrew and Kendall Hunter at his disposal. The Ducks hit opponents with the two-headed backfield of Jeremiah Johnson and LeGarrette Blount, while Jeremiah Masoli has made as much progress as any quarterback in the nation this season.

4. Chik-fil-A Bowl – LSU vs. Georgia Tech (December 31):
The Yellow Jackets had an impressive first season under their new headman Paul Johnson, running the triple-option as if they have been doing it for years. The Bayou Bengals have an extremely talented defense, which has not played to its potenital and must remain discplined if they are to finish the ’08 season on a winning note.

Photo Credit: Texas Tech Athletics