Not many games this week so it’s easy to look at all of them. Even Bedlam despite the fact we have no way of actually watching that game.
UCF at East Carolina (7:30, specialty pack) – UCF has a chance to earn a share of the American conference title (with Memphis and possibly Cincinnati). And all that means sweet fuck all since the American conference pools their bowl games. I guess it matters in a way since the top team gets first choice of bowl games (kind of), then the next best team, etc.
MAC Championship – Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois (7:00, specialty pack) – Game means very little except for the fact the winner would be slotted into the first choice of bowls for the MAC. Which this year could be the Bahamas Bowl. Who cares if only 9,000 fans show up, it’s the fucking Bahamas!
Pac-12 Championship – Oregon vs. Arizona (9:00, FOX) – Huge stakes here. Oregon wins, they are in the College Football Playoff. Oregon loses, then things get real interesting. Their CFP spot opens up. Could Zona be awarded for beating the Ducks twice in the same season (which would be Oregon’s only two losses) by slotting into the #4 spot? It is possible with Ohio State in trouble and TCU and Baylor still having to win their last game.
Iowa State at TCU (12:00, ABC) – If you told me at the start of the year that this game would be the noon national broadcast on ABC, I would have thought you had a great drug dealer. But here we are. TCU has to avoid the MASSIVE upset to get to the College Football Playoff (and look impressive doing it to boot). Remember, though…Paul Rhoads’ Cyclones are known for being tough in this very type of game. Ask any Oklahoma State fan.
Conference USA Championship – Louisiana Tech at Marshall (12:00, specialty pack) – Marshall pulled a 2013 Fresno State by losing a shootout they should have won and costing them a huge bowl and a lot of money (and the conference a lot of money as well). So they’re here with very little to play for since all that is at stake is first choice of bowl games with a C-USA tie-in.
Houston at Cincinnati (12:00, specialty pack I assume) – Cincinnati is playing for a share of the American conference title, which, stated above, means nothing. Unless it’s a close game, they won’t get many viewers.
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma (3:30, FOX Sports One so who cares) – Bedlam this season is all about the Pokes trying to become bowl-eligible. And they decided to do it in the most difficult way possible for them: having to beat the Sooners to do it. My guess is they won’t so again, it will probably be a game with very few eyeballs on it.
SEC Championship – Missouri vs. Alabama (4:00, CBS) – The Uncle Verne SEC finale probably won’t be that great a game. Besides, unless Mizzou somehow blows Bama out of the water, the Tide are probably in the CFP regardless (although where they end up would be up in the air). Missouri has no chance of getting in unless Georgia Tech and Wisconsin both get beaten badly and The Committee takes pity on them.
SWAC Championship – Alcorn State vs. Southern (4:00, specialty pack) – If you’re a fan of HBCU football then this one is for you. Last year’s conference championship went to overtime and last week’s Bayou Classic between Southern and Grambling had a crazy last few minutes. Could get quite a few looks if the game is close and the others on at the same time are not.
Temple at Tulane (7:30, specialty pack) – Temple looking to become bowl-eligible here. Might not be enough since they still have to actually be invited to a bowl and at least two teams will be left out in the cold (if not more depending on how many bowl eligible teams there are). But at least they have a shot and should be a decent favourite down in New Orleans.
Kansas State at Baylor (7:45, specialty pack) – Baylor needs some MAJOR style points in this game to even get a sniff of the CFP. Currently they rank 6th so they would have to leapfrog Ohio State and TCU (or one of the other top four should they lose their conference championship game). Unlikely but if any season would produce crazy results like that, it’s this one. A Wildcat win all but clinches a New Year’s Six spot which may be at the expense of the Bears.
ACC Championship – Florida State vs. Georgia Tech (8:00, ABC) – There are many out there who believe this is the game where the Noles could finally succumb to defeat. Tech’s offense is very tough to handle (when it’s going well) and FSU has a reputation of not playing the first 25 minutes or so of a game and coming back to win in the end. Can’t do that here though. An FSU loss pushes them out of the CFP and into the New Year’s Six with Georgia Tech. Who would get the Orange Bowl spot in that scenario is anybody’s guess.
Big Ten Championship – Ohio State vs. Wisconsin (8:00, FOX) – tOSU is ripe for the picking. With Cardale “School is for Chumps” Jones under centre, the offense won’t be nearly as good as it was with the dynamic J.T. Barrett at the ready. Expect Melvin Gordon to go for 200+ yet again and put his last push in for the Heisman. The Badgers winning wouldn’t really be an upset but it would kill Ohio State’s chances of the CFP and may make inclusion in the New Year’s Six even difficult. A lot at stake here.
Mountain West Championship – Fresno State at Boise State (10:00, CBS) – Last year, CBS took a gamble putting the Mountain West title game on the national network in the late-night slot. When Fresno State shit the bed against San Jose State a couple weeks before the game, it took the air out of a game that could have been huge. Well, this year’s game is huge. Boise State wins the final New Year’s Six spot with a win here, plain and simple. Lose and The Committee has to figure out if they really want to put Memphis in a big bowl game or go with some other team (Marshall, Colorado State, and Northern Illinois would lobby hard (with the time they are given) to be included).
A couple updates to the bowl schedule.
|January 4, 2015||9:00||GoDaddy Bowl||Bowling Green||Arkansas State*|
|January 3, 2015||1:00||Birmingham Bowl||Memphis||South Carolina|
|January 2, 2015||10:15||Cactus Bowl||Texas||Washington|
|January 2, 2015||6:45||Alamo Bowl||Kansas State||Arizona State|
|January 2, 2015||3:20||TaxSlayer Bowl||Maryland||Georgia|
|January 2, 2015||12:00||Armed Forces Bowl||Arkansas||Houston|
|January 1, 2015||8:30||Sugar Bowl||Alabama||TCU|
|January 1, 2015||5:00||Rose Bowl||Florida State||Oregon|
|January 1, 2015||1:00||Cotton Bowl||Baylor||Boise State|
|January 1, 2015||1:00||Outback Bowl||Florida||Minnesota|
|January 1, 2015||12:30||Citrus Bowl||Iowa||Missouri|
|December 31, 2014||8:30||Orange Bowl||Georgia Tech||Wisconsin|
|December 31, 2014||5:00||Fiesta Bowl||Arizona||Ohio State|
|December 31, 2014||1:30||Peach Bowl||Missisippi State||Michigan State|
|December 30, 2014||10:00||Foster Farms Bowl||Illinois||Stanford|
|December 30, 2014||6:45||Belk Bowl||Duke||LSU|
|December 30, 2014||3:00||Music City Bowl||Louisville||Ole Miss|
|December 29, 2014||9:00||Texas Bowl||Auburn||NC State|
|December 29, 2014||5:30||Russell Athletic Bowl||Clemson||Oklahoma|
|December 29, 2014||2:00||Liberty Bowl||Tennessee||West Virginia|
|December 27, 2014||8:00||Holiday Bowl||Nebraska||UCLA|
|December 27, 2014||4:30||Pinstripe Bowl||Pittsburgh||Penn State|
|December 27, 2014||4:00||Independence Bowl||North Carolina||Texas A&M|
|December 27, 2014||2:00||Sun Bowl||Notre Dame||Utah|
|December 27, 2014||1:00||Military Bowl||Boston College||Cincinnati|
|December 26, 2014||8:00||Bitcoin Bowl||Miami||UCF|
|December 26, 2014||4:30||Quick Lane Bowl||Virginia Tech||Rutgers|
|December 26, 2014||1:00||Heart of Dallas Bowl||Nevada||Marshall|
|December 24, 2014||8:00||Hawaii Bowl||Rice||Utah State|
|December 24, 2014||12:00||Bahamas Bowl||Middle Tennessee||Northern Illinois|
|December 23, 2014||9:30||Poinsettia Bowl||Navy*||San Diego State|
|December 23, 2014||6:00||Boca Raton Bowl||Louisiana Tech||Toledo|
|December 22, 2014||2:00||Miami Beach Bowl||BYU*||East Carolina|
|December 20, 2014||9:15||Camellia Bowl||Western Michigan*||South Alabama*|
|December 20, 2014||5:45||Idaho Potato Bowl||Fresno State||Central Michigan|
|December 20, 2014||3:30||Las Vegas Bowl||USC||Colorado State|
|December 20, 2014||2:20||New Mexico Bowl||UTEP||Air Force|
|December 20, 2014||11:00||New Orleans Bowl||UAB||Louisiana-Lafayette*|
Looks like Western Michigan is pretty much a shoo-in for the Camellia Bowl to play South Alabama. Also, UAB, with only six wins, will not be selected for one of the C-USA tie-in bowls. This means they would probably get a bowl with a Mountain West tie-in (New Orleans Bowl). The MWC won’t have enough teams to fit all the tie-ins this season. The Foster Farms Bowl (formerly the Kraft Hunger and San Francisco Bowls) are leaning towards Stanford which makes a lot of sense. They’re starting to trickle in…