I guess I missed some pretty good games.
Then I went with my dad to the 1998 Rose Bowl, when that sure-fire, no-doubt-about-him NFL prospect Ryan Leaf and the Washington State Cougars went in and (almost) beat the national champion Michigan Wolverines.
My interest in Bowl Season has waned a bit since then, but this year, I’m fired up — and not just because BOTH the Huskies and Cougars are in bowl games. By the way, it’s the first time since the 2002 season they were both in a bowl, and that doesn’t bode well: WSU lost on the Rose Bowl to Oklahoma, UW lost in the Sun Bowl to Purdue.
Anyhow, here’s Part 1 of a quick, three-part guide to the upcoming college football bowls, along with my picks. This year we get 35 — 35!!! — bowls to choose from, from the sure-to-be-crazy Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl to the dress-in-your-best for the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman Bowl.
Bowl name: What’s Gildan? 4.0
• Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, Las Vegas, Nev.
Bowl name: I like Royal Purple. I dig it. 7.5
• Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise
Bowl name: I’m not a big fan of bowls bragging about how “famous” they are. But I do like potato chips. 7.0.
• R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, where do you think it is?
Bowl name: A tad under-imaginative. 5.0.
Bowl name: “Beef ‘O’ Brady” is somewhat fun to say. I’ll give it a 6.5.
Bowl name: Im’ more of a Marriott guy. 4.5.
Bowl name: Now that’s more like it. A bit of Little Caesars’ ‘za, some cheesy bread. I’m down. 9.0
• S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, San Diego
Bowl name: Seriously? A credit union? Better than a waste disposal station, I guess. 3.5.
Bowl name: According to the website, Northrop Grumman is “is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity … ” etc. Um, I’m afraid to give it any less than an 8.0.
• Texas Bowl, Houston
Bowl name: Again, unimaginative. But you don’t mess with Texas, either. 6.0.
• Fight Hunger Bowl, San Francisco