It’s Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and you’re likely not working, so you have plenty of time to read the sports page.
So put down that eggnog and pay attention.
In Part II of my college bowl previews, we get a nice prelude of interesting match-ups before the biggies that start on New Year’s Day. Consider this the Empire Strikes Back of the trilogy.
And try not to bet too much on these games. College teams, even powerhouses, are notoriously fickle this time of year (I attribute it to players spending too much time on their Playstations).
Bowl name: Pinstripes are always classy, even if the Yankees aren’t always so. Kidding. 7.0.
• Belk Bowl, Charlotte, N.C.
Bowl name: An improvement over its previous incarnation, the Meineke Car Care Bowl? Not so sure. 4.5.
• Russell Athletic Bowl, Orlando, Fla.
Bowl name: I like it, only because it reminds me of Russell Wilson. 7.0.
• Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Tempe, Ariz.
Bowl name: Who doesn’t like wings? C’mon! 7.5.
Bowl name: Strong, solid-sounding bowl name. 8.0.
• Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Nashville, Tenn.
Bowl name: Nothing says football like … mortgages. 3.0.
• Valero Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, Texas
Bowl name: Isn’t Valero a prescription drug? (Apparently it’s an energy company … ) 4.5.
• National University Holiday Bowl, San Diego
Bowl name: Ah yes, that great institution of … National University. 6.0.
Bowl name: I don’t care for AdvoCare, V100 or its predecessor, V99. It gets a 2.5.
• Hyundai Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
Bowl name: I’ve heard of worse. 6.0.
• AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn.
Bowl name: Pretty good actually: it lends itself to plenty of cliches (“At the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Rice is driving … “ and “The Bulldogs are in the zone at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl … “ etc. 7.0.
• Chick-fil-A Bowl, Atlanta