Editor's Note: This was published on Dec. 31 and posted online Jan. 2.
Ah, now we’re down to it: the cream of the crop of the college football bowl season.This includes New Year’s Day, the day you plant yourself in front of the television and remind yourself once again that human beings should never take in a week’s worth of snack foods while rooting for schools you’ve never heard of — much less rooted for before.
They start with …
Bowl name: A bow with “Slayer” and “Gator” in the name? Nice. 8.0
• Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dallas
Bowl name: A 7.5, if only for the chance a broadcaster uses the “ripping the ‘Heart’ out of … “ cliche during the game.
• Capital One Bowl, Orlando, Fla.
Bowl name: Meh. 5.0.
• Outback Bowl, Tampa, Fla.
My pick: Iowa, 31-27
Bowl name: Too many opportunities for lame Australia references. 4.5.
• Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
Bowl name: The corporate tag kind of hurts a classic name. 6.5.
• Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz.
Bowl name: Need to add some dip to those chips. 5.5
Bowl name: Nothing says “Sugar” like … insurance. 3.5.
Bowl name: Solid. 6.5.
• Discover Orange Bowl, Miami
Bowl name: I have discovered orange, thanks. 6.0.
Bowl name: Acronyms don’t work for bowl names. 4.0.
Bowl name: Lame. 2.5.