It's all about motivation in these lower-level bowls. The Rams, 3-9 a year ago, are thrilled to be here. The Bulldogs, which seem to begin every season with deluded BCS hopes, are not. [New Mexico Preview]
If it seems like Matt Grothe has been the Bulls' quarterback forever ... guess what? He's only a junior. Grothe, playing in USF's backyard, is due for his first big bowl performance. [St. Petersburg Preview]
Troy's last visit to Louisiana came on Nov. 15, when the Trojans jumped to a 31-3 lead on LSU in Baton Rouge before succumbing, 40-31. This one should bring a more pleasant ending. [New Orleans Preview]
I was truly looking forward to this clash before learning that Lou Holtz and Mark May are serving as color commentators. So, somehow this game will touch off a debate about Charlie Weis. [Poinsettia Preview]
Why are the Irish traveling 4,500 miles to possibly incur further postseason embarrassment? To impress this guy. Also, at last, Notre Dame is matched against a bowl team it can actually beat. [Hawaii Preview]
Who says the economy is dead? And who says North Carolina is a basketball state? Fans of the Mountaineers and Tar Heels have bought up all of the 73,000 available tickets for this game. [Meineke Preview]
You can always count on Bobby Bowden for brutal honesty about the bowl system. "If you're not playing for the national championship, who cares?" he said. "You can enjoy yourself." [Champs Sports Preview]
You know what? I kind of like the Emerald Bowl. You know why? When else do you get to see Miami or Florida State play a West Coast team like UCLA or Cal? We should do this more often. [Emerald Preview]
These two slow-starters are a combined 8-0 since Nov. 8, sparked by torrid performances from QBs Russell Wilson (N.C. State) and Mike Teel (Rutgers). I see the freshman prevailing. [Papajohns.com Preview]
The Tigers have taken their lumps this season, but in the final collegiate games for Chase Daniel and (most likely) Jeremy Maclin, Mizzou's offense is destined to put on one last clinic. [Alamo Preview]
Chip Kelly has presumably spent the past three weeks scribbling up double-reverses to the tight end. Mike Gundy has been camped out on his equipment chest scripting plays. Let?s get it on! [Holiday Preview]
The two teams went in opposite directions this season, with Tech rising to national prominence and LSU plummeting. But something tells me Les Miles will get the Tigers back on track, starting here. [Chick-fil-A Preview]
These teams have been Outback Bowl regulars this decade (four combined appearances). Do you think bowl officials have complimentary Bloomin' Onions waiting in the coaches' hotel rooms? [Outback Preview]
By the time this game is played, the Wildcats will have gone two months since their last victory, 14-13 at Mississippi State. The good news is, that 56-3 loss to Florida a week earlier will seem like a distant memory.
Do you think Ohio State tackle Alex Boone will break into cold sweats the first time he walks back into University of Phoenix Stadium? Don't worry, Alex, Derrick Harvey is long gone. Brian Orakpo, on the other hand...
Five years ago, Ben Roethlisberger turned the GMAC Bowl into his own personal NFL showcase. Ball State's Nate Davis, a potential first-round pick should he enter the draft, may just do the same. [GMAC Preview]
The Gators will win because they're from the SEC, and therefore they play defense, and therefore OU doesn't stand a chance. Or, the Sooners will win because the SEC stunk this year and Florida is about to be exposed. One of the two.
Check back on Jan. 8
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