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Are You Ready For Some College FootBOWL 2011-12?!

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It all starts Saturday (all times US CST)...

December 17

1 pm Gildan New Mexico Bowl Wyoming Cowboys vs. Temple Owls--Albuquerque

4:30 pm Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Ohio Bobcats vs. Utah State Aggies--Boise, ID

8 pm R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl San Diego State Aztecs vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns--New Orleans

December 20

7 pm Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl Florida International Panthers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd--St. Petersburg, FL

December 21

7 pm San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl TCU Horned Frogs vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs--San Diego

December 22

7 pm MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Boise State Broncos vs. Arizona State Sun Devils--Las Vegas

December 24

7 pm Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Nevada Wolfpack--Honolulu

December 26

5 pm AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Missouri Tigers--Shreveport, LA

December 27

3:30 pm Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Purdue Boilermakers vs. Western Michigan Broncos--Detroit

7 pm Belk Bowl NC State Wolf Pack vs. Louisville Cardinals--Charlotte

December 28

4:30 pm Military Bowl Toledo Rockets vs. Air Force Falcons--Washington, DC

7 pm Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl California Golden Bears vs. Texas Longhorns--San Diego

December 29

5:30 pm Champs Sports Bowl Florida State Seminoles vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish--Orlando

8 pm Valero Alamo Bowl Baylor Bears vs. Washington Huskies--San Antonio

December 30

11 am Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl BYU Cougars vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes--Dallas

2:20 pm New Era Pinstripe Bowl Iowa State Cyclones vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights--New York

5:40 pm Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs--Nashville

9 pm Insight Bowl Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Oklahoma Sooners--Tempe, AZ

December 31

11 pm Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl Northwestern Wildcats vs. Texas A&M Aggies--Houston

1 pm Hyundai Sun Bowl Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Utah Runnin' Utes--El Paso

2:30 pm AutoZone Liberty Bowl Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores--Memphis

2:30 pm Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Illinois Fighting Illini vs. UCLA Bruins--San Francisco

6:30 pm Chick-fil-A Bowl Virginia Cavaliers vs. Auburn Tigers--Atlanta

January 2

11 am TicketCity Bowl Penn State Nitany Lions vs. Houston Cougars--Dallas

12 pm Outback Bowl Michigan State Spartans vs. Georgia Bulldogs--Tampa

12 pm Capital One Bowl Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks--Orlando

12 pm Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Florida Gators--Jacksonville

4 pm Rose Bowl Wisconsin Badgers vs. Oregon Ducks--Pasadena, CA

7:30 pm Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Stanford Cardinal--Glendale, AZ

January 3

7:30 pm Allstate Sugar Bowl Michigan Wolverines vs. Virginia Tech Hokies--New Orleans

January 4

7:30 pm Discover Orange Bowl Clemson Tigers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers--Miami

January 6

7 pm AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Kansas State Wildcats vs. Arkansas Razorbacks--Arlington, TX

January 7

1 pm BBVA Compass Bowl Pittsburgh Panthers vs. SMU Mustangs--Birmingham

January 8

7 pm GoDaddy.com Bowl Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves--Mobile, AL

January 9

7:30 pm Allstate BCS National Championship Game LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide--New Orleans

No new bowls games this time like it was last year with the Pinstripe Bowl. All games except for the Hyundai Sun Bowl (CBS), AutoZone Liberty Bowl and Outback Bowl (ABC), and the Cotton Bowl Classic (FOX) will air on ESPN's family of networks. Many on ESPN. Apologies for not completing last year's bowls.

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Still disappointed they got rid of the International Bowl.

When a new bowl game comes around held in New York City for the first time in around 30 years, that city will get a hell of a lot more cache than that one located in Toronto, especially with the Big East conference in NY's vicinity. I do miss the International Bowl in Toronto too. Big lifelong fan of Toronto. I hope to move up there next year or the one after that, definitely for college. Canada does have a lot of NCAA college football fans, but the bowl also lacked a sponsor. There was no way the Big East (or any other conference, likely an east coast based one) was willing to send one of its teams to face the Mid-American representative after the Pinstripe Bowl was announced.

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American football is really a dangerous sport. Listen to all those stats of athletes dying young because of this sport and those whose brains turn to mush because of the constant concussions.

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I remember the days when there used to be only 16 bowl games and I used to really enjoy them as kind of a holiday tradition. Now it is so watered down. They really need to take the four BCS bowls and use them as a kind of qualifying round for a BCS final four to crown a legit champion.

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I remember the days when there used to be only 16 bowl games and I used to really enjoy them as kind of a holiday tradition. Now it is so watered down. They really need to take the four BCS bowls and use them as a kind of qualifying round for a BCS final four to crown a legit champion.

It is what it is with the state of NCAA college football in 1-A NCAA college football (or is it prefers to be called, the BCS), BT. More schools plan to jump up to that level in the coming years, so it expands the roster of those schools with so much cold hard cash raking for the sport, more so than NCAA basketball. Some like Villanova have interest but apparently shelved or still undecided on the matter. I too would like to see a playoff system as opposed to all this shuffling of conferences; for one thing, it wrecks the traditional rivalries in conferences for other sports. I would make the top 8-16 football teams make it to that. The FCS, D2, D3, and even the CIS' Vanier Cup have all done this and succeeded with little issues.

For all you Canadian NCAA college football fans up there reading this, the following is for you from Josh (aka Canadiansports):

The 2011-12 college football bowl season begins this Saturday with a tripleheader. In all, there are 35 bowl games this year. 31 of those are available on Canadian TV. Here is the complete bowl broadcast schedule, including AP poll rankings and commentators for each game.

New Mexico Bowl (University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM)

Saturday December 17, 2:00pm ET

Tempe (8-4) vs. Wyoming (8-4)

TV: TSN2 (Clay Matvick & Brian Griese)

Idaho Bowl (Bronco Stadium in Boise, ID)

Saturday December 17, 5:30pm ET

Ohio (9-4) vs. Utah State (7-5)

TV: TSN2 (Dave Flemming & Mike Bellotti)

New Orleans Bowl (Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, LA)

Saturday December 17, 9:00pm ET

San Diego State (8-4) vs. UL-Lafayette (8-4)

TV: TSN2 (Carter Blackburn & Brock Huard)

St. Petersburg Bowl (Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL)

Tuesday December 20, 8:00pm ET

Florida International (8-4) vs. Marshall (6-6)

TV: theScore (Mike Patrick & Craig James)

Poinsettia Bowl (Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA)

Wednesday December 21, 8:00pm ET

16 Texas Christian (10-2) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4)

TV: theScore (Joe Tessitore, Lou Holtz & Mark May)

Las Vegas Bowl (Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV)

Thursday December 22, 8:00pm ET

8 Boise State (11-1) vs. Arizona State (6-6)

TV: theScore (Chris Fowler & Kirk Herbstreit)

Hawaii Bowl (Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI)

Saturday December 24, 8:00pm ET

22 Southern Mississippi (11-2) vs. Nevada (7-5)

TV: TSN2 (Mark Jones & Ed Cunningham)

Independence Bowl (Independence Stadium in Shreveport, LA)

Monday December 26, 5:00pm ET

Missouri (7-5) vs. North Carolina (7-5)

TV: theScore (Rob Stone & Danny Kanell)

Little Caesar’s Bowl (Ford Field in Detroit, MI)

Tuesday December 27, 4:30pm ET

Western Michigan (7-5) vs. Purdue (6-6)

TV: theScore (Beth Mowins & Mike Bellotti)

Belk Bowl (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC)

Tuesday December 27, 8:00pm ET

NC State (7-5) vs. Louisville (7-5)

TV: theScore (Bob Wischusen & Brian Griese)

Military Bowl (RFK Stadium in Washington, DC)

Wednesday December 28, 4:30pm ET

Toledo (8-4) vs. Air Force (7-5)

TV: theScore (Pam Ward & Dan Hawkins)

Holiday Bowl (Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego CA)

Wednesday December 28, 8:00pm ET

Texas (7-5) vs. California (7-5)

TV: theScore (Rece Davis, Craig James & Jesse Palmer)

Champs Sports Bowl (Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL)

Thursday December 29, 5:30pm ET

25 Florida State (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (8-4)

TV: TSN2 (Joe Tessitore & Rod Gilmore)

Alamo Bowl (Alamodome in San Antonio, TX)

Thursday December 29, 9:00pm ET

15 Baylor (9-3) vs. Washington (7-5)

TV: theScore (Dave Pasch & Chris Spielman)

Armed Forces Bowl (Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, TX)

Friday December 30, 12:00pm ET

Brigham Young (9-3) vs. Tulsa (8-4)

TV: TSN (Dave Neal & Andre Ware)

Pinstripe Bowl (Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY)

Friday December 30, 3:20pm ET

Rutgers (8-4) vs. Iowa State (6-6)

TV: theScore (Chris Fowler & Jesse Palmer)

Insight Bowl (Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ)

Friday December 30, 8:00pm ET

19 Oklahoma (9-3) vs. Iowa (7-5)

TV: theScore (Sean McDonough & Matt Millen)

Texas Bowl (Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX)

Saturday December 31, 12:00pm ET

Texas A&M (6-6) vs. Northwestern (6-6)

TV: TSN2 (Bob Wischusen & Brian Griese)

Sun Bowl (Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, TX)

Saturday December 31, 2:00pm ET

Georgia Tech (8-4) vs. Utah (7-5)

TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist & Gary Danielson)

Liberty Bowl (Liberty Bowl Stadium in Memphis, TN)

Saturday December 31, 3:30pm ET

Cincinnati (9-3) vs. Vanderbilt (6-6)

TV: ABC (Dave Lamont & Ray Bentley)

Kraft Bowl (AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA)

Saturday December 31, 3:30pm ET

Illinois (6-6) vs. UCLA (6-7)

TV: TSN2 (Carter Blackburn & Brock Huard)

Peach Bowl (Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA)

Saturday December 31, 7:30pm ET

Auburn (7-5) vs. Virginia (8-4)

TV: theScore (Brad Nessler & Tood Blackledge)

Outback Bowl (Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL)

Monday January 2, 1:00pm ET

12 Michigan State (10-3) vs. 18 Georgia (10-3)

TV: ABC (Mike Tirico & Jon Gruden)

Citrus Bowl (Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, FL)

Monday January 2, 1:00pm ET

10 South Carolina (10-2) vs. 21 Nebraska (9-3)

TV: TSN2 (Joe Tessitore & Rod Gilmore)

Gator Bowl (Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, FL)

Monday January 2, 1:00pm ET

Florida (6-6) vs. Ohio State (6-6)

TV: theScore (Mike Patrick & Craig James)

Rose Bowl Game (Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA)

Monday January 2, 5:00pm ET

6 Oregon (10-2) vs. 9 Wisconsin (11-2)

TV: TSN2 (Brent Musburger & Kirk Herbstreit)

Fiesta Bowl (University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ)

Monday January 2, 8:30pm ET

3 Oklahoma State (11-1) vs. 4 Stanford (11-1)

TV: TSN2 (Sean McDonough & Matt Millen)

Sugar Bowl (Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, LA)

Tuesday January 3, 8:30pm ET

13 Michigan (10-2) vs. 17 Virginia Tech (11-2)

TV: TSN2 (Brad Nessler & Todd Blackledge)

Orange Bowl (Dolphin Stadium in Miami, FL)

Wednesday January 4, 8:30pm ET

14 Clemson (10-3) vs. 23 West Virginia (9-3)

TV: TSN2 (Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski & Jon Gruden)

Cotton Bowl Classic (Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX)

Friday January 6, 8:00pm ET

7 Arkansas (10-2) vs. 11 Kansas State (10-2)

TV: FOX (Gus Johnson & Charles Davis)

BBVA Compass Bowl (Legion Field in Birmingham, AL)

Saturday January 7, 1:00pm ET

Southern Methodist (7-5) vs. Pittsburgh (6-6)

TV: TSN2 (Mike Gleanson & John Congemi)

Go Daddy Bowl (Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, AL)

Sunday January 8, 9:00pm ET

Arkansas State (10-2) vs. Northern Illinois (10-3)

TV: TSN (Rob Stone & Danny Kanell)

BCS Championship Game (Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, LA)

Monday Janauary 9, 8:30pm ET

1 Louisiana State (13-0) vs. 2 Alabama (11-1)

TV: TSN (Brent Musburger & Kirk Herbstreit)

The TicketCity Bowl and the Music City Bowl will not be televised on Canadian TV simply because TSN and theScore share the rights to all of the college football bowl games, which is why Sportsnet can't show any on its channels. TSN can't air the Music City Bowl on the matter there's the World Junior Ice Hockey Tournament and Raptors games to air during the time slot for the Music City Bowl. The Score has WWE programming. Neither can show the TicketCity Bowl due to other bowl games to broadcast. Still, very good to have 33 out of 35 for Canadian residents. Maybe next year, those two can be added.

http://www.gildannewmexicobowl.com/"]Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Temple Owls 37 Wyoming Cowboys 15

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Northern Illinois Huskies 40 Fresno St. Bulldogs 17

R + L Carrier New Orleans Bowl: SW Louisiana (I still call it that) Ragin' Cajuns 32 San Diego St. Aztecs 30 First appearance in a bowl game in 40 years for the Ragin' Cajuns. Congrats to them!

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The fact that there are this many bowl games is insane. There should be a rule that prevents a 7 loss team from going to a bowl game.

Since the NCAA likes to add 1,000 more bowl games each year though, I cannot wait until they add "The Scrubbin Bubbles Toilet Bowl" between the last place teams in the Pac 16 and SEC.

And the NCAA will probably give this response:

everytime the "p" word is asked.

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I have to say that there have been some great games this year. The Rose and Fiesta Bowls were two of the best college games I've ever seen. I'm not sure that the Alamo Bowl was a classic (Baylor over Washington 67-56), but it sure was fun wathing Robert Griffin III. I really like that guy and hope he has a great NFL career.

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