A moment of silence for Wyoming, Southern Miss, Miami (Ohio) and Louisiana-Monroe.
These four teams reached the eligibility, but there were no postseason games available. Do not dare say there are too many bowls. Not when the Cowboys, Golden Eagles, Red Hawks and Warhawks have been left out. No free fossil watches that you can give away again. No go-kart racing after practice.
The fun starts for those who have come to the postseason – and those who can watch it – on Saturday with five FBS pool games and routes to New Year's Day. The national championship of the College Football Playoff will be decided on January 7, but it somehow feels like we know who's in it.
It goes fast. Take time to enjoy each bowl and watch them all. Do it for the Cowboys, Golden Eagles, RedHawks and Warhawks.
SATURDAY, DEC. fifteen
North Carolina A & T (no line) vs. Alcorn State
Why look? You would not run a marathon without stretching yourself, would you? Consider this FCS matchup as a warm-up program … NORTH CAROLINA A & T 28-14.
Tulane (minus 3½) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Why look? Tulane's great logo, the Angry Wave, answers the question: What kind of monster would a crazy environmental scientist create? … TULANE 28-24
New Mexico Bowl
North Texas (plus 8) vs. Utah State
Why look? This bowl has been scored eight times in its 12-year history, often with unpredictable twists. Think of "Breaking Bad," but nobody dies … NORTH TEXAS 35-28.
Las Vegas Bowl
Fresno State (minus 4) vs. Arizona State
Why look? Pointless bowls? As Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards once said, "They play to win the game" – a big slogan for one of those Vegas casinos … FRESNO STATE 28-21.
Georgia Southern (minus 1) vs. Eastern Michigan
Why look? You never know when East Michigan will break out of its lipstick abilities … GEORGIA SOUTHERN 28-23.
New Orleans Bowl
Middle Tennessee (plus 7) vs. Appalachian State
Why look? The final game for one of the most successful father-son duos in college football. Middle Tennessee QB Brent Stockstill has thrown for 12,165 meters for his father, head coach Rick Stockstill … APPALACHIAN STATE 28-20.
TUESDAY, DEC. 18
Boca Raton (Florida) bowl
UAB (minus 2½) vs. Northern Illinois
Why look? The Luck of Sacks: All-America DE Sutton Smith and Northern Illinois lead the nation with 50 quarterback takedowns, and UAB is third at 43. … UAB 17-14.
WEDNESDAY, DEC 19
Frisco (Texas) bowl
San Diego State (plus 3) against Ohio
Why look? Two of FBS's oldest coaches meet at San Diego's Rocky Long (68) and Ohio's Frankfurt Frankich (74). There's a Clint Eastwood movie about tough seniors that can still make it … SAN DIEGO STATE 31-27.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
In St. Petersburg, Florida
Marshall (minus 2½) vs. South Florida
Why look? South Florida kicked off the season 7-0 and ended 7-6, which would be a first in big college football … MARSHALL 31-17.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21
Toledo (minus 5½) vs. FIU
Why look? A football game on a tropical island, sponsored by an industrial park in Illinois between a team from northwest Ohio and another from South Florida. Is that crazy libs? … TOLEDO 35-24.
Famous Idaho potato bowl
Western Michigan (plus 12) vs. BYU
Why look? It's been a while since BYU had a classic BYU quarterback, but newcomer Zach Wilson might be enjoying the Cougars again … BYU 28-17.
SATURDAY, DEC. 22
Birmingham (Ala.) Bowl
Memphis (minus 5) vs. Wake Forest
Why look? Both teams play a fast offense and little defense … MEMPHIS 49-42.
Armed Forces Bowl
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston (plus 5) against army
Why look? The army has been playing football since 1891 and never won eleven games in a season. The Black Knights can get there with a win … ARMY 28-20.
Dollar General Bowl
Buffalo (minus 2½) against Troy
Why look? Fan of a Power Five team and tired of your coach? Scout a few possible substitutions in Buffalo Lance Leipold and Troy Neal Brown … TROY 24-23.
Louisiana Tech (plus 1) against Hawaii
Why look? This is the last college game three days ago without a shell. You should not just watch, but hope that it lasts five hours … LOUISIANA TECH 34-28.
WEDNESDAY, DEC 26
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Boston College (plus 3) vs. Boise State
Why look? Who did not long for a rematch of the MPC Computers Bowl 2005? … BOISE STATE 28-23.
Quick Lane Bowl
Minnesota (plus 3½) vs. Georgia tech
Why look? Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson's last game with the Yellow Jackets is retired, and you'll miss that grin when he's gone … GEORGIA TECH 24-21.
California (Pick & # 39; em) vs. TCU
Why look? After Kliff Kingsbury was again an offensive coordinator, Cal Williams coach Justin could be the finest head coach of the Power Five … TCU 17-14.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27
Temple (minus 3½) against Duke
Why look? Temple interim coach Ed Foley promised that the owls will play hard and how can you not believe him? … TEMPLE 27-21.
Miami (minus 4) vs. Wisconsin
Why look? Find out who will be the best flops of the season this season … WISCONSIN 23-21.
Baylor (plus 3½) vs. Vanderbilt
Why look? The Bears and Commodores both won their last games to qualify for the cup. They should be pumped to be here … VANDERBILT 35-28.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28
Music City Bowl
Purdue (plus 3½) against Auburn
Why look? The Bowl season is all about conference prerogative and the transitive nature of previous results. How much is a win over the team that defeated Big Ten Ohio State with 29 points for the SEC? … AUBURN 28-21.
Camping World Bowl
West Virginia (minus 1½) vs. Syracuse
Why look? Take a look at West Virginia's possible quarterback of the future. Miami Transfer Jacks Allison will probably start with Star Will Grier, who skips the game before the NFL draft … SYRACUSE 35-31.
Iowa State (plus 3½) vs. Washington state
Why look? The chances are excellent. The Washington state coach and the history buff Mike Leach knows more about the Battle of Alamo than any other major college football player. And there is at least one chance he talks about it during his half-time interview … IOWA STATE 28-24.
SATURDAY, DEC. 29
Florida (plus 7½) against Michigan
Why look? This will be the third match of Gators and Wolverines since Jim Harbaugh became a Michigan coach in 2015. Wait, so you should NOT watch. This should really be UCF vs Florida … MICHIGAN 24-17.
Charlotte, North Carolina
South Carolina (minus 4) vs. Virginia
Why look? Under-the-radar QBs at Jake Bentley in South Carolina and Bryce Perkins from Virginia could make this game a fun game … SOUTH CAROLINA 34-31.
Arkansas State (minus 1½) vs. Nevada
Why look? The best passuscher you've never heard of Arkansas State. Senior Ronheen Bingham had nine sacks and graded among the best of the nation , Pro Pro Football Focus College … ARKANSAS STATE 34-30.
Cotton Bowl Classic
CFP semi-final, Notre Dame (plus 11) vs. Clemson
Why look? The Fighting Irish make their first playoff appearance. Love or hate, you will see … CLEMSON 35-26.
Miami Gardens, Florida
CFP semi-finals, Oklahoma (plus 14) vs. Alabama
Why look? Kyler and Tua … ALABAMA 56-38.
Monday, December 31
Cincinnati (minus 5) vs. Virginia tech
Why look? It's lunchtime EST on New Year's Eve. You may be at work, but in fact you are not working … CINCINNATI 24-17.
El Paso, Texas
Stanford (minus 6½) vs. Pittsburgh
Why look? The last time Pitt played in the Sun Bowl, the Panthers lost 3-0 to Oregon State in 2008. Must be better, right? … STANFORD 31-21.
Santa Clara, California
Michigan State (plus 3) against Oregon
Why look? Does your favorite team at NFL need a quarterback and a high selection in the first round? You must know Oregon Herbert Justin … MICHIGAN STATE 20-14.
Missouri (minus 7½) vs. Oklahoma State
Why look? Does your favorite NFL team need a quarterback and a middle to low first round? You must know Missouri's Drew Lock … MISSOURI 42-31.
Northwestern (plus 7) vs. Utah
Why look? If there is a fight, Pat Fitzgerald from the West and Kyle Whittingham from Utah are two of the head coaches who are most likely to win a fight … UTAH 28-23.
NC state (plus 4½) vs. Texas A & M
Why look? If you like punting – and who does not? – Aggie's All-America Braden man is well on the way to breaking the record low season in the single season by more than a yard aa 51.1 … TEXAS A & M 28-24.
TUESDAY, JAN. 1
Mississippi State (minus 6½) vs. Iowa
Why look? Mississippi State is a funny team. The Bulldogs have played just one game with less than 14 points this season … MISSISSIPPI STATE 28-14
Kentucky (plus 6½) vs. Penn State
Why look? Kentucky LB Josh Allen, who has won three awards for the Defensive Game of the Year – Nagurski, Bednarik and Lott Impact … PENN STATE 21-17.
LSU (minus 7½) vs. UCF
Why look? The knights are not interested in being lovable outsiders. Expect another offseason of UCF banners and proclamations as they overcame a second undefeated consecutive season with yet another SEC victory … UCF 31-24.
Washington (plus 6½) vs. Ohio state
Why look? Urban Meyer's last game as coach of Ohio State will be his first Rose Bowl … OHIO STATE 34-24.
Texas (plus 11½) against Georgia
Why look? The Bulldogs missed out on the playoff, but finished second in the country for the second season in a row, depending on how the shells run … GEORGIA 35-17.
MONDAY, JAN. 7
College Football Championship
Santa Clara, California
Clemson against Alabama
Why look? Tide IV If it's half as good as Rocky IV, the fight against Ivan Drago, it will be great … TBD
Championship week: 8-2 straight; 5-5 against the spread.
Season: 205-74 straight; 150-150-3 against dissemination.
Angry Specials: 8-6 (straight up).
Best bets: 6-6 (against the spread).
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