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College football bowl season is nearly upon us.  It’s always a fun time and there are a number of matchups I’m excited to see.  Here are my top five:

5.  New Era Pinstripe Bowl – Kansas State vs. Syracuse
December 30

Okay, okay, so I’m a little biased here.  Sure the football may be near unwatchable but the Orange are back in a bowl!  Kudos to Coach Marrone for the job he’s done in turning around the program.  I look forward to watching the future progress.

4.  Capital One Bowl – Alabama vs. Michigan St.
January 1

It’s hard to believe that the Crimson Tide lost three games this season.  I expected their running game to dominate everybody but it certainly did not.  The Spartans are a great surprise story who really rallied around their coach.

3.  Allstate Sugar Bowl – Ohio St. vs. Arkansas
January 4

Two of the best college quarterbacks face off in this one with Terrelle Pryor leading the Buckeyes against Ryan Mallett and the Razorbacks.

2.  Rose Bowl – Wisconsin vs. TCU
January 1

TCU takes the Pac-10’s spot in the granddaddy of them all.  This will be the Horned Frogs chance to prove they belong in the discussion about the best teams in college football.  It certainly won’t be easy.  Wisconsin has destroyed their opponents in the last month of the season.

University of Phoenix Stadium

The biggest game of the college football season will take place here at University of Phoenix Stadium

1.  National Championship Game – Oregon vs. Auburn
January 10

This should be a very exciting, fast-paced game.  Soon-to-be Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton looks to continue his dream season against the Ducks.  Oregon is first in scoring and Auburn is sixth – I hope the scoreboard operator is ready.

What bowl games are you most looking forward to?  Post a comment below and let’s discuss.

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TCU? Really Big East?

In an effort to quell the fear that they may get their BCS card revoked, the Big East has hastily invited Texas Christian University to join it’s bulging conference.  This attempt by the Big East to maintain their football relevance reeks of desperation and threatens to further fracture a union of schools that has a rich basketball history that was mortgaged some time ago.

This is not a criticism of TCU.  They have a very respectable football program that goes all the way back to 1896.  Since Gary Patterson took over the team in 2000 they are 97-28.  But let’s be realistic about this – what happens when Patterson leaves?  It could happen as soon as the end of this season.  If Georgia or Michigan were to call and invite him to interview for the head coaching position at their schools he’d have to take the call.  And if he leaves is the Big East left with just another mediocre program struggling for national relevance?  Goodness knows they’ve already got enough of those.

So the Big East is making a very short-term play and hitching their football future to a school that has been battling for respect in a conference that is a non-automatic BCS qualifier.  Is that a move that is supposed to get Big East fans excited?

And what about basketball?  I’ve thought in the past that the Big East’s best play may be to invest in roundball.  To pursue the title as the undeniable best basketball conference in the country.  They took a nice step toward that after the ACC grabbed three of their most competitive football schools in the early 2000s.  But now they take a step in the other direction without a major pay off.  And now the basketball conference has 17 teams.  How in the world are they going to manage 17 teams?

Finally there is the little issue of the money.  When the Big Ten was exploring expansion, money was a really big issue.  They were not going to add any schools that couldn’t bring in enough money to result in a revenue gain for all the members of the conference.  Where’s the big money gain here?  There is none. 

They can trumpet the fact that TCU resides in the fifth biggest market in the United States all they want but the reality is the Horned Frogs may not even be in the top 10 when you start ranking the franchises and universities that garner the most attention in Dallas/Ft. Worth.  And ultimately their addition could lead to a net loss because of the increase in travel costs.

So there you have it, that’s my take.  The Big East and TCU got together like two drunken Las Vegas club goers who could not keep their hands off each other and dashed off to the chapel to let Elvis seal the deal for their matrimony.  Let’s hope one of them doesn’t wake up wondering how big of a mistake they made last night.

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The college football season is finally upon us…now hopefully some cooler weather will follow.  There are always many questions heading into the first week of the college football season.  With new contenders, new coaches, new players, fluctuating schedules and the BCS, there is never a shortage of issues to address.

Here are five college football questions I am looking forward to getting the answer to in week one:

5.  How seriously can TCU contend for a national title?

Many people have their eyes on Boise State as the non-BCS school that could be playing for a national championship.  But TCU could have just as good a shot with a preseason #6 rating and comparable schedule.  They open at home against #24 Oregon State on Saturday night and we should get an early indication of how strong the 2010 Horned Frogs will be.

TCU's Matthew Tucker

TCU's Matthew Tucker - Running Toward a BCS Championship?

4.  Was coaching all that was missing from Notre Dame?

New coach Brian Kelly comes to the Irish after winning two consecutive Big East Championships with Cincinnati.  There is little question that Notre Dame still has a lot of talent.  Is Kelly the man to make them successful?  We’ll find out when the Irish play Purdue tomorrow.

3.  How many UNC players will be suspended for the opening game against LSU?

The current word is that 12 Tar Heels will miss Saturday night’s game and three more may be suspended as well.  Among those 12 players are defensive leaders Marvin Austin, Robert Quinn and Kendric Burney, as well as explosive receiver Greg Little and two tailbacks – Shaun Draughn and Ryan Houston. Whew, that’s a lot of talent.

2.  Will Michigan take a step toward saving Rich Rodriguez or burying him?

Rodriguez enters his third season with an 8-16 record at Michigan and alumni howling for his departure.  The Wolverines need to show some real progress to save his skin in Ann Arbor.  They open against a game Connecticut team that will be determined to score the upset on Michigan’s home turf.

1.  Can Boise State go into Virginia Tech’s backyard and get the win?

As college football darlings, Boise State was looked upon as the little team that could.  Now that they have built their program to be more successful than many BCS schools and have gotten a #3 preseason ranking there is a big backlash.  The fact is, Boise State has to be considered a serious National Championship contender…IF they can beat the Hokies in D.C.

Please share the questions you are looking forward to getting answered and/or any predictions in the comments section below!

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