It’s that time of the year again. That’s right, it’s time for caroling, and glad tidings, and the second round of a massive turkey and all the fixings feast, and of course football. Lots and lots of college football. This year’s bowl season is 23 days, with games scheduled every day except for three in that stretch. So stake out your favorite spot on the sofa and get ready to watch college football bowls until your eyes bug out.
There are 35 college bowl games this year, but there are only five BCS bowls, and they all look like great match ups. The first BCS bowl of the season is the Rose Bowl at 1 pm on New Year’s day, pitting the undefeated TCU Horned Frogs against the feisty, physical Wisconsin Badgers. The Fiesta Bowl is also played on January 1, and features Connecticut vs Oklahoma. January 3rd is the date of the Orange Bowl, with a tough match up between Stanford and Virginia Tech. The Sugar Bowl is played on January 5th, and should be a great game as the Arkansas Razorbacks and Ohio State Buckeyes battle it out.
Last but not least is the Tostitos BCS Championship Game featuring the much-anticipated showdown between No.1 Auburn and N0. 2 Oregon. The big game will be played on January 10, 2011 at 8 pm in Glendale, Arizona at the site of the Fiesta Bowl.
The NCAA 2010 Bowl Championship Series (BCS)
The 2010 Rose Bowl
Jan. 1, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
TCU vs. Wisconsin – The Rose Bowl is TCU’s chance to show the world that their perfect 12-0 record is no fluke, and that they deserve to be playing against the big boys. That said, and all due credit to TCU head coach Gary Patterson and all-everything QB Andy Dalton, the Horned Frogs have not played a team as big, strong and physical as this Badger squad. Never mind the fact that Wisconsin is peaking at the right time, averaging 67 points a game over the last three games. And that’s no typo – 67 points a game including wins over two bowl-bound teams in Michigan and Northwestern. TCU will have their hands full and some in this game, and it seems likely that Wisconsin will end the Horned Frogs Cinderella season.
The 2010 Fiesta Bowl
Jan. 1, 8 p.m., ESPN
Connecticut vs. Oklahoma – While this looks like mismatch on paper, you have to give the Huskies a fighter’s chance in this game. While the Sooners are a bit bigger, more athletic and deeper at almost every position, Connecticut has found a way to get it done in winning five games in row including wins against formidable foes like Pittsburgh and West Virginia. Oklahoma wins the game, but it will be a lot closer than most people think.
The 2010 Orange Bowl
Jan. 3, 8 p.m., ESPN
Virginia Tech vs. Stanford – The Orange Bowl is flying a bit under the radar this year, but don’t let that fool you, this will be a heck of a college football game. Both of these teams are solid on both sides of the ball and battle-tested. The Cardinal have perhaps seen a little tougher competition than the Hokies, and assuming they don’t make mistakes should be able to out-muscle Virginia Tech for the win.
The 2010 Sugar Bowl
Jan. 4, 8 p.m., ESPN
Arkansas vs. Ohio State – This should be another great college football game. These two teams have played well all year and both well deserve their BCS Bowl berths. Ohio State only has one loss this year and head coach Jim Tressel will have them pumped for their sixth straight BCS bowl game. The Razorbacks are making their first appearance in a BCS bowl game, and are averaging 37.3 points a game under quarterback Ryan Mallett. Very tough call here, but given that the Buckeyes are 0-9 against Southeastern Conference teams in bowl games, the edge goes to Arkansas.
The 2010 BCS National Championship
Jan. 10, 8 p.m., ESPN
Oregon vs. Auburn – The bowl game that everyone has been waiting for kicks off at 8 pm EST on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tostitos BCS Title Game could well live up to the expectations for a national championship game this year as these two teams are truly the cream of the crop. The Ducks and 1682-rushing-yards-on-the-season Heisman trophy candidate LaMichael James are on offensive machine, and have played just enough defense all year to win. The Tigers and their Heisman-trophy candidate QB Cam Newton are a little more balanced, but often still lean heavily on their offense when things get down to it. Many folks are saying this game will top 95 or even 100 points total, and that’s by no means impossible, but if both teams can avoid turnovers and get good kicking, making the offenses go the length of the field could keep the score down. Gotta go with Cam Newton here for the win. Nobody else in the NCAA has been able to find an answer to him, and I don’t see the Duck’s being able to either.
For more on college football and the 2010-2011 bowl season see:
College Football Bowl Results – MAACO Bowl – Boise State Beats Utah 26-3
Cam Newton Wins Heisman in a Landslide
2010-2011 College Football Bowls – All 35 Bowls Including BCS Bowls
Top 5 Bowl Games in 2010-2011 College Football Bowl Season