After 17 weeks of football we've finally reached bowl season, and if you were worried about the College Football Playoff destroying this tradition you can forget about it. If anything, the Playoff has made the bowl system better. New Years games matter. The Citrus Bowl and the Peach Bowl are back. The Fiesta Bowl logo got all Ron Burgundy'd again (H/T Grandpa Flynn). We actually have awesome match ups to look forward to...and it's all going to be capped off by four uber-programs facing off in the most entertaining Final Four since Magic and Larry went head-to-head in 1979.
We're breaking the bowls up by week and doing our standard, Thursday, one line each picks this year, so it's time to hit the games through December 26th. Check back next week for more.
R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL
LA-Lafayette over Nevada: The Ragin' Cajuns winning this game is becoming more identifiable with New Orleans than jazz, hand grenades and Dooky Chase fried chicken.
GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL
Utah State over UTEP: If you like defense...sleep in. Also, I miss Breaking Bad. That is all.
ROYAL PURPLE LAS VEGAS BOWL
Utah over Colorado State: Nothing against the Rams, but overachieving MWC teams who just lost their coach don't have a great postseason track record against Power 5 opponents; need an example? Look at Utah any time before 2012.
FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
Air Force over Western Michigan: The Zoomies cap off an incredible turnaround and CIC Trophy winning season by denying the Broncos their first bowl win in history.
RAYCOM MEDIA CAMELLIA BOWL
South Alabama over Bowling Green: We love the Falcons around here, but they haven't won a bowl game since 2004 and this is a home game for USA. Sorry, Hop.
MIAMI BEACH BOWL
BYU over Memphis: I one hundred percent believe Memphis is a better football team, but which squad do you think is more likely to get caught up in the extracurricular activities in the 305 and mail this one in?
BOCA RATON BOWL
Marshall over Northern Illinois: If you lived in Illinois or West Virginia how PUMPED would you be to go to Boca Raton this week? Break out the Frank Costanza resort wear!
SD COUNTY CREDIT UNION POINSETTIA BOWL
San Diego State over Navy: In my head Navy and SD State play in this game every year; in reality it's only happened once in history. The more you know.
POPEYES BAHAMAS BOWL
Western Kentucky over Central Michigan: Because CMU is STILL probably drinking and celebrating...no chance they're ready to play after this.
Rice over Fresno State: Heyyyy...it's our first sub .500 entry to the 2014 postseason! It's preposterous that a 6-7 season is rewarded with a trip to Honlulu, but I can't knock the hustle.
ZAXBY'S HEART OF DALLAS BOWL
Louisiana Tech over Illinois: Another bonus of the new bowl saeason: we're done playing this game on New Years Day and pretending it's the Cotton Bowl.
QUICK LANE BOWL
North Carolina over Rutgers: The Tar Heels have been lights out since their narrow loss to Notre Dame, and I'm still too bitter about Rutgers ruining Big Ten football to pick them.
BITCOIN ST. PETERSBURG BOWL
UCF over NC State: UCF has won three straight bowl games and gave us this last time we saw them on the field. Good enough for me.
Enjoy the games kids.