Tis the Bowl Season

College football bowl season is upon us. That means there’s at least one game on one of the ESPN family of network channels instead of your regular programming, like Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption. While you’re missing your daily dose of Woody Paige’s chalkboard and Michael Wilbon yelling about basketball, you can take in the wonderfulness that is college football bowl season.

And laugh at the ridiculous bowl names.

There was a SNL skit a few years ago making fun of the bowl names, and after some searching, I was able to find a video of it that hadn’t been taken down for copyright issues.

I think the 2015-16 season games’ names are silly enough and make you wonder just how much sponsors are paying.

There are 30 plus games that run from December 19 to January 2. Some of the games have rather normal names, like the Hawai’i Bowl, Birmingham Bowl, and St. Petersburg Bowl (named after the location of the game). It’s once sponsors get involved that these games take on some pretty lengthy names.

  • San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
    • Takes place today (Dec. 23) at 4:30pm between the Boise State Broncos and Northern Illinois Huskies
  • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
    • Takes place Dec. 29 at 2:00pm between the California Golden Bears and the Air Force Falcons
  • Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
    • Takes place Dec. 30 at 7:00pm between the Texas A&M Aggies and Louisville Cardinals

Some of the other names include the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Valero Alamo Bowl, Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, Outback Bowl, and AdvoCare Texas Bowl. To top it all off, Capital One sponsors the Capital One Bowl Mania game where you can pick the winners of each game.

These bowl games are simply consolation prizes for teams that finished at least 6-6, however, this year, some 5-7 teams were allowed in.

CFP (College Football Playoffs) games are playing New Year’s Eve. The Capital One Orange Bowl is at 4:00pm between #1 Clemson and #4 Oklahoma, and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic is at 8:00pm between #2 Alabama and #3 Michigan State. The winner of each will play each other on January 11 in the College Football Playoff National Championship (previously known as the BCS Bowl).

So kick back, relax, and enjoy the absurd bowl games of teams you hardly care about all day, every day until the end of the year.

(PS: Go Bama!)

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