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Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Who (is playing)? Texas A&M Aggies (9-3) vs. CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS!!!!! (9-3).
Where (are they playing)? San Diego.
When (is it all going down)? December 28, 8 PM on ESPN.
First thoughts: We had better win. Seriously, we had better win. And honestly, I think we will.
Why (should you watch)? Because it’s Cal and you’re reading a blog about Cal sports. I wish I had more to say, but considering I’m all about the snide comments and I can’t think of any right now, I’d just like to say I don’t know anyone affiliated with A&M except Coach Fran. And I have no idea why he’s notable at all. Also notable: the headline for the game on the ESPN.com page devoted to it is "What a Rush". You know, like the Road Warriors. Man, I miss those guys. Ok, just Hawk. Since Animal’s still alive. And hey, did you know James Laurinatis (sp?) on the Buckeyes is Animal’s son? Really. The things you learn.
Who (is playing)? Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-2) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (7-5).
Where (are they playing)? Houston.
When (is it all going down)? December 28, 8 PM on NFL Network. Wait, what?
First thoughts: Instead of having to choose between going to the Orange Bowl for a Rutgers BCS game or the Rose Bowl, I’ve been given the option of choosing between both games on TV. At the same time. One of which is on a channel that I don’t get. So maybe I don’t even get a choice.
Why (should you watch)? For all the shots of James Gandolfini in the stands, for Jeremy "the Judge" Ito (the only kicker to ever have a nickname), for Ray Rice, and for the entire state of New Jersey. F YEAH.
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl
Who (is playing)? Clemson Tigers (8-4) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (7-5).
Where (are they playing)? Tennessee.
When (is it all going down)? December 29, 1 PM on ESPN.
First thoughts: Gaylord?
Why (should you watch)? Apparently this Rich Brooks coach on Kentucky used to be good. Which is shocking, because I can’t remember Kentucky ever being good.
Brut Sun Bowl
Who (is playing)? Oregon State Beavers (9-4) vs. Missouri Tigers (8-4).
Where (are they playing)? El Paso.
When (is it all going down)? December 29, 2 PM on CBS.
First thoughts: CBS thinks a game between Missouri and Oregon State is going to be a ratings winner?
Why (should you watch)? Stewart Mandel earlier made a joke this year that Fox Sports Net Northwest has a show called Beavers All-Access. One of his readers didn’t get the joke and pointed out other teams have those shows too. I think that reader was McMike under a pseudonym. As for why you should watch, are you really going to be doing anything else at 2 PM on December 29?
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Who (is playing)? South Carolina Gamecocks (7-5) vs. Houston Cougars (10-3).
Where (are they playing)? Memphis.
When (is it all going down)? December 29, 4:30 PM on ESPN.
First thoughts: Ok, a 10-3 Houston team has to be the worst 10-win team in recent memory.
Why (should you watch)? In another Stewart Mandel story, he received a letter from an Arkansas fan asking if he thought (coach Houston) Nutt, along with (quarterback Casey) Dick had much of a chance of beating the (South Carolina Game)Cocks that weekend. I vote yes. Nutt and Dick always beat the Cocks. The Cougars? Who cares?
God I hope I’m almost done. I don’t even know how many bowls are left. More to come tomorrow.