Alright, these next several bowl previews are going to come in bits, because I’m just feeling absolutely lazy at this point and don’t feel like doing a whole bunch of games in a row like I did in Part I.
I’ll have a little write-up on the Alamo Bowl as well, whenever I get to it.
Independence Bowl 12/30, 8 PM ET ESPN
Alabama (6-6) v. Colorado (6-6)
Reason To Watch: To see if the $4 million dollar man Nick Saban can get the Tide above .500 to finish the season which was the exact reason he was paid $4 million dollars to begin with. It’s hard to believe the Tide have lost four in a row since their 6-2 start, including a loss to lowly UL-Monroe and Mississippi St. (one of the reasons for Bama’s firing of Mike Shula).
Colorado is no slouch though, despite their record. These guys managed to upset Oklahoma and Texas Tech earlier this season but also suffered some beatings of their own by the likes of Missouri, Kansas State, and Florida State. A win against their arch-rivals Nebraska, in a basketball-on-grass-contest helped propel them into a bowl game. Win or lose this bowl game, the Buffaloes’ season should be considered a surprisingly successful one, as second year coach Dan Hawkins was expected to suffer through another rough losing campaign.
Plus, you know you want to see Eric Cartman go over CU’s starting lineups again.
Bama 41, CU 38
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl 12/31, 12:30 ET ESPN
Air Force (9-3) v. Cal (6-6)
Reason To Watch: To see if Cal, who at one time were ranked #2 in the country before losing 6 of their last 7 games, can complete the collapse and finish under .500. It’s certainly possible, Air Force’s program has been kick-started by new coach Troy Calhoun, who ditched the long-standing triple option offense and installed his own schemes. This is the Falcons’ first bowl appearance in five years and I wouldn’t look for them to be merely satisfied with just being in the postseason, look for their offense to shred up Cal’s stereotypical Pac-10 defense.
Air Force 38, Cal 28