Bowl Mania

Unfortunately, the privilege to watch Michigan football on January 1st has been terminated this year. I always look forward to having a big party with my dad's fraternity brothers and their families on New Year's Eve, and then watching Michigan the next day.


However, not this year. Michigan plays on December 28th, in the Buffalo Wild Wings bowl against Kansas State. And for my standards, the Buffalo Wild Wings bowl is a disgrace. But we deserve it. 

When I look back on their season, I think to myself.. "Wow, we were terrible." And we were. Yet, we should have gone 11-1. We were 2 yards away from beating Ohio State, a team that is rightfully excluded from the BCS National Championship.

If Al Borges would've called a good play, rather than a horrendous formation and an inevitable target. Honestly, their entire stadium, and everyone who was watching knew where the ball was going on that two-point conversion.

And yet, they ran the play anyway, capping off an atrocious season. Point is, we should've beaten Penn State, and we would've, if we didn't miss 3 game-winning field goals. Nebraska was a terrible loss, because they were not a good team at all.

 All in all, aside from Michigan State, we honestly should've run the table. However, based on the fact that we were denied the opportunity to play on January 1st, or an even better bowl game for that matter, anyone can conclude that Michigan did not do what they should've and could've. Shoulda Coulda Woulda!

Anyway, this year is the last year of the traditional bowl games. Next year, they'll start the 4-team playoff. I'm not very sure if I like the playoff format or not.

 On one side, I recognize how this system prevents teams like Ohio State (Who went 12-1 playing an awful schedule) from getting into the championship. On the other hand, it sort of ends the bowl game tradition. 

But, I don't really have a major problem with it, so whatever. More importantly, this is the last year for the traditional bowl game format. So, I am going to enjoy it. Also, a bonus would be winning my Bowl Game pool, in which a group of friends and I simply predict the winners of every bowl game and we see who gets the most right.

Here are my bowl picks. 

The highlighted teams are my predicted winners

(The unhighlighted games are the games that I’m having trouble with) Except for the last one, I got Auburn

 



It is out of 70 points, for the value of each game is a different amount of points. Let's see how I do! And yes, I do think Auburn beats Florida State. For awhile, I was going Florida State all the way. However, I gradually changed my mind.

And yet, what has happened to all the talented offenses that played an SEC team in the National Championship?...Oregon's electric offense lost to Auburn in 2010, Ohio State's electric offense in 2006 and 2007 lost both years to Florida and LSU.

The SEC is just bigger, and better than any other conference. They've won the National Championship the last 7 years! And who has Florida State played? Yeah, they have some really talented players offensively. But so does Auburn! 

I think Tre Mason is going to have a great game as always, but I think the difference maker is gonna be 1. Auburn's defensive line. If they get pressure on Jameis Winston, they're in good shape. 2. Nick Marshall. If he can beat Florida State's secondary consistently, FSU is gonna have a tough night on January 6th.

Today is the day that begins another bowl season, a series of college football games that will go right down to the wire and captivate you from the first whistle to the last. Happy Holidays!

Oh, and by the way... If you haven't seen Anchorman 2 yet, you absolutely have to. It was hilarious! 
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