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Ranking the bowl games (cont.)

Posted: Monday December 5, 2005 12:01PM; Updated: Monday December 5, 2005 4:50PM
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11) Outback (Jan. 2): Florida (8-3) vs. Iowa (7-4). Remember when QBs Chris Leak and Drew Tate were considered Heisman candidates? You'll have a lot more fun watching linebackers Chad Greenway and Brandon Siler.

12) Alamo (Dec. 28): Michigan (7-4) vs. Nebraska (7-4). You just know back when Alamo organizers landed those deals for the Big 12 and Big Ten's fourth choices, they said themselves, "We're going to be able to get Michigan and Nebraska."

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13) MPC Computers (Dec. 28): Boise State (9-3) vs. Boston College (8-3). The Eagles have won five straight bowl games under Tom O'Brien, but this will be their first time having to play on an opponent's blue, home turf. Welcome to the ACC, guys.

14) Independence (Dec. 30): South Carolina (7-4) vs. Missouri (6-5). You know how the host city's newspaper always does a tale-of-the-tape, listing which team has the edge in various categories? Which box do you suppose they'll check when they get to "coaches?"

15) Houston (Dec. 31): TCU (10-1) vs. Iowa State (7-4). The season has come full circle for the Horned Frogs, who started things off with Big 12 foe Oklahoma and will finish against a Big 12 foe with the same record as Oklahoma's. Best I can do with this one, people.

16) Las Vegas (Dec. 22): Cal (7-4) vs. BYU (6-5). Bowl organizers need a crowd of 29,815 to retain their NCAA certification next year. Here's a suggestion: Throw in a pair of tickets with one of those $9.95 steak-and-lobster specials on the Strip.

17) Liberty (Dec. 31): Tulsa (8-4) vs. Fresno State (8-4). Such is life in the age of conference realignment that the Golden Hurricanes and Bulldogs can go from conference adversaries one year, completely coincidental New Year's Eve bowl foes the next.

18) Music City (Dec. 30): Minnesota (7-4) vs. Virginia (6-5). "Coach Mason? Hi, it's Brenda calling from the Gaylord Opryland. We've kept your suite just the way you like it. In fact, those shoes you left in the closet last year will be waiting when you arrive."

19) Motor City (Dec. 26): Akron (7-5) vs. Memphis (6-5). If you think this ranking is too high, you obviously didn't see Zips receiver Domenik Hixon's heroic performance in the MAC title game, and/or you've never watched Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams.

20) Champs Sports (Dec. 27): Clemson (7-4) vs. Colorado (7-5). Announcer: "Colorado, you just backed your way into the Big 12 championship game, where you managed to lose 70-3. What are you going to do now?" Buffaloes players: "We're going to Disney World."

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