Posted: Tuesday December 5, 2006 12:03PM; Updated: Tuesday December 5, 2006 6:27PM
Larry Coker will end his tenure at Miami on the Smurf Turf of Boise St. against Nevada.
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21) Alamo (Dec. 30): Texas (9-3) vs. Iowa (6-6). It will be a de facto home game for the 'Horns, which is good, because they may need to pull someone from the stands if QB Colt McCoy gets hurt.
22) Emerald (Dec. 27): UCLA (7-5) vs. Florida State (6-6). This one will be worth it just for the halftime interview with Bobby Bowden -- when he's asked how his team plans to gain its second first down.
23) International (Jan. 6): Western Michigan (8-4) vs. Cincinnati (7-5). Cincinnati just hired Brian Kelly from Central Michigan, and now the Bearcats are facing Western Michigan. Do they open next season with Eastern?
24) GMAC (Jan. 7): Ohio (9-4) vs. Southern Miss (8-5). The Eagles have reached the postseason nine times under Jeff Bower, but this year marks a milestone: They've finally reached a January bowl.
25) Insight Bowl (Dec. 29): Texas Tech (7-5) vs. Minnesota (6-6). After years and years of December trips to El Paso and Nashville, it figures the Gophers finally get to go somewhere warm the year they go 6-6.
26) Armed Forces (Dec. 23): Tulsa (8-4) vs. Utah (7-5). From the people who brought you such classics as Cincinnati-Marshall (2004) and Houston-Kansas (2005), it's the bowl formerly known as Forth Worth.
27) New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 22): Rice (7-5) vs. Troy (7-5). Two words: Jarrett Dillard. He's a Biletnikoff finalist, he has 20 touchdowns receptions and he's the lone reason to watch this game. He plays for Rice, by the way.
28) PapaJohns.com (Dec. 23): South Florida (8-4) vs. East Carolina (7-5). USF remains the one BCS-conference team people refuse to acknowledge is a BCS-conference team -- even after the Bulls beat Louisville and West Virginia.
29) Independence (Dec. 28): Oklahoma State (6-6) vs. Alabama (6-6). Ladies and gentlemen, it's the first .500 Bowl. The stakes are higher than for most games: Someone's "bowl season" is about to become a "losing season."
30) MPC Computers (Dec. 31): Nevada (8-4) vs. Miami (6-6). Miami doesn't just show its displeasure with a coach by firing him -- it then makes him stand on a blue turf and freeze his butt off for three hours.
31) Motor City (Dec. 26): Central Michigan (9-4) vs. Middle Tennessee State (7-5). Middle Tennessee -- which lost to Troy in its season finale -- became the first team in history to upgrade its bowl destination by choking away its conference title.
32) New Mexico (Dec. 23): San Jose State (8-4) vs. New Mexico (6-6). In these troubled times, it's reassuring to know the Lobos will never be homeless at Christmas -- so long as they're bowl eligible and this game somehow stays in business.