I remember before cable and the Internet, the college football bowl games were named the Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl and the Rose Bowl.
As time went by, more bowl games were added and they all have corporate names attached to their names. So we are blessed to have funny names attached for many of the bowl games. I will attempt to pick the winners of the silly and ridiculously named bowl games.
The answer to my last column’s trivia question was that Earle D. Jones was the head football coach for the Maysville Bulldogs, who later led the Dogs to a state basketball championship. He was the head football coach before Maysville dropped football in the fall of 1942. The first readers to answer were Donnie Wilson, David Wise and Ronnie Berryman.
The Texas Bowl: I pick the Gophers of Minnesota to beat Syracuse as the Gophers won four straight Big Ten games for the first time since 1973.
Fight Hunger Bowl: The Huskies of Washington have lost their coach, but they will beat BYU by three.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl: In a calendar year, the Irish have gone from a national championship game to playing a bowl game in a baseball stadium, but I pick the Irish to beat Rutgers.
Belk Bowl: I pick the Heels of North Carolina to beat the Bearcats of Cincinnati with a late field goal.
Russell Athletic Bowl: This game will be close but I pick the Canes of Miami to beat the Cards of Louisville by three.
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Using the name of this bowl, I pick the Wildcats of Kansas State because they are hot and the men from Michigan are mild.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: I pick the Rebels of Mississippi to control the rushing game of Georgia Tech.
Valero Alamo Bowl: The Ducks of Oregon are coming off a disappointing season, but so is Texas, as I pick the Ducks in a shootout.
National University Holiday Bowl: Texas Tech started off the season strong but faltered down the stretch, so I pick Arizona State to win this contest.
Advocare V100 Bowl: I pick Boston College with their rushing game to beat Arizona.
Hyundai Sun Bowl: This game is hard to pick, but I take Virginia Tech and its special teams play to beat the Bruins of UCLA.
Autozone Liberty Bowl: Rice is the champion of Conference USA, but I pick the SEC team, Mississippi State, to win by one.
Chick-fil-A Bowl: I pick Texas A&M to beat the Duke Blue Devils as Johnny Football will put on a show.
Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl: Georgia has lost its quarterback for the season, but I pick the Dogs to beat Nebraska.
Heart of Dallas Bowl: I pick North Texas to play inspired and beat UNLV.
Capital One Bowl: I will go against the grain and pick Wisconsin to beat South Carolina by four.
Outback Bowl: LSU has injury problems but I pick a wounded Tiger to beat Iowa.
Rose Bowl: This will be a smash-mouth football game, but I pick the Cardinal of Stanford to beat Michigan State.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: This will be a high-scoring game so I will pick the Bears of Baylor to beat Central Florida.
Allstate Sugar Bowl: The Tide is not in the Bowl it wanted, but will take care of business as Alabama beats the Sooners of Oklahoma.
AT&T Cotton Bowl: I believe the Cowboys of Oklahoma State will survive the defense of Missouri as they win by one.
Discover Orange Bowl: Ohio State will control both sides of the ball to beat Clemson.
BBVA Compass Bowl: Who would have believed that Vanderbilt will be playing in its third straight bowl game? The Dores have lost their starting quarterback so I pick Houston to win by four.
Godaddy.com Bowl: I pick the Cardinals of Ball State to beat Arkansas State by a touchdown.
Vizio BCS National Championship Game: Florida State is the heavy favorite, as the Seminoles claim to have a plan to stop Auburn. Well, everyone has a plan until they get hit in the mouth. I pick Auburn to keep the SEC’s national championship streak going.