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December 8, 2008 - Seth Staskey
    After a co-worker stopped by my desk and reminded me to blog, I thought for a second that it only makes sense to post one about the bowls.
    The best time of the college football season is the bowl season. I personally think a playoff would be great for major college football, but I also like the bowl system. I think the minor bowls could be used for the early-round playoff games,  leading into the real big bowls.
    Anyhow, we'll probably never see that system unless the newly-elected president gets involved. Even then, TV money talks and seeing that ESPN just got the rights, it's tough to believe that anything's going to change for quite sometime, but that's the hand we're dealt.
    So looking at the BCS matchups for this season, I believe the computers, polls and bowls got it right.
    Oklahoma and Florida are clearly the best two teams in the country. I admit Texas has a bit of a gripe since it beat the Sooners, but let's not forget the game was in Dallas and the Sooners have come on. Losing early is always a big help as well.
    The Gators have the trump card of college football in Tim Tebow and I am also a huge Urban Meyer fan and think he's right bar if Tebow is the left.
    A matchup of Ohio native head coaches is enough to keep me interested.
    The Ohio State Buckeyes sat on their couches in Columbus and waited patiently as games unfolded and realized they would be headed to a BCS and got the call from the Fiesta Bowl, which has seen the Bucks go 3-0 there. They knocked off Miami, Kansas State and Notre Dame. The loss in Glendale was in the BCS Championship Game two years ago to Florida.
    Ball State's amazing season fumbled through their fingers last Friday when it fell to Buffalo in the MAC Championship Game. The 12-1 Cardinals will make the trek to Mobile, Alabama to take part in the GMAC Bowl. More interesting with the Cardinals is whether or not Brady Hoke will leave for another job. It's been reported by ESPN that he will visit Auburn in the coming days.
    West Virginia's under-achieving season has it going to Charlotte, N.C. to meet the Tar Heels in the Car Care Bowl. Big Deal for a team which had BCS hopes early in the season.
    Cincinnati's Bearcats are one of the feel-good stories of the college football season. They claimed the Big East title and are headed to Miami on Jan. 1 to meet Virginia Tech in the FedEx Orange Bowl. That's the new Big East vs. the Old  Big East.
    ESPN runs a jingle during the bowl time that says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." The Worldwide Leader in Sports couldn't be more correct.


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