It's that time of year, when ESPN fills its schedule with college football bowl games almost no one cares about, except the players, their families and friends and (maybe) some alumni.
It's almost like the early days of ESPN when it filled time with Australian rules football, hurling and other obscure sports.
Starting today, ESPN will air 32 games over the next 23 days. We're already feeling bowl overload.
Sure, Nevada vs. Arizona in today's New Mexico Bowl might have some regional interest, but both are 7-5. Should teams that finished fifth in the Mountain West and fourth in the Pacific-12 Conference South get to play in a bowl? And if they didn't play, would anyone notice?
Here are some other doozies, er, snoozies:
Air Force and Rice, both 6-6, play in the Armed Services Bowl on Dec. 29. But how come Air Force isn't playing Navy (Fight Hunger Bowl) or Army (no bowl), instead?
USC, at 7-5, takes on Georgia Tech and its losing record (6-7) in the Sun on Dec. 31. If you can't win at least half your games, don't go to a bowl, please.
Central Michigan (6-6) vs. Western Kentucky (7-5) in the Directional School Bowl oops, the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26. Free $5 pepperoni with every ticket, right?
And remember when New Year's Day was only for the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Cotton bowls? On Jan. 1 this season, there are six games, including the Gator, Heart of Dallas, Outback and Capital One, but not the Sugar (Jan. 2) and Cotton (Jan. 4).
Really, how many of the 35 bowls will you watch? Wake us up when the Rose kicks off on Jan. 1 at 2 p.m. on ESPN, of course.
What to watch I
Men's college basketball, UC Davis at Stanford, 2 p.m., Pac-12 Network: The Aggies face perhaps their toughest opponent of the season.
What to watch II
High school football, De La Salle vs. Centennial, 8 p.m., CSNCA: De La Salle goes for its fourth CIF State Bowl Open Division title in a row.
How many bowl games will you watch?
Only the BCS Championship on Jan. 7
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