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Poll: Which Bowl Game Would You Cancel?

I have been a fan of the Western Athletic Conference and all of its teams since I covered the league before I arrived at The Post. I am a fan of Boise, Idaho, as I have mentioned here time and time again. And I have also said this Maryland team is interesting to cover and watch because of the up-and-down nature of the team, the distinct player personalities and the openness of its head coach. I plan on enjoying myself in Boise and covering this game from top to bottom as much as my paper allows. I am very much looking forward to covering the game.

That said, the Maryland-Nevada matchup in the Humanitarian Bowl is one of the least appealing matchups for a host city, but I will make the case it is not the worst. There are a number of things working against this Boise Bowl matchup: take the fact that we have two 7-5 teams, including an ACC team that has lost three of its last four games. Then add in the fact that the economy is tight and it is difficult to get to the city of Boise, Idaho. Then compound that by the fact that the game will be played in somewhat cold conditions on a Tuesday afternoon. The only other contenders for the Worst Bowl Game of the Year award are: Motor City Bowl (Florida Atlantic vs. Central Michigan); Independence Bowl (Northern Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech); Texas Bowl (Western Michigan vs. Rice); GMAC Bowl (Ball State vs. Tulsa); New Mexico Bowl (Colorado State vs. Fresno State). Did I miss one?

The thing with the Motor City and the Independence and the Texas bowls is this: at least they have a team with regional ties. The GMAC does not, but Ball State is a once-beaten team. The worst of the worst, in my opinion, is 6-6 Colorado State against 7-5 Fresno State, which is positively dreadful. At least in Boise, we have two teams with winning records, an explosive WAC offense and a power conference team with a winning record. This season’s New Mexico Bowl should be abolished. Where do you stand?

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 11, 2008; 11:14 AM ET
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You forgot to mention that the game starts at 4:30 in the afternoon on Tuesday December 30th! Firstly, who gets December 30th off??? Secondly, why is the game not later!?! No one in the entire country, except for the students, is gonna be able to watch the game because they will be at work! Ridiculous.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 11, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Not only is the game at 4:30 - but the Men's BB game is at 8 pm that night at Comcast. Decisons may have to be made by fans that don't make the trip - do I watch the whole FB game and miss the beginning of BB (which is NOT on TV) or not? Add to the mix the Women's BB playing their tournament that same afternoon - at 2 pm in Comcast. Definitely not a good day for fan turnout at any event!

Posted by: TerpGrad | December 11, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm not voting because there is no "All of the Above" option.

Regarding the start time, it's typical of those 'lousy' second tier bowl games that take place between Christmas and New Years.

Posted by: kolbkl | December 11, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Eric, there are probably too many bowl games now, but the paradigm of what it means to be in a bowl game has really shifted. It's basically a reward of extra practice time for have a .500 season. I have no problem with that, and I enjoy watching all the games. In fact, of all the games you highlighted, only one is not a good matchup: The Motor City Bowl, and that one will be by far the most popular, drawing 50-60K (check the history). The GMAC Bowl is two teams that each threatened to be BCS busters this year. It figures to be a better game than Cincy vs. VaTech (two very mediocre conference champions) or Texas vs. OSU (mismatch of epic proportions).

Posted by: scottydawg | December 11, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

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