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2009 Ranking of the Bowls (with early picks)
Houston QB Case Keenum
Houston QB Case Keenum
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Posted Dec 11, 2009


What are the bowls you can't miss (like the Armed Forces Bowl thanks to Case Keenum) and which matchups might be just ho-hum? With three reasons to watch every bowl, three relatively under-the-radar stars to watch, and an early pick for each game, here are the rankings of all the 2009-2010 bowl games.

2009-2010 Bowl Rankings

How entertaining will the bowls be?

- Why each bowl might be good 

The 2009 Pre-Bowl Rankings
No. 8 to No. 17 | No. 18 to No. 28 | No. 29 to No. 34 

By Pete Fiutak

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Ditch everything to see these games, and you'll be a better person for it.

7. Champs Sports Bowl
December 29th, Orlando FL, 8 pm, ESPN
Miami vs. Wisconsin

Three Reasons To Watch This Bowl: 1) It's an interesting battle of two relatively young teams that should each be around the 2010 preseason top 15. 2) Miami has the potential to be really good, but it needs a little more maturity. With a big performance, this could be the IT team going into next year. 3) Each team has won four of its last five games.
And Why You Should Spend Your Time Roasting Your Chestnuts: The 2008 Champs Sports Bowl. Wisconsin got its doors blown off by a faster, more athletic Florida State 42-13 in the worst game of the bowl season. The Badgers' best win this year came over Michigan State. The second best win was over Fresno State.
Three Names To Drop That'll Make The Perky Girl In Accounting Want To Take You Into The Storeroom During The Holiday Party For Smooches: 1) Nick Toon, WR Wisconsin. 2) Darryl Sharpton, LB Miami., 3) O'Brien Schofield, DE Wisconsin
First-Thought Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Miami 26 ... Wisconsin 20
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6. Rose Bowl presented by Citi
January 1, Pasadena, CA 5 pm ABC
Ohio State vs. Oregon

Three Reasons To Watch This Bowl: 1) It's Ohio State in the Rose Bowl for the first time under Jim Tressel. And it's not against an SEC team. 2) The Oregon running game. If it's humming, it's a tremendous attack that puts up big yards and points on the board in a hurry. 3) There's no USC. The Big Ten might actually have a shot.
And Why You Should Spend Your Time Roasting Your Chestnuts: If Ohio State gets down early and has to throw this will get really, really ugly. The Buckeyes were dead last in the Big Ten, and 106th in the nation in passing. Oregon only allowed 127 rushing yards per game.
Three Names To Drop That'll Make The Perky Girl In Accounting Want To Take You Into The Storeroom During The Holiday Party For Smooches: 1) Ross Homan, LB Ohio State, 2) Jeff Maehl, WR Oregon, 3) Kurt Coleman, S Ohio State
First-Thought Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Oregon 24 ... Ohio State 23
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5. FedEx Orange Bowl
January 5, Miami Gardens, FL, 8 pm Fox
Georgia Tech vs. Iowa
Three Reasons To Watch This Bowl: 1) Does the option really work against a good defense with time to prepare for it? This is one of those We'll Learn Something bowls. 2) Iowa has won three of its last four bowl games. This year's Hawkeye D is the real deal. 3) This is big for the ACC. Virginia Tech beat Cincinnati last year, but lost the previous six Orange Bowls. A win should finally start to bring the league a little more respect. A little.
And Why You Should Spend Your Time Roasting Your Chestnuts: Iowa's defense allows just 122 rushing yards per game. Last year, with time to work on stopping the Georgia Tech running game, LSU came up with a stomping in the Chick-fil-A Bowl with a 38-3 over the Yellow Jackets. On the flip side, the last BCS level bowl Iowa won was a 38-12 blowout over Cal ... in the 1959 Rose Bowl.
Three Names To Drop That'll Make The Perky Girl In Accounting Want To Take You Into The Storeroom During The Holiday Party For Smooches: 1) Pat Angerer, LB Iowa, 2) Derrick Morgan, DE Georgia Tech, 3) Tyler Sash, S Iowa
First-Thought Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Iowa 27 ... Georgia Tech 17
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4. Citi BCS National Championship
January 7, Pasadena, CA, 8 pm Fox
Alabama vs. Texas
Three Reasons To Watch This Bowl: 1) It's the national championship. Really, despite what Congress might think, this is the national championship. 2) It's either the completion of the turnaround at Alabama under Nick Saban or the affirmation that Mack Brown can with the biggest of the big games without Vince Young. 3) Run defense. Texas is No. 1, Alabama is No. 2. Alabama leads the nation in scoring defense, while Texas is third in the nation in total defense.
And Why You Should Spend Your Time Roasting Your Chestnuts: It the Texas offense plays like it did against Nebraska, and the defense plays like it did against Texas A&M,  this will be the SEC's fourth national title in a row and fifth in the last six years without much of a problem.
Three Names To Drop That'll Make The Perky Girl In Accounting Want To Take You Into The Storeroom During The Holiday Party For Smooches: 1) Sam Acho, DE Texas, 2) Mike Johnson, OG Alabama, 3) Earl Thomas, S Texas
First Thought Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Texas 26 ... Alabama 23
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3. GMAC Bowl
January 6, Mobile AL 7 pm ESPN
Troy vs. Central Michigan

Three Reasons To Watch This Bowl: 1) Points, Points, Points. The two teams combine to average 66 a game. 2) Yards, yards, yards. Troy is third in the nation averaging 479 yards per game while CMU averaged 417 yards per outing. 3) Quarterbacks, quarterbacks, quarterbacks. Dan LeFevour is a three-time MAC champion quarterback and the most accomplished player in league history. Troy QB Levi Brown is the Sun Belt Player of the Year.
And Why You Should Spend Your Time Roasting Your Chestnuts: In 2004 Bowling Green beat Memphis 52-35. That's the closest GMAC Bowl in the last seven years. Over that span, the winners have won by a combined score of 320 to 113, or an average score of 48 to 16.
Three Names To Drop That'll Make The Perky Girl In Accounting Want To Take You Into The Storeroom During The Holiday Party For Smooches: 1) Antonio Brown, WR/KR Central Michigan, 2) Boris Lee, LB Troy,  3) Nick Bellore, LB Central Michigan
First-Thought Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Central Michigan 40 .... Troy 34
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2. Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
January 4, Phoenix, AZ 8 pm Fox
Boise State vs. TCU
Three Reasons To Watch This Bowl: 1) Really, this might be the national championship game. These two are playing better than the Longhorns and the Tide. 2) These might be the two most complete teams in America. TCU leads the nation in defense and if fourth in offense, and  first in kickoff returns. Boise State is No. 1 in scoring offense, 13th in total defense, and ninth in punting. 3) Jerry Hughes and the TCU pass rush vs. Boise State's offensive line that has allowed the fewest number of sacks in America.
And Why You Should Spend Your Time Roasting Your Chestnuts: We're not going to learn much. The winner will have beaten a non-BCS team, while the loser will have lost to a non-BCS team. Last year's Poinsettia Bowl wasn't that entertaining.
Three Names To Drop That'll Make The Perky Girl In Accounting Want To Take You Into The Storeroom During The Holiday Party For Smooches: 1) Jeremy Kerley, WR/PR TCU, 2) Ryan Winterswyk, DE Boise State, 3) Daryl Washington, LB TCU
First-Thought Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: TCU 20 ... Boise State 17
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1. Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl
December 31st, Fort Worth TX, Noon, ESPN
Air Force vs. Houston
Three Reasons To Watch This Bowl: 1) It's not the BCS Championship and it doesn't matter in the scheme of the college football universe, but this, without question, will be the most entertaining bowl game of the college football season. Every Houston game is interesting thanks to the nation's No. 2 scoring offense, the No. 1 overall offense, and the No. 1 passing attack. 2) Houston games are also fun because the defense couldn't' stop you and ten friends from running the ball, and ... 3) Air Force is fourth in the nation in rushing. The Falcons also lead the nation in pass defense. This will be interesting.
And Why You Should Spend Your Time Roasting Your Chestnuts: Houston won last year's Armed Forces Bowl over Air Force 34-28. It was entertaining, but it wasn't all that great.
Three Names To Drop That'll Make The Perky Girl In Accounting Want To Take You Into The Storeroom During The Holiday Party For Smooches: 1) James Cleveland, WR Houston, 2) Jared Tew, RB Air Force, 3) Marcus McGraw, LB Houston
First Thought Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Houston 48 ... Air Force 45 
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The 2009 Pre-Bowl Rankings
- No. 8 to No. 17 | No. 18 to No. 28 | No. 29 to No. 34