By Wire reports
If you got up on New Year’s Day and expected to see the traditional college football bowl games, you were disappointed.
Today will be better.
The usual Jan. 1 bowls will be played today, since New Year’s Day was a Sunday – and that spot on the sporting calendar belongs to the NFL.
There are six bowl games on today’s slate, including three involving SEC teams, And all three of those are on at the same time, so warm up your remote-control hand.
On paper, at least, the best games of the day will be the last two. The Rose Bowl could be an offensive shootout between Oregon and Wisconsin, while tonight’s Fiesta Bowl matches a pair of one-loss teams, Stanford and Oklahoma State.
After today, there are five more bowl games before the BCS National Championship between LSU and Alabama, next Monday in New Orleans. That includes three high profile bowls – the Sugar (Michigan-Virginia Tech) on Tuesday, Orange (West Virginia-Clemson) on Wednesday and Cotton (Kansas State-Arkansas) on Friday.
A quick look at today’s games:
TicketCity Bowl: Penn State (9-3) vs. Houston (12-1) at 11 a.m. on ESPNU. Both teams would like to go out on a high note – Penn State after a scandal-torn season, and Houston after a potential perfect year was spoiled by a loss to Southern Miss.
Capital One Bowl: Nebraska (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2) at noon on ESPN. The Gamecocks will be aiming to be the school’s first team to win 11 games.
Outback Bowl: Georgia (10-3) vs. Michigan State (10-3) at noon on ABC. An entertaining matchup of teams that lost their respective conference title games.
Gator Bowl: Florida (6-6) vs. Ohio State (6-6) at noon on ESPN2. Two big names that have struggled this season. Florida hasn’t had a losing season since 1979, while Ohio State hasn’t finished below .500 since 1988.
Rose Bowl: Oregon (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (11-2) at 4 p.m. on ESPN. It’s the 98th edition of “The Granddaddy of Them All,” and worth tuning in to see Oregon’s uniforms.
Fiesta Bowl: Stanford (11-1) vs. Oklahoma State (11-1) at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Tune in to see next year’s No. 1 NFL Draft pick, Stanford QB Andrew Luck.