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Going Bowling - Week 1

So, unless you're a communist or a terrorist, everyone who watches college football hates the BCS and wants to go to a playoff system. But you play the cards you're dealt, not the cards you want. So, while Cyd is driving across America, I'm going to make a picks column of my own... you can call this: Kelvin's Krazy Kchoices!

The basic premise of the BCS is this: if you won 6 games and have any kind of national exposure, you get to play one more meaningless game between this Saturday morning when Wake Forest plays Navy in the EagleBank Bowl and ending roughly in the middle of next July when the University of Florida beats Oklahoma (sic) in the National Championship Game in Miami.

One of the fun things about seeing these games is seeing a ton of commercials for scam products you've never heard of (magicJack) or products you have no access to (Bell Helicopter). Occasionally you'll get a terrific football game, like BSU shocking Oklahoma last year. More often than not though, the matchup favors one team heavily over another and you end up with scores like 56-3 and making the matchmakers look like morons for not getting the winning team into a higher tier bowl (Texas Longhorns, I'm looking in your direction).

So with all that said... let's make some picks for this week's games:

December 20, 2008
Eaglebank Bowl: Wake Forest vs. Navy - WFU is the worst of the ACC teams to make a bowl. Watch this game for Navy's Triple Option package.
New Mexico Bowl: Colorado State vs. Fresno State - Pundits seem to think this one will be a shootout. That's code for saying both team's defenses suck.
magicJack St. Petersberg Bowl: Memphis vs. South Florida - USF went from being darlings of the media to an also ran pretty damned quick. But, this is a home game for them.
Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl: BYU vs. Arizona - Mormons in Las Vegas! And hey, they're ranked too. I think the den of sin and iniquity that is LV will befoul the Cougs' souls and lead to the mild upset.

December 21, 2008
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Southern Miss vs. Troy - lol. They put a bowl game against the Giants-Panthers game. Troy's a good team, but no one's going to watch this.

December 23, 2008
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Boise State vs. TCU - It's weird seeing BSU play anywhere other than Idaho where their blue field causes their opponents to go into hypnosis. This one is going to be good. BSU in a squeaker.

December 24, 2008
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii vs. Notre Dame - Charlie Weis needs to be fired. Now. The only reason ND is in this game is because they won the national championship 20 years ago. HI in a blowout.

December 26, 2008
Motor City Bowl: Florida Atlantic vs. Central Michigan - On paper, this is an easy call for CMU. However, much like you never get into a land war in Asia, you never, ever, go up against Howard Schnellenberger in a bowl game.