Thursday Bowls Open Thread

The College Football Bowl season is in full swing today with 4 games on tap, including one ranked team (and 3 6-6 teams) in action.  For any junkies or gambling degenerates, this means almost 12 consecutive hours of college football.  Pinch me! 

There may be corporate sponsors for the following bowls, but in the interest of dignity, I didn't try to find them or include them.  All the games are on tWWL. Folks here will be interested in rooting for at least one of the teams:


Photo Credit: Joe Murphy, Getty Images

Matchups after the jump.

The Armed Forces Bowl starts things off at Noon EST, featuring Army (6-6) against SMU (7-6).   While the name of the bowl ought to favor the armed force that is appearing in the contest, the game is actually being played on SMU's home field.  Advantage Mustangs.

The Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium at 3:20 EST matches UCLA's season opener opponent Kansas State (7-5) against Syracuse (7-5).  Unlike other baseball fields that double as a football stadium, both end zones are in play in today's game.  Look for KSU to run and run and run some more. 

The Music City Bowl at 6:40 EST pits UNC (7-5) against our friends from Tennessee (6-6).  The Tar Heels expected big things this year, but struggled after an NCAA investigation resulted in 7 players being suspended for the season and 7 others for at least a game.  If only they were an SEC powerhouse instead.  Tennessee has won 5 in a row and hates Lane Kiffin more than we do.  Go Vols.

The Holiday Bowl at 10 EST wraps up the day and features a rematch of #17 Nebraska (10-3) and Washington (6-6).  These two teams met in Seattle in September when the Huskers dropped an enormous 56-21 ass kicking on the Huskies.   UW got better as the season progressed and Jake Locker got back into the swing of things, but don't look for them to redeem the Pac-10's bowl season tonight. 

Use this as your open thread for any comments regarding today's games or any other bowls, or any current thoughts on our Bruins.  Hopefully, Bowls and Bruins will be more directly related next year.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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