They’re tacky and wacky

Campy and weird

Bowl season’s upon us

’Tis the best time of year.

From Pinstripe to Cheez-It

These bowl games are numerous

Though some of their sponsors

I admit are quite humorous.

Some say there’s too many

I say, more the better!

We’ll flaunt them with pride

Like a bad Christmas sweater.

So come gather ’round

A tradition continues

We’re picking each one

And poking fun at the venues.

A pick for each game

From the lame to the cool

Your payoff for reading?

First place in your pool.

Camellia Bowl

Eastern Michigan vs. Georgia Southern

2:30 p.m. Saturday

Since returning from the dead in 2014, all four modern Camellia Bowls decided by five points or fewer.

Pick: GSU, 28-24

Bahamas Bowl

FIU vs. Toledo

1 p.m. Dec. 21

It’s called the “Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl” because if you’re watching it, you’ll want bourbon.

Pick: Toledo, 41-38

New Mexico Bowl

Utah State vs. North Texas

11 a.m. Saturday

Biggest suspense: Will No. 1 recruit Kayvon Thibodeaux pick Oregon at halftime?

Pick: North Texas, 38-31

Frisco Bowl

Ohio vs. San Diego State

5 p.m. Saturday

Combined age of coaches Rocky Long and Frank Solich: 142 years. Good thing it starts early.

Pick: Ohio, 24-17

Arizona Bowl

Nevada vs. Arkansas State

10:15 a.m. Dec. 29

Red Wolves vs. the Wolfpack. Awoooooo!

Pick: Arkansas State, 35-27

Cure Bowl

Louisiana vs. Tulane

11:30 a.m. Saturday

Why have a New Orleans Bowl if these teams aren’t in it?

Pick: Louisiana, 34-28

New Orleans Bowl

Appalachian State vs. Middle Tennessee

6 p.m. Saturday

It wouldn’t be bowl season without an interim coach or two.

Pick: App State, 31-30

Potato Bowl

BYU vs. Western Michigan

1 p.m. Dec. 21

Only Alabama is a bigger bowl favorite than BYU (-11 1/2).

Pick: BYU 27-10

Dollar General Bowl

Troy vs. Buffalo

4 p.m. Dec. 22

Pick up some ramen and paper towels while you’re there.

Pick: Buffalo, 26-23

Hawaii Bowl

Hawaii vs. Louisiana Tech

7:30 p.m. Dec. 22

Traditional Christmas Eve game now two days earlier. Boo!

Pick: Hawaii, 55-49

Boca Raton Bowl

Northern Illinois vs. UAB

4 p.m. Tuesday

10-win UAB Blazers might be more entertaining than the Portland version.

Pick: UAB, 27-14

Gasparilla Bowl

Marshall vs. South Florida

5 p.m. Wednesday

There’s a point every year when I start to regret writing this column. That point is now.

Pick: Marshall, 35-24

Independence Bowl

Duke vs. Temple

10:30 a.m. Dec. 27

In honor of title sponsor Walk-On’s, both teams should bench their scholarship players and see who wins.

Pick: Duke, 27-21

Birmingham Bowl

Memphis vs. Wake Forest

9 a.m. Dec. 22

Tune in for NFL-bound Memphis running back Darrell Henderson, who needs 91 yards to hit 2,000. (Unless he sits out.)

Pick: Memphis, 45-21

Armed Forces Bowl

Houston vs. Army

12:30 p.m. Dec. 22

An old adage applies: In the Armed Forces Bowl, never pick against the armed force.

Pick: Army, 30-27

First Responder Bowl

Boston College vs. Boise State

10:30 a.m. Dec. 26

Formerly the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Quick, someone check for a pulse.

Pick: Boise State, 31-21

Texas Bowl

Baylor vs. Vanderbilt

6 p.m. Dec. 27

Bears will miss wide receiver Jalen Hurd, out with a knee injury.

Pick: Vanderbilt, 28-21

Las Vegas Bowl

Fresno State vs. Arizona State

12:30 p.m. Saturday

Tune in to see if the Pac-12 can uphold its tradition of getting smashed by the Mountain West in Vegas.

Pick: Fresno State, 27-13

Quick Lane Bowl

Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech

2:15 p.m. Dec. 26

Swan song for Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and his triple option.

Pick: Georgia Tech, 38-13

Music City Bowl

Purdue vs. Auburn

10:30 a.m. Dec. 28

Purdue beat Ohio State and Auburn beat Washington. By the transitive property, this is the Rose Bowl.

Pick: Auburn, 17-13

Belk Bowl

Virginia vs. South Carolina

9:30 a.m. Dec. 29

The real winner, as always: the @belkbowl Twitter account

Pick: South Carolina, 13-7

Cheez-It Bowl

TCU vs. California

6 p.m. Dec. 26

In case of a tie, trophy goes to the coach who can stuff the most Cheez-Its in his mouth.

Pick: Cal, 28-20

Pinstripe Bowl

Wisconsin vs. Miami

2:15 p.m. Dec. 27

More like the Underachiever Bowl.

Pick: Wisconsin, 24-14

Military Bowl

Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati

9 a.m. Dec. 31

Loser gets a dishonorable discharge.

Pick: Cincinnati, 34-17

Holiday Bowl

Utah vs. Northwestern

4 p.m. Dec. 31

Can I really pick a Pac-12 team without its top QB, WR and RB?

Pick: Northwestern, 20-14

Redbox Bowl

Oregon vs. Michigan State

Noon Dec. 31

Please return this game by 8 p.m. to avoid late charges.

Pick: Oregon, 30-24

Gator Bowl

Texas A&M vs. NC State

4:30 p.m. Dec. 31

Kickoff has been delayed because Texas A&M and LSU are still playing.

Pick: Texas A&M, 74-71, 7 OT

Sun Bowl

Stanford vs. Pittsburgh

11 a.m. Dec. 31

After losing 3-0 to Oregon State in the 2008 Sun Bowl, Pitt was banned from El Paso for 10 years. Do you know how hard it is to get banned from El Paso?

Pick: Stanford 16-6

Outback Bowl

Mississippi State vs. Iowa

9 a.m. Jan. 1

Start 2019 off right: by sleeping in and pretending this game never happened.

Pick: MSU, 11-3

Alamo Bowl

Washington State vs. Iowa State

6 p.m. Dec. 28

Could a Mike Leach team possibly have a letdown after being snubbed by better bowls?

Pick: Iowa State, 38-35

Liberty Bowl

Missouri vs. Oklahoma State

12:45 p.m. Dec. 31

Can’t pick against a quarterback whose last name is “Lock.”

Pick: Missouri, 45-35

Camping World Bowl

West Virginia vs. Syracuse

2:15 p.m. Dec. 28

Biggest mascot mismatch of bowl season. One has a musket. The other is a fruit.

Pick: WVU, 35-31

Citrus Bowl

Penn State vs. Kentucky

10 a.m. Jan. 1

Penn State might be Linebacker U, but don’t tell Kentucky’s Josh Allen.

Pick: Penn State, 27-17

Peach Bowl

Michigan vs. Florida

9 a.m. Dec. 29

Is it being played in Ohio? No? OK, Michigan fans can exhale.

Pick: Michigan, 30-14

Fiesta Bowl


10 a.m. Jan. 1

Alas, poor McKenzie Milton. Can UCF repeat as national champs without him?

Pick: LSU, 30-28

Rose Bowl

Ohio State vs. Washington

2 p.m. Jan. 1

Say goodbye to Urban Meyer ... next Pac-12 commissioner?

Pick: Ohio State, 31-24

Sugar Bowl

Georgia vs. Texas

5:45 p.m. Jan. 1

Texas is back! (in the Sugar Bowl ... for the first time since 1995)

Pick: Georgia, 41-24

Cotton Bowl

Clemson vs. Notre Dame

1 p.m. Dec. 29

Six out of eight CFP semifinal games have been decided by 20 points or more. Is this another?

Pick: Clemson, 24-9

Orange Bowl

Alabama vs. Oklahoma

5 p.m. Dec. 29

Kyler vs. Tua is the matchup everyone wanted. Let’s hope Tagovailoa’s ankle and OU’s defense don’t ruin it.

Pick: Alabama 42-34

CFP Championship

Alabama vs. Clemson

5 p.m. Jan. 7

Feels like we’re destined to see this game for a fourth straight year in the CFP. Will it be shades of the 2016 title game (epic Clemson win) or last year’s Sugar Bowl (boring Bama blowout)?

Pick: Alabama, 35-31