By CHARLIE CHITWOOD
Due only to the vagaries of conflicting Jimplecute and ESPN Programming schedules, the remaining selection of NCAA College Football Bowl Games is at a near-perfect 32 games with 64 of your favorite 7-5 teams squaring off.
So how do make this galaxy of bowl games fun? Time for some “Beat The Swami!” We’ve sifted through some of those games so we can play one of our own. No time-wasting here – clip, save and see how your own picks do versus The Swami!
Gasparilla Bowl: Marshall (8-4) vs South Florida (7-5) Swami sez: Too much herd for USF’s Bulls. Pick Marshall.
Bahamas Bowl: Florida International (8-4) vs Toledo (7-5) Swami sez: Where’d they find a football field? FIU ‘cause they already live close to the water.
Hawaii Bowl: Louisiana Tech (7-5) vs Hawaii (8-5) Swami sez: Bulldogs have great time on the beach but it’ll be Hawaii at home.
Birmingham Bowl: Memphis (8-5) vs Wake Forest (6-6) Swami sez: The devil went down to Georgia and Demon Deacons go down in Alabama. Memphis yes!
Armed Forces Bowl: Houston (8-4) vs Army (10-2) Swami sez: Can Coug’s catch Army napping? Nope. Black Knights get their 11th win.
Cheez-It Bowl: California (7-5) vs TCU (6-6) Swami sez: Cal gets by Frogs but both teams win with a Top-5 SWAG Bag from host committee.
Quick-Lane Bowl: Minnesota (6-6) vs Georgia Tech (7-5) Swami sez: Ramblin’ Wreck flattens Gophers. And that’s life in the Quick Lane.
Texas Bowl: Baylor (6-6) vs Vanderbilt (6-6) Swami sez: Bears don’t care if Vandy’s dandy and Baylor wins in front of partisan crowd.
Independence Bowl: Temple (8-4) vs Duke (7-5) Swami sez: This is a better basketball game than football match. Temple knocks out Blue Devils.
Pinstripe Bowl: Miami (7-5) vs Wisconsin (7-5). Swami sez: Plowboys beat pretty boys again – take Wisconsin.
Music City Bowl: Purdue (6-6) vs Auburn (7-5). Swami sez: Boilermakers having too much fun and Auburn wanted more. Go Purdue.
Alamo Bowl: Iowa State (8-4) vs Washington State (10-2). Swami sez: There’s only one pirate Iowa State has to worry about and dang if he isn’t on the opposite sideline. Mike Leach and Washington State has fun in this one.
Cotton Bowl: Notre Dame (12-0) vs Clemson (13-0). Swami sez: Irish don’t have a prayer – Clemson’s going to play one more game after this.
Orange Bowl: Oklahoma (12-1) vs Alabama (13-0). Swami sez: So Boomer Sooner takes a shot at The Elephant? (Yawn) ‘Bama wins. Again.
Gator Bowl: N.C. State (9-3) vs Texas A&M (8-4). Swami sez: One team comes from a football state. The other is North Carolina State. Gig ‘em.
Liberty Bowl: Missouri (8-4) vs Oklahoma State (6-6). Swami sez: Tim Duffie needs another ring. 2nd-best team in OK gets it for him.
Sugar Bowl: Texas (9-4) vs Georgia (11-2). Swami sez: This one could get UGA-ly. Sorry Longhorns, better bowl matchup next year.
Rose Bowl: Washington (10-3) vs Ohio State (12-1). Swami sez: Buckeyes get black eye from high-flying Washington.
Fiesta Bowl: LSU (9-3) vs UCF (12-0). Swami sez: UCF is undefeated and mad at the world. LSU is neither. Sorry Tigers.
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