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Its Time to Go Bowling…

This week we officially start the bowl season and I could not be more excited. It officially kicks off the Holiday Season for me, not the Christmas tree or long lines at the mall, but the Bowl Games. While these early games do not get the national attention that the BCS bowls get, they are great games with up and coming Mid-Major Schools.

For Instance, on Friday you will see (my beloved) Troy Trojans play versus Rice. Troy has only been in Division I for 5 years and already at its second bowl game. Rice has not been bowling since 1961. Both teams are building great programs and are excited at the opportunity to play on the national stage.

So while you are finishing up the Holiday gift wrapping be sure to tune into ESPN and watch some great games from some great Mid-Major teams.

Below the fold is a list of games coming up this week.

All Games are EST

Tuesday, December 19th 8 pm ESPN2
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Northern Illinois vs. TCU

Thursday, December 21st 8 pm ESPN
Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl
Oregon vs. BYU

Friday, December 22nd 8 pm ESPN2
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Troy vs. Rice

Saturday, December 23rd 1 pm ESPN2 Bowl
East Carolina vs. South Florida

Saturday, December 23rd 4:30 pm ESPN
New Mexico Bowl
San Jose State vs. New Mexico

Saturday, December 23rd 8 pm ESPN
Bell Helicopter Armed Forced Bowl
Tulsa vs. Utah

Sunday, December 24th 8 pm ESPN
Hawaii Bowl
Arizona State vs. Hawaii

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