Merry Christmas Eve, everybody! I hope that, unlike me, you've already finished all of your holiday shopping. I only wish that everyone in my family understood that bowl season is the gift that keeps on giving. Let's dive on in.
Autozone Liberty Bowl (Dec. 29)
Texas A&M vs. West Virginia (-3.5)
This game would've been something else in 2013. Neither team played much defense, and both offenses were firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately, the 2014 version just features a bad Aggie squad and a Mountaineer team that's actually been solid on defense. Kevin Sumlin better hope that this year's recruiting class is worth the hype because his team's going to get trucked.
Russell Athletic Bowl (Dec. 29)
Oklahoma (-3.5) vs. No. 17 Clemson
Speaking of games that would've been better last season, Sooner QB Trevor Knight had possibly the best game of his career in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama nearly 12 months ago, and Clemson beat Ohio State in the Orange Bowl the next day. This season hasn't been quite so rosy. These two teams' opponents from the last post-season are getting ready to play each other in the inaugural college football playoff, and these two teams are heading to the Citrus Bowl for a game that's not even the New Year's Day Citrus Bowl. To make things even worse for the Fort Hill Felines, they'll be without QB Deshaun Watson, which means that Oklahoma should have a field day.
Advocare V100 Texas Bowl (Dec. 29)
Arkansas (-6) vs. Texas
We're finally breaking with our theme of games that would've been better last season... by looking at a game that would've been better 30 years ago as a Southwestern Conference rivalry. Nevertheless, this game may wind up being the most physical of the entire post-season. We all know that Arkansas just wants to pound the rock, and Charlie Strong has spent the last 12 months molding Texas in his image. And have you seen that dude? He looks like he could still suit up and lay some wood. But I don't think he's got them there just yet, so look for the Hogs to break out the "S-E-C!" chant early and often.