The big guy has flown back to the North Pole, the stockings have been emptied, and if you were ever going to figure out how to put together that gadget cousin Glen got you, you would have done it by now. So park your bowl full of jelly in the old recliner and join us in watching a full day of college bowl action. Here's the day's lineup:
St. Petersburg Bowl: Connecticut vs. Marshall
Time: 11 a.m. ET
Sun Bowl: Miami vs. Washington State
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Heart of Dallas Bowl: Washington vs. Southern Miss
Time: 2:20 p.m. ET
Pinstripe Bowl: Indiana vs. Duke
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Independence Bowl: Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech
Time: 5:45 p.m. ET
Foster Farms Bowl: UCLA vs. Nebraska
Time: 9:15 p.m. ET
Admittedly it's not the most compelling slate. I will say that if you haven't had a chance to stay up until the wee hours to watch Washington State this season you might be surprised at the not terrible football Mike Leach's guys have been playing this season out on the palouse. And Southern Miss is a far tougher matchup for Washington than Huskies fans may realize. The Independence Bowl is your chance to see some college football history, as Frank Beamer coaches his last game at the helm of the Hokies. Finally the night ends with the Disappointment Bowl sponsored by Foster Farms. UCLA was picked by some to contend in the PAC-12 this season. They really didn't. And Nebraska learned that sometimes when you fire a coach who just won nine games that you win five the following season. I feel like there's some kind of cautionary tale in there, but who knows.
So dig into some leftovers, send the family out to the after-Christmas sales, and let's get ready to watch something other than A Christmas Story and It's a Wonderful Life. Time to go bowling.