Tomorrow officially begins college bowl season! Which may strike you as a little odd, since conference championship games ended yesterday. But don’t worry, it came as quite a shock to me, too. You see, I normally have at least a week to create and iron-out your bowl game TV schedule here at Dawg Sports. So you can imagine my panic upon realizing I had less than a day to do so as the bowl schedule was finalized this afternoon. 2020 just keeps on giving to your friendly neighborhood TV schedule maker.
A number of our favorite bowls are gone in 2020 or have been canceled due to COVID. Gone (at least temporarily) are the days of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl, the RedBox Bowl, and the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl. But fear not! We now have the Myrtle Beach Bowl, the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl (nee’ Bad Boy Mowers), and, of course, the crown jewel of the bowl lineup: the Duke’s Mayo Bowl!
As always, there is controversy about playoff and bowl selections... and to be fair, there are some absurd snubs across the slate. But I’m going to leave it to you, fair reader, to comment on the Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Cincinnati debacle in the comments and simply remind everyone that one team was screwed over more than any other:
Army, despite 9-2 record & a guaranteed bid to Independence Bowl, will not be allowed to play in bowl game, sources told @Stadium. Army was snubbed because other bowls had contractual agreements w/teams & locked into taking teams w/ losing records over a 9-win team— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 20, 2020
(Note: Since publication of this post, Army has taken the slot vacated by Tennessee in the Liberty Bowl)
Thanks, Independence Bowl! I get that there are contracts to consider and it all comes down to the money, but this is unconscionable. Enjoy watching 2-8 South Carolina in the aforementioned Gasparilla Bowl instead of Jeff Monken’s Army Black Knights. Or 3-7 Tennessee and whoever is coaching them in the Liberty Bowl. Or 3-7 Mississippi State in the ARMED FORCES BOWL!!! I’m gonna take a deep breath and give Arkansas a pass because I love Sam Pittman.
Anyway, that’s enough out of me. Here’s your bowl season TV schedule. Enjoy.
Merry Christmas to all... and to all a