TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl
Thursday, January 2
3:00 ET, ESPN, Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: What if this becomes the Luke Fickell Bowl? As in, Boston College wants the Cincinnati head coach to be its new main man? In the whole coaching carousel world, Fickell is still locked in on the Bearcats, and he’s got the team in place to hold up against an okay BC team without knowing what’s happening for next year.
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
Thursday, January 2
7:00 ET, ESPN
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Tennessee vs. Indiana
Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Tennessee closed the season out by playing well over its last five games, and Indiana closed its regular season out by losing two of its last three. The Hoosiers have had a wonderful season, but they bulked up their record by beating the weak and the sad – there aren’t any wins over bowl teams.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Friday, January 3
3:30 ET, ESPN
Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
Ohio vs. Nevada
Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: All of a sudden, Ohio has turned into a dangerous bowl team with two straight wins under Frank Solich. The Bobcats destroyed San Diego State from the Mountain West in last year’s Frisco, and they’ve got the offense to make this closer than the investors are going to predict. Nevada is okay, and it got hot late to get here, but the run D is a question mark.
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Saturday, January 4
11:30 am ET, ESPN
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Tulane vs. Southern Miss
Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Tulane was DYING down the stretch, losing its last three and five of its last six, but all five losses came to the American Athletic star teams. Southern Miss comes in losing two straight with all seven wins coming against teams that didn’t go bowling. Tulane is better than the back half might indicate.
Monday, January 6
7:30 ET, ESPN
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
Miami University vs. Louisiana
Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: It’s really, really not pretty, but this Miami University team manages to get enough out of the defense to overcome an offense that doesn’t have much pop. It was all enough to win the MAC championship, but Louisiana’s offense will get out fast and that will be it.