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Thursday, December 4, 2008
Page 2's college football bowl projections

By Page 2

While the college football universe projects the matchups for bowl season, Page 2 decided to ponder what pairings might exist if some bowls of yesteryear still existed.

There's no need to win six games to earn a bowl berth in the world of Page 2. Heck, there's no need to win a single game. Everyone is bowl-eligible.

Welcome to the Page 2 bowl projections:


Bluebonnet Bowl
Jerrod Johnson
Jerrod Johnson and Texas A&M should be bowling
on the storied artificial surface of the Astrodome.

History: The game was contested in Houston from 1959-87. It was also known as the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl for a time.

Projected matchup: Houston (7-5) vs. Texas A&M (4-8).

The skinny: Texas A&M lost to Baylor (4-8) head-to-head, but nevertheless earns the bid based on a complicated system of Big 12 tiebreakers involving a dartboard and blindfold.


Raisin Bowl

History: The game was contested in Fresno, Calif., following the 1945-49 seasons. San Jose State won two of the five games.

Projected matchup: Tennessee (5-7) vs. Washington (0-11).

The skinny: Let's settle the debate once and for all. Which once-proud program has shriveled the most this season?


Silicon Valley Football Classic

History: The game was contested in San Jose, Calif., from 2000-04. Fresno State played in four of the five games, going 2-2.

Projected matchup: Penn State (11-1) vs. Florida State (8-4).

The skinny: The losing coach will be required to learn about the Internets and recruiting via text messaging.


Cherry Bowl
Rich Rodriguez
Rich Rodriguez would be guiding Michigan to its 34th consecutive bowl appearance if Page 2 had its way.

History: The game was contested in Pontiac, Mich., from 1984-85. Army, making its first bowl appearance, won in 1984, and Maryland won in '85.

Projected matchup: Michigan (3-9) vs. Detroit Lions (0-12).

The skinny: Can Rich Rodriguez outsmart Rod Marinelli? Wait, don't answer that.


Seattle Bowl

History: The game was contested in Seattle from 2001-02. Georgia Tech and Wake Forest won the two games.

Projected matchup: Tulsa (10-2) vs. Oklahoma State (9-3).

The skinny: These intrastate foes have played just once since 2000. Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett will perform the coin toss, and rotten fruit will be handed out to all spectators.


Salad Bowl

History: The game was contested in Phoenix following the 1947-51 seasons.

Projected matchup: Kansas (7-5) vs. Maryland (7-5).

The skinny: Not applicable.


Gotham Bowl

History: The game was contested twice in New York City -- in 1961 at the Polo Grounds and in '62 at Yankee Stadium. Baylor and Nebraska were the winners.

Projected matchup: Notre Dame (6-6) vs. New York Yankees (89-73).

The skinny: It's the perfect opportunity to pit the two most hated teams in sports against each other. Plus, this means the Yankees can continue their consecutive postseason streak after all.


Garden State Bowl
Knowshon Moreno
Knowshon Moreno and Georgia parlay a preseason No. 1 ranking into a trip to the Jersey swamps.

History: The game was contested in East Rutherford, N.J., from 1978-81. Temple earned its only bowl victory in the 1979 game.

Projected matchup: Georgia (9-3) vs. Wisconsin (7-5).

The skinny: Because being ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll is sort of like being invited to a bowl game in New Jersey.


Refrigerator Bowl

History: The game was contested in Evansville, Ind., from 1948-56. Evansville and Sam Houston State each won the game twice.

Projected matchup: Ball State (12-0) vs. Boise State (12-0).

The skinny: Two unbeatens likely to be left out in the BCS cold square off.


Freedom Bowl

History: The game was contested in Anaheim, Calif., from 1984-94. Washington was the only two-time winner.

Projected matchup: Texas (11-1) vs. Southern California (10-1).

The skinny: Freedom from BCS tyranny, we say! College football's REAL two best teams square off.


Oil Bowl

History: The game was contested in Houston in 1946-47.

Projected matchup: Alabama (12-0) vs. UCLA (4-7).

The skinny: Fans will be treated to two slicksters -- Nick Saban and Rick Neuheisel -- matching wits. Free snake oil for the first 20,000 through the turnstiles.


Haka Bowl

History: The game was to take place in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1996, but it never gained certification.

Projected matchup: NCAA Tournament Championship Game.

The skinny: A bowl which, sadly, never really existed plays host to a game that, sadly, will never really exist.


The Page 2 bowl selection committee consists of Kieran Darcy, DJ Gallo, Thomas Neumann, Mike Philbrick and David Schoenfield.