That’s right, we have reached the most anticipated column of the year!!! The annual bowl preview is read by tens of… well people… each year and is THE go-to place for all of the Bowl 411 that you could ever possibly want or need. This year is even better because it will be the FINAL year of the BCS as a method for determining a National Champion (Trivia Question: Which team in this year’s game was also in the First BCS title game? the Seminoles of Florida State are bookending the BCS era in the title game. Well done). But before we get to the picks section, let’s do a fun little walk-through of the past couple of weeks in pictures:
It’s all fun and games until THAT happens!!
I guarantee this little thing made that kid’s month…
Congratulations to Bobby Cox on a well-deserved entry into the Hall of Fame!
One of my favorite images from Sporting KC’s MLS Cup Championship. What, they’re going to yell at him for painting the wall?! I think not…
From the Vikings’ stadium groundbreaking…I’m not saying Zigy looks either creepy or demented, but clearly there’s a movie from the ’70’s that is missing its villian…
Coolest Snowman Ever
Did I mention that Sporting KC won the MLS Cup?!?!
Actual 32 oz. bottle spotted at the Swami’s office. Yep… that should keep the StM staff going!
The First Pick
This column has always tried to cater some of its content to its readers, so for the first pick of this column, I have to give a little love to the NWMSU alumni that frequent this page. Northwest Missouri State is in the Division II National Championship Game for the 6th time in 9 years and will face off with Lenoir-Rhyne who is making their first appearance in the title game. Prediction? The boys in green 38-34
The 2013-14 Bowl Preview
If you have forgotten how we like to do this, here is a quick refresher. The Swami and the Guru will each pick every bowl matchup that will take place over the next 45 days. Wait… it just feels like 45 days. Anyway, they will both pick all of the games and we will track who is the Post-season Prognosticator Extraordinaire. Each of them have also picked their 5 Bet Your Booty – Guaranteed Victories (highlighted in yellow) that are worth 2 victories on the Prognostication Scoreboard. At the end of the Bowl Season, we will crown the PPE for ’13-’14.
Now as for what you get with each matchup, the StM staff has compiled a little bonus information to help you look just a little smarter when you are discussing the games over your holiday gatherings. They have given you the first year each bowl was contested as well as what the bowl name originally was when it was first established. You also are given the winner of the game last year, and one piece of notable Swag that the players in the game are given by the Bowl hosts. Armed with this information, you can survive any conversation you get roped into with your resident family sports-junkie. And for those of you who enjoy the asthetics of the game, the helmets chosen this week are a variety of old helmets from the schools, current helmets from the schools, and high school helmets that use the same logo as the schools. (I was visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future and they demanded this or Christmas wouldn’t come). You’re welcome. So without further ado, let’s get to The Bowl Picks!!
So from the StM Staff to you and yours… Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and may the Yellow Jackets, Huskers and Chiefs take care of business!! Until next time… The Swami!