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Please note:  All times Eastern Standard Time

 

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Where: New Orleans, LA - Mercedes-Benz Superdome
When: Dec. 20, 11 a.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: Pick’em
Watchability Rating: Go shopping.
How to get your wife to watch: â€œIt’s been too long since I’ve taken you to Café du Monde.”
Kindergartener analysis: Big bad wolves kill nice country people.


Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Utah State vs. UTEP

Where: Albuquerque, N.M. - University Stadium
When: Dec. 20, 2:20 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: Utah State -10.5
Watchability Rating: Turn the game on, but score points with family by engaging in what they’re doing.
How to get your wife to watch: Miners = Coal = Diamonds
Kindergartener analysis: Have you seen how sharp the point is on that logo’s pick axe?


Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Utah vs. Colorado State

Where: Las Vegas, NV - Sam Boyd Stadium
When: Dec. 20, 3:30 p.m.
Network: ABC
Vegas line: Utah -4
Watchability Rating: It’s the best pre-Christmas game, plus these two were in the same conference for years. This is one of the few early bowls to watch.
How to get your wife to watch: â€œLet’s re-create our irresponsible youth and spend a long weekend in Vegas.”
Kindergartener analysis: Ute rhymes with cute, and that Ram logo looks mean.


Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Western Michigan vs. Air Force

Where: Boise, ID - Albertsons Stadium
When: Dec. 20, 5:45 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: WMU -1
Watchability Rating: Get some online shopping done while you keep one eye on the game.
How to get your wife to watch: â€œThese air force cadets are serving our country. The least I can do to repay the favor is cheer them on.”
Kindergartener analysis: Horses vs Fighter Jets….there will be blood. Horse blood.


Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
South Alabama vs. Bowling Green

Where: Montgomery, AL - Cramton Bowl
When: Dec. 20, 9:15 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: South Alabama -2.5
Watchability Rating: Score points by taking the family to dinner and catch highlights later.
How to get your wife to watch: She can only be snookered so often. Save it for a game you want to see.
Kindergartener analysis: Jaguars vs Falcons sounds cool. Too bad the teams won’t live up to their mascots.


Miami Beach Bowl
BYU vs. Memphis

Where: Miami, FL - Marlins Park
When: Dec. 22, 2 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: Memphis -1
Watchability Rating: Force yourself to watch BYU. Catharsis is healthy, especially before the new year.
How to get your wife to watch: â€œYou’re so pretty, you should be a model and live in Miami.”
Kindergartener analysis: Cougars are cool. Tigers are cooler.


Boca Raton Bowl
Marshall vs. Northern Illinois

Where: Boca Raton, FL - FAU Stadium
When: Dec. 23, 6 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: Marshall -2.5
Watchability Rating: These teams are a combined 23-3. Offensive football is fun to watch – play a drinking game with the family…1 touchdown = 1 beer
How to get your wife to watch: â€œWhen I think of Boca Raton, I think of growing old with you at my side.”
Kindergartener analysis: Is a Thundering Herd a horse? Why do they need two words? Why don’t they have a horse on their helmet? I’ve never seen a green horse. I like dogs.


San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Navy vs. San Diego State

Where: San Diego, CA - Qualcomm Stadium
When: Dec. 23, 9:30 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: SDSU -2
Watchability Rating: Score points by joining the family in the kitchen and pretend to be helpful with the baking.
How to get your wife to watch: â€œWhen the light is just right you look like Kelly McGillis in Top Gun.”
Kindergartener analysis: The spear on their helmet is scary, but it can’t hurt a battleship.


Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl
Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky

Where: Nassau, Bahamas - Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium
When: Dec. 24, Noon
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: WKU -3
Watchability Rating: To watch this game, you must first punish yourself by listening to Tim McGraw’s “Indian Outlaw” so you will hum the tune every time the announcer says Chippewa.
How to get your wife to watch: â€œThis game is in the Bahamas. The beaches remind me of our honeymoon.”
Kindergartener analysis: Show him this, and then be prepared for him to climb into your bed in the middle of the night.


Hawaii Bowl
Fresno State vs. Rice

Where: Honolulu, HI - Aloha Stadium
When: Dec. 24, 8 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: Fresno State -1
Watchability Rating: It’s Christmas Eve. Fresno State isn’t even .500. Rice is terrible. Go to church.
How to get your wife to watch: Saying, “Let’s go out to eat, and go to church” will lead to something better than the Hawaii Bowl…even if it’s just dinner followed by church.
Kindergartener analysis: Owls? Like, for real? Don’t they know that owls help Harry Potter?


Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl
Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech

Where: Dallas, TX - Cotton Bowl
When: Dec. 26, 1 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: Louisiana Tech -6
Watchability Rating: Christmas Vacation is on.
How to get your wife to watch: Don’t.
Kindergartener analysis: Answering 10,000 questions about what an Illini is, is much better than watching Illinois play. Bulldogs are cool.


Quick Lane Bowl
Rutgers vs. North Carolina

Where: Detroit, MI - Ford Field
When: Dec. 26, 4:30 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: UNC -3
Watchability Rating: Between the sponsor’s name, being in Detroit, UNC’s scandals, and Rutgers’ lack of a football program, this game is likely to get cancelled before they play.
How to get your wife to watch: â€œHoney, I spent all afternoon taking outside lights off the house. Come here and see what’s under this Santa hat.”
Kindergartener analysis: Are they Tarheels or Rams? What’s a tarheel? Nevermind, the knight will kill them.


Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl
NC State vs. UCF

Where: St. Petersburg, FL - Tropicana Field
When: Dec. 26, 8 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: UCF -1.5
Watchability Rating: Think about how long the offseason is, watch this game, and drink heavily - whether it’s the game or thoughts of the offseason that make you drink is inconsequential.
How to get your wife to watch: â€œYou’ve been dealing with my family for days. Why don’t you go relax and take a bubble bath while I drink watch the game.”
Kindergartener analysis: Wolves are kinda like dogs, so I’m cheering for them, but they don’t stand a chance against a knight made of gold.


Military Bowl presented By Northrop Grumman
Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech

Where: Annapolis, MD - Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
When: Dec. 27, 1 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: Cincinnati -3
Watchability Rating: Clear your schedule and make sure you watch a guy named Gunner carve up some turkey.
How to get your wife to watch: â€œVirginia is for lovers.”
Kindergartener analysis: Whoa…half bear & half cat?!? That turkey thingy doesn’t stand a chance.


Hyundai Sun Bowl
Arizona State vs. Duke

Where: El Paso, TX - Sun Bowl
When: Dec. 27, 2 p.m.
Network: CBS
Vegas line: Arizona State -7.5
Watchability Rating: Don’t let the big spread fool you. This should be one of the most entertaining early bowls. Plus Todd Graham’s techno preacher headset.
How to get your wife to watch: â€œYou’re smart. You totally could’ve gone to Duke if you wanted to.”
Kindergartener analysis: Sun Devils against Blue Devils?!?! This is gonna be awesome!


Duck Commander Independence Bowl
Miami vs. South Carolina

Where: Shreveport, LA - Independence Stadium
When: Dec. 27, 3:30 p.m.
Network: ABC
Vegas line: Miami -1.5
Watchability Rating: Remember when Duck Dynasty was funny for a minute? These teams haven’t been relevant since then.
How to get your wife to watch: â€œHey come here…doesn’t my uncle remind you of Si?”
Kindergartener analysis: Hurricanes vs Chickens? Duh!


New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Boston College vs. Penn State

Where: Bronx, NY - Yankee Stadium
When: Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: Boston College -2.5
Watchability Rating: The only reason to watch this game is if it’s played in a blizzard, which means you’ll probably be watching.
How to get your wife to watch: â€œHey, honey look….the yanks are trying to play football again. That reminds me…we should go to the Cape next Summer.”
Kindergartener analysis: I’d pick the Lions if they didn’t have that stupid word I can’t pronounce in front of them.


National University Holiday Bowl
Nebraska vs. USC

Where: San Diego, Qualcomm Stadium
When: Dec. 27, 8 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: USC -6
Watchability Rating: The Trojans are fixin’ to eviscerate Nebraska, and who doesn’t enjoy that?
How to get your wife to watch: â€œHoney, USC is on. They’ve already shown Will Ferrell 17 times and he’s your favorite.”
Kindergartener analysis: Warriors against farmers? They need guns on their tractors.


AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Texas A&M vs. West Virginia

Where: Memphis, TN - Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
When: Dec. 29, 2 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: WVU -4
Watchability Rating: A&M is the proverbial train wreck – Austin can’t not watch. Nationally, this is 2 fringe teams, in nonexistent markets playing in a meaningless bowl that’s historically reserved for Conference USA-level teams.
How to get your wife to watch: â€œHave you ever seen Deliverance?”
Kindergartener analysis: Guys in fur hats with guns against guys dressed up as soldiers with swords? BANG!


Russell Athletic Bowl
Oklahoma vs. Clemson

Where: Orlando, FL - Florida Citrus Bowl
When: Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: Pick’em
Watchability Rating: Renegade state university with an extensive history of cheating plays……a renegade state university with an extensive history of cheating. Sounds like fun!
How to get your wife to watch: â€œHoney, there’s live crime on TV!”
Kindergartener analysis: I don’t know what a Sooner is. I only see wagons and ponies. Tigers will kill that stuff.


AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
Arkansas vs. Texas

Where: Houston, TX - NRG Stadium
When: Dec. 29, 9 p.m.
Network: ESPN
Vegas line: Arkansas -5.5
Watchability Rating: It’s like the Southwest Conference, except not. Want to see an old Texan get ornery? Ask him about 1964 & 1965.
How to get your wife to watch: â€œWatch these Arkansas fans yell like they’re calling pigs. It’s like redneck reality TV.”
Kindergartener analysis: Razorbacks look mean, but one X-Wing doesn’t beat a Star Destroyer. Even if it’s mean. 

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One of my favorite commercials of all time is the ESPN bowl commercial with "Most Wonderful Time of the Year" in the background. Really gets you in the mood.

 

Matt, I've printed out my bowl schedule and after taking a gander at it, it appears to me that the first "good game" we will see comes Dec. 27 with Az State vs Duke.

 

Am I wrong? Is there an oasis in that 20th-to-26th window that I'm missing?

 

 

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One of my favorite commercials of all time is the ESPN bowl commercial with "Most Wonderful Time of the Year" in the background. Really gets you in the mood.

 

Matt, I've printed out my bowl schedule and after taking a gander at it, it appears to me that the first "good game" we will see comes Dec. 27 with Az State vs Duke.

 

Am I wrong? Is there an oasis in that 20th-to-26th window that I'm missing?

 

 

Utah v Colorado State on the 20th should be fun to watch.

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This bowl is worth making the trip to because:

 

1.  It's the bowl kickoff game

2.  It's in New Orleans

3.  It's in New Orleans

 

Matt's Kindergartner analysis of "Big bad wolves kill nice country people."

 

should read:

 

Swamp people kill anything walking on 4 legs.  "Choot it!"

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How to get your wife to watch: â€œIt’s been too long since I’ve taken you to Café du Monde.â€

 

 

 

Too funny, this came up Friday night .. .friend who doesn't drink coffee talked about not enjoying the entire beniet experience without it. . .

 

We were there for Veterans Day last year. . . .we attended a premier of a symphony written to honor Veterans at the D-Day museum. . . 

 

 

 

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Too funny, this came up Friday night .. .friend who doesn't drink coffee talked about not enjoying the entire beniet experience without it. . .

 

We were there for Veterans Day last year. . . .we attended a premier of a symphony written to honor Veterans at the D-Day museum. . . 

 

 

Anyone that can't enjoy a beignet, can't be my friend. I have standards. 

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  • 2021 Texas Football Schedule

    Week
    Opponent
    W/L
    9/4
    Louisiana
    W 38-18
    9/11
    @Arkansas
    L 21-40
    9/18
    Rice
    W 58-0
    9/25
    Texas Tech
    W 70-35
    10/2
    @TCU
    W 32-27
    10/9
    Oklahoma
    L 48-55
    10/16
    Oklahoma State
    L 24-32
    10/30
    @Baylor
    L 24-31
    11/6
    @Iowa State
    L 7-30
    11/13
    Kansas
    L 56-57 OT
    11/20
    @West Virginia
    L 23-31
    11/27
    Kansas State
    W 22-17

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