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Mountain West gets five teams in bowl games
Dec 18, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
If you are a college football fan, then the best time of the year is almost here with 35 football bowl games in a span of less than a month.
The postseason kicks off on Saturday with four bowl games, and three of those involve Mountain West Conference teams.
Colorado State (7-6) plays in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl vs. Washington State.
In the first game of two ranked teams, No. 20 Fresno State (11-1) faces No. 25 USC in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.
In the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, San Diego State (7-5) tangles with Buffalo (8-4).
The MWC needs to have a good showing and come away with at least a 2-1 record in the bowl games.
The Las Vegas Bowl should be very highly competitive game with both teams trying to end the season on a strong note.
The next game with a MWC team is the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl between Boise State (8-4) and Oregon State.
The MWC teams had a good regular season but couldn't manage to get a top-15 ranking for an opportunity to play in the Bowl Championship Series.
Utah State (8-4) is in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 26 with No. 23 Northern Illinois.
Adding Utah State to the Mountain West was a positive move made by the league. Utah State is going to help out the league for many years to come.
UNLV (7-5) has made the Heart of Dallas Bowl set for Jan. 1 vs. North Texas (8-4).
The Fight Hunger Bowl game between BYU and Washington is a contest between a pair of 8-4 teams and one that I will keep an eye on.
The best non-BCS bowl game name is the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl between Michigan and Kansas State. That game just wants me to sit down and eat while it's being played.
The big boys start early on New Year's Day when two ranked teams, Wisconsin and South Carolina, square off in the Capital One Bowl.
I usually center my fun-filled day of college on the Rose Bowl game, and this year shouldn't be any different.
No. 5 Stanford has a date with No. 4 Michigan State in the showcase game. At the start of the season, I predicated Stanford would win the NCAA championship, but a couple of close losses mean that won't happen
The tough luck bowl belongs to the Allstate Sugar Bowl in No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 3. Alabama.
It was good for college football when Auburn shocked Alabama in the final seconds to remain alive in the hunt for the title.
The championship game will be a much anticipated game between No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn.
It predict fireworks, with both teams to score more than 30 points.
I don't want to see an SEC team win another championship. Football fans deserve to see another conference get bragging rights.
I'm hoping the championship heads to Florida State next month. Whatever happens college football fans can start preparing for a four-team playoff. That will add more drama and more touchdowns.
I can hardly wait for the new era.