College football: Ranking the non-Big 12 December bowl games

Berry Tramel ranks the non-Big 12 bowl games between Christmas and New Year's.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 25, 2012
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Ranking the non-Big 12 bowl games between Christmas and New Year's:

1. Chick-fil-A Bowl: LSU vs. Clemson, 6:30 p.m. Monday, ESPN. Fourth best bowl game overall, behind the Big, Fiesta and Cotton.


2. Sun Bowl: Southern Cal vs. Georgia Tech, 1 p.m. Monday, CBS. Yellowjackets have losing record, but quite a contrast in styles.

3. Russell Athletic Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers, 4:30 p.m. Friday, ESPN. Hokies try to avoid losing record in matchup of fleeing or fled Big East schools.

4. Music City Bowl: North Carolina State vs. Vanderbilt, 11 a.m. Monday, ESPN. Why didn't any school come after Vandy's James Franklin?

5. Belk Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Duke, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, ESPN. Duke's 18-year bowl drought ends.

6. Fight Hunger Bowl: Navy vs. Arizona State, 3 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2. No matter what, this won't match Army-Navy.

7. Independence Bowl: Ohio vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 1 p.m. Friday, ESPN. Remember when the Independence had Big 12/SEC matchups?

8. Military Bowl: San Jose State vs. Bowling Green, 2 p.m. Thursday, ESPN. Just no reason to get excited.

9. Armed Forces Bowl: Rice vs. Air Force, 10:45 a.m. Saturday, ESPN. A pair of 6-6 teams.

10. Little Caesars Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, ESPN. At least the two least-impressive bowl teams play each other.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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