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Selection Sunday – Bowl Game Announcements

Hooray!  It’s Selection Sunday!  Easily one of the most exciting days of the year for NCAA Football fans.

Teams are slowly being announced throughout the day.  There are 35 bowl games total starting mid-December going though early January.  35 chances for NCAA Football teams to live infamy.  As noted in previous blog article, the 5 biggest bowl games are the BCS, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta and Rose bowls. 

The remaining 30 games will be just as exciting for their respective teams.  Some of the larger games being announced include the new TicketCity Bowl in Dallas, Texas where Big Ten’s Northwestern Wildcats will take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Jan. 1, 2011.    This will be Northwestern’s 3rd consecutive bowl appearance, although they haven’t won a bowl game since 1949.  The Red Raider will make an epic 11th appearance in a bowl game, though their track record is significantly better (6-2).  This bowl replaces the Cotton Bowl Classic.

Also playing on January 1, 2011, the Outback Bowl playing at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, the  Penn State Nittany Lions will challenge the Florida Gators on the 25th anniversary of the bowl.   This will only be the third time the two schools have competed in history and the fourth appearance for both schools in the Outback Bowl

The 77th Hyundai Sun Bowl takes place on December 31st in El Paso, TX  and will feature the ACC Miami (FL.) Hurricanes vs. the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is a revival of a LONG-dormant rivalry. 

In the South the Meineke Car Care Bowl will showcase Clemson Tigers ( 6-6) and South Florida Bulls in the large Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. 

Another newly formed bowl, the aptly named Music City Bowl in Nashville, TN will play the North Carolina Tar Heels (7-5) against the Tennessee Volunteers (6-6).  The Music City Bowl will mark the first meeting between the schools in football since 1961.  Given that this will be played in Nashville, expect a large turn out from the Vols.  This game will take place on December 30th.

In the Texas Bowl taking place in Houston, TX at the Reliant Stadium.  The Illinois Illini (6-6) will challenge the Baylor Bears (7 – 5)on December 30th.  The Texas Bowl is still a fairly new bowl, having it’s inaugural game in 2006.  This will be Baylor’s first bowl game since the Alamo bowl in 1994.

And finally, the Military Bowl in Washington, D.C. pits the Maryland Terrapins vs. East Carolina on December 29th.  Despite a banner 8-4 season that featured a breakout quarterback and the ACC Coach of the Year, the Terrapins will be playing at home.  The Terrapins had higher hopes for bowl game contention, but given poor attendance at home games, officials overlooked them for the the larger bowls.

More information about other bowl announcements will be coming soon.