Toledo receiver Bernard Reedy (left) and Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton (Mash Photo Illustration/Getty Images Photos)


By Josh Kalamotousakis

This time of year is labeled the season of giving. Now, if there’s one sport that doesn’t stop giving, it’s college football. To die-hard college football fans, this is known as bowl season; the time where there’s a game everywhere you turn and when teams lay it all on the line for a final time.

With so many different types of bowl games, there’s always a game for any type of fan. Even a casual fan can enjoy the great time that is bowl season. You can pick a game by name (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) or by what’s at stake (BCS National Championship).

Here are a few games that are catching my eye. Now, happy bowling, and don’t forget your shoes!

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Toledo vs. Utah State
Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho
3:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN
The name alone should grab your attention right away! If that isn’t enough, the blue turf at Bronco Stadium should reel you in.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Michigan State vs. TCU
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
9:15 p.m. Dec. 29, ESPN
Two teams that didn’t live up to expectations, but will without a doubt play hard. Also, who doesn’t like wings?

Discover Orange Bowl
Florida State vs. Northern Illinois
Sun Life Stadium, Miami
7:30 p.m. Jan. 1, ESPN
It has been a huge year for the NIU Huskies. They’ve proved most of the doubters wrong by making it to a BCS bowl without being an automatic qualifier. Now the question is can they silence all the talkers and pull out a big win. It has been a while since they’ve stepped on to the national stage, and they’ll definitely be tested against a tough FSU team.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Kansas State vs. Oregon
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
7:30 p.m. Jan. 3, ESPN.
This is sure to be a high-scoring game with two fast-paced offenses. The real reason you should watch is to see what the Oregon Ducks pulls out of their closet for this occasion.

BCS National Championship
Alabama vs. Notre Dame
Sun Life Stadium, Miami
7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, ESPN
This one is to see. Who will be crowned king of the college football world? This matchup also features the high-powered Notre Dame defense, led by senior linebacker and Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Te’o. Te’o has been through a lot this season. In September, he lost his grandmother and his girlfriend in the span of hours. He still went out on the field. He and the Irish will be pitted against an Alabama team that scores at will. Do the Irish have any luck left to stop the Tide from rolling?


ALSO ON TV Gator Bowl 
Northwestern vs. Mississippi State
Jacksonville, Fla.
11 a.m. Jan. 1, ESPN2

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