Steve Bisheff gives his take on the bowl season, from USC's ineptitude to Johnny Manziel's brilliance and everything in between.
USC has had the Sun Bowl blues, as it has lost its only two trips to El Paso, falling to Michigan State in 1990 and TCU in 1998.
After the season began with dreams of a BCS national championship, Lane Kiffin will need to get his team motivated for the Sun Bowl.
Alabama's veterans knew about them in the spring and preseason. After some amazing performance, culminating in the SEC championship, the football world know about the Tide's super freshmen
The Florida Gators finished No. 3 in the BCS and are ticketed for the Sugar Bowl, and you won't hear coach Will Muschamp complaining or politicking for anything different.
For Florida State players and coaches who've worked to reach a BCS bowl, their enthusiasm is understandable. For fans and the college football world at large, however, this Orange Bowl has been met with a collective groan.
The Sooners once again found a way to win, this time with defense and tough running against TCU to capture at least a share of the Big 12 title and likely a BCS bowl berth.
Alabama didn't look ahead to the SEC championship game and dispatched Auburn 49-0 in the Iron Bowl, giving the Crimson Tide a clear route to a BCS title spot.
With a loss to TCU, Texas -- which had won four games in a row and had been contenders for a BCS bowl -- took a step back toward mediocrity in humiliating fashion.
The No. 4 Florida Gators, who have the nation's toughest schedule and a 10-1 record, are content to win ugly all the way into a BCS bowl.
Before Saturday's chaos, LSU was likely resigned to a non-BCS bowl fate. Afterward, and even though it's a long shot, LSU is once again in the BCS picture.
Michigan will be on target for its first Big Ten championship appearance with a win on Saturday, but making the title game doesn't provide any financial windfall.
If a shot at the BCS Championship is a bit far-fetched right now, a shot at the Rose Bowl isn't -- and that's exactly where the Trojans should be aiming.
Texas has done this before. Holiday Bowl wins launched trips to the BCS, then to title games. So that's why, as the Longhorns continue to climb back to the top, they seem to know the way.
Oftentimes bowl trips are financial busts, but Michigan turned a small profit from its Sugar Bowl triumph.
There's nothing not to like about the Rose Bowl. But for college football to evolve and move to a playoff, the Big Ten and Pac-12 have to release their grip on the fabeled game.