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December 11, 2011, 08:38 AM
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December 11, 2011  08:39 AM ET

It's December 11th. Do you know where your Bowl games are?

December 11, 2011  12:10 PM ET

I'm going to take a snapshot look at each conference as we get ready for the bowls, begining at the bottom.

11. Sun Belt

The Sun Belt is the only conference that really turned things upside down from last season. Many analysts had Troy, Middle Tennessee and Louisiana-Munroe picked to finish at the top and those teams went 3-9, 2-10 and 4-8 respectively.

And two teams picked to finish last, Louisiana-Lafayette and W. Ky went 8-4 and 7-5, with W. Ky getting all seven wins in conference for a second place finish. W. Ky's worst defeat had to be the 44-16 blowout at home to fcs Indiana State, also the Hilltoppers were denied a bowl game but they're not alone, last year Temple at 8-4 was denied a bid.

Biggest disappointment would have to go to Fla. Atlantic at 1-11. The Owls used to rule the Sun Belt, since 2008 they've gone 7-6, 5-7, 4-8 to this year's 1-11 and maybe it's time for Howard Schnellenberger to retire.

With four bowl eligible teams, Arkansas State won the Sun Belt going 10-2 with a perfect 8-0 conference record.

10. WAC

The WAC is in a major transformation mode, currently at eight teams and arguably their best three teams in Nevada, Fresno State and Hawaii are moving to the Mountain West while they add newcomers in U of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners and Texas State Bobcats. These moves will most likely drop the WAC to the bottom of the pecking order as far as conference strength goes.

With three bowl eligible teams, Louisiana Tech won the WAC with an 8-4 overall record. Biggest surprise had to be Utah State, with their near miss at Auburn in week one the Aggies continued to play well winning their last five games. Biggest disappointment would have to be Fresno State and their nine losses, resulting in Pat Hill's dismissal.

9. MAC

With five bowl eligible teams, the thirteen member MAC pretty much stuck to the script. Temple and Ohio in the east and W. Michigan, Toledo, and N. Ill in the west were all expected to do well and they all did. N. Ill won the conference in a dramatic come-from-behind fashion in the conf. champ game against Ohio.

Biggest surprise goes to E. Mich and their much improved record of 6-6, however the Eagles were not bowl eligible, two of their wins were over fcs opponents. Biggest disappointment goes to Central Michigan for their second consecutive season of 3-9.

December 11, 2011  03:40 PM ET

ASU (Arkansas version) is one of the best stories this year in CFB. Always good to see programs get a year or two in the sun.

December 11, 2011  07:42 PM ET

Why thank ya Tin Man, the FSU vs ND game should prove exciting. These past couple of weeks I have felt like a man without his woman, or a man without his dog, whatever the case may be.

Somehow the Army/Navy game just wasn't enough to carry me through. Three weeks of CFB bliss starts this weekend, order the kegs and stock the frig, its going to be just Glorious!

GO IRISH ! ! !

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December 11, 2011  09:58 PM ET

Nice work, Norka, covering the conferences here in the lull before the bowl storm. When's the next installment due?

December 12, 2011  07:00 AM ET

Norka! Norka! Norka!

Used in a powder puff football game at my suggestion. The call unleashed a rugby-like toss sweep. It ended with the football in the neighbor's yard, behind the fence with his psycho dogs. A doorbell ring, a sheepish request, and a perfect spiral from his teenaged daughter later, the game was called on account of the time it took to retrieve the ball and the toss from the gorgeous redhead making everyone feel their pains.

December 12, 2011  07:01 AM ET

"pains."

December 12, 2011  07:01 AM ET

Unnamed guy - "I can't run like this."

December 12, 2011  07:01 AM ET

AM Quad.

December 12, 2011  07:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It has been a long time since Howard Schnellenberger's championship days at Miami. Had some good winds at L'ville, also. Wish him the best in his retirement.

He picked the wrong pro league, should have stayed at the U

December 12, 2011  12:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Nice work, Norka, covering the conferences here in the lull before the bowl storm. When's the next installment due?

8. C-USA

For the most part and with five bowl eligible teams, C-USA also followed the pre-season script with a few exceptions, and the two clear favorites in Houston and Southern Miss did not disappoint.

The biggest surprise would have to be the Golden Eagle's thorough and convincing beating at previously undefeated Houston for the C-USA title.

Biggest disappointment goes to Central Florida. The Knights, after beating UGA in last year's Liberty Bowl were expected to contend for the east and they ended with an overall record of 5-7.

As is the case across the college football landscape, C-USA is also in a state of flux with Houston, Southern Methodist and Central Florida reported to join the Big East in 2013. All this to chase a BCS bid, but the troubling thing is, the BCS format as we know it may not exist past 2014.

7. MWC

The Mountain West and C-USA have been in talks about merging. Blink and you'll miss a move. Already reduced to an eight member conference by the losses of BYU and Utah, with the looming moves of TCU to the Big XII next year, San Diego State and Boise State to the Big East the following year, this beleaguered league needs to make some moves of its own. However, back to the MWC as they were for 2011.

As was expected, the MWC title came down to a duel between TCU and Boise State with the Horned Frogs going away with a one point win, the Broncos lone loss.

Biggest disappointment would be the BCS for not inviting Boise State to an at-large BCS bid. Five of the eight MWC teams qualified for a bowl game.

6. Big East

With the ACC poaching Syracuse and Pitt, and West Virginia high tailing it to the Big XII, the eight member Big East finds itself in similar territory as the MWC. So what does the Big East do? They get proactive and raid the MWC, with the plan of adding a west division in their conference.

With four bowl eligible teams, maybe the biggest surprise was that pre-season favorite Pittsburgh failed to earn a bowl bid with a 6-6 record, one of their wins a six point triumph over fcs Maine.

By far, the biggest disappointment goes to South Florida. Starting out the gate at 4-0 with season opening win at Notre Dame, the Bulls went on to lose seven of their eight remaining games to complete their season ending swoon that they have come to typify.

December 12, 2011  12:32 PM ET

Guide Bear, I thought Pitt was facing SMU in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Another invitation that should have gone to WKY.

December 12, 2011  03:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Guide Bear, I thought Pitt was facing SMU in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Another invitation that should have gone to WKY.

Mr. Man, you are correct! I was under the impression that to be bowl eligible, a team needs six wins over other FBS teams and one of Pitt's wins was over an fcs team... my memory escapes me but it must be that TWO fcs wins in a 6-6 record keeps a team out of the bowls.

In other corrections:

1. The MAC has SIX bowl eligible teams, not five as was earlier posted. With no fcs teams scheduled, Ball State went 6-6 but like W. KY, the Cardinals were also passed over in favor of larger programs.

2. In my absence of information, (aka blissful ignorance) Schnellenberger announced back in August that he was retiring at the end of this season. At 1-11, maybe he should have kept it a secret!

December 12, 2011  03:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Norka! Norka! Norka!

Used in a powder puff football game at my suggestion. The call unleashed a rugby-like toss sweep. It ended with the football in the neighbor's yard, behind the fence with his psycho dogs. A doorbell ring, a sheepish request, and a perfect spiral from his teenaged daughter later, the game was called on account of the time it took to retrieve the ball and the toss from the gorgeous redhead making everyone feel their pains.

Mr. MAN! You're gonna get me in trouble with the neighbors! It wasn't me!

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December 13, 2011  08:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

2014. You mean we have 3 more seasons of this. I thought(blissful ignorance) the current bcs thing ended after the 2012 season. Damn!!

Hi Jon, well, I think it's just two more seasons of what you call "this" lol! I believe the current BCS contract expires after the 2013 season but what the new terms will be is pure speculation. It could be more of the same, it might be a four team playoff... with everthing so unsettled and the conferences being shuffled like a deck of cards, maybe the BCS will follow suit and re-make itself to fit the new landscape?

December 13, 2011  11:48 AM ET

5. ACC

Biggest surprise? Well for me it's the perception that the ACC continues to lack any team(s) that could be considered elite. Virginia Tech came close with only one regular season loss to Clemson but when the Hokies failed to avenge that loss in the ACC title game, it really detracted from their otherwise stellar season, losing both games by a combined score of 61-13.

Disappointments are plentiful. Florida State losing three conference games, including losses at Wake and at home to Virginia. Miami still treading water at 6-6. And then there's the Terps with only two wins, one of them over fcs Towson.

Newcomers to the ACC, Pitt and Syracuse should feel right at home!

December 13, 2011  12:03 PM ET

Florida St. will beat the Neutered Dames in the "Academia Bowl". You heard it here first.

 
December 14, 2011  12:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Florida St. will beat the Neutered Dames in the "Academia Bowl". You heard it here first.

Hey GoFloSemis, this is a great match-up, I hope the game is too! I'm leaning toward the Noles myself... Coach Kelly seems slightly out of control. Combined with their QB issues, Crist transferring and Rees struggling, I think the Noles are in a better situation.

4. Big Ten

The Big Ten will be well represented this bowl season with ten eligible teams.The biggest surprise goes to the Michigan Wolverines and their 10-2 record including a win over the Buckeyes and a BCS bowl in Brady Hoke's first year on the sidelines.

Other than Indiana with only one victory and that over an fcs opponent, and perhaps Illinois losing their final six games after a 6-0 start, the Big Ten looks solid. Adding Nebraska adds to
the quality of this conference and the Big Ten is the face of stability for college football.

3. Big XII

Once left for dead, maybe even a couple times, the Big XII has persevered, leaving many doubters flummoxed, even stupefied! Not me. The school presidents fired what was considered a weak commissioner in Dan Beebe and hired former Big Eight commissioner Chuck Neinas as an interim boss.

Biggest surprise for me was just how close Oklahoma State came to being undefeated. Mike Gundy has got to be considered one of the premier coaches in the country, 9-4 in both 2008 and 09, 11-2 last year with a depleted defense, Gundy is as good as it gets.

Biggest disappointment would be 10-2 Kansas State getting passed over for an at-large BCS bid in favor of Virginia Tech, the Hokies have trouble selling out their allotment of tickets, I believe they had the same problem in their 40-12 shellacking in last year's Orange Bowl.

Sending eight teams to the bowls and with Missouri and Texas A&M heading south and east, the Big XII has chosen formidable replacements in West Virginia and Texas Christian.

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