The college football bowl frenzy begins Saturday with the first three of a record 35 bowl games.

The opening day of festivities doesn’t pack any intriguing matchups unless you like seeing which 6-6 team can end the season with a losing record.

Remember, this is the system a lot of college officials are trying to preserve, claiming that a playoff system would diminish the bowl tradition.

Well, let me know how badly you want to watch this trio of Saturday bowl games – The New Mexico, Humanitarian and New Orleans bowls.

Brigham Young (6-6) and Texas-El Paso (6-6) meet in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque with the loser going into the record books with a losing campaign.

UTEP went 3-5 in Conference USA play, a fact that should automatically disqualify a team from bowl consideration. BYU is leaving the Mountain West Conference to become an independent after a disappointing season.

BYU has already landed future bowl agreements with the Poinsettia (2012) and Kraft Fight Hunger (2013) bowls. I’m guessing the Cougars’ goals will include finishing both those seasons with 7-6 records.

The humorous thing about those bowl agreements is that the Cougars could have ended up in both those bowls if they hadn’t left the Mountain West. Thought school officials muttered something about elevating the program by going independent.

The Humanitarian Bowl in Boise features Northern Illinois (10-3) against Fresno State (8-4).

One of Northern Illinois’ victories this season was against Minnesota of the Big Ten. Nothing explains the Huskies’ plight in the national landscape better than seeing they will not have the services of head coach Jerry Kill in the bowl game.

You see, Kill left Northern Illinois … for the Minnesota gig.

Saturday’s nightcap is the New Orleans Bowl between Ohio and Troy. That’s the Bobcats against the – hold on, let me look up their nickname – the Trojans.

Hey, if USC can’t be in a bowl game, at least we have Troy.

Troy is making its third New Orleans Bowl appearance in five seasons. Let’s hope that’s not something they boast about to recruits.

Ohio is coached by Frank Solich, who once upon a time coached at a big-time school in Nebraska.

I can’t offer any insights over who will win any of the three games but I can tell you this: I will be going 0-for-3 on the day.

As in 0-for-3 in watching bowl games on Saturday. Sorry, my TV set and I aren’t interested in helping preserve the bowl system.

But let me offer my congrats now to either BYU or UTEP: Congrats on a losing season.

Some system.


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