The Big Band Bowl Battle: Before the B4

Tis the season. Bowl season is upon us. You may be suffering the irritable bowl syndrome of too many bowls, you may be celebrating the fact that it's football's final hurrah, and you may be making your selections in various pick 'em pools about the outcomes of games in which you've got moderate to no interest.

Have we got the action for you!

80 Minutes of Regulation is proud to present the Big Band Bowl Battle, or B4. In addition to a pair of football teams, each bowl matches up two fanbases, two traditions, and of course two marching bands. the B4 will go through ALL 35 bowl games and preview the band matchup with a quick synopsis and footage from YouTube for your viewing pleasure. Be on the look out for the previews on the following dates:

12/17-12/27 (Gildan New Mexico Bowl - Belk Bowl): Friday, 12/16
12/28-12/31 (Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman - Hyundai Sun Bowl): Friday, 12/23
12/31-1/8, non-BCS (AutoZone Liberty Bowl - Bowl): Friday, 12/30
All BCS Bowls: Sunday, 1/1/2012

Worth noting this season: Five bowls match up two Sudler Trophy-winning bands, up from four last year and on par with the 2009 season, which also had a dual Sudler national championship game in Alabama-Texas. This year, two Sudlers duke it out in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (Illinois vs. UCLA), Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Northwestern vs. Texas A&M), Insight Bowl (Iowa vs. Oklahoma), Outback Bowl (Michigan State vs. Georgia) and the National Championship Game (Alabama vs. LSU).

Be on the look out for previews of these and all of the bowl games, and happy bowl season!