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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Before The B4 2012: We're Back!

Save for the Army-Navy Game, the 2012 college football regular season has sadly come to a close. Bowl season is once again upon us. And here at 80 Minutes of Regulation, that means the Return of the Big Band Bowl Battle!

Last year, I embarked on the sizable yet rewarding undertaking of previewing every bowl game marching matchup. I'll be at it again this year. Before we begin, a few thoughts about the big picture of this year's marching matchups. 

-There are just four games this year that match a pair of Sudler Trophy winners: The Heart of Dallas Bowl (Purdue vs. Oklahoma State), Capital One Bowl (Georgia vs. Nebraska),  Cotton Bowl (Okahoma vs. Texas A&M) and the BCS National Championship Game (Notre Dame vs. Alabama). Two of these are in the Dallas metro area, and one, the Cotton Bowl, is televised on Fox, which means we'll actually get to see some of halftime, unlike the games on band-blocking ESPN
-Despite being notoriously fan friendly, the Rose Bowl is once again without a Sudler winner. The Granddaddy of 'em All hasn't hosted a winner since Ohio State in 2010, and hasn't had a dual Sudler matchup since Texas-Michigan in 2005.

Here they are - all 35 bowl band matchups:


Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Beef O'Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman
Belk Bowl
Bridegeport Education Holiday Bowl
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
Russell Athletic Bowl
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Valero Alamo Bowl
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Hyundai Sun Bowl
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Chick-Fil-A Bowl
Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl
Heart of Dallas Bowl
Outback Bowl
Capital One Bowl
Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio
Discover Orange Bowl
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
AT&T Cotton Bowl
BBVA Compass Bowl
GoDaddy.com Bowl
Discover BCS National Championship
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