Football Follies 2022: Booger trails off (Bowl Week 3)

Fat lady starts warming up as bowls go Bigger, Better.

[To be updated with the 2 January preview before day’s end. – Your TOC FCS.  UPDATE:  Mission redefined and accomplished.]

As Bowl Week 3 heaves into view, the Booger light grows dim.  From here on it’s mostly quality football for football’s sake, with teams that don’t know from losing lining up to play each other for real stakes or in the Big-Boy-Bowl game’s all-time classics.

Memo to a recent Booger contestant, before we dive in.  Dillon Gabriel:  your wheeler is wide open.  Forget the post guy you’re wasting precious seconds of time trying to get the ball to in double coverage.

We’ve learned from experience that there tends to be less homely charm to these big bowls and their festivities. Continue reading “Football Follies 2022: Booger trails off (Bowl Week 3)”


Football Follies 2022: Booger busts out (Bowl Week 2)

The Biggest Booger week of the year.

The bowl lineup in Week 2 couldn’t be finer.  Some of the bowls are going to be attended by semi-serious Weather (Detroit on 26 December, I’m looking at you, with your balmy high of 20F for the Quick Lane Bowl.  Fortunately, Ford Field is a covered stadium).  Others seem to be dodging bullets.  (Bowl-maven Orlando will see a high of only 47 on Saturday, but the next bowl’s not until 29 December, when it should be a more typical 75.)

Still others, like Honolulu on the 24th, have no bullets to dodge.

In annoying NFL action, the Cowboys lost in O/T to Jacksonville on 18 December, delaying the playoff picture’s resolution and suggesting the resumption of psycho shower scenes for the NFC East.

Booger Bowls go outer limits Continue reading “Football Follies 2022: Booger busts out (Bowl Week 2)”

Football Follies 2022: NCAA Week 15 – The Game

Leaving it all on the field, 123rd edition.

First of all, for reasons our long-time correspondents will well understand, we are over the moon that Bad Boy Mowers has become the new sponsor of the Pinstripe Bowl.  One of our favorite Booger Bowls, and a real head-cracker of a veteran sponsor, all in Yankee Stadium; what’s not to love?  (Syracuse and Minnesota will play, by the way, but we’ll get to that at the appropriate time.)

Our Inner Circle is also getting two bites at Cheez-It bowls, which is epic.  No other adjective really fits.  In all the history of Planet Earth, we’ve never before had two Cheez-It bowls at a time.  Stick that in your era/epoch pipe and smoke it.

But first, and ever foremost:  The Game. Continue reading “Football Follies 2022: NCAA Week 15 – The Game”

Football Follies 2022: NCAA Week 14 – March of champions

Weekend of champions.

And so at last we all check our 2022 bingo cards and see how they held up as championship weekend bears down on us.

Interestingly enough, the PAC-12 is probably the only one in which I might have called the title match before the season.  I say “might”; it’s not a sure thing, but both teams, Utah and USC, would have been contenders for me.  (I wasn’t going to predict Oregon, lemme just tell you that.)

In the ACC, I originally thought Miami (Da U) would do better.  How silly was that?  In the SEC I was hopeful about LSU, of course, but didn’t foresee the title match with three losses.  In the Big 12, I wouldn’t have called either TCU or Kansas State Continue reading “Football Follies 2022: NCAA Week 14 – March of champions”

Football Follies 2022: NCAA Week 13 – Rivalry Madness!

A weekend mad, bad, and dangerous to throw.

Time marches on, and the old sanctity of Rivalry Weekend at Thanksgiving has been diluted a bit in the last few years what with COVID scheduling, conference osmosis, and the rise and fall of Inevitable Champions.  It would have been hard to imagine Bedlam outside of Thanksgiving weekend, back in that antediluvian year 2019, but now that OU is committed to the SEC move, we’ll have to get used to holding the game Whenever (maybe in Week 0.5, in Singapore, or something).

Anyway, we all know who’s got something really big to settle – Ohio State and Michigan, silly (Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler rise from the pumpkin patch…) – and the rest of it’s all good, even if the odds are it won’t be that significant to the C%FPozzlesquat, given that things are mostly going as expected. Continue reading “Football Follies 2022: NCAA Week 13 – Rivalry Madness!”