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Besides BCS title game, which bowl excites you?

Outback Bowl

Desmond Conner

Hartford Courant

The Outback Bowl is one to look forward to, but who really cares about the game?

The game pits Florida's 46-year-old coach, Urban Meyer, who should not be retiring, against 83-year-old Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who should be retiring.

Paterno has already announced he'll return for his 46th season as the Nittany Lions head coach next year. Forty-sixth! Huh? Give it up. Let it go, Joe.

The hope here is that the Gators destroy the Nittany Lions so badly on Jan. 1 that Paterno reconsiders his decision.

The question is, how much coaching is JoePa really doing now? Paterno may have been a great football mind once, but no one can possibly think that's the case today … can they?

Meyer's chief reason for leaving was to spend more time with his family. Paterno is a legend, but he really should be spending more time with his family too.

Capital One Bowl

Teddy Greenstein

Chicago Tribune

Michigan State fans have been ticked — and with good reason. They feel as if most debates regarding the Big Ten's best team go like this: Was it a) Wisconsin; b) Ohio State; or c) none of the above?

Michigan State beat Wisconsin and did not play Ohio State. And, yet, only the Spartans got left out of the BCS bowl party.

The Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl represents a perfect chance for Michigan State to silence the haters. The 11-1 Spartans will take on a three-loss Alabama team that already lost its bowl game — the Iron Bowl — by blowing that 24-point lead to Auburn.

Do the Spartans need more fuel? How about this: They are 10-point underdogs.

Hawaii, Independence

Chris Dufresne

Los Angeles Times

Sorry, but two other games have caught my attention.

The first is Hawaii vs. Tulsa on Dec. 24 in the Hawaii Bowl, which should be an incredible offensive display. Hawaii is averaging 39.92 points to Tulsa's 39.67. How much closer can you get? Hawaii is the only team to beat Nevada and also put 588 yards on USC's defense in the opener.

I like another matchup, Georgia Tech vs. Air Force, in the Dec. 27 Independence Bowl, for a quirky reason. This game features the No. 1 and No. 2 rushing offenses in the country. Meaning, if neither team uses a timeout, it could be the fastest game of the season. Georgia Tech averages 5.64 yards per carry to Air Force's 5.46. That means we're looking at a rushing first down every two plays. The schools average a combined 205 passing yards per game. Hawaii and Tulsa, our Hawaii Bowl contestants, average a combined 672 passing yards per game.

Orange Bowl

Matt Murschel

Orlando Sentinel

To find the second-best bowl matchup in the country, aside from the BCS championship game, all you have to do is look south — South Beach that is.

This year's Orange Bowl features two of the hottest teams in college football with Stanford taking on Virginia Tech.

The Hokies are looking to become the first team in FBS history to follow an 0-2 start with 11 consecutive wins.

The Cardinal have won 11 games for the first time in school history. Stanford's only blemish this season is a 52-31 loss to No. 2 Oregon on Oct. 4.

This game features Heisman Trophy runner-up Andrew Luck, who could be the top pick in April's NFL draft, against one of the top defenses in the ACC.

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