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Bowl season really starts to heat up today

It's been a long college football bowl season, with games starting Dec. 15, but things really get interesting with a trifecta today: the Independence Bowl, the Russell Athletic Bowl and the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

The Independence Bowl features Ohio against Louisiana-Monroe, with ULM favored by 6, according to

Don't let the names fool you, ULM beat then-No. 8 Arkansas and earned a bowl trip. Ohio has a 1,500-yard rusher in Beau Blankenship.

Saturday, my favorite game out of the five scheduled is the Pinstripe Bowl, featuring high-powered West Virginia.

We get an off day for NFL on Sunday, but the bowl games get better on Monday.

New Year's Eve has four prime games, including LSU vs. Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

On New Year's Day, there are six games to watch, the perfect way to nurse a hangover from partying your way into 2013.

I'm looking forward to the Orange Bowl to see if Northern Illinois can hang with Florida State. I also want to see Georgia against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.

After New Year's Day, there still are five games over five days, before the big one: the BCS Championship.

And the title game is one I've been waiting for.

Alabama against Notre Dame features two storied teams that you either love or hate. 

The perfect ending to a great stretch of games.



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