As the Capital One Bowl Week commercials used to tell us, "It's the most wonderful time of the year."
Bowl season is upon us, and while many will scoff at the number of bowls and/or the bowl names and/or the insignificance of some games... just remember how you feel on a Saturday in February when there's nothing but college basketball on TV.
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The most notable broken bowl streak was that of Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets appeared in bowl games for 18 consecutive seasons (1997-2014). No postseason play this year though as the Jackets lost 9 of their last 10 games.
South Carolina is without a bowl for the first time in 7 seasons. How much did the Head Ball Coach mean to the program? In his 11 seasons at South Carolina the HBC took the Gamecocks to 9 bowl games. Prior to Spurrier's arrival in Colombia the Gamecocks had only been to 7 bowl games in the history of the program.
A year of firsts...
• This is Georgia State’s first bowl appearance.
• Georgia Southern will play in their first bowl game in their first year of eligibility.
• This is Appalachian State’s first bowl game in 60 years, when they lost 7-0 to East Tennessee State in the Burley Bowl.
Akron broke a 10-year streak and will appear in only their 2nd ever bowl game on December 22 against Utah State.
This was the first season that Old Dominion and UNC-Charlotte (both in the transition process from FCS to FBS) would have been eligible to appear in their first bowl game had they finished with a 6-6 or better record.