Saturday is the official start of bowl season. It’s a wonderful feeling to come home from work and see two random teams playing in a sunny location at random times during the month of December. This Saturday brings us a great first wave of games starting at 2 ET with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Here is the full schedule.
- Gildan New Mexico Bowl- UTSA vs New Mexico 2 ET
- Las Vegas Bowl- Houston vs San Diego State 3:30 ET
- Raycom Media Camellia Bowl- Appalachian State vs Toledo 5:30 ET
- Autonation Cure Bowl- UCF vs Arkansas State 5:30 ET
- R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl- Southern Miss vs Louisiana Lafayette 9 ET
Top five things to watch this weekend
- Donnel Pumphrey goes for the NCAA record in rushing yard- The San Diego State running back needs 108 yards to pass Ron Dayne for all-time rushing yards in NCAA history. Granted, Ron Dayne’s bowl stats aren’t counted and Pumphrey’s are, this is still an incredible moment in NCAA history. Over the last four years, Pumphrey has totaled 6,290 yards for the Aztecs. The Doak Walker Finalist is also the first player in FBS history to rush for 5,000 yards and reel in 1,000 receiving yards in a career. Definitely try and watch Pumphrey run one last time against Houston.
- Kentucky-native Logan Woodside leads Toledo into a bowl game- The FBS leader in passing touchdowns hails from Franklin County High School in Frankfort. Woodside threw for 43 touchdowns as the junior QB for Toledo. The Rockets will look for their tenth win of the season against App State on Saturday.
- Hey, it’s Shannon Dawson- Dawson and the Golden Eagles fell into a bowl game by pulling off an upset against Louisiana Tech in their last game of the season. Southern Miss finished 6-6 and will play against former UK opponent ULL in New Orleans. Dawson’s offense averaged 471 yards per game, good enough for 22nd in the country.
- Houston’s first game without Tom Herman– The Cougars were a top ten team earlier this season and beat both Oklahoma and Louisville. But with losses to Navy, SMU, and Memphis, Houston fell to the Las Vegas Bowl. Herman bolted early this month for Austin, and this will be the first game with Major Applewhite at the helm. Greg Ward and Ed Oliver are both elite talents and the SDSU/Houston matchup will be the best game of the weekend.
- New Mexico has 45 rushing touchdowns– The Lobos aren’t afraid to run it down your throat. New Mexico has two backs with over 1,000 yards and two more over 500. UTSA will have a hard time stopping the quadrant of running backs that dominated the Mountain West this season.