The AggreGator: Bowl season

December, 16, 2011
12/16/11
4:02
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Bowl season kicks off with three games on Saturday. It's the most wonderful time of the year! That's the song that plays over and over in my head during bowl season. So let's go back to the bowls ...

Taking the temperature of bowl season
Mark Schlabach looks at what's hot and what's not this postseason. The SEC, as always, is hot. The Pac-12, New Year's Day and the coaching carousel are not.

What to watch in the SEC bowls
SEC blogger Edward Aschoff checks in with five things to watch in the league's bowl games. The coordinator shuffle and Urban Meyer are on his list.

VIDEO: The Best of the non-BCS bowls
Ivan Maisel and Gene Wojciechowski offer up their selections for the best non-BCS bowl games. They like the Outback and Cotton and are intrigued by the Gator (or "The Urban Meyer Challenge" as Maisel calls it). Woj agrees that Meyer will cast a sizable shadow over this game, and Florida has a chance to put a "complete trainwreck" of a season in the rear-view mirror.

Picking all 35 college bowl games for 2011 season
Will Harris has all his picks and confidence points for the 2011-12 edition of College Bowl Mania. He picks Ohio State over Florida in the Gator Bowl, giving UF only one advantage -- home cookin' from a partisan crowd. Also, check out Pickcenter Plus (Insider) to take all the guesswork out of your bowl picks.

SEC podcast
SEC bloggers Chris Low and the aforementioned Aschoff discuss all the coaching movement in the conference. Who will replace Charlie Weis in orange and blue?

Big Ten is best bowl conference (Insider)
ESPN Insider KC Joyner writes that while the SEC deserves the attention it receives, a look at the numbers shows that the Big Ten is underrated as a league this season and will win more bowl games.

On to the recruiting trail, and I know it's like a broken record, but that Meyer guy can be persuasive ...

Urban renewal (Insider)
Meyer flipped a pair of ESPNU 150 prospects from conference rivals, and has other top recruits now considering the Buckeyes. Safe to say recruiting in the Big Ten might never be the same.

Let's check out the first Bracketology of the year ...

Bracketology
Joe Lunardi has Florida as a No. 4 seed, so no need to watch the bubble picture at this time (if you insist, here's a full Insider rundown). You can also read the chat transcript from Thursday.

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