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Previews: New Mexico Bowl, Humanitarian Bowl, New Orleans Bowl

This Saturday marks the beginning of college football’s bowl season, where good and mediocre teams alike will collide over the next few weeks. Remember when bowl games never went past New Year’s Day? This year, the national title is on January 10th. True, the bowl system has become watered down, but you can’t beat 35 more college football games to help pass the cold. Saturday’s triple header will be the party starter for the bowl menu, so get ready….even if you don’ t know the teams.

New Mexico Bowl: Saturday, 2PM eastern

Brigham Young (6-6) v. UTEP (6-6)

What better place to kick off the Bowl Season than between the buttes in Albequerque, where BYU will play its final game as a Mountain West member against a Miners team that hasn’t been to a bowl since 2005. The Cougars are becoming conference nomads in 2011, but will represent in a bowl for the sixth strait season… Veteran head coach Mike Price is trying to lead UTEP to its first bowl win in a long while. Price himself hasn’t won a bowl game since the days of Ryan Leaf when the two were at Wazzu.

Humanitarian Bowl, 5:30PM

Northern Illinois (10-3) v. Fresno State (8-4)

On the smurf turf in Boise, the Huskies and Bulldogs will square off in what is probably the crappiest bowl climate. Fresno State coach Pat Hill has a sick mustache, and has been to 11 bowls in the past 12 seasons. Northern Illinois went undefeated in the MAC this year, but lost a heartbreaker in the title game to Miami-Ohio. Shortly after NIU was selected for its bowl, Huskies’  head coach Jerry Kill announced he was leaving for the University of Minnesota. Kill is out the door, and will not even coach the Huskies in this game. ‘Hey seniors, thanks for your hard work over the past four years.’

New Orleans Bowl, 8PM

Ohio (8-4) v. Troy (7-5)

Ohio University, known itself for some sick parties, travels to the Big Easy to take on Sun Belt champion Troy. The Trojans from Dothan, Alabama are one of the few schools in the country who can say they have taken a piece of their conference title in each of the past five years. Ohio coach Frank Solich has three national championship rings from his days with Tom Osborne at Nebraska, but is still looking for his fist bowl victory with the Bobcats since taking the helm in 2005.

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