The college football bowl season gets underway on Saturday, Dec. 18 with the New Mexico Bowl and the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl. The Mountain West Conference will start its bowl season play in the New Mexico Bowl with the BYU Cougars playing the UTEP Miners. According to Yahoo! Sports' College Bowl Pick'Em distribution chart, prognosticators favor BYU 89 percent to 11 percent. It's a good start for the Mountain West, but things don't look as promising down the ticket.
The Utah Utes face the Boise State Broncos in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Boise State was competing for a BCS berth before suffering a late-season loss to the Nevada Wolfpack. The general public favors Boise State over Utah 97 percent to three percent. Before Utah lost to TCU, the Utes were also competing for a spot in a BCS bowl game.
One night later, the San Diego State Aztecs face the Navy Midshipmen in the Poinsettia Bowl, held in San Diego. Navy (9-3) has a 59-41 favorable margin over the Aztecs.
The Air Force Falcons face the ACC's Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Independence Bowl on Monday, Dec. 27. Georgia Tech currently has a 53-47 lead over Air Force. Watch for this one to be a heavy rushing affair.
The Mountain West's most important game comes in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2011. The TCU Horned Frogs take on the Big 10's Wisconsin Badgers. Right now, almost two-thirds of people making picks are choosing Wisconsin for this game, 63-37.