Who's going where:
-- Dec. 30: Music City Bowl, Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest
-- Dec. 31: Liberty Bowl, Vanderbilt vs. Cincinnati
-- Dec. 31: Chick-fil-A Bowl, Auburn vs. Virginia
-- Jan. 2: Capital One Bowl, South Carolina vs. Nebraska
-- Jan. 2: Outback Bowl, Georgia vs. Michigan State
-- Jan. 2: Gator Bowl, Florida vs. Ohio State
-- Jan. 6: Cotton Bowl, Arkansas vs. Kansas State
-- Jan. 9: BCS championship game, LSU vs. Alabama
For the record, that's 3 SEC-Big 10 matchups. That always makes bowl season a little more fun, though I wouldn't be all that surprised if the SEC didn't win a single one of them.
* Count me among those who wanted to see LSU-Oklahoma State. Here's why: If LSU were to defeat OSU, the Tigers would have played and beaten EVERYBODY (everybody in this case being the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th teams in the BCS, along with the teams ranked 16th and 23rd and a couple of other bowl teams for good measure). And if Oklahoma State were to win, they'd claim the title for beating the No. 1 team in the title game. (Besides, I have a bit of an easier time hearing Oklahoma State saying "We deserve a shot" than Alabama saying "We deserve another shot.")
* That said, now that it's LSU-'Bama, might I suggest this new motto for the Magnolia State: MISSSISSIPPI: BORDERING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS SINCE 2009.
* Congratulations to East Mississippi Community College, which claimed the national juco title with a 55-47 win over Arizona Western College in the El Toro Bowl on Saturday. (Story here.) Let's see ... No. 1 playing No. 2, on one team's home field (in this case, top-ranked Arizona Western) ... that all sounds vaguely familiar.
-- R. Trentham Roberts