I had toyed with the idea of basing this years picks on real facts and figures - the figures of the top players and coaches, that is - but I quickly figured out that such an endeavor would require some serious work - research, analysis, wikipedia and google images overload, and so on. And that's no fun.
So what to do? I know - I'll let iTunes do the work for me. Here's the plan - I'm going to set up the iPod on "random" - and hit play - As each random song is selected - I will assign it to the "next" team - and then we'll see which song is "better" and engage in some gentle ribbing of (my iTune library, and) those teams that we don't like so much...
After all of that - let's look at some bowl games...
Eagle Bank Bowl - in Washington, D.C. - yes, Washington D.C.
Wake Forest vs. Navy
Dec. 20, 11 a.m.
Song 1: "Calling Baton Rouge" - Garth Brooks (Wake)
Song 2: "Nittany Lion Special" - Penn State Blue Band (Navy)
Hey, I like a peppy Garth song as much as anyone - but there's no contest against the Blue Band! It's Navy to win - and win big I think!
Colorado State vs. Fresno State
Dec. 20, 2:30 p.m.
Song 1: "A Boy Named Sue" - Johnny Cash (Colorado State)
Song 2: "Je Ne Te Connais Pas" - Prototypes (Fresno State)
Serves Pat Hill right for ranking PSU so low on his final Coaches' Poll Ballot.
Little question here - Colorado State.
magicJack St. Petersburg
Memphis vs. South Florida
St. Petersburg. Fla.
Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m.
Song 1: "Suddenly I See" - KT Tunstall (Memphis)
Song 2: "Jam on It" - Newcleus (South Florida)
Listen, I watched some "So You Think you Can Dance?" - it happened.
Looks like South Florida is going to take this one - although it may be close ;)
Pioneer Las Vegas
BYU vs. Arizona
Dec. 20, 8 p.m.
Song 1: "California Dreamin" - The Mamas and the Papas (BYU)
Song 2: "He's the Greatest Dancer" - Sister Sledge (Arizona)
Not sure which is funnier - the song selections or the thought of BYU in Las Vegas (for the 4th year in a row). 2 classic songs - I think that Arizona edges out a win.
R+L Carriers New Orleans
Southern Miss vs. Troy
Dec. 21, 8:15 p.m.
Song 1: "The Way" - Fastball (Southern Miss)
Song 2: "Skyhigh" - Jigsaw (Troy)
Southern Miss finds a way and wins.
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia
Boise State vs. TCU
Dec. 23, 8 p.m.
Song 1: "Cha-Cha All the Way" - Capitol Studios Orchestra (Boise State)
Song 2: "With a Little Luck" - Paul McCartney (TCU)
The horned frogs are going to need more than a little luck - how can you go against a Holiday themed song in a Holiday themed Bowl game? You can't - Boise State, finally escaping the confines of the blue turf bowl game will have a "happy happy holiday!"
Hawaii vs. Notre Dame
Dec. 24, 8 p.m.
Song 1: "Bossman" - Lucky Boys Confusion (Hawaii)
Song 2: "One Way Ticket" - The Darkness (notre dame)
What can I say? I watch a lot of TV commercials...
Anyway - this game is Hawaii's to win - they need to show the irish who is boss and send them on their way.
Florida Atlantic vs. Central Michigan
Dec. 26, 8 p.m.
Song 1: "The Name of the Game" DJ Ostkurve (Florida Atlantic)
Song 2: "What's My Name Again?" Blink 182 (Central Michigan)
Apparently the Chippewa are going to go through an identity crisis while the Owls dub themselves the champs.
Meineke Car Care
West Virginia vs. North Carolina
Dec. 27, 1 p.m.
Song 1: "Fascination" - The Human League (WVU)
Song 2: "Beautiful Girl" - INXS (UNC)
Gotta go with West Virginia on this one. Flick is kinda cute - but it's not enough.
Wisconsin vs. Florida State
Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m.
Song 1: "Lucky Ball and Chain" - They Might Be Giants (Wisconsin)
Song 2: "Straighten Up and Fly Right" - Natalie Cole (fsu)
Oooh. Close one - had it been Papa Cole's version of the song it may have been enough - but Wisconsin is going to be Lucky and win this one.
Miami (Fla.) vs. California
Dec. 27, 8 p.m.
Song 1: "Tear You Apart" - She Wants Revenge (Miami)
Song 2: "Modern Way" - Kaiser Chiefs (California)
Battle of the iTunes darlings. Who wins? At first I thought that UM would have been a lock - but maybe there is something good about progress - Cal wins.
Northern Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech
Dec. 28, 8:15 p.m.
Song 1: "Face Down" - Katie Todd Band (N. Ill)
Song 2: "Glycerine" - Bush (La Tech)
The titles say it all - La Tech slides into the New Year.
NC State vs. Rutgers
Dec. 29, 3 p.m.
Song 1: "Something So Strong" - Crowded House (NC State)
Song 2: "Devil's Party" - INXS (Rutgers)
So, 2 Australian bands battle each other (albeit a retooled INXS) - Let's go with NC State crowding the endzone and winning a close one.
Missouri vs. Northwestern
Dec. 29, 8 p.m.
Song 1: "Believe" - Cher (Mizzou)
Song 2: "Friends in Low Places" - Garth Brooks (Northwestern)
Sadly, I believe that our friends at Northwestern will end up at the bottom of the scoreboard - but fate has saddled Mizzou with a silly song - so there.
Maryland vs. Nevada
Dec. 30, 4:30 p.m.
Song 1: "Breakthrough" - Hope 7 (Maryland)
Song 2: "Hands" - Jewel (Nevada)
2 chick songs - it may be a close game - but while the Terps may have some breakout moments - Nevada's fundamentals will carry the day.
Rice vs. Western Michigan
Dec. 30, 8 p.m.
Song 1: "Communication Breakdown" - Led Zepplin (Rice)
Song 2: "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" - Leslie Gore (Western Michigan)
Seems to be a bit of a personality conflict here - but really, there's little doubt that "everything that's wonderful" is sure to come the Broncos' way.
Pacific Life Holiday
Oklahoma State vs. Oregon
Dec. 30, 8 p.m.
Song 1: "St Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" - The Beatles (Ok State)
Song 2: "Cult of Personality" - Living Colour (Oregon)
Is Oregon Canadian? Ok State hopes you will enjoy the show.
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Houston vs. Air Force
Fort Worth, Texas
Dec. 31, Noon
Song 1: "Crusin" - Smokey Robinson (Houston)
Song 2: "Super Trouper" - ABBA (Air Force)
It was just a matter of time until an ABBA song surfaced. I see a smooth, cool, gliding Houston crusin' to a win.
Oregon State vs. Pittsburgh
El Paso, Texas
Dec. 31, 2 p.m.
Song 1: "Just Like Heaven" - The Cure (OSU)
Song 2: "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus"- Patti Page (Pitt)
Sounds like Wannstedt needs to do a 'stash check. The Beavers win.
Gaylord Hotels Music City
Boston College vs. Vanderbilt
Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m.
Song 1: "Run Away" - Real McCoy (BC)
Song 2: "Stacy's Mom" Fountains of Wayne - (Vandy)
While I'm sure that Vandy has it going on much more than they have in the past - BC Runs Away with this one.
Kansas vs. Minnesota
Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m.
Song 1: "Basket Case" - Green Day (Kansas)
Song 2: "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" - Pet Shop Boys (Minne)
Chicken in a basket case, perhaps - but, while I would love to see the Gophers triumph in this match up - the song titles don't lie - Kansas serves up some crazy pain.
LSU vs. Georgia Tech
Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Song 1: "The Mighty Quinn" - Manfred Man (LSU)
Song 2: "I Will Buy You a New Life" - Everclear (Tech)
Now, I'm not one to question the wisdom of the iPod - but these are some stranger picks - Eskimo named after AJ Hawk's brother-in-law vs a deadbeat dreamer? I think the dreamer makes it happen - Tech wins.
South Carolina vs. Iowa
Jan. 1, 2009, 11 a.m.
Song 1: "I'm too Sexy" - Right Said Fred (USC)
Song 2: "I Fought the Law" - Green Day (Iowa)
The visor is pretty sweet - but the bane of our very existence will fight - and win.
Georgia vs. Michigan State
Jan. 1, 2009, 1 p.m.
Song 1: "Walk don't Run" - The Ventures (UGA)
Song 2: "The Best is Yet to Come" - Frank Sinatra (MSU)
Well, if the Dawgs take the advice of their tune the Spartans might have a chance - but I think that MSU will be waiting for a while.
Konica Minolta Gator
Clemson vs. Nebraska
Jan. 1, 2009, 1 p.m.
Song 1: "Don't Give Up" - Petula Clark (Clemson)
Song 2: "Spin the Bottle" - The Juliana Hatfield Three (Nebraska)
So, the old iPod is apparently crazy - like a fox. Let's go with the underdog (or Tiger) and pick Clemson for this one!
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Citi
Penn State vs. USC
Jan. 1, 2009, 4:30 p.m.
Song 1: "I Feel Lucky" - Mary Chapin Carpenter (Penn State)
Song 2: "Bad Day" - Daniel Powter(USC)
THE IPOD IS BRILLIANT!!!! Penn State wins!
Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech
Jan. 1, 2009, 8:30 p.m.
Song 1: "Ring of Fire" - Johnny Cash (Cincy)
Song 2: "Tubthumping" - Chumbawamba (Va Tech)
This could be an interesting game - but the iPod sees Tech winning - pissing the night away.
Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech
Jan. 2, 2009, 2 p.m.
Song 1: "Working for the Weekend" (Ole Miss)
Song 2: "All Over You" Live (Texas Tech)
Yeah, Ole Miss will be praying for the weekend while TT passes all over them.
Kentucky vs. East Carolina
Jan. 2, 2009, 5 p.m.
Song 1: "Can't Stop the World" - The GoGos (Kentucky)
Song 2: "Love Grows" - Edison Lighthouse (ECU)
Looks like it must be Skipper's year - The Pirates stop the Wildcats.
Utah vs. Alabama
Jan. 2, 2009, 8 p.m.
Song 1: "Different Drum" Stone Poneys (Utah)
Song 2: "Symphony No. 5 in C Minor" Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bama)
Me thinks that Bama pounds Utah - Con Brio
Buffalo vs. Connecticut
Jan. 3, 2009, Noon
Song 1: "18 and Life" - Skid Row (Buffalo)
Song 2: "I'm Coming Out" - Diana Ross (UConn)
No snaps to judgement here - it would just seem that Buffalo will be the tougher team.
Ohio State vs. Texas
Jan. 5, 2009, 8 p.m.
Song 1: "Good Luck Charm" Elvis Presley (tOSU)
Song 2: "Stay" Lisa Loeb (Texas)
So, tOSU is going to need a ton of luck to stay even close to Texas - assuming that Texas comes out to prove "something" - As much as I would like the Big Ten to represent - I'm thinking that Texas "stays" at the top of the charts.
Tulsa vs. Ball State
Jan. 6, 2009, 8 p.m.
Song 1: "Picture Book" Young Fresh Fellows (Tulsa)
Song 2: "Unforgettable" - Nathalie Cole (Ball St)
Fitting that 2 covers would do battle in this match up - We think that Ball State will cap their unforgettable season with a win.
FedEx BCS National Championship Game
Florida vs. Oklahoma
Jan. 8, 2009, 8 p.m.
Song 1: "I Feel Fine" - The Beatles (Florida)
Song 2: "Knock on Wood" - Ami Stewart (Oklahoma)
I'm sure that Florida will be fine after the Championship game - they won't be the winners, but they'll be fine. Assuming that Oklahoma doesn't screw up.
So, there you go - way too much information about my personal music collection and 2theLion's 2008 - 2009 College Football Biased Bowl Predictions!