Your den or a sports bar—When I was a kid, the non-major bowls still had names like the Bluebonnet Bowl, or the Fiesta Bowl, or the Liberty Bowl. Those innocent days are gone, of course, but one problem with the corporate sponsorship of bowls is that you have no idea where any given bowl is: You might as well be in the Brier Creek shopping center. So, for you non-Wolfpack fans, the Champs Sports Bowl—formerly known as the Florida Citrus Bowl, and the Tangerine Bowl before that—will be played in Orlando, Fla.
(Oh dear: A scan of the season's other prestigious, tradition-laden celebrations of amateur college football reveals such events as the GoDaddy.com Bowl, the BBVA Compass Bowl, the TicketCity Bowl and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.)
N.C. State's game may not be the Orange Bowl—oops, that's the Discover Orange Bowl—but a trip to Disney World is a nice late-December reward for the Wolfpack team and its families and fans. The Wolfpack, which had a solid 8-4 season that included a 29-25 victory over the troubled UNC Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, will face a tough West Virginia team that went 9-3 and finished tied for first in the Big East. Tune in to ESPN; kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
And what is the name of the bowl that will host the Tar Heels on Dec. 30? Take a deep breath: The "Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl." That'll be on ESPN, too. —David Fellerath