Good Sunday morning, Uni Watchers. It’s Bowl Season!
Yesterday the first seven Bowls of the 2023 season were played (Myrtle Beach Bowl, Celebration Bowl, New Orleans Bowl, Cure Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, LA Bowl and Independence Bowl). The Cure Bowl, pictured above, between App State and Miami (Ohio) was played in an absolute monsoon at times, with a field that ended up partially submerged, and which led to some comedic moments on the field itself. Not that the paint would have had time to dry anyway…
At halftime of the #CureBowl, one of the most rain-soaked football games I’ve ever seen, Miami University and Appalachian State have combined for seven fumbles (the RedHawks have five). pic.twitter.com/HnwLXymtiV
— Jack Schmelzinger (@jackschmelznger) December 16, 2023
The ball was, um, slippery.
EIGHT fumbles in the #CureBowl (3 lost)
REAL BALL!!! pic.twitter.com/rNNkFw8cS7
— Video from: @TSV__1 (@TSV__1) December 16, 2023
That’s just a taste of the action from Day 1 of Bowl Season. Mi compadre, and long-time SMUW guru TJ Duroncelet will now take you through the first set of Bowls. It’ll be a shorter than normal SMUW (or “SMBW”) today, as Jimmer and the trackers have the weekend off. Next weekend is Christmas weekend, so everyone (except me) will have next weekend off, and the entire SMUW crew will return to recap all the College Bowl Games for New Year’s Weekend.
Here’s TJ with your…
by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.
Myrtle Beach Bowl
|Ohio vs Georgia Southern| We kick things off with some BFBS, WHERE! <strike>The</strike> Ohio University Bobcats wore white helmets and pants with… black jerseys. I am currently making this face as I type. They faced off against the Georgia Southern University Eagles, who wore their navy blue helmets, with white jerseys and pants, echoing heavy elements of a certain Tuscaloosa-based University.
|Florida A&M vs Howard| Florida A&M really lived up to their team name and said “RATTLE ‘EM, BOYS!” In a 4th quarter rally that proved victorious, the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Rattlers wore a rather Canes-esque white/green/white combo in their bowl game against the Howard University Bison, who wore silver/white/silver.
New Orleans Bowl
|Louisiana vs Jacksonville State| Wait, when was the last time this game was played in the afternoon? Here, we have the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (and for those that are about to come for me saying “IT’S JUST ‘UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA’ NOW!!!1!1!”, that is still their full name technically, and we all know the tradition of using a school’s whole government name by now) in white/red/red, with those sick almost neon script-style decals. They faced off against the Jacksonville State University Gamecocks, who are still fresh on the FBS scene. They wore red/white/red. Despite the rather… straightforward color of the day, it was Louisiana who was seeing red, as Jax State pulled off the victory and held their heads up high. Also, does anyone else feel like this logo looks/feels fake? I can’t put my finger on what it is, though.
|Appalachain State vs Miami (OH)| Pinktober reloaded. Here, we have the Appalachian State University Mountaineers in all-black, facing off against the Miami University RedHawks, who wore white/white/red, and as an added bonus, both teams dressed up for the occasion, in what’s probably the (literal) sloppiest game all year.
New Mexico Bowl
|Fresno State vs New Mexico State| The Bulldogs of the California State University, Fresno wore all-red, while the New Mexico State University Aggies wore all-white. Th– that’s it, that’s all I can type.
|Boise State vs UCLA| This is basically a home game for the B1G’s newest convert. We have the Boise State University Broncos in the seemingly-rare orange/blue/orange combo, and the Bruins of the University of California, Los Angeles in the classics.
|Texas Tech vs Cal| Much like UCLA from earlier, this will be Cal’s last year in the Pac 12. The University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears wore navy/white/gold (my favorite road combo for them). They would ultimately lose to the Texas Tech University Red Raiders, who wore black/red/red. Easily the Contrast Matters winner for this week.