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Sunday Morning Bowl Watch 2023: Part Three

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Good Sunday morning, Uni Watchers. Tonight we ring out 2023. In the words of Chris Berman, let me be the first to wish you a Happy New Year.

In case you missed it, yesterday I ran another set of “bad weather” NFL games, and asked you guys to guess when they were played. That post has now been updated with answers.

Now then…

Yesterday, we looked at all the Bowls played between December 18th and December 26th. Today we’ll cover those played from the 27th through yesterday afternoon, including Georgia’s 63-3 demolition of FSU in the Orange Bowl.

After an undefeated regular season (13-0), FSU got screwed out of a playoff berth, which not only prompted calls of bias but also a lawsuit — so does the drubbing they took yesterday validate the Selection Committee’s snub? Or maybe it had something to do with 23 players opting out of yesterday’s game, in essence turning the game into a mockery. Georgia was something like a 20-point favorite going in, and ended up tripling that margin of victory in Miami yesterday. FSU made history once by being the only undefeated P5 team not to make the CFP, and then again yesterday by losing by the most lopsided point total (60) in Bowl history.

While I watched some of the game, I flipped over to the much more competitive Arizona Bowl (won by Wyoming in a last second field goal), so I didn’t watch the Orange Bowl victory presentation — and I’m not sure if the crystal bowl pictured above was at one time full of oranges (as has been the case in many previous trophy presentations). But the 2023 Orange Bowl seemed to be a bit short on the juice.

[Note: I wrote this intro before receiving Terry’s writeups — and indeed, he inadvertently answered my question about the full orange bowls. Read on! — PH]

In any event, we’ve got a lot of Bowls to cover today, so I’m gonna turn it over to Terry now with your…

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Sunday Morning Bowl Watch, Part 3
by Terry Duroncelet, Jr.

16 games left for 2023, and then it’s on to the new year. Let’s see what schools brought their A-game, and which schools were hittin’ the eggnog too hard.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Holiday Bowl

|USC vs Louisville| Given Louisville’s closet, I was expecting some tomfoolery, but it turned out to be really classy! We have the University of Southern California Trojans in The Classics, and the University of Louisville Cardinals wore white/white/red.

Texas Bowl

|Oklahoma State vs Texas A&M| An old Big XII matchup renewed. The Cowboys of Oklahoma State University–Stillwater wore white/black/white, and the Texas A&M University Aggies wore maroon/white/white. One of my favorite details on Oklahoma State’s unis returns, in the form of the sheriff’s star with the captain’s ‘C’.

Military Bowl

|Tulane vs Virginia Tech| Ah, yes: two teams with excellent color schemes, surely they’ll leverage those colors to their advantage… right??? I… have no words to describe my disappointment. All the visual flair and unique color schemes in the world, and YOU DON’T USE THEM?!?! *grumbles* Whatever, let’s just go over this quickly: the Tulane University of Louisiana Green Wave wore green/black/black (such a letdown from their last bowl game appearance just barely shy of an entire year ago), and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Hokies (our military school for this bowl, in essence) wore white/white/orange (at least SOMEONE knows how to use color a little bit), with S&S decals on the helmets. So much colorful potential, WASTED.

Duke’s Mayo Bowl

|West Virginia vs North Carolina| See, NOW we’re cooking with color. Although I prefer Kewpie Mayo, myself. The West Virginia University Mountaineers wore their 2023 Country Roads unis against the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who wore white/white/Carolina Blue.

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Alamo Bowl

|Oklahoma vs Arizona| There’s a Hank Hill joke here somewhere. The University of Oklahoma Sooners wore their classic look, while the University of Arizona Wildcats (who have a neat logo/seal, I should add) wore all-white.

Pop Tarts Bowl

|Kansas State vs NC State| I prefer homemade, myself. The Kansas State University Wildcats wore silver/purple/silver (am I the only one who thinks their shade of purple looks like it belongs in a shopping mall from the 90s? Not that that’s a bad thing, of course). The opposing North Carolina State University Wolfpack wore all-white.

Fenway Bowl

|Boston College vs SMU| A rare combo for the Boston College Eagles, who wore gold/maroon/maroon, while the Southern Methodist University Mustangs wore their Dallas whites.

Pinstripe Bowl

|Miami vs Rutgers| Not to be outdone by Fenway having a bowl game, Yankee Stadium renewed their annual contest, featuring the University of Miami Hurricanes, who wore white/orange/white, and the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University–New Brunswick (or is it Rutgers |The State University of New Jersey| New Brunswick?) wore scarlet/white/white.

Friday, December 29, 2023

Sun Bowl

|Notre Dame vs Oregon State| What’s in a name (on back)? Here, we have the University of Notre Dame du Lac Fighting Irish in their classic gold/navy/gold (I STILL think they have the best helmets in college football after, what, 12 years of doing this?), the twist being that Notre Dame added player names, per their tradition of only using NOBs in bowl games. Meanwhile, The Oregon State University Beavers wore orange/white/white. Who knows what the Pac XYZ (I don’t know what to call it other than DEAD) future holds for them and Washington State (the only other school from the dissolved conference to not leave) in 2024?

Gator Bowl

|Kentucky vs Clemson| Opposite of the color wheel of each other, this wasn’t too bad on the eyes! Well, minus the chrome domes. The United Kingdom University of Kentucky Wildcats wore chrome/blue/blue against the Clemson University Tigers, who wore orange/white/orange.

Liberty Bowl

|Memphis vs Iowa StateWhite tiger look for the University of Memphis Tigers, while the opposing Iowa State University of Science and Technology Cyclones wore all-cardinal.

Cotton Bowl

|Ohio State vs Mizzou| Of all of the things that were on my 2023 bingo card, Ohio State not scoring a single touchdown in their NY6 bowl game loss to Mizzou was NOT one of them. In this color-vs-color matchup, we have THE Ohio State University Buckeyes in their classic scarlet jerseys and grey helmets and pants (really, more of a silver), and in what might be a new thing that they’re doing, Chris Beck noticed black name tape on the back of their helmets, similar to what the Dallas Cowboys use. The ultimately-victorious University of Missouri Tigers wore all-black, with the classic block ‘M’ helmet decals, and a boatload of patches. A nice-looking game, but one of these two combos for Mizzou would’ve been the icing on the cake.

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Music City Bowl

|Maryland vs Auburn| In the final black-and-white affair of the year, we have the University of Maryland, College Park Terrapins in all-black, and the Auburn University Tigers (how many ‘Tigers’ does the SEC need?) in all-white, complete with white facemasks (and check out the jolted nose bumper decal).

Arizona Bowl

|Wyoming vs Toledo| Up next, we have the University of Wyoming Cowboys, who wore white/gold/white against the University of Toledo Rockets, who wore navy/white/navy. I think this game suffered from too much white.

Peach Bowl

|Penn State vs Ole Miss| Inaccurate logo, but I think it looks better. On one side of the ball, we have The Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions (the school has gone through SO MANY NAMES in their lifetime), who of course wore The Classics, facing off against the  University of Mississippi Rebels, who wore light blue helmets, with white jerseys and pants.

Orange Bowl

|Florida State vs Georgia| …Well, that was a bloodbath. Our final college football game of 2023 comes in what is now the largest margin of victory in bowl game history. The Florida State University Seminoles arrived on the scene in their usual gold helmets and pants, with garnet jerseys. The University of Georgia Bulldogs wore red helmets, white jerseys, and silver britches, in their 63-3 BEATDOWN of Florida State. So much for the undefeated push.


And that will do it for 2023! We have 5 games left to cover to ring in the new year, so until then, I hope you all have a wonderful (and safe!) new year, and I’ll see you next week!

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Thanks, TJ! We’ll be back with you, Jimmer and the trackers next Saturday for our final SMUW/SMBW for the 2023 NCAAFB season.



Bowl Uni Tracking

Now that we’ve reached the Bowls, our trackers have the rundown on all the unis worn for teams who have reached the big dance. New this year is Zachary Wooldridge, who is tracking the SEC, with long-time trackers Rex Henry (tracking the ACC and the B1G this year), and Dennis Bolt (tracking the PAC-12) returning for another season. The graphics below represent all the Bowls played through 12/30 — next weekend, we’ll be back with those Bowls still to be played.

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Rex is up first today (ACC):

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Follow Rex on Twitter here.

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And now, here’s Dennis with the PAC-12:

Read more about the PAC12 uniforms on Dennis’ blog.

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Here’s Zach with the SEC:

You can follow Zach on Twitter here.

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And here’s Rex again, this time with the B1G:

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Thanks guys. They’ll all be back next Saturday with a final set of tracking (and one last Duck Tracker).



Guess the Game from the Scoreboard

Guess The Game…

…From The Scoreboard

Today’s scoreboard comes from Benjamin Wyatt.

The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).

Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):

Please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.



Guess the Game from the Uniform

Based on the suggestion of long-time reader/contributor Jimmy Corcoran, we’ve introduced a new “game” on Uni Watch, which is similar to the popular “Guess the Game from the Scoreboard” (GTGFTS), only this one asked readers to identify the game based on the uniforms worn by teams.

Like GTGFTS, readers will be asked to guess the date, location and final score of the game from the clues provided in the photo. Sometimes the game should be somewhat easy to ascertain, while in other instances, it might be quite difficult. There will usually be a visual clue (something odd or unique to one or both of the uniforms) that will make a positive identification of one and only one game possible. Other times, there may be something significant about the game in question, like the last time a particular uniform was ever worn (one of Jimmy’s original suggestions). It’s up to YOU to figure out the game and date.

Today’s GTGFTU comes from Scrotie McBoogerballs.

Good luck and please post your guess/answer in the comments below.



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Nice touch!


And finally...

…that’ll do it for today…and this year. Big thanks, as always, to TJ Duroncelet as well as the 2023 Trackers: Rex Henry, Dennis Bolt and Zach Wooldridge. Great job once again.

Everyone have a great Sunday — enjoy the NFL games today (there are a bunch of good ones!), as we get ready to turn the calendar to 2024.

Catch you guys next year. Until then…



Comments (17)

    GTGFTS: Oct 16, 1955. Bears 38, Colts 10. George Blanda scores 14 points with a TD pass, 5 PAT’s and 1 FG.

    The only way to do it is assume it is the early to mid 1950s based on the teams listed on the out of town scoreboard and match the slate of games to Football Reference.

    Oh, to give up my secrets or not…….

    1. Note the date of the next home game; Bears v. Packers on Nov 6.
    2. Find the years where there Bears hosted the Packers on Nov 6. (Yes, Football Reference helps). That trims it down to 3 years; 1938, 1949, & 1955.
    3. The photo looked too clean for 1938 & 1949, so I went to the Bears 1955 season on a hunch.
    4. Now go back in the 1955 season to the home game previous to Nov 6. You get Bears v. Colts on Oct. 16
    5. Double check the rest of the NFL schedule for Oct 16 to make sure they line up with the other league games.
    6. Dig into the stats for the Bears v. Colts game and you see Blanda had quite a day.

    It really is a shame that DC NFL opted to throw out the baby with the bath water – so necessary to discard that traditional look for…whatever you want to call their uniforms. Come to your senses, Commies!

    Man there were a lot of good looking games. The best were USC/Louisville, Arizona/Oklahoma, and Georgia/FSU, Penn State/Ole Miss.

    Great rundown as always. However why are you using the 2021 Orange Bowl trophy presentation photo as the lede? It’s pretty obvious even before blowing up the picture to read the engraving on the trophy – Georgia’s jerseys have their old custom font numbers and they have the silver Playoff Team Nike swoosh; this year’s jerseys have block numbers and had a standard black swoosh.


    Like I said, I didn’t see the presentation … and I grabbed what I thought was the 2023 game (I even narrowed my search to photos taken “within the past 24 hours” (but I guess that also included any photos that had appeared on the interwebs within the past 24 hours).

    I’ll swap in a new pic.

    GTGFTU: ‘Skins whooped up on the Cowboys. The last game I saw with my dad. We flew down to Dallas for it. November 26th, 2020. Hail!

    Not sure if they had had this when they played Rutgers, but the Terps added a decal for Frank Wycheck which was worn for the Music City Bowl:

    Did Arizona’s stripe pattern drive anyone else insane?

    Helmet: red/white/navy
    Jersey: red/white/red
    Pants: navy/white/red

    So close to a perfect consistent look but the lack of navy stripe on the jersey in particular was extremely difficult for my OCD to stomach.

    They got it right when they changed their look in 2021, but then turned around and inexplicably screwed it up by changing that stripe pattern and the number font. The white jersey with two red stripes looks like a manufacturer mistake that they just stuck with.

    Terry, you make me chuckle so much… “United Kingdom” took me a sec. LOL

    What’s with U of A and the mismatched UCLA shoulder stripes??!!?? UGH.
    Someone help them.

    Great job crew! Better slate of uniforms. I still have not watched a bowl game, even my beloved Gophers. Maybe tomorrow?!?

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