The 2014 college football regular season is in the books, and now, it’s time to prepare for the full slate of bowl games. You can hear 35 live broadcasts of bowl games throughout the season on SiriusXM, plus tune to SiriusXM College Sports Nation for coverage, analysis and interviews previewing all of the bowls.

Which bowl will SiriusXM hosts and analysts be watching? Scroll the list or select a host below to find out which bowl game they are looking forward to the most!

Jack AruteRachel Baribeau | Gary BarnettChip BrownChris ChildersBraden Gall | Eric LeGrandHouston Nutt | Mark Packer | Jeff Rickard | Phil Savage | Taylor Zarzour


JACK ARUTE

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I’m interested in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl that pits Michigan State against Baylor. The Spartans make their bones the old fashioned way – playing smash-mouth offense and defense. How will they fare against Baylor’s high-octane offense that tries to keep an opponent’s defense on the field and wear them out with long drives? How does Michigan stem Baylor’s high point production?

 

 

 


RACHEL BARIBEAU

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This bowl season does NOT disappoint! There are so many match-ups that I am literally salivating over! One of the most intriguing for me is the Capital One Orange Bowl between Mississippi State and Georgia Tech. I love the the clash of styles here. Mississippi State hasn’t seen anything like the triple-option attack that Georgia Tech will present, and it’s a tricky offense to defend … misdirection and speed. Mississippi State will have to play sound assignment football with eye discipline and maintain their gaps, or Tech will make them pay. I also wonder about the motivation factor; will the “we should’ve been playing for more” attitude be present for State, or will they be a hungry bunch ready to avenge what was, and out to prove everyone wrong in their final game of the 2014 season? Also, will DC Geoff Collin’s departure at State have any bearing on preparing for the bowl?

Collins has accepted a position at Florida in the same role. How much will the State defense miss the “Minister of Mayhem”? Dan Mullen says his team will still play “psycho defense” even in the departure of Collins. You should also keep your eye on the two quarterbacks. Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson told me earlier this year that Justin Thomas was the best pure passer he’s ever seen; that’s not always apparent in the triple-option, but keep in mind the kid’s got a very accurate arm, and he’s small and very elusive.

And we all know the merits of one Dak Prescott, but which will show up? The tough, physical leader that wills the team to win, or the one that battled a foot injury and was oft-mistake prone in the second half of the season? This match-up has the makings to be an instant classic – one that could keep this chica’s DVR humming well into spring.


GARY BARNETT

PrintThe Bowl I’m looking foward to is the Goodyear Cotton Bowl between Michigan State and Baylor. Is the Big 10’s second- or third-best team as good as the Big 12’s first- or second-best team in light of the recent controversy over the final four? We’ll find out!

 

 

 

 


CHIP BROWN

Advocare_texasbowl_mockupsBecause I cover the Texas Longhorns by day and serve as an on-air host for College Sports Nation on Sunday’s Coast to Coast, I’m fascinated by – of all things – the AdvoCare 100 Texas Bowl in Houston Dec. 29, featuring Texas and Arkansas.

As many know (or maybe they don’t) the SEC – not the bowl games – determine which bowl games the SEC’s final six bowl-bound teams will play in (Outback, Taxslayer, Belk, Texas, Music City, Independence).

Thus, after Texas accepted a bid to the Texas Bowl on Dec. 29, the SEC could have put Texas A&M in the game against the Longhorns, making it one of the more talked-about bowl games of the postseason, re-igniting a bitter rivalry. But as I had reported two weeks earlier from a source I trusted, the SEC wasn’t going to put Texas A&M in a bowl game against Texas.

I was told the SEC didn’t want to give Charlie Strong the chance to bolster recruiting with a win over Texas A&M or LSU. In 2012, it was Texas looking to avoid a Cotton Bowl match-up against the Johnny Manziel-led Aggies. That fight – like Mayweather and Pacquiao – is still not ready to be made, apparently.

With Arkansas getting bowl eligible with surprising, back-to-back shutouts of LSU and Ole Miss to reach six wins, the Razorbacks represent a perfect opponent for Texas in the SEC’s mind. The Hogs this season finally ended a 17-game losing streak in SEC play and are looking for a bowl win to help spark recruiting. Nothing would help Arkansas jump-start recruiting in Texas more than a win over the Longhorns.

Texas and its inconsistent quarterback Tyrone Swoopes probably would have had a better match-up against Texas A&M, which struggles to stop the run. Arkansas held Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss to less than 100 yards rushing.


CHRIS CHILDERS

Final Style Guide Full Logo Preferred VersionI’m most excited for the Peach Bowl. Both Ole Miss and TCU are traditional under-the-radar programs looking to shine on the national stage. The match-up of the high flying, Trevone Boykin-led TCU offense against the stingy Ole Miss defense will be fascinating. I think it’s one of the most unpredictable bowls of the season.

 

 

 


BRADEN GALL

12musiccityNo bowl game will ever be capable of matching the intensity and allure of a national semifinal, but outside of those two games, I will say the Music City Bowl – aka, the Gunner Kiel Won’t Be Starting For You Bowl. LSU and Notre Dame come to Nashville to drink the city dry and show that old-school football is still alive and well. Look for the Tigers to dominate by pounding the rock, but good times will be had by all on Broadway.

 

 

 


ERIC LEGRAND

Final Style Guide Full Logo Preferred VersionThe bowl game I am looking forward to the most is the Chick-fil-A Peach bowl between Ole Miss and TCU. There’s a few reasons for this, one being that I’m sure TCU is going to be ready to come out and dominate anybody they play, especially after dropping out of the top four, from third to sixth, after winning their final game. Also, they are going to be ready to take on an SEC West school that was on the top for most of the season, and they are going to want to prove that they can beat anybody in the SEC. As for the match-up, I can’t wait to see Ole Miss’ land shark tough defense against that explosive TCU offense. Something has to give and this should be a great match-up.

 


HOUSTON NUTT

PrintI’m most excited about Ole Miss and TCU in the Cotton Bowl. It’ll be a battle between Baylor with their high flying offense vs. the old school, tough defense of Michigan State.

 

 

 

 


MARK PACKER

PrintThis has been the best college football regular season in memory, but now it’s time to be rewarded with the year’s most anticipated games. The Jan. 1 playoff showdowns are outstanding. However, the real jewels of the bowl season can be found on the undercard.

Nothing screams “bowl game” like a contest involving 6-6 underachieving teams in a half-filled stadium. That’s precisely what we have this year in lovely Shreveport, La. The SEC East preseason favorite, South Carolina, and the ACC Coastal preseason favorite, Miami. Both teams were flops and they’re headed to Shreveport to hangout with Uncle Si and the rest of the Duck Dynasty clan.

Listen, anybody can love the Sugar, Orange and Rose Bowls. But it’s time to grab your camo, some duck calls and check out the Gamecocks and Canes in the Duck Commander Bowl. Quack, quack, quack … this game is bound to be entertaining!


JEFF RICKARD

royalpurpleThe one bowl game I’m really excited about is the Royal Purple Bowl in Las Vegas it’s very personal for me as it involves two programs I was closely tied to in year’s past. It matches Kyle Whittingham’s Utah Utes against a Colorado State now lacking a head coach in the wake of Jim McIlwain moving to Florida.

Both teams exceeded expectations this year and I’m curious to see how the Rams respond to McIlwain’s departure against a very good Utah team. The Utes only two
“big losses” came against Pac 12 Division champs Oregon and Arizona. They had two close losses against Wazzu and Arizona State and generally gave as good as they got against the rest of the conference.


PHIL SAVAGE

PrintFlorida State-Oregon is a game I would pay to see. The Seminoles match-up favorably with the Ducks from a defensive standpoint, and this will be the only meeting at the college level between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. FSU placekicker Roberto Aguayo could be the difference in the end.

 

 

 


TAYLOR ZARZOUR

15sugarI’m really looking forward to the semifinal matchup in New Orleans between Alabama and Ohio State. I’m not sure it’s possible for two other schools and its supporters to match the passion of these two fanbases. They haven’t played in 20 years, and to see them meet with a national championship berth on the line will be something special.

 

 

 


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