#14. Motor City Bowl
Central Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee
December 26, 2006, ESPN
The Motor City Bowl is going to be a shootout. And several people will die because of it. Nothing’s better than celebrating a bowl game in the country’s second most violent city. On your way over to the stadium, stop by and pick up some smack from the gas station attendant, take a pot shot from a random bystander or admire the haunted house-like infrastructure of a city people stopped caring for 50 years ago. A fun tailgating game is to drink every time you spot a condemned building. You’ll be cross-eyed by kickoff.
#13. Champs Sports Bowl
Purdue vs. Maryland
Florida Citrus Bowl
December 29, 2006, ESPN
The last time Maryland squared off against Purdue with any sort of meaningful implications involved, social security was just being formed. Maryland might win. Purdue might win. One of these two teams is going to win, but the bottom line is this: three days after this game, you won’t remember which team it was.
#12. R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Troy 41 Rice 17
New Orleans, LA
December 22, 2006, ESPN
The R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl is particularly anonymous in the exploding bowl game population as it is a bowl nobody has ever heard of with a sponsor nobody has ever heard of pitting two teams against each other that nobody has heard of. In other words nobody cares.