The beauty of the bowl season is that you never know what to expect. It's a wild ride of 32 games in 21 days and it starts Tuesday night with the Poinsettia Bowl between Texas Christian and Northern Illinois from San Diego. You'll certainly need an on-board navigation system for this trek, and you've come to the right place. Here are a few of our favorite previews from around the country:
Jay Heater, Contra Costa Times: A coach potato's guide. Ranking the games, from best to watch to the worst.
Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: Ten years ago, there were only 18 bowl games. What's the reason behind the explosive growth? (thanks to Mary).
Edgar Thompson, Palm Beach Post: The long layoff can create problems. Teams can go stale, some players get fat and coaches can get too fancy with their game plans.
Mike Huguenin, Orlando Sentinel: Teams that don't deserve to go bowling include Alabama, Florida State, Iowa and Miami.
Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News: You can't have a preview without a few predictions, can you? Here is a look at 12 early games of note.
Jake Curtis, San Francisco Chronicle: We hate to double up on the coach potato's guide, but this was too good to pass up.
For the complete bowl schedule and latest numbers, check with our friends at Doc's Sports.