The Worst Bowl Game In The World

As you're reading this, North Carolina State and Rutgers are playing at what has to be the absolute lowest level of collegiate football— a website-sponsored bowl game in Birmingham, Alabama, on a Monday afternoon.

At one point this season, these two teams were a combined 3-11. Now they are a combined two games over .500, and playing the Papajohns.com Bowl—not the Papa John's Bowl; Papa John's dot com. Sure, it's on national television, but it started at 3:00 p.m. ET on a Monday afternoon. Today is not a holiday. Most of the Western world is either at work or on vacation, and if they're on vacation, they sure as hell better not be watching TV. I can't imagine either of these teams wants to be there or is happy about the way their season turned out. Their respective athletic departments will be lucky to break even on this one and no one, anywhere, wants to travel to Birmingham between Christmas and New Year's (or ever.) In other words, this is the horrible bowl game that gives horrible bowl games a bad name. No good will come of this.

On the other hand, ordering a hot, delicious pizza from the internet so that it can be delivered to your door without any human interaction is one of the greatest pleasures this life has to offer. Extra garlic butter, please!

PapaJohns.com Bowl Notebook [Birmingham News]
N.C. State-Rutgers Preview [ESPN]
Missouri, Northwestern get set for Alamo Bowl [Houston Chronicle]