NCAA Bowl Mania: Hockey version

With Bowl Mania taking over the south, it led me to think “how would these games turn out if hockey teams did this?” No need to explain, let’s cut to the chase.

DXL FRISCO BOWL

Matchup: Louisiana Tech vs. SMU

Surprisingly SMU does have a college hockey team, but with the team racking up two losses in their first two games it looks like they just packed ship and sailed. Louisiana Tech’s roller hockey team was SCHL DIII Champions in 2015-2016 & 2016-2017.

Winner: Louisiana Tech
BAD BOY MOWERS GASPARILLA BOWL

Matchup: FIU vs. Temple

Well hockey isn’t taking off at FIU according to their Facebook page

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The Temple Owls are clearly tearing up their ACHA division, so no contest here.

Winner: Temple
BAHAMAS BOWL

Matchup: Ohio vs. UAB

Easily our first realistic game, UAB’s club team looks serious as their Facebook cover photo is a video (pretty cool 8/10). But the Ohio Bobcats are a legit ACHA D1 contender and sitting with a record of 16-4-1.

Winner: The real winner here is whoever can say the Bobcats leading scorers name Gianni Evangelisti.
FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL

Matchup: Central Michigan vs. Wyoming

Central Mich is an ACHA D3 powerhouse at 21-4, but Wyoming was the 2001 ACHA Division III National Champions so reputation is on the line. Travel time would definitely affect Central Michigan.

Winner: Wyoming
BIRMINGHAM BOWL

Matchup: Texas Tech vs. USF

University of South Florida is sitting comfortably at 8-5 this season. But the real winner here is Texas Tech who looks to be in line for a first overall pick with their 0-10 record in the Texas Collegiate Hockey Confrence.

Winner: USF
LOCKHEED MARTIN ARMED FORCES BOWL

Matchup: San Diego State vs. Army

ACHA D2 vs NCAA D1….. Even with Army’s 1-5-1 home record it’s a no brainer.

Winner: Army
DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL

Matchup: Appalachian State vs. Toledo

Both teams have sub-par websites, very difficult to find information but at least we know they both have teams. Looks like Toledo’s Iam Rapp has 31 bingos through 18 games so that has to give the Rockets the advantage.

Winner: Toledo
HAWAI’I BOWL

Matchup: Houston vs. Fresno State
Fresno State looks to be getting a hockey team in 2018, but the Houston Cougars roller hockey team has their name spelt wrong on their own website so who’s really winning here….

Tie

ZAXBY’S HEART OF DALLAS BOWL

Matchup: West Virginia vs. Utah

Great ACHA battle, WVU has unreal sweaters and Utah has a solid reputation. As much as I love the Pac-12 hockey, Utah is below .500 and WVU isn’t.

Winner: West Virginia
QUICK LANE BOWL

Matchup: Northern Illinois vs. Duke

With Duke’s roster bolstering 13 skaters, easy decision to go with NIU as by looking at their website you wouldn’t be able to tell they were ACHA D2.

Winner: Northern Illinois
CACTUS BOWL

Matchup: UCLA vs. Kansas State

UCLA style> Kansas State. Kansas State use to have a roller hockey team, back in 2013……

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Winner: UCLA
WALK-ON’S INDEPENDENCE BOWL

Matchup: Southern Miss vs. Florida State

No hockey team vs SEC D3 hockey team. CLUB HOCKEY RULES.

Winner: FSU
NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL

Matchup: Iowa vs. Boston College
ACHA D1 vs NCAA D1, Boston College is off to a fairly strong start to the season in conference play. Overall they’re just above .500. University of Iowa is getting an absolutely nasty new barn coming up. Easy choice as style>skill.

Winner: Iowa

FOSTER FARMS BOWL

Matchup: Purdue vs. Arizona

The Purdue Boilermakers…. Yes that’s their name. On a two game losing streak going into Christmas, Purdue will be looking for a big second half in the Indiana Collegiate Hockey Conference, but Arizona has a top rink for any college hockey team and the Wildcats are ranked #13 in ACHA D1.

Winner: Arizona
ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL

Matchup: Missouri vs. Texas

HOW MANY BOWL GAMES CAN THEY HAVE?!?!?! Missouri’s last website update was their new coaching staff, which seems to be the biggest thing happening there this season. While Texas is stylin in bright orange threads, easily top 3 in the Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Winner: Texas
MILITARY BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHROP GRUMMAN

Matchup: Virginia vs. Navy

Virginia Tech>Virginia. Enter Sandman.

Winner: Navy
CAMPING WORLD BOWL

Matchup: Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State

When the best hockey team in the State is the University of Central Oklahom, don’t expect me to think of picking State.

Winner: Enter Sandman, Virginia Tech
VALERO ALAMO BOWL

Matchup: Stanford vs. TCU
TCU had the ACHA player of the week in Week 11, Stanford didn’t.

Winner: TCU

SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION HOLIDAY BOWL

Matchup: Michigan State vs. Washington State

Wazzu’s got their hands full with a real D1 team. But Michigan State has been less than impressive in the Big 10 this year. Both great party schools.

Winner: Michigan State
BELK BOWL

Matchup: Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M
Love Wake Forest’s tendy’s gold cage on the home page. Plus he was ACC player of the week. But the Aggies are 12-3 so clear advantage.

Winner: A&M

HYUNDAI SUN BOWL

Matchup: Arizona State vs. NC State

My favourite bowl game…… said no one ever. ASU is a new NCAA D1 team, still playing independent though. So I’m giving the advantage to the team playing in a real conference.

Winner NC State
FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL

Matchup: Northwestern vs. Kentucky

Northwestern’s Dylan Sikura was picked for the Canadian Spengler Cup squad, while Kentucky has a riot barn and they start games at midnight (legendary move). Still an obvious victor.

Winner: Northwestern
NOVA HOME LOANS ARIZONA BOWL

Matchup: New Mexico State vs. Utah State

USU has an elite atmosphere for ACHA D2, plus their military appreciation jerseys are on point.

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Winner: Utah State
GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC

Matchup: USC vs. Ohio State

If the LA Kings loan USC some players they may have a chance. Buckeyes by 1000000000000.

Winner: Ohio State
TAXSLAYER BOWL

Matchup: Mississippi State vs. Louisville

Anyone else want to see Lamar Jackson on skates??? The Ice Dawgs have a sick barn, solid fans and a great name. They also play in the super competitive SEC.

Winner: Miss State
AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL

Matchup: Memphis vs. Iowa State

The University of Memphis’ Facebook page is full of OK pictures at best. While Iowa State has support in every sport and the Cyclones are the easy favourite.

Winner: Iowa State
PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL

Matchup: Washington vs. Penn State

Style advantage has to go to Washington. But the former ACHA School Penn State is proving to be a hockey school.

Winner: Penn State
CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL

Matchup: Wisconsin vs. Miami

Another NCAA D1 vs ACHA D3 mismatch. Wisco is use to playing in front of 9623 fans, while the U might be use to 96….

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Winner: Wisconsin
OUTBACK BOWL

Matchup: South Carolina vs. Michigan

GO BLUE.

Winner: Michigan
CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL

Matchup: Central Florida vs. Auburn

Could be one of the most entertaining games as the SEC hockey wouldn’t let us down right? According to the Central Florida website they’re leaving fans guessing if they’ve even played after the fall of 2016. So the clear winner has to be 6-7 Auburn.

Winner: Auburn
CITRUS BOWL PRESENTED BY OVERTON’S

Matchup: LSU vs. Notre Dame

LSU has allowed 90 goals in 11 ACHA D3 games this season. But they’re coming in hot off a 2-0 shut-out against Tulane! Notre Dame may be a bit intimidated coming into this one, but the Fighting Irish may be able to gut out a W.

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Winner: Notre Dame
ROSE BOWL

Matchup: Oklahoma vs. Georgia

OU is a rising ACHA D1 team with a solid set up all round, easily on par with most NCAA D3 teams. While Georgia blows most ACHA teams out of the water with their 2200 seat rink inside a weird auditorium style building where the band team may practice after the game.

Winner: Oklahoma
ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL

Matchup: Clemson vs. Alabama

The Roll Tide has flooded into the hockey world at Alabama. The ACHA D1 team would easily handle the SEC Clemson without the need for Nick Saban on the bench.

Winner Alabama

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