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
For all interested in playing hockey next year for FIU please sign up for Pines Ice Arenas adult league teams this sunday. It will allow you to brush up on your skills and have fun. It begins october 20th”
The Temple Owls are clearly tearing up their ACHA division, so no contest here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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….
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
Matchup: UCLA vs. Kansas State
UCLA style> Kansas State. Kansas State use to have a roller hockey team, back in 2013……
WALK-ON’S INDEPENDENCE BOWL
Matchup: Southern Miss vs. Florida State
No hockey team vs SEC D3 hockey team. CLUB HOCKEY RULES.
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.
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.
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.
MILITARY BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHROP GRUMMAN
Matchup: Virginia vs. Navy
Virginia Tech>Virginia. Enter Sandman.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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….
Matchup: South Carolina vs. 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.
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.
Winner: Notre Dame
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.
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.