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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Updated: December 16, 10:56 AM ET
Taking the temperature of bowl season

By Mark Schlabach

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

The 2011 college football bowl season kicks off with three games Saturday. Between then and the Jan. 9 Allstate BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans, we'll see 35 games between 70 teams.

What's hot this postseason? The SEC, BCS championship game tickets and interim coaches.

What's not? The Pac-12, New Year's Day and the coaching carousel.

Here's a look at all that's hot and all that's not during bowl season:

Mark Schlabach covers college sports for You can contact him at