5. Mobile, AL (GoDaddy.com Bowl)
You are certain to find a big helping of Southern hospitality in Mobile, along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. But the city’s population is just under 200,000 and it’s a bit second-rate. We would rather enjoy the Mardi Gras celebration in nearby New Orleans – Mobile has one of its own – travel to Birmingham or college towns Tuscaloosa or Auburn instead. GoDaddy.com – who likes to sell sex in its commercials – could find a more glamorous spot for a bowl game.
4. Albuquerque, NM (Gildan New Mexico Bowl)
Located in the middle of the desert, it’s like a poor man’s Las Vegas without the glamor and fun. One of the biggest tourist attractions is the Albuquerque Aquarium, which makes about as much sense as a bowl game in New Mexico. The weather stinks in the winter and it’s also really far away for East Coasters – like the Temple fans who made the 2,000-mile trek to last weekend’s bowl game.
3. Detroit, MI (Little Caesars Pizza Bowl)
Sorry, good people of Detroit, we are rooting for your city’s economic comeback. But please don’t make us visit during the winter. The Motor City is freezing. The game will be played indoors at Ford Field, but who wants to trek through dilapidated Detroit with the biting wind numbing his or her face to see Purdue take on Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl? Count us out.
2. Boise, ID (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl)
Just under 1.6 million people live in Idaho – that’s about as many as you will find in line to use the ice-skating rink at New York City’s Rockefeller Center. We aren’t knocking the city itself – it’s picturesque and no doubt a quiet spot to raise a family – but it’s not a hub of excitement and certainly not an ideal place to take a trip in December. The big tourist attraction? Boise’s blue field. And you will have to endure the cold and two non-BCS teams battling it out in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Not enticing.
1. El Paso, TX (Hyundai Sun Bowl)
What does it say about the bowl’s location in remote West Texas when coaches warn their players not to cross into Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez, a.k.a. “The Murder Capital of the World,” out of fears for their safety? El Paso itself is best known for being at the center of the never-ending U.S.-Mexican drug war. Looking for warm weather? You’re also in the wrong place during the winter. And with the game set for Dec. 31, who wants to ring in the New Year in the middle of nowhere feeling like they are on an actual battle field?
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