Bowl SZN
November 29, 2018

QUIZ: Can you tell these fake college football bowl games from their real-life counterparts?

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The craziest thing about college football isn't the CFP. It's not the parade of batshit be-mulleted coaches nor their scroll-like recruiting violation rap sheets. It's not even Gus Johnson howling at the moon every time Iowa hits a seven-yard slant. It's the patently ridiculous bowl game names, which continue, with each passing year (and potential advertiser), to blur reality and parody into a single ironic smear. In that absurdist spirit, we mixed up 15 2018 bowl games—some real and some very, very fake—to put your CFB knowledge to the test. Think you can still tell the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl from the Comedy Central East-West Bowl? We'd like to see you try, hot shot (no, seriously.)

Answer key at bottom

1. Draft Kings Atlantic City Bowl

2. Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

3. Applebee’s Eatin’ Good in the Neighborhood Bowl

BYU v Utah

BYU v Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 24: Utah Utes fans cheer prior to the game between the Brigham Young Cougars and the Utah Utes in the first half of a game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

Photo by: Gene Sweeney Jr.

Gene Sweeney Jr.

4. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl

5. Cheez-It Bowl

6. Hooters Reno Bowl

7. South Central Louisiana Bourbon Bowl

LSU v Texas A&M

LSU v Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24: LSU Tigers cheerleaders bring the team onto the field at Kyle Field on November 24, 2018 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Photo by: Bob Levey

Bob Levey

8. San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

9. Dodge Ram Hanukkah Bowl

10. Redbox Bowl

11. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

12. Don’t Mess With Texas Bowl

USC v Texas

USC v Texas

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 15: Texas Longhorns cheerleaders perform during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the USC Trojans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Photo by: Tim Warner

Tim Warner

13. Bowl of Heart Healthy Cheerios Bowl

14. Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl

15. I Can See Russia From My House Alaska Bowl

ANSWER KEY

1. Draft Kings Atlantic City Bowl - Fake

2. Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl - Real

3. Applebee’s Eatin’ Good in the Neighborhood Bowl - Fake

4. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl - Real

5. Cheez-It Bowl - Real

6. Chipotle Burrito Bowl - Fake

7. South Central Louisiana Bourbon Bowl - Fake

8. San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl - Real

9. Money Mutual Hanukkah Bowl - Fake

10. Servpro First Responder Bowl - Real

11. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl - Real

12. Don’t Mess With Texas Bowl - Fake

13. Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Bowl - Fake

14. Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl - Real

15. Kodiak Chew Alaska Bowl - Fake