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Get ready for bowl season

The 2011-12 college football bowl season starts in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, and stretches from the Bronx to Honolulu before ending Jan. 9 in New Orleans.

That’s a lot of time and territory to cover.

ESPN/ABC, with 33 of the 35 games on at least one of our platforms, has got you covered.

Tonight at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, watch the Bowl Mania Special Presented by Chevrolet.

Host Kevin Neghandi and analysts Ed Cunningham, Todd McShay and Robert Smith pick and rank every bowl game based on the College Bowl Mania pick‘em game on

The BCS games will attract the spotlight.

In the video above, host John Saunders quizzes McShay and Smith on their picks for the Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, Orange Bowls and — of course — the Allstate BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 9 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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