College football bowl season is here, a time to reflect on a wonderful season behind us, look ahead to ... oh, who are we kidding. With no football to break down right now, we are bored out of our minds!
That's why in addition to giving you all the actual bowl analysis you could handle this week, we decided to have some fun and look at the most famous alumnus of every school that's playing during bowl season this year.
We'll admit that we stretched "alumnus" pretty far; many of the folks below didn't actually graduate from the wiht which school they're listed.
Still, who is the most famous alum of every school playing during bowl season? Here are the answers.
New Mexico: Penny Marshall (actress, director)
Marshall attended the University of New Mexico for a brief time before heading to Hollywood, where she became a wildly successful actor and director. Her most notable work remains as the director of “A League of Their Own" even more than 20 years after it was released.
Texas-San Antonio: Michelle Beadle (sports TV personality)
Beadle graduated from UTSA before beginning a television career that included stops at ESPN and NBC.
Houston: Jim Parsons (actor)
Houston has produced a number of prominent athletes, including Olympic hero Carl Lewis, Basketball Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler and pro golfer Fred Couples. However, Parsons – who has won three Emmy Awards on “The Big Bang Theory” – is probably the school's most prominent alum, or at the very least it's most recognizable in 2016.
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San Diego State: Tony Gwynn Sr. (Baseball Hall of Famer)
Gwynn served as both an Aztecs’ player and head coach, with a 20-year, Hall of Fame career with the Padres sandwiched in between. He passed away in 2014.
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Toledo: Jamie Farr (actor)
It was slim pickings for the Rockets, whose most prominent alum starred in “M*A*S*H” in the 1970s and ‘80s.
Appalachian State: Eric Church (country music singer)
The country music star graduated from App State with a degree in marketing before embarking an award-winning music career.
Central Florida: Daniel Tosh (comedian)
Before moving to Hollywood, the Florida native graduated from Central Florida in 1996. Cheryl Hines, who played “Cheryl David” in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” also briefly attended UCF, giving the Golden Knights the funniest one-two punch on this list.
Arkansas State: Al Joyner (Olympic track and field gold medalist)
After leaving school in Jonesboro, Joyner went on to win a gold medal in the triple jump at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. However, he’s probably best known as the brother of Olympic legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee and the husband of late icon Florence Griffith-Joyner.
Southern Miss: Brett Favre (Pro Football Hall of Famer)
I can’t lie, I didn’t even bother to look this up before proceeding here. There may be more famous alums of Southern Miss (though not likely), but there might not be one football player who is more synomnous with his school than Favre is.
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Louisiana-Lafayette: Frank Ocean (singer)
The Grammy Award-winning singer has a wild backstory. He originally chose to attend the University of New Orleans but was forced to leave the school just days after arriving because of Hurricane Katrina. He later ended up at Louisiana-Lafayette.
In a completely unrelated - and way less serious - story, Richard Simmons actually also attended ULL (known as “Southwestern Louisiana” at the time) before transferring to Florida State.
Central Michigan: Jeff Daniels
The Chippewas have a better athletic lineage than most realize, with everyone from Dan Majerle to Antonio Brown having attended the school, as well as J.J. Watt, who went for one year before transferring to Wisconsin. However, it's my list and I'm taking full advantage of any chance I get to reference "Dumb and Dumber." Therefore, Daniels gets the nod here.
Tulsa: Phil McGraw (aka “Dr. Phil”)
Dr. Phil actually could have made this list at Tulsa (where he began his college career) or North Texas (where he ended it), but we’ll give the edge to the Golden Hurricane. Long before he was a doctor, Phil McGraw attended the school for one year on a football scholarship.
Western Kentucky: Rod Smart (former professional player)
Admit it, you have no idea who “Rod Smart” is, do you? Well, what if I told you that he simply went by the nickname “He Hate Me” during a brief XFL career? Make sense now?
We’re guessing yes, and that’s also why he makes this list. WKU has other famous athletic alums (new Oregon football coach Willie Taggart, the Memphis Grizzlies' Courtney Lee), but if you say “He Hate Me,” everyone immediately knows who you’re talking about.
Memphis: Derrick Rose (NBA basketball player)
The Tigers have several prominent sports alums, including former NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway and Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams. However we’ll give the edge to Rose, who nearly won a national championship at Memphis before becoming the youngest NBA MVP in league history.
BYU: Ken Jennings (all-time Jeopardy champion)
Easily my favorite – and most random – person on this list, Jennings is the “Jeopardy” legend who won a record 74 consecutive shows and over $3 million while competing on the show.
Other notable alums include actor Aaron Eckhart and John Heder, the guy who played “Napoleon Dynamite.” Who knew BYU was this awesome?
Wyoming: Jerry Buss (former owner of the Los Angeles Lakers)
The Cowboys have a surprisingly deep athletic lineage that includes Larry Nance Sr. and Jr., Chuck Pagano and Malcolm Floyd. We’ll give the edge though to Buss, who earned his undergraduate degree from Wyoming and eventually went on to buy the Lakers, where he blessed the world with a bounty of gifts, including “Showtime” and “The Laker Girls.”
Idaho: Dan O’Brien (gold medal-winning decathlete)
O’Brien is best known for a disappointing 1992 campaign which saw him touted as the “best athlete in the world” heading into the Barcelona Games, only to fail to qualify at all in the decathlon. O’Brien, who graduated from Idaho in 1988 did bounce back, however, taking home the gold in Atlanta in 1996.
Hammon had a successful career at both Colorado State and in the WNBA, but she is best known for what came afterward. She became the first woman to get a full-time coaching gig with a major professional sports team when the Spurs hired her a few years ago.
One of the shortest players in NBA history, Boykins was a standout at Eastern Michigan before heading to the pros, where he played for 10 teams over a career that spanned more than a decade.
Old Dominion: Justin Verlander (Major League Baseball player)
Verlander was a star pitcher for the Monarchs in early 2000s before heading to the pros in 2004 -- where his career highlights include both an AL MVP and Cy Young Award in 2011, six All-Star game appearances and and convincing Kate Upton to marry him. Frankly, it’s hard to decide which accomplishment is most impressive.
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Louisiana Tech: Terry Bradshaw (Pro Football Hall of Famer)
I could have gone with Karl Malone here, but I went Bradshaw, the four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback who was the first overall pick out of La. Tech in the 1970 NFL Draft. Since retiring, Bradshaw has become one of the most popular football TV commentators on “Fox NFL Sunday.”
Navy: Jimmy Carter (Former President of the United States)
Again, there were plenty of good candidates, including Heisman Trophy-winner Roger Staubach and Basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson. But how can you top a former president who graduated from Annapolis in 1946.
Ohio: Matt Lauer (“Today Show” host)
There are many prominent former Bobcats, including actor Ed O’Neil and Piper Perabo, who is best known as the star of the cinematic masterpiece “Coyote Ugly.” But the most prominent is Matt Lauer, who has been part of “Today" for almost 20 years.
Middle Tennessee State: Kelly Holcomb (former NFL quarterback)
Slim pickings here, so the edge goes to Holcomb, who spent 12 years in the NFL.
Hawaii: Beau Bridges (actor)
The brother of Jeff Bridges, Beau has won three Emmy Awards since leaving the University of Hawaii in the late 1950s.
Miami (OH): Nick Lachey (singer, actor)
My hunch was to give the edge to one of the two “Big Bens” who went to Miami -- either Roethlisberger, the quarterback of the Steelers or Harrison, who served as the 23rd President of the United States.
Instead, I went with Lachey, who only spent a brief time at the school before joining “98 Degrees” and starring in the smash hit show “Newlyweds” with ex-wife Jessica Simpson.
Mississippi State: John Grisham (best-selling author)
Grisham attended several schools before finishing at Mississippi State in 1977. Since then, he has gone on to write several books, including best-sellers like “The Firm” and “A Time to Kill.”
Maryland: Larry David (actor)
Admittedly, my hunch here was to go with Under Armour founder Kevin Plank, or Carl Bernstein of “Woodward and Bernstein” fame.
Instead, I went with Larry David because … have you seen Curb? It’s amazing. And he needs to be on this list.
Boston College: Amy Poehler (actress)
The actress who won a Golden Globe for “Parks and Rec” graduated from BC in 1993.
NC State: Bill Cowher (Super Bowl-winning head coach)
For a school with the stature of NC State, there weren’t as many good candidates for this list as you’d think. So the edge went to Cowher, who graduated in 1979 and went on to win a Super Bowl in Pittsburgh a little over 25 years later.
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Vanderbilt: Al Gore (former Vice President of the United States)
Despite popular urban legend, no, Al Gore did not invent the Internet. But he did serve as Vice President of the United States for eight years. He edged out other notable alums like David Price and Jay Cutler, as well as Mack Brown, who briefly attended the school.
North Texas: Stone Cold Steve Austin (professional wrestler)
We could have put Dr. Phil here (he actually finished his college career at North Texas), but it seemed unfair to plug him twice on the same list. Instead, the edge goes to Stone Cold Steve Austin, who actually attended North Texas on a football scholarship.
Army: Ulysses S. Grant/Dwight Eisenhower (former Presidents of the United States)
Rather than picking between two Presidents, they both get the nod here.
On an unrelated note, has anyone noticed how similar Grant (above) and the creepy neighbor from "Home Alone" look?
Temple: Bob Saget (actor)
Before he was Danny Tanner, Saget was an undergrad at Temple who graduated in 1978.
By the way, what other list on the Internet can you get Bob Saget and Ulysses S. Grant on back-to-back slides? God bless bowl season.
Wake Forest: Arnold Palmer (legendary golfer)
We could have gone with the more contemporary and obvious answers of Tim Duncan and Chris Paul, but how many majors did those guys win? More importantly, how many drinks have been named after them?
Until I can order a “Chris Paul” at any restaurant in America, “The King” will remain on top of the most legendary Wake Forest alums of all-time.
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Minnesota: Bob Dylan (singer)
Incredibly, Dylan’s singing career started at a small coffee shop near campus. He dropped out of Minnesota a short time later to sing full-time, in a career where he’s won 11 Grammy Awards.
Washington State: Klay Thompson (pro basketball player)
Believe it or not, Dolph Lundgren - the guy who played Drago in "Rocky IV" - attended Wazzu and actually earned a chemistry degree. But just days after a 60-point performance (did you know he only took 11 dribbles all game!?!), how could I go with anyone other than Thompson?
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Boise State: Doug Martin (NFL football player)
Outside of the uber-successful football program, there aren’t too many prominent alums out of Boise. Martin might be the most successful, making two Pro Bowls in Tampa Bay.
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Baylor: Robert Griffin III (NFL football player)
A generation ago, the answer here may have been Michael Johnson, who won dual gold medals in the 200 and 400 meters at the 1996 Olympics. However, that was 20 years ago, making RGIII the most noteworthy alum the school has had in a while -- and that includes Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy in 2011.
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Pittsburgh: Dan Marino (Pro Football Hall of Famer)
Could this be anyone other than one of the most successful quarterbacks in football history, who also hailed from Western Pennslyvania? No, it couldn’t be anyone else.
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Northwestern: Stephen Colbert (late night talk show host)
Colbert actually started his comedy career while a student at Northwestern. He graduated in 1986 and it seems to have worked out well, as he’s now the host of “The Late Show.”
West Virginia: Jerry West (Pro Basketball Hall of Famer)
“Zeke from Cabin Creek” isn’t just one of the most famous West Virginia alums ever, but one of the most famous West Virginians period. He graduated from the school and went on to a Hall of Fame career that included the best nickname in sports: “The Logo.”
Miami (FL): Dwayne Johnson (actor/wrestler/football player/motivation speaker)
Miami easily has the most fascinating Wikipedia page on the Internet, with everyone from Ray Liotta to Sylvester Stallone and Enrique Iglesias attending the school. However, the most famous alum is “The Rock,” who played football at “The U” before becoming the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. Not bad.
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Indiana: Mark Cuban (entrepreneur, owner of the Dallas Mavericks)
Cuban began his career at Pitt before finishing it at Indiana and hasn’t really slowed down since. The Mavericks owner and “Shark Tank” star is worth a reported $2 billion.
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Utah: Mills Lane (judge, boxing referee)
Interestingly enough, J.W. Marriott (yes, the guy who founded the hotel chain) went to Utah, but how could I veer from Mills Lane? Lane got a law degree in Salt Lake City before becoming world famous as both a judge and boxing referee.
Kansas State: Eric Stonestreet (actor)
I badly wanted to go with Kirstie Alley here (am I the only one who remembers “Veronica’s Closet" dammit!?), but simply couldn’t pass on Stonestreet, who has become wildly popular for his role in the show “Modern Family.”
Texas A&M: Von Miller (professional football player)
Texas A&M has produced quite a few Texas political figures, but none casts a bigger shadow than Miller. Last year’s Super Bowl MVP was the second overall in pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of A&M behind only Cam Newton.
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South Florida: Hulk Hogan (professional wrestler)
The Hulkster briefly attended USF before dropping out to – wait for this – start a music career. Sometimes, the truth really is stranger than fiction.
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South Carolina: Darius Rucker (lead singer of “Hootie and the Blowfish”)
Get this, not only did Hootie go to South Carolina, but that's where he met all the blowfish as well. Again, some stuff is just too good – and crazy – to make up.
Virginia Tech: Michael Vick (former NFL quarterback)
The most electric college football player of my lifetime led the Hokies to their first and only national championship game during the 1999 season, before losing to Florida State.
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Arkansas: Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys owner)
Not only did Jones attend Arkansas but he played football, serving as a co-captain on the Hogs 1964 national championship team. Safe to say he hasn’t done too bad for himself since leaving Fayetteville.
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Oklahoma State: Garth Brooks (country music singer)
T. Boone Pickens may be the most outspoken Oklahoma State alum, but Garth Brooks is the most famous. He arrived in Stillwater on a track scholarship before graduating in 1984.
Colorado: Trey Parker and Matt Stone (co-creators of South Park)
Not only did the co-creators of South Park both attend Colorado, they actually met as students in Boulder as well. To date, the show has been on air for nearly 20 years.
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Georgia: Ryan Seacrest (radio and TV host)
I honestly had no idea that Seacrest went to Georgia, but once I saw his name on the list it didn’t matter. He is definitely the most famous alum of the school, if not the most famous alum of anyone on this list.
TCU: Andy Dalton (NFL quarterback)
Dalton is the most famous real-life alum in school history, but I’ll be honest: The fake alums are much more interesting. According to Wikipedia, Reverend Lovejoy from “The Simpsons” as well as the Professor from “Gilligan’s Island” were have said to have attended TCU. Who knew Fort Worth was that fun?
North Carolina: Michael Jordan (Basketball Hall of Famer)
The GOAT. ‘Nuff said.
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Stanford: Phil Knight (founder of Nike)
Knight did his undergraduate work at Oregon before getting his MBA at Stanford. It was there that he created a business plan for what eventually became Nike.
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Nebraska: Warren Buffett (investor)
The Oracle of Omaha has spent most of his days in Nebraska, but briefly left in his teens to attend Penn. He returned and graduated from Nebraska at the age of just 19.
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Tennessee: Peyton Manning (NFL quarterback, future Hall of Famer)
The most famous Vol football player of all-time, Manning wasn’t bad in the NFL, either, winning two Super Bowls and five MVP Awards.
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South Alabama: Luis Gonzalez (Major League Baseball player)
South Alabama has a better-than-you-think baseball history with guys like Juan Pierre and David Freese playing at the school. The best was Gonzalez, though, a five-time All-Star in the bigs.
Air Force: Gregg Popovich (NBA head coach)
It’s well known that Popovich served in the Air Force, but what few know is that he actually played for the Academy’s basketball team, too, graduating in 1970.
Michigan: Gerald Ford (President of the United States)
Michigan has the most eclectic group of former alums, ranging from James Earl Jones to Tom Brady, to Arthur Miller, the man who wrote “Death of a Salesman.” But again, it doesn’t get any better than producing a president, which Michigan did when Ford attended the school and actually played on the school’s football team.
Florida State: Burt Reynolds (actor)
Not only did Reynolds attend Florida State, he played football at the school. One of his best friends? Lee Corso, of “College Gameday” fame.
LSU: Shaquille O’Neal (Basketball Hall of Famer)
Shaq attended school in Baton Rouge for three years before heading off to the NBA. There he won four titles, while acquiring roughly 800 nicknames ("The Big Shaqtus" is still my favorite).
Louisville: Diane Sawyer (news anchor)
The ABC News anchor briefly attended Louisville, but did not graduate.
Georgia Tech: Jeff Foxworthy (comedian)
Same with Foxworth,y who went to school at Georgia Tech but left just short of completing his degree. There’s your sign!
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Kentucky: Ashley Judd (actress)
Judd isn’t just a Kentucky super-fan, but she attended UK, where she majored in French and minored in anthropology, art history, theatre and and women’s studies. It’s hard to imagine she got to many basketball games with a class schedule like that.
Florida: Tim Tebow (former football player, baseball player)
It’s hard to believe, but years after his football career ended – and months before his baseball career likely does – Tebow is still probably the most famous alumnus of Florida. At this point, it’s a fair question to ask what he’s actually famous for, but he is famous none the less.
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Iowa: Ashton Kutcher (actor)
Kutcher briefly attended Iowa before leaving school to pursue a modeling career. Kutcher eventually ended up in Hollywood where he starred in “That '70s Show” and dated everyone from Demi Moore to his current wife Mila Kunis. Safe to say he made the right choice leaving Iowa City.
Western Michigan: Tim Allen (actor)
Allen briefly attended Central Michigan before transferring to Kalamazoo to finish his degree. From there, he went on to have a very successful local cable access show called “Tool Ti -- oh man, this article has gone on way too long. I’m getting delirious.
Wisconsin: Dick Cheney (former Vice President of the United States)
Cheney only briefly attended Wisconsin in pursuit of a doctorate, a doctorate that he never finished.
USC: Will Ferrell (actor)
Ferrell attended USC in the late 1980s and graduated in 1990 with a degree in sports information. Of course, his finest work in college may have been years later at Harrison University, where he started a frat and eventually got the evil Dean Pritchard removed from office (yes, that’s a terrible "Old School" joke. I apologize).
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Penn State: Keegan-Michael Key (actor)
The “Key and Peele” actor actually did his undergrad at Detroit-Mercy before getting a Masters in Happy Valley.
Auburn: Charles Barkley (basketball player)
Before he was arguably the best sports analyst on TV, Barkley was a basketball star -- first at Auburn and then in the NBA. The “Round Mound of Rebound” played three years on the Plains before declaring for the draft.
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Oklahoma: Olivia Munn (actress)
Munn attended Oklahoma, where she majored in journalism, giving hope to all the nerds with journalism degrees out there – like myself – that with a little hard work, you too can become a beautiful, successful Hollywood actress.
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Alabama: Joe Namath (Pro Football Hall of Famer)
It’s late in the article and I was inclined to put “Forrest Gump” here, but since he’s not a real person, I went with Joe Namath instead. Before he went on to guarantee a victory in Super Bowl III, he was a star quarterback at Alabama under Bear Bryant.
Washington: Rainn Wilson (actor)
“The Office” actor is from the Seattle area and eats, sleeps and breathes the city’s sports teams … as you can see here in this picture taken from the old FOX football show “FOX Football Daily.”
Clemson: William “The Refrigerator” Perry (former pro football player)
Before he became “The Fridge” in Chicago, William Perry was an imposing defensive lineman who played for Clemson in the early 1980s. He was a member of the school’s 1981 national championship team.
Ohio State: Jack Nicklaus (pro golfer)
Long before he was “The Golden Bear,” Nicklaus was a Buckeye, winning two U.S. Amateurs and an NCAA title while attending the school.