It’s Bowl Season, Here’s a List Of What To Watch

National rankings from LEAST-interesting bowl game to the MOST-interesting bowl game according to CBS SPORTS (sorry CSU/Nevada fans) :

RANK BOWL BREAKDOWN
40 Arizona Bowl: December 29, 7:30 p.m.

Nevada (6-6) vs. Colorado State (7-5): This is just a Mountain West Conference game that won’t be nationally televised. Doesn’t sound very fun.

39 Cure Bowl: December 19, 12 p.m.

San Jose State (5-7) vs. Georgia State (6-6): I’m happy that Georgia State qualified for a bowl, as it’s a major turnaround for the program, but this is not an appealing matchup.

38 Independence Bowl: December 26, 5:45 p.m.

Tulsa (6-6) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6): The only appeal of this game is it’s your last chance to watch Frank Beamer coach. Other than that, well, it’s No. 38 for a reason.

37 St. Petersburg Bowl: December 26, 11 a.m.

Connecticut (6-6) vs. Marshall (9-3): Somewhat interesting matchup stylistically, but not the most appealing of teams, nor game time.

36 Liberty Bowl: January 2, 3:20 p.m.

Kansas State (6-6) vs. Arkansas (7-5): It’s a matchup of Power Five teams. So it has that going for it. It should also be over in less than three hours. That’s better.

35 New Mexico Bowl: December 19, 2 p.m.

Arizona (6-6) vs. New Mexico (7-5): One team that had a disappointing season against another that surpassed expectation. In other words, one team that will want to be here, and Arizona.

34 Pinstripe Bowl: December 26, 3:30 p.m.

Indiana (6-6) vs. Duke (7-5): This game may end up being great because Indiana is lovingly known as Chaos Team. Nothing about an Indiana game is ever what you think it is, so if I have it ranked this low, it’ll be amazing.

33 Quick Lane Bowl: December 28, 5 p.m.

Central Michigan (7-5) vs. Minnesota (5-7): A mid-tier MAC team against a Big Ten team that lost more games than it won in Detroit on a December evening. What more could you ask for?

32 Texas Bowl: December 29, 9 p.m.

No. 20 LSU (8-3) vs. Texas Tech (7-5): I just can’t help but look at this matchup and see a blowout one way or the other. So even if it’s two Power Five teams, I don’t expect it to be good.

31 Birmingham Bowl: December 30, 12 p.m.

Auburn (6-6) vs. Memphis (9-3): Memphis without Justin Fuente against an Auburn team with major changes on its own coaching staff. I don’t have the highest of hopes.

30 Cactus Bowl: January 2, 10:15 p.m.

West Virginia (7-5) vs. Arizona State (6-6): This game not only has a late start time, but it will last about five hours. You’ll probably be better off going to bed.

29 Foster Farms Bowl: December 26, 9:15 p.m.

UCLA (8-4) vs. Nebraska (5-7): Two great Power Five brands, two not-so-great teams.

28 Idaho Potato Bowl: December 22, 3:30 p.m.

Akron (7-5) vs. Utah State (6-6): The reason this game is ranked ahead of some of the others is that these two teams are a lot closer to one another in their football-playing ability. So while they may not be great teams, they could make for an exciting game.

27 Camellia Bowl:  December 19, 5:30 p.m.

Ohio (8-4) vs. Appalachian State (10-2): If you haven’t taken the time to watch Appalachian State this year, give the Mountaineers a shot. They’re fun. Not sure how fun this game will be, but App State’s cool.

26 Bahamas Bowl: December 24, 12 p.m.

Middle Tennessee (7-5) vs. Western Michigan (7-5): Again, this is ranked here based on the similarity of the teams. It should be close. Besides, what else are you going to do on Christmas Eve? Spend time with your family?

25 Hawaii Bowl: December 24, 8 p.m.

San Diego State (10-3) vs. Cincinnati (7-5): This game could prove to be quite entertaining, and again, what else are you going to do on Christmas Eve? Spend time with your family?

24 Poinsettia Bowl: December 23, 4:30 p.m.

Boise State (8-4) vs. Northern Illinois (8-5): The idea of a Boise State-Northern Illinois game is great, as these are your two Cinderellas of the last decade. It’s just, this year the glass slippers broke and there was blood everywhere.

23 Armed Forces Bowl: December 29, 2 p.m.

California (7-5) vs. Air Force (8-5): An Air Raid offense against an option offense will provide an interesting contrast of styles. I just don’t know if these teams will make for an interesting game.

22 Sun Bowl: December 26, 2 p.m.

Miami (8-4) vs. Washington State (8-4): If both teams show up wanting to play, this could be a sneaky-good matchup in El Paso.

21 Military Bowl: December 28, 2:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh (8-4) vs. No. 21 Navy (9-2): This game has a shot to be finished in under three hours, which is always a bonus. I suggest tuning in for no other reason than to watch Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds.

20 TaxSlayer Bowl: January 2, 12 p.m.

Penn State (7-5) vs. Georgia (9-3): Penn State-Georgia certainly sounds like a good game given the two schools, it’s just, the two teams aren’t all that great this year. I expect this one to be close, but I also expect it to be ugly. So maybe not the best hangover cure.

19 Belk Bowl: December 30, 3:30 p.m.

NC State (7-5) vs. Mississippi State (8-4): This is an interesting matchup, in my opinion. I fear a possible blowout, but I believe this one could prove to be more entertaining than you might think just looking at it on the surface.

18 Heart of Dallas Bowl: December 26, 2:20 p.m.

Washington (6-6) vs. Southern Miss (9-4): A very good offense against a good defense. I always enjoy matchups like this.

17 Music City Bowl: December 30, 7 p.m.

Texas A&M (8-4) vs. Louisville (7-5): This bowl matchup would have sounded a lot better before the season began, but even so, it could still make for a fun game.

16 New Orleans Bowl: December 19, 9 p.m.

Arkansas State (9-3) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4): Games like this are why I do these rankings. You may look at this matchup and write this one off, but I’m telling you, this game will be worth your time. You don’t have to know the teams to enjoy a game.

15 GoDaddy Bowl: December 23, 8 p.m.

Georgia Southern (8-4) vs. Bowling Green (10-3): Another “sleeper” game. I love the matchup of Bowling Green’s spread attack against the Georgia Southern option running game.

14 Miami Beach Bowl: December 21, 2:30 p.m.

Western Kentucky (11-2) vs. South Florida (8-4): The Willie Taggart Bowl. The Hilltoppers are a good team that can put up a lot of points, while the Bulls had a very strong finish to the season.

13 Holiday Bowl: December 30, 10:30 p.m.

No. 25 USC (8-5) vs. Wisconsin (9-3): USC is a better team than its record suggests, and Wisconsin didn’t have a great season, but it’s solid too. Attractive names and what should be a close game.

12 Outback Bowl: January 1, 12 p.m.

No. 13 Northwestern (10-2) vs. No. 23 Tennessee (8-4): Northwestern has a tendency to make games rather ugly, but I’m still intrigued by the matchup of its defense against the Tennessee offense.

11 Las Vegas Bowl: December 19, 3:30 p.m.

BYU (9-3) vs. No. 22 Utah (9-3): It’s The Holy War. In Sin City. That’s all you need to know.

10 Boca Raton Bowl: December 22, 7 p.m.

Toledo (9-2) vs. No. 24 Temple (10-3): Two teams who were competing for that Group of Five bid to the New Year’s Six all season long now face one another in a lower-tier bowl game. Should still be an upper-tier game, though.

9 Citrus Bowl: January 1, 1 p.m.

No. 14 Michigan (9-3) vs. No. 19 Florida (10-3): A classic matchup of schools, and what should be a very enjoyable game for anybody who appreciates good defense. I wouldn’t expect a whole lot of points here.

8 Alamo Bowl: January 2, 6:45 p.m.

No. 15 Oregon (9-3) vs. No. 11 TCU (10-2): Before the year began, these two teams were definite playoff contenders. Things didn’t go to plan, but if TCU gets healthy on offense in time for this game, watch out. It’ll be fun.

7 Sugar Bowl: January 1, 8:30 p.m.

No. 16 Oklahoma State (10-2) vs. No. 12 Ole Miss (9-3): I have a feeling this game will be a lot more competitive than the last time Ole Miss took on a Big 12 team in a major bowl game. It’d be hard not to.

6 Peach Bowl: December 31, 12 p.m.

No. 18 Houston (12-1) vs. No. 9 Florida State (10-2): Houston earned the auto-bid from the Group of Five, and it gets an interesting matchup with Florida State. I really want to see how Tom Herman, Greg Ward Jr. and company do against the big boys.

5 Russell Athletic Bowl: December 29, 5:30 p.m.

No. 10 North Carolina (11-2) vs. No. 17 Baylor (9-3): The Bowl Game Most Likely To Feature 100 Points And 1,000 Total Yards Award goes to …

4 Fiesta Bowl: January 1, 1 p.m.

No. 8 Notre Dame (10-2) vs. No. 7 Ohio State (11-1): It wasn’t that long ago both of these teams were ranked in the top four. Neither finished there, but the two of them together makes for a top four bowl matchup.

3 Rose Bowl: January 1, 5 p.m.

No. 6 Stanford (11-2) vs. No. 5 Iowa (12-1): If you enjoy two good football teams trying to beat one another up for three hours, you’ll enjoy this matchup. If you enjoy amazing football players that do a little bit of everything, you’ll enjoy Stanford’s Christian McCaffery. You’ll just enjoy this game, I promise.

2 CFP Semifinal — Cotton Bowl: December 31, 8 p.m.

No. 2 Alabama (12-1) vs. No. 3 Michigan State (12-1): The only reason I have this game ranked second instead of first is I feel like, with these two defenses, this game has a chance of being “ugly.” Not bad, just not the most aesthetically pleasing. Still a great game, though.

1 CFP Semifinal — Orange Bowl: December 31, 4 p.m.

No. 1 Clemson (13-0) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (11-1): I bet this one is more competitive than when these two met in a bowl last season. I also bet there will be some great offense and defense on display by both teams. You may not like these games being on New Year’s Eve, but trust me, this game will be better than whatever party you’re at anyway.

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