College Football Roundup: Bowl Season

The time of the year where nearly every single day we see a new bowl game we’ve never heard of.  With such classics as the Sun Bowl.  The Cheez-It Bowl.  The Taxslayer Bowl.  And the oh so popular Idaho Potato Bowl.  Tis the season for wasted games so that coaches can boost their resumes and try to earn more salary.  Welcome to bowl season.

College Football Playoff Top 25

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Georgia
  6. Ohio State
  7. Michigan
  8. UCF
  9. Washington
  10. Florida
  11. LSU
  12. Penn State
  13. Washington State
  14. Kentucky
  15. Texas
  16. West Virginia
  17. Utah
  18. Mississippi State
  19. Texas A&M
  20. Syracuse
  21. Fresno State
  22. Northwestern
  23. Missouri
  24. Iowa State
  25. Boise State

No surprise in the top three with Alabama, Clemson, and Notre Dame.  However the fourth spot came down to a tough decision.  Go with a one loss conference champion — or a two loss non conference champion?  On the surface, it may seem easier to go with Oklahoma, the one loss conference champion.  But the way that Georgia played against Alabama in the SEC was nothing short of impressive.  Sadly though, for the second year in a row Georgia blew a lead against the Tide.

College Football Playoff Semifinals

12/29 Orange Bowl 8 p.m. ESPN (1) Alabama vs. (4) Oklahoma

12/29 Cotton Bowl 4 p.m. ESPN (2) Clemson vs. (3) Notre Dame

Alabama looks to defend it’s crown but will have to put up points as Oklahoma is the top scoring team in the country.  Alabama is second.  Although, with Oklahoma playing in the “defense is optional” Big 12, there is no doubt that defense will fold.  Expect a lot of points in this one and a probable Alabama win.  Meanwhile Clemson looks to reclaim the national title with one of the nations top running back in Travis Etienne.

They’ll take on a rather interesting Notre Dame team.  They aren’t a conference champion and played a rather weak schedule this year.  As a matter of fact, they’re undefeated season almost ended in game one if it wasn’t for a Shea Patterson fumble.  Notre Dame won’t wow you, but they don’t really have many weaknesses.  It’ll be interesting to see how they’ll play against a high flying offense like Clemson

Remaining Bowl Games

  • 1/1 Sugar Bowl 8:45 p.m. (ESPN) Georgia vs. Texas
  • 1/1 Rose Bowl 5 p.m. (ESPN) Ohio State vs. Washington
  • 1/1 Fiesta Bowl 1 p.m. (ESPN) LSU vs UCF
  • 1/1 Citrus Bowl 1 p.m. (ABC) Kentucky vs. Penn State
  • 1/1 Outback Bowl Noon (ESPN2) Mississippi State vs. Iowa
  • 12/31 Sun Bowl 2 p.m. (CBS) Pitt vs. Stanford
  • 12/31 Taxslayer Bowl 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Texas A&M vs. NC State
  • 12/31 Holiday Bowl 7 p.m. (FS1) Northwestern vs. Utah
  • 12/31 Liberty Bowl 3:45 p.m. (ESPN) Missouri vs. Oklahoma State
  • 12/31 Redbox Bowl 3 p.m. (FOX) Michigan State vs. Oregon
  • 12/31 Military Bowl Noon (ESPN) Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech
  • 12/29 Peach Bowl Noon (ESPN) Florida vs. Michigan
  • 12/29 Arizona Bowl1:15 p.m. (CBSSN) Nevada vs. Arkansas State
  • 12/29 Belk Bowl 12:30 p.m. (ABC) South Carolina vs. Virginia
  • 12/29 Alamo Bowl 9 p.m. (ESPN) Iowa State vs. Washington State
  • 12/28 Camping World Bowl 5:15 p.m. (ESPN) West Virginia vs. Syracuse
  • 12/28 Music City Bowl 1:30 p.m. (ESPN) Auburn vs. Purdue
  • 12/27 Texas Bowl 9 p.m. (ESPN) Baylor vs. Vanderbilt
  • 12/27 Pinstripe Bowl 5:15 p.m. (ESPN) Wisconsin vs. Miami
  • 12/27 Independence Bow 1:30 p.m. (ESPN) Temple vs. Duke
  • 12/26 Cheez-It Bowl 9 p.m. (ESPN) TCU vs. Cal
  • 12/26 Quick Lane Bowl 5:15 p.m. (ESPN) Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech
  • 12/26 First Responders Bowl 1:30 p.m. (ESPN) Boston College vs. Boise State
  • 12/22 Hawaii Bowl 10:30 p.m. (ESPN) Hawaii vs. La. Tech
  • 12/22 Dollar General Bowl 7 p.m. (ESPN) Buffalo vs. Troy
  • 12/22 Armed Forces Bowl 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Army vs. Houston
  • 12/22 Birmingham Bowl Noon (ESPN) Memphis vs. Wake Forest
  • 12/21 Idaho Potato Bowl 4 p.m. (ESPN) BYU vs. Western Michigan
  • 12/21 Bahamas Bowl 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) Toledo vs. FIU
  • 12/20 Gasparilla Bowl 8 p.m. (ESPN) Marshall vs. S. Florida
  • 12/19 Frisco Bowl 8 p.m. (ESPN) Ohio vs. San Diego State
  • 12/18 Boca Raton Bowl 7 p.m. (ESPN) UAB vs. N. Illinois
  • 12/15 New Orleans Bowl 9 p.m. (ESPN) Appalachian State vs. MTSU
  • 12/15 Camellia Bowl 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) E. Michigan vs. Ga. Southern
  • 12/15 Las Vegas Bowl 3:30 p.m. (ABC) Arizona State vs. Fresno State
  • 12/15 Cure Bowl 2:30 p.m. (CBSSN) Tulane vs. Louisiana
  • 12/15 New Mexico Bowl 2 p.m. (ESPN) N. Texas vs. Utah State


-Brian Berard (@CouchGuyBrian)

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