Know Your Bowls: College Football Playoff & Bowl Game Quick Previews

Know Your Bowls: College Football Playoff & Bowl Game Quick Previews

Week 14

Know Your Bowls: College Football Playoff & Bowl Game Quick Previews


Quick previews at every bowl team with the basics of what you need to know for the 2017-2018 bowl and College Football Playoff season.


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R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Troy Trojans

The Trojans won a share of the Sun Belt title by winning six straight to close things out and only losing to Boise State and South Alabama on the year. The offense has been a bit spotty, but the defense has been a killer – including in the win over LSU. This is a red hot team that needs to keep it going – it’s a plus it’ll be playing early.

North Texas Mean Green

It might have been a clunker of a finish in the Conference USA championship loss to Florida Atlantic, but the Mean Green offense was a killer throughout the year – and it had to be. This is the type of bowl team you’ll love to watch with big O, no D, and lots of scoring and yards. It’s a fun Conference USA squad.
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AutoNation Cure Bowl

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

The Hilltoppers were nowhere near the team they were last season, and they’re limping into the bowl losing four of their last five, but they got the call. The offense is flat, the defense lousy, but QB Mike White throws for a ton of yards.

Georgia State Panthers

It’s a successful first season in the rebuild. The program got a new field, a new coaching staff, and now a new trip to a bowl game, but … it doesn’t seem to like to score. The defense has made up for the problems, but you’re going to have to like bowl games to check out the Panthers. There’s not a whole lot of pop.
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Las Vegas Bowl

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Boise State Broncos

The Mountain West champs struggled to get the offense working against Fresno State, but the defense worked when it had to. The O that rolled through the second half of the season should show up – even with RB Alexander Mattison hurt – but it’s the D that should be on display after taking over the second half of the year.

Oregon Ducks

The drama over Willie Taggart’s flirtation with Florida State – and vice versa – has been the main storyline late in the season, but on the field, the offense kicked it all back into high gear with QB Justin Herbert returning from injury. The defense has been terrific, but the offense is inconsistent. Now it needs to keep the momentum going after scoring 117 points in the last two games.
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Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Colorado State Rams

When the Ram offense is on, it’s among the most dangerous and explosive in college football. But it’s done a whole lot of winning against bad teams. Even so, if QB Nick Stevens and WR Michael Gallup can get the machine rolling like it did in the wild Famous Idaho Potato Bowl loss last year to Idaho, watch out.

Marshall Thundering Herd

Can the Herd end the season on a high note after struggling so much over the second half of the year? The offense can move the ball, but it doesn’t put up points in bunches. After suffering tough loss after tough loss in four of the last five games, the bowl will define the season.
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Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Arkansas State Red Wolves

Losing to Troy at home was a clunker – it cost the Red Wolves the Sun Belt title – but this is still a dangerous team that should be a problem in the post-season. The offense is explosive, the passing game incredible, and the defense is amazing at getting into the backfield. It’ll be a team worth the watch.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

QB Brent Stockstill returned from injury and the offense took off. It helped that the schedule eased up with an light and breezy November, but after all the problems of the first half of the season, the Blue Raiders are bowling. Now they’re going to have to keep up the pace and get the offense rolling – they’re equipped for the shootout.
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Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Akron Zips

They Zips might have lost the MAC title game, but at least they got there after winning three of their last four games. There’s nothing scintillating about this team. The D is okay, the O mediocre, but it has a way of rising up from time to time and pulling off a shocker like it did over Toledo in the first meeting.

Florida Atlantic Owls

Who doesn’t want to watch Lane Kiffin’s team play? With a devastating rushing offense, the Owls ripped through the last nine games of the season with blowout win over blowout win. Romping over North Texas to take the Conference USA title was the icing on the cake, and now the season could turn into something truly special with a bowl victory.
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Frisco Bowl

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

SMU Mustangs

Close, but not quite good enough to do really big things, the Mustang defense let the team down time and again in key losses over the second half of the season. However, the offense is good enough to put up massive numbers in any sort of a shootout.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

It … was … a … grind. The Bulldogs had to fight through a rough midseason stretch with four losses in five games, but closed out strong to get the bowl bid. This isn’t the offensive juggernaut of last seasons and the defense isn’t anything special, it’ll have to gear it all up in a hurry to keep up the pace.
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Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Thursday, December 21st

Temple Owls

Just when it seemed like a lost season, the Owls came up with a great win over Navy to spark a decent urn to get bowl eligible. The offense started pushing the ball around a little more with the passing game, but the defense is just mediocre enough be a concern.

FIU Golden Panthers

UCF made all the national noise, and Florida Atlantic was special, but FIU and head coach Butch Jones put together something special, too. The Golden Panther offense caught fire over the back half of the season – it should be fun on display in front of a national audience.
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Bahamas Bowl

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Ohio Bobcats

It was a fun season, but it was a disappointing one. This was the best team in the MAC East, but it didn’t play like it in the loss to Akron – and that was it. The offense is among the league’s best, the defense is better than it showed at times, and if focused, this should be a nasty, motivated team that’ll want to make amends for not playing for the MAC title.

UAB Blazers

UAB might have been college football’s best story. There wasn’t anything fluky about the Blazers; they managed to get hot and roll late in the year with a big-time offense that owned the Conference USA slate for a stretch. Just getting here is amazing, but winning it would be special.
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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Central Michigan Chippewas

Just when it seemed like the Chippewas were going into the tank with a 3-4 start, boom. The offense kicked it into high gear with a five-game winning streak to screw up the MAC. They managed to beat Western Michigan – which, as it turned out, kept the Broncos out of a bowl game – and they got past Northern Illinois late. It’s a fun team with a shot at a nine-win season.

Wyoming Cowboys

There isn’t any offense like there should be – considering it has a future NFL franchise QB in Josh Allen – but the defense tends to make up for it. However, losing to San Jose State to close out the year isn’t acceptable no matter how flat the O is.
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Birmingham Bowl

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

South Florida Bulls

The Bulls were a whole lot of fun on offense – especially against UCF at the end of the season – and it was a successful season, but they didn’t exactly have to run the gauntlet to get to 9-2. Temple is the only win over a team that’s going to a bowl game, but in Charlie Strong’s first season, there’s a shot at a ten-win campaign.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Red Raiders went from staring at a losing season and a possible coaching change, to beating Texas and everything being fine with the world. This isn’t the high-powered blast furnace of a passing offense that you’re used to, but the defense is better, and the O is still fun.
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Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

Army Black Knights

These aren’t the upstart Knights of last year who are just happy to be in a bowl game. This is an occasionally dominant team with a defense to go along with the amazing running game. It couldn’t keep up in a late shootout against North Texas, but it rolled through the second half of its schedule – including wins over Temple and Duke – and now it should be that sort of dangerous team no one wants to face.

San Diego State Aztecs

Fresno State turned out to be the real deal, and Boise State got the job done, but a case could be made that San Diego State is the best Group of Five team to not win a championship. The only two Aztec losses came to the teams playing in the Mountain West title, but 2,000-yard rusher Rashaad Penny and company ripped through everyone else.
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Dollar General Bowl

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

Appalachian State Mountaineers

The co-Sun Belt champion didn’t quite own the league like it probably should’ve, but it did enough late in the year to roll up the offense in big performance after big performance. The big key was the improvement of the defense that allowed 30 points over the final three games.

Toledo Rockets

The MAC champion can crank up the offensive firepower against anyone. The O is balanced, QB Logan Woodside is terrific, and the team is good enough to be considered among the best in the Group of Five – even with a loss to Miami and a clunker against Ohio. A 12-win campaign would make this an epic year – and it’s just the type of team you don’t want to deal with in a bowl.
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Hawai’i Bowl

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Houston Cougars

A rocky first year for Major Applewhite, the Cougars won three of their last four games to turn things around. Consistency and explosion have been problems – this hasn’t been the most exciting of teams – but there are a whole slew of good parts to get excited about watching. There’s a chance that DT Ed Oliver is the best pro player in college football.

Fresno State Bulldogs

That’s what a new head coach can do. Jeff Tedford came in and instantly turned around the woeful Bulldogs, leading the way to the Mountain West title game. The defense is amazing and aggressive, but the O is … the defense is amazing. This team will put up a massive fight, though.
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Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

West Virginia Mountaineers

The high-powered passing game is missing injured star Will Grier, but a win is a must after limping across the finish line. The Mountaineers beat most of the teams they were supposed to beat, lost to the teams they were supposed to lose to – with the exception of Texas – and now they need this.

Utah Utes

The Utes played around with the formula, went to a more high-powered passing game, and it worked for a little while. After starting out hot, they actually had to play some good teams and then bad things happened. If the machine is rolling, though, and the O works, this will be a blast of a bowl team to watch.
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Quick Lane Bowl

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Duke Blue Devils

A tale of three seasons, Duke started off hot, got lousy for a long midstrech, and then closed out with two wins to become bowl eligible. There are plenty of nice parts to pay attention to, but it’ll all depend on QB Daniel Jones. If he isn’t great, the Blue Devils will be ugly.

Northern Illinois Huskies

The Huskies might not have made it to the MAC Championship, but it was a solid year with decent defensive consistency and improvement on offense once the quarterback situation was settled. The team that beat Nebraska was the real deal, with only the loss at Central Michigan a relative clunker.
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Cactus Bowl

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

UCLA Bruins

No, Chip Kelly isn’t going to be handling things quite yet. It wasn’t the great run Bruin fans were hoping for, but Josh Rosen was a blast all year long. This is the minor bowl team you want to watch – no defense whatsoever, lots of high-scoring shootouts. If you care about these things, whatever the point total is … over, over, over.

Kansas State Wildcats

Just when it seemed like the team was a big nothing burger – boom. Out came the shocking win over Oklahoma State, and bam, it was followed up by a win over Iowa State to get to 7-5. The defense is shockingly mediocre, but the offense started to explode late. Expect surprising fun out of this group.
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Walk-On’s Independence Bowl

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Southern Miss Golden Eagles

With three straight wins to close out the season, the Golden Eagles started rocking after a tough little stretch. With a defense that rose up late, and an offense that showed off a little bit of firepower, this is a fun team, but an inconsistent one.

Florida State Seminoles

The lost their coach, they lost six games, and they lost any hope of being one of the four best teams after losing QB Deondre Francois for the season in the opener against Alabama. It had to reschedule a game against ULM just to get bowl eligible, but they showed some pride winning three of their last four.
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New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Boston College Eagles

This isn’t the slow-and-go Eagles you were used to. Impressive after a disaster of a start, everything changed once AJ Dillon and the running game started rolling. A win over Louisville was the spark, and then the Eagles rolled from here, winning five of their last six games with stunning blowouts throughout the second half.

Iowa Hawkeyes

55-24. That was the season. The Hawkeyes pushed Penn State in a heartbreaking 21-19 loss, but they made up for it by destroying Ohio State and – inevitably – keeping the Big Ten out of the College Football Playoff. But it’s a flaky team. The one that showed up against the Buckeyes was nowhere to be found against Wisconsin and Purdue, and then it showed up against against Nebraska.  The bowl will define this team, but not the season. – More Bowl Info & Tickets


Foster Farms Bowl

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Arizona Wildcats

The Wildcats are a whole lot of fun, and now it’s Khalil Tate on display with a month off to heal up. The coaching staff made a move to Tate midway through the season and … kaboom. The offense took off to a whole other level. However, losing three of the last four games soured the run – especially with a loss to Arizona State.

Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue is in a bowl game. No matter what happens, no matter how it works out, Purdue … is in … a bowl game. The first season under Jeff Brohm wasn’t always a blast, but 1) he beat Indiana, 2) he didn’t take the Tennessee job, and 3) Purdue … is in .. a bowl game.
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Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Missouri Tigers

One of the nation’s most fun teams over the second half of the season, Mizzou overcame an awful start by playing a whole lot of bad teams and cranking up the offense on all of them. Six games against teams that didn’t go bowling, six wins scoring 45 or more in each. A bowl win would prove the Tigers aren’t just bum slayers.

Texas Longhorns

As stepping-stone seasons go, this wasn’t too bad. The Longhorns clunked against Maryland to kick things off, but they came up with a great defensive campaign – and that’s what mattered to fans used to seeing the team miss tackle after tackle – but losses to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech hurt. It’s not right to look at a bowl game as anything more than self-contained moment, but a win would do wonders going into next year.
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Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Virginia Cavaliers

There are others who came up with stunning seasons, but Virginia is near the top of the list. It died down the stretch with three straight losses, and losing five of its last six games, but it’s a bowl season in Bronco Mendenhall’s second season – this is gravy. However, the defense has to show up after taking most of the second half of the year off.

Navy Midshipmen

Yeah, it’s in a bowl game again, and yeah, the option is all fun and games, but this has been a rough, rough second half of the year. The Midshipmen started out 5-0, and then the offense kept falling flat over a weird stretch of close losses. This team should benefit in a huge way from the time off – it was flat.
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Camping World Bowl

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Virginia Tech Hokies

Knocked out of the spotlight, the Hokies sputtered and coughed down the stretch with no offense, and a defense that kept scores low – and boring. But even with the late problems – and the lack of any truly impressive wins – a ten-win season would be terrific no matter what.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Mike Gundy isn’t the new Tennessee head coach. Start from there, and this is already a successful offseason. It’s pro scouting time, with Mason Rudolph one of the franchise quarterback options in the upcoming draft. The Cowboys will throw, they’ll run, and they’ll get in shootouts. They’re perfect for bowl season.
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Valero Alamo Bowl

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

TCU Horned Frogs

It’s still hard to gauge exactly what the Horned Frogs are. The defense was great against every team that didn’t have an unstoppable offense – like Oklahoma’s – and the offense showed enough pop to fight through the Big 12 slate. But can they prove they’re among the elite? Gary Patterson teams always bring the effort in the post-season.

Stanford Cardinal

The Cardinal were good enough to beat Notre Dame, and good enough to push USC in the Pac-12 title game, but they’re missing the consistent passing game to go along with Bryce Love’s home run hitting ability. The team beats people up, and while it’s not always pretty, the hope is for Love to give it a go and make them worth the watch.
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San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Michigan State Spartans

Contrary to past Spartan teams, this one is a little more pass-heavy. It can run the ball, and the defense is solid, but the offense was inconsistent when Brian Lewerke wasn’t bombing away. It was a turnaround campaign – going 9-3 after the 3-9 disaster of 2016 – and now the bowl is a tone-setter for what should be a big 2018.

Washington State Cougars

Show up. Washington State played against Minnesota in its bowl game last season like it was running in sand. After ruining a shot to play for the Pac-12 title – thanks to an ugly loss to Washington – this is it. This is the end of what should’ve been a better run, but at least Mike Leach is still around and not at Tennessee. His team has to show why that matters.
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Belk Bowl

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Texas A&M Aggies

For that kind of money, Jimbo Fisher should step in right now and take over, and wash the towels, and mow the field, and serve hot dogs. But not quite yet. First, Texas A&M has to close out a season on a high note after pushing hard over the final few weeks to get bowl eligible. This is a true exhibition warm-up – all that matters is what’s on the tape for the new guys to go over.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

How much fun were the Demon Deacons? They lost a whole heck of a lot after a 4-0 start, but they have a wild offense that puts up points in bunches, a defense that likes to get into the backfield, and a fun style of play that’s perfect for the bowl season.
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Hyundai Sun Bowl

Friday, December 29th, 2017

NC State Wolfpack

You still have your head coach. In a massive shocker, Dave Doeren was offered the Tennessee job, and didn’t take it. NC State was fine, but it fizzled down the stretch losing three games in four dates before beating North Carolina. This can still be a strong year – 9-4 is fine. It should’ve been better.

Arizona State Sun Devils

All Todd Graham did was get Arizona State to seven wins and a bowl, and for his troubles, he got launched. And now comes – likely – the Herm Edwards experience, meaning it’s going to be a whole new world very soon. But first, ASU needs to finish hot after winning three of its last four.
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Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Kentucky Wildcats

This isn’t a fun and crazy Wildcat team, and it needs to close out with something big. It’s coming into the bowl season losing three of its last four, looking lousy along the way. There’s a whole lot to prove for an offense that died in the final two blowout losses to Georgia and Vanderbilt, and for a defense that couldn’t stop any offense with a pulse.

Northwestern Wildcats

No one was hotter over the second half of the season. The Wildcats seemed to attract overtime games – and win them – but the defense found something that worked, too. Winners of seven straight, there’s a chance for a ten-win season and a bowl win – both of which are not the norm in Evanston.
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NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Friday, December 29th, 2017

New Mexico State Aggies

One of the funky fun stories of the bowl season, the Aggies are about to be knocked out of the Sun Belt and into the land of independents, but first they get their first bowl appearance in a very, very long time. The offense – if you haven’t seen it – is among the most fun outside of the ones in the giant bowls.

Utah State Aggies

The Aggies are in a bowl. At a point in mid-October, it looked like they might be ready for a coaching change in a lost year. Instead, they beat UNLV, won three games in four, and managed to res up and get to six wins. When the defense is on, this is a tough out.
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TaxSlayer Bowl

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Clunk. Star QB Nick Fitzgerald saw his season end with a horribly broke leg, the team lost to Ole Miss, and head coach Dan Mullen is now running the Florida Gators. Can the Bulldogs somehow rally and close out strong? This is one of those teams the SEC really needs to win to boost up conference pride.

Louisville Cardinals

The Cardinals quietly rolled over the fine few weeks of the season with Lamar Jackson going off in the final three wins. There are just enough disappointing losses to have kept the Cardinals out of ACC title contention – the defense stinks – but Mr. Jackson has carried a team that could use a good post-season appearance after getting destroyed last year by LSU.
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AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Iowa State Cyclones

One of the nation’s best stories of the season, Iowa State took down Oklahoma and TCU on the way to a winning season and a run to a bowl game. The receiving corps is great, the running backs are talented, and none of it matters at times because the quarterback play is so mediocre. Who cares? Iowa State is 7-5 and in a bowl game.

Memphis Tigers

With one of the nation’s most entertaining offenses, the Tigers beat everyone but UCF – coming achingly close to winning the American Athletic title in the double-overtime loss. QB Riley Ferguson and WR Anthony Miller are worth the price of admission for a team that needs to prove it’s for real.
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Outback Bowl

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Michigan Wolverines

Eventually, Jim Harbaugh has to win something big again. It’s already a problem that the losses to Wisconsin and Ohio State were both by double digits, but it keeps getting lost that the team lost just about everyone, and spent the year trying to rebuild and reload. For the base that needs more, 9-4 would look a whole lot better than 8-5.

South Carolina Gamecocks

There’s just nothing sexy about South Carolina. One of the ultimate find-a-way teams, it was outclassed by Georgia and Clemson, but it managed to get by in close game after close game against just about everyone else. This is a good enough team to beat anyone, or lose to anyone.
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Citrus Bowl

Monday, January 1st, 2018

LSU Tigers

Not much was expected in a bit of a rebuilding year, but the talent rose up over the second half of the season in a run of six wins over the last seven games. But how much does everyone really want to play? There’s a ton of NFL talent waiting to go get paid, but first, coming up with a tenth win would make this a successful run.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Didn’t you used to be Notre Dame? Unstoppable and breathtaking over the first half of the year, the ugly trip to Miami seemed to suck the life out of the program. The running game just sort of stopped, and the defense seemed to take siesta over the last month of the year. Even so, for all the dogging of Brian Kelly, getting a tenth win would be a monster comeback after 2016. – More Bowl Info & Tickets


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Goodyear Cotton Bowl

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes

This isn’t Urban Meyer’s best Ohio State team, but even one that’s a slight notch below is good enough to win the Big Ten title. The problem? It’s explosive and deadly, but it has a way of going into deep, prolonged funks. The speed and athleticism are there to beat anyone on the right day, but this group just doesn’t bring it for a full 60 minutes.

USC Trojans

Once again, the Trojans closed the season strong, but unlike last year, they finished it all up with a Pac-12 title. The athleticism is there, the defense is feisty, and Sam Darnold got better and better as the season went along. It might not be a College Football Playoff season, but it was still wildly successful.
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Capital One Orange Bowl

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Wisconsin Badgers

So, so, so close. The Badgers were dogged all year for rolling through a miserable slate, but they almost pulled off the Big Ten championship if they could’ve come through that fateful final drive. You know what you’re getting: lots of pounding, lots of defense, lots of brutal efficiency.

Miami Hurricanes

It’s hard to remember now, but this was supposed to be another stepping-stone season. Just getting to the ACC Championship for the first time was impressive, but getting blown out by Clemson and losing to Pitt soured the super-fun 10-0 start, but whatever – the team was a win away from going to the College Football Playoff. It’s close.
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Fiesta Bowl

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Penn State Nittany Lions

The forgotten team over the second half of the year,  the Nittany Lions rolled through the easy last part of the schedule to finish well, even if there wasn’t a trip to the Big Ten Championship at the end of the rainbow. This is one of the nation’s most explosive teams, and now it has something to prove.

Washington Huskies

The Huskies just never seemed to be able to take hold of the season. The first half of the year was solid, but that came form playing no one. The Arizona State loss wasn’t a killer, but the loss to Bryce Love and Stanford was. It would’ve been nice to have seen the defending Pac-12 champs show what they could do against USC, but they lost the game they couldn’t.
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Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Auburn Tigers

This should be one of the bowl season’s most interesting teams. Can it find the heart to care after coming so close to getting into the College Football Playoff? Will the Gus Malzahn-to-Arkansas rumors become deafening? Or will this become a devastating team once it gets time to heal up?

UCF Knights

Fun, fun, fun, now is the chance to prove it was all for real. The only unbeaten team left in college football, the Knights will try going out with a bang by sending Scott Frost off to Nebraska with a 13-0 season. The offense is unstoppable and the defense is a rumor with plenty of points and yards to be had by all.
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2018 College Football Playoff

Rose Bowl

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Oklahoma Sooners

The Sooners weren’t supposed to be quite this good in Lincoln Riley’s first year after taking over from Bob Stoops, but they made their big statement early against Ohio State, and didn’t skip a beat the rest of the way. The offense is unstoppable, but the D is a concern.

Georgia Bulldogs

The Bulldogs were hoping to get a coach in Kirby Smart who could take what Mark Richt did to another level, and he pulled it off in just his second year. They have an NFL backfield, a nasty defensive front, and ridiculous talent across the board. Watch out now that they’ll get time off to heal up.  – More Bowl Info & Tickets


Sugar Bowl

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Clemson Tigers

The machine just keeps on rolling. Win the national title, lose just about everyone who matters on offense, reload, repeat. The lines are shockingly strong, especially on a defensive front that boast a borderline unfair array of riches. The scary part? It’s the end of the year, this is the No. 1 seed, and it’s still improving.

Alabama Crimson Tide

So is this team really that good? It caught the big break getting into the College Football Playoff, but it struggled in some of the bigger games and it failed to come up with any win that was all that impressive – but it’s Alabama. Go ahead and assume it can’t rise up and win the whole thing if the defense rises up, the ground game gets going, and Jalen Hurts is consistent.
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College Football Playoff National Championship

Monday, January 8th, 2018
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
ESPN, 8:00 pm
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