How good were the bowl games? Ranking all the bowl games from the worst to the best.
It wasn’t a strong bowl season. There weren’t too many memorable moments, classic games, or phenomenal performances that will be remembered years from now – at least on the good side.
However, there were a few that set the bowl standard for ineptitude, pain and suffering.
Here’s how good the bowl games were this season.
The Total Dud Bowls
These weren’t just the worst games of this bowl season. These were among the worst things in the history of things.
40. Cheez-It Bowl
Wednesday, December 26
9:00, ESPN, Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
TCU 10, Cal 7 OT
Pre-Bowl Matchup Ranking: 36
It was expected to be one of the worst games of the bowl season, but this one took things to a whole other level. It’ll forever be known as the standard to which all other bad bowl games will be measured – rat on your pop, and you’ll have to watch the Cheez-It Bowl. It wouldn’t die, going into overtime and closing out on a Horned Frog field goal after a missed kick kept this monstrosity going.
– 5 Thoughts on the Cheez-It Bowl
39. SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Boise State vs. Boston College
Pre-Bowl Matchup Ranking: 7
It looked like one of the better bowl matchups going into the season, but the bowl quit on itself. Cancelled after a long lightning delay, there was no effort to make it up the next day when the weather was supposed to be perfect – it’s not like there were a whole slew of fans that showed up to be inconvenienced. It got called after almost ten minutes – and it was still better than the Cheez-It Bowl.
– 5 Thoughts on the Cancellation Bowl
38. Frisco Bowl
Ohio 27, San Diego State 0
Pre-Bowl Matchup Ranking: 39
This was the least-interesting looking matchup before the bowl season for a reason – and about four people showed up to watch it in the rain. Ohio pitched a shutout, neither passing game worked, and San Diego State couldn’t stop screwing up. The Aztecs turned it over four times, the defense didn’t do enough, and it never got interesting.
– 5 Thoughts on the DXL Frisco Bowl
37. Belk Bowl
Virginia 28, South Carolina 0
Pre-Bowl Matchup Ranking: 39
South Carolina … what the hell was that? Virginia’s defense was dominant – holding the Gamecocks to 261 yards – and the O held on to the ball for almost 43 minutes. The USC defense was a wreck, allowing UVa to convert 11-of-17 third down chances.
– 5 Thoughts on the Belk Bowl
36. Goodyear Cotton Bowl
Clemson 30, Notre Dame 3
Pre-Bowl Matchup Ranking: 13
Clemson proved it was awesome, Notre Dame was exposed for being the pumped-up brand name team with the unbeaten record that it was, and it turned into a laugher at the end of the first half. The second half was a complete dud and disappointment.
– 5 Thoughts on the Cotton Bowl
35. Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Utah State 52, North Texas 13
Pre-Bowl Matchup Ranking: 2
A brutal disappointment, this was supposed to be a wild and crazy shootout, and only one side got the memo. Utah State lost head coach Matt Wells to Texas Tech, and it didn’t matter. The Aggies were up 38-7 in the first half, and North Texas stayed in the locker room.
– 5 Thoughts on the New Mexico Bowl
34. Quick Lane Bowl
Minnesota 34, Georgia Tech 10
Pre-Bowl Matchup Ranking: 24
Seriously, Georgia Tech. If you didn’t want to play, you should’ve spoken up sooner. Head coach Paul Johnson went out with a crushing loss as his team with the vaunted ground game was outgained 260 rushing yards to 206. The Gophers got up 13-0 early in the second, and that was all they needed – they were never threatened.
– 5 Thoughts on the Quick Lane Bowl
33. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Appalachian State 45, Middle Tennessee 13
Pre-Bowl Matchup Ranking: 29
The hope was for a decent game despite the loss of Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield to Louisville. The Mountaineers were really down and sad after the loss of their head man – for a quarter. They got behind 3-0, put up 24 in the second, and that was it. The ASU O got creative and fun in the blowout.
– 5 Thoughts on the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
32. New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Wisconsin 35, Miami 3
Pre-Bowl Matchup Ranking: 25
Wisconsin showed up, Miami didn’t, it was chilly, the Canes couldn’t do more than manage a field goal, they turned it over five times, they generated just 169 yards of total offense, the defense got destroyed by Jonathan Taylor and the Badger running game, and Mark Richt quit coaching.
– 5 Thoughts on the New Era Pinstripe Bowl
31. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
BYU 49, Western Michigan 18
Pre-Bowl Matchup Ranking: 37
It was okay – for a half. Western Michigan was up 10-7, and then it stunk it up because the D couldn’t come up with a decent stop. BYU QB Zach Wilson hit all 18 of his passes, Western Michigan’s offense failed in the second half, and the Cougars put up 28 in the third to turn it into a laugher.
– 5 Thoughts on the Famous Idaho Bowl