Ranking The Bowl Games From Worst To Best: How Good Was Your Bowl?

Ranking The Bowl Games From Worst To Best: How Good Was Your Bowl?

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Ranking The Bowl Games From Worst To Best: How Good Was Your Bowl?

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The Best Bowls of the Bunch

If you saw these five bowl games, you’re a better, more enriched person whose life is now far, far better than it was before the bowl season.

5. Jared Birmingham Bowl

Wake Forest 37, Memphis 34
Pre-Bowl Matchup Ranking: 6

It was exactly what it was supposed to be – for a half. It was expected to be all about the O with no D, and it was just that as Memphis got up 28-24 going into the locker room. It turned into a defensive fight after that, with Wake Forest getting a one-yard touchdown run with just 34 seconds to play for the win.
5 Thoughts on the Jared Birmingham Bowl

4. Valero Alamo Bowl

Washington State 28, Iowa State 26
Pre-Bowl Matchup Ranking: 18

Terrifically entertaining, Iowas State had a chance to tie it late on a two-point conversion attempt, but missed. The Cyclones got down big early, fought back, but couldn’t take the lead as Wazzu held them off. It wasn’t a shootout, but it was one of the stronger bowls.
5 Thoughts on the Alamo Bowl

3. NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Nevada 16, Arkansas State 13 OT
Pre-Bowl Matchup Ranking: 19

It got totally blown off with all the other bowls going on just before the College Football Playoff kicked in, but it turned into the best game of the day. ASU dominated, but it couldn’t close on good drive after good drive, turned it over three times, and lost in OT.

It was 7-3 with just over one minute to play, Nevada took the lead on a touchdown run after the one good drive of the day, and Arkansas State rallied back to force overtime with a field goal. The Wolf Pack answered an ASU OT field goal to win it on a touchdown pass pull off the improbable win.

2. Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman

Cincinnati 35, Virginia Tech 31
Pre-Bowl Matchup Ranking: 23

It was rainy and the conditions were lousy, but these two put on a show. Fantastic from start-to-finish, neither team ever led by more than seven points in a back-to-forth battle. Michael Warren ran for an eight-yard score with just over a minute to play to give Cincinnati the fun win in a huge moment for the American Athletic Conference.
5 Thoughts on the Military Bowl

1. Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

Baylor 45, Vanderbilt 38
Pre-Bowl Matchup Ranking: 14

It turned into a thriller with the two teams combining for over 1,200 yards with a whole lot of mood swings, big plays, home runs and scoring. How much fun was this? Baylor took the lead in the fourth on a 75-yard touchdown pass, and ended up winning it on a 52-yard scoring play with under two minutes to go. It was exactly what you want a bowl game like this to be.
5 Thoughts on the Texas Bowl

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