4. The Auburn home game
At least from the TV side of things, that was fun. There’s an energy when the fans are in the stands for bowl games and everyone is all fired up.
Despite the notion of it being great for the teams and players to go off and do their thing in an exotic location, getting to feed off of the crowd – for both sides – certainly takes the bowl game up another notch.
UCF fans were there for the Gasparilla Bowl win over Florida, but the Gator Nation made a whole lot of noise.
This Birmingham Bowl was all about the Auburn crowd, and Houston fought through it.
It might not have been the result Auburn wanted, but it was a fun game with a close, exciting ending. The better the geography, the more entertaining the bowl games usually are – at least when it comes to the buzz.