Do you have all your Christmas presents wrapped? Good! Now, get your spot on the couch all ready and prepare for a massive slate of college football bowl games. The action kicks off Dec. 21 (That’s today folks!) when Washington State takes on Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl.
This is going to be a fun few weeks of college bowl games and a lot of it has to do with the BCS National Championship, which will cap everything off on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif. For just the second time in the last half-decade, Alabama will not be featured in this game.
The back-to-back reigning champs were trumped by SEC brethren Auburn, which will battle Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles.
Fans of the SEC do not seem very worried though, confident that the Tigers will keep the national title in the conference yet again by taking care of the Seminoles, who hail from what many consider to be the inferior ACC.
However, the Seminoles flat out beat down everyone on their schedule this year, and with a versatile quarterback like Winston, the National Title is anything but in the bag for Auburn.
The Crimson Tide were relegated to this year’s Sugar Bowl, where they will lock up with the likes of Oklahoma. Despite the absolutely crazy loss to Auburn at the end of the regular season, Alabama is still probably the best team in college football. Unfortunately for the Sooners, the Crimson Tide might be a little grouchy and levy a beat down of epic proportions.
Ohio State was no stranger to heartbreak this season. It looked like they were going to cruise to a National Championship appearance after going undefeated for the second straight year, but the Michigan State Spartans had other plans. Michigan State bounced Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game, sending the Buckeyes to the Orange Bowl, where they will face Clemson.
The Orange Bowl should be a fun game to watch because it pits two multi-dimensional quarterbacks against each other. In Ohio State’s corner, Braxton Miller is probably the most mobile of all college quarterbacks right now. However, Tajh Boyd is certainly no slouch for Clemson either.
The Big Ten is well represented in BCS bowls this year. Michigan State had its students partying in the streets with their Big Ten title victory. The win was good enough to send them to this year’s Rose Bowl, the Spartans’ first Rose Bowl appearance since 1988. They’ll face a smash mouth Stanford team, which made a legitimate run at a National Championship appearance.
There is only one problem, Michigan State’s defense is terrifyingly good and has destroyed running backs left and right. This will be a very favorable match-up for Sparty.
Here are a few more appealing match-ups:
- Chick-fil-A Bowl: Last year’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel will probably hop to the NFL next season, so this is his final bow. He’ll be tested by a Duke team that proved it is legit.
- Alamo Bowl: An underachieving Oregon team takes on Texas for the final chapter in coach Mack Brown’s illustrious tenure with the Longhorns.
- Fiesta Bowl: Baylor and UCF clash. These two high-octane offenses promise an eventful game.