Best of the Bowls (10 through 6)
The bowl lineup is out and there are so many good match-ups, they’re impossibly to choose from – so I did just that. From the BCS National Championship to the GoDaddy Bowl, there’s a good time to be had watching football this bowl season. We ranked the Top 10 bowls, starting from….
#10 Poinsettia Bowl – December 26, 6:30 PM
That’s right, this Northern Illinois vs. Utah State game is on the list. The Huskies went 12-1 and came so close to playing in another bowl game, but they lost in the MAC Championship Game to Bowling Green. Utah State has a great defense and should give N. Iliinois QB and Heisman candidate Jordan Lynch all they can handle.
#9 Capital One Bowl – January 1, 1:00 PM
This match-up could have easily been a BCS game, but South Carolina vs. Wisconsin is a treat for those that will be in attendance at the Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando. The Badgers have one of the best running games in the country, but will go up against a defensive line that has Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles bearing down on them on every attempt. Melvin Gordon and James White will have their hands full get that 6.6 yards per carry against the Gamecocks.
#8 Orange Bowl – January 3, 8:30 PM
The team that was oh-so-close to playing in the National Championship has ended up in the Orange Bowl, as the Ohio State Buckeyes will take on the Clemson Tigers. Clemson finished second in their division to Florida State, and has the always-explosive Taj Boyd back firing on all cylinders after a rocky mid-season stretch. The last time Clemson was in the Orange Bowl, they allowed 70 points to West Virginia. They want to make that a distant memory with a win over Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes.
#7 Liberty Bowl – December 31, 4:00 PM
Rice won its first conference title since 1957 and will be playing in a bowl for the second consecutive time, which they also hadn’t done since 1960-61. Trying to spoil the Owls good time is Mississippi State, who was also not picked to have the best of seasons in 2013. Both teams have stout, hard-nosed defenses that will likely make this one of the lowest-scoring, yet close and entertaining games of the bowl season.
#6 New Orleans Bowl – December 21, 8:00 PM
It’s basically a home game for Tulane, but Louisiana-Lafayette is just up the highway so a large amount of fans for both schools should be in attendance for this one. The Green Wave haven’t been in a bowl game since 2002, while the Ragin’ Cajuns are making their third consecutive appearance in the bowl, winning the last two. Tulane is led by Nick Montana, son of Hall of Famer Joe Montana, and the Green Wave defense has forced 33 turnovers this season. This will be a close one, and Vegas agree with a current line at Pick’em.