The 2016-17 play deteriorate is set. We know any college football diversion is improved than no college football game, though some of a matchups are some-more constrained than others, either that’s formed on star power, matchup, swirling controversy, coaching amour or disappointment.
Here’s a demeanour during some games that mount out for one reason or another.
Most interesting bowl: No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson in a Playstation Fiesta Bowl semifinal is a many constrained diversion of a postseason. These dual talent-laden teams are no strangers to a College Football Playoff, and no one will call it a gimme for Alabama in a final, if a dominant Crimson Tide take caring of business opposite two-touchdown loser Washington in a other semifinal. These teams — and their renowned coaches — have a chops to startle a clearly unstoppable Crimson Tide.
Clemson starts with QB Deshaun Watson, and Ohio State counters with J.T. Barrett. Both approximate their QBs with superb ability players, such as Buckeyes RB/WR Curtis Samuel and Clemson WR Mike Williams. Both have chosen defenses. Both measure a lot of points. It’s easy to see this one being capricious low into a fourth quarter.
Least interesting bowl: First, there are no bad play games. It’s college football, that is always a good thing. But we could make a box that Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion in a Popeyes Bahamas Bowl competence not be appointment radio for everyone.
If we sound like we’re being some-more soothing than snarky, cruise that a Eagles are personification in their initial play diversion given 1987 and ODU is personification in a initial play diversion … ever.
By a way, there are a lot worse things than chilling in a Bahamas with a image of boiled duck and unwashed rice from Popeyes.
Best coaching matchup: No offense to Washington, though Las Vegas sees a showdown with top-ranked Alabama, a dominant fortifying inhabitant champion, in a Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl CFP semifinal as a mismatch. The Crimson Tide are adored by 14 points, a largest domain in a CFP’s brief history.
The Tide are personification for a place in story — as in, to be ranked among a all-time biggest teams. They have won 25 games in a quarrel altogether and 15 uninterrupted games opposite ranked foes, that is tied for a second-longest strain by any group given a AP check debuted in 1936. Coach Nick Saban, already mostly rated a biggest college football manager in history, is going for his sixth inhabitant championship.
Washington went 7-6 final deteriorate and was 0-12 in 2008. Yet there is one component that should give observers pause: Huskies manager Chris Petersen. At Boise State, his slingshot was flattering damn dangerous in David contra Goliath matchups, many quite a 2007 Fiesta Bowl opposite Oklahoma. His ability to outflank, outwit and schematically disintegrate foes is scandalous and celebrated, quite with additional credentials time. Of course, a Sooners were adored by usually 7 1/2. It’s going to take some-more than a few pretence plays and advantageous round bounces to outduel Saban and a monstrously gifted Tide.
Best coaching matchup II: Wisconsin is going to be a complicated favorite opposite Western Michigan, though know that Badgers manager Paul Chryst is going to be a 10,000-word loser to Broncos manager P.J. Fleck in a Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. Chryst, 51, is accessible though laconic, a rarely reputable man who doesn’t find a spotlight and didn’t get a head-coaching event until his late 40s. Fleck is only 36, and when he was hired in 2012, he was a youngest conduct manager in FBS and a initial to possess a birthdate in a 1980s.
Fleck, a prohibited Power 5 coaching candidate, oozes charisma. He’s disposed to dancing and mad speeches final with his heading “Row a boat!” Chryst will remove a news conferences decisively. But know this about both men: They are glorious coaches. Chryst competence have an NFL future, and rumors are already prohibited about Fleck’s intensity alighting spots.
Something To Prove Bowl: No. 9 USC and No. 5 Penn State both had cases to be noticed among a 4 best teams in a republic by season’s end, quite a Nittany Lions. As such, their assembly in a Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual is a possibility to make a statement. Penn State is a central Big Ten champion — not second-ranked CFP group Ohio State, that a Nittany Lions beat. USC kick both teams that played in a Pac-12 championship diversion (No. 10 Colorado and No. 4 Washington). Last year, Stanford bloody Iowa in a Rose Bowl and warranted a final No. 3 ranking. It’s probable that a leader here will do a same.
Anemia Bowl: Maryland and Boston College accommodate in a Quick Lane Bowl a day after Christmas, though don’t design a lot of adorned offense after a holiday feast. The Turtles arrange 92nd in a country, with 25.4 points per game. The Golden Eagles arrange 123rd, with 19.1.
Disappointment Bowl: Nebraska and Tennessee were both ranked in a top-10 this season, though they will accommodate in a Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl as teams down in a dumps. Nebraska started 7-0 though mislaid 3 of a final 5 games. Tennessee started 5-0 though mislaid 4 of seven, including a season-ending chagrin during Vanderbilt.
Just Happy To Be Here Bowl: Speaking of Vanderbilt, it will play NC State in a Camping World Independence Bowl, a Commodores’ initial play coming given 2013. After losing during Kentucky, Vandy was 2-4 and manager Derek Mason’s chair was flattering hot. But a Commodores rallied and now will play in a program’s eighth play diversion ever. As for NC State, it’s personification in a play diversion notwithstanding during one indicate losing 5 of 6 games.
By Land Or By Sea Bowl: Louisiana Tech ranks third in a republic with 359.8 yards flitting per diversion behind QB Ryan Higgins. Navy, with no sea options in college football, ranks third in a republic with 327.5 rushing yards per game, interjection to a choice conflict led by QB Will Worth. These dual teams accommodate in a Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. You could perspective it as a exam of that fighting character is better.
Job Interview Bowl: Houston’s deteriorate clearly was all about now-former manager Tom Herman and his being desired by each rich-but-struggling Power 5 module until Texas swooped in and sealed him. Yet a Cougars’ underrated invulnerability underneath coordinator Todd Orlando also should have been a story, and Orlando can work his approach into a account in a Las Vegas Bowl Presented by Geico opposite San Diego State.
Orlando is portion as halt manager and will talk to reinstate Herman as conduct coach. He could make a large matter with a win, quite if he finds a approach to stop Aztecs using behind Donnel Pumphrey, who only became a FBS’ No. 2 all-time rusher. Stopping Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Dede Westbrook and Pumphrey all in one deteriorate would make for a flattering torpedo résumé.
Recruiting Bitterness Bowl: One wonders how collegial things competence be between Michigan manager Jim Harbaugh and Florida State manager Jimbo Fisher in a Capital One Orange Bowl. First, Fisher was one of a harshest critics of satellite camps over a summer, and Harbaugh loves him some satellite camps in ACC and SEC territories.
Further, Michigan kick Florida State for beginner linebacker Devin Bush Jr. in recruiting a past February, that is important since Devin Bush Sr. was a former FSU star. Oh, afterwards Harbaugh hired Senior to a position as a defensive researcher a integrate weeks after signing day. It also competence be value observant that Senior was conduct manager during state energy Flanagan (Florida) High School, where some-more than a handful of tip recruiting targets play.
Best Offense vs. Defense Bowl: In a annual delight of a overwhelming force vs. determined intent postseason matchup, we offer adult Louisville holding on LSU in a Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. Louisville leads a republic with 45.3 points per game. LSU’s invulnerability ranks sixth, agreeable only 16.4 points per game.
When these teams play Dec. 31, it’s expected that Cardinals QB Lamar Jackson will have won a Heisman Trophy. He has accounted for 51 touchdowns this year (21 rushing and 30 passing) and ranks ninth in a republic in rushing (128.2 yards per game) and 17th in flitting (282.5 yards per game). So, yeah, this is LSU’s defense, led by new full-time conduct manager Ed Orgeron and his coordinator, Dave Aranda, vs. Jackson. That alone is reason to watch this intriguing SEC-ACC battle.
Underhyped Stars Bowl: Remember Stanford all-purpose apprehension Christian McCaffrey? How good do we know North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky? Well, these dual players, who have been mostly off a inhabitant radar this deteriorate for several reasons, will accommodate in a Hyundai Sun Bowl. McCaffrey, a Heisman Trophy runner-up final year, finished fourth in a republic in rushing (145.7 yards per game) and No. 1 in all-purpose yards. Trubisky ranked fifth in a republic in sum QBR and 15th in flitting yards per diversion (289), as he hurled 28 touchdown passes with only 4 interceptions. He also rushed for 270 yards and 5 scores. He and McCaffrey both plan as first-round NFL breeze picks.