When it comes to college football, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. The college football playoff has arrived with plenty of action to choose from over the next few weeks leading up to this year’s national championship game. We took the time to break down the best and worst of this year’s college football bowl schedule. It should be no surprise that the New Year’s Day games make up the bulk of the entries. Here is a look at the four most exciting bowl games for this year.
Orange Bowl – December 29th
Oklahoma vs. Alabama
The battle between Heisman trophy winner Kyler Murray and runner-up Tua Tagovailoa has the potential to be the most exciting of any matchup leading up to the national championship game. After all, the winner of this game will play for the national title. Alabama’s defense is one of the best in the nation and it will be very interesting to see if they can slow down Murray and company for a shot at getting to the final. Meanwhile, Sooners fans feel like it’s their time and will be looking for redemption after blowing a 17-point lead in their 2017 semi-final double-overtime loss to Georgia. With so much on the line, this game should easily be the best of the bowl season.
Cotton Bowl Classic – December 29th
Notre Dame vs. Clemson
It only makes sense that the Cotton Bowl Classic follows the Orange Bowl here in terms of excitement, with Clemson and Notre Dame looking for their shot at a national championship game appearance. While fans of the Fighting Irish pull for their side, the rest of the country will probably cheer for the Tigers and a rematch with Alabama in the national title contest. Clemson has reached the CFP championship twice in the last three years. Notre Dame is coming off an undefeated regular season. Nobody wants to miss what happens when these teams meet with their respective seasons on the line.
Allstate Sugar Bowl – January 1st
Texas vs. Georgia
While this game won’t have any implications for the national championship game, Georgia might be the best team that isn’t in the final four and Texas will be a pretty good opponent for them in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Bulldogs should be pretty motivated to make a statement with running back D’Andre Swift leading the way on the ground following a monster season. Meanwhile, the Longhorns have a chance to make a statement to cap off Tom Herman’s second season in front of a national audience. There should be plenty of fireworks in this game.
Rose Bowl – January 1st
Washington vs. Ohio State
The Grandaddy of ‘Em All will be Urban Meyer’s final game as Ohio State’s head coach. The Buckeyes were national title contenders and while they ultimately fell short of that goal they still have a chance to make one last statement led by Meyer. Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins is worth the price of admission while Washington has been really good under Chris Petersen and will want to prove they can win a bowl game under him. There should be plenty of offense in this back and forth showdown featuring two of the best teams in the country.
Fiesta Bowl – January 1st
LSU vs. UCF
The Knights have a chance to finish undefeated for the second straight season while LSU would love to avoid letting that happen with a chance to make a statement against UCF. This game will be about SEC pride for the Tigers, who can win 10 games for the first time since 2013. Meanwhile, the Knights beat Auburn in last year’s Peach Bowl to finish 13-0 and would love to finish off another perfect season against a tough SEC opponent. The New Year’s Day schedule is absolutely loaded and this game has an outside shot at being the best of them if both teams play to their potential.