Let’s Go Bowling!!

This Saturday the 2017-18 College Football Bowl Season gets underway. This year things start fast with 6 Bowl games right away. As I have said in the past I believe there are way too many bowls. 40 Bowl games, 80 teams and 15 of them are 6-6. This year some of those names include the Camellia, the Frisco, the Gasparilla & the Dollar General Bowls. Here is the rundown of all the games and how I rate the match-ups.

I am going to rate the bowl games on the 1-5 rating.

5 – I will watch it from opening kickoff until final seconds!
4 – Great match-up that I can’t wait to see!
3 – Should be a fun game to watch!
2 – Well at least it is football, but not watching the whole game!
1 – Check the scores and watch TV for the highlights

Saturday December 16th
CELEBRATION BOWL – North Carolina A&T vs. Grambling (2) – 2 small schools, but they have a combined record is 23-1.
NEW ORLEANS BOWL – North Texas vs. Troy (2) – Not the biggest names but solid teams.
CURE BOWL – Georgia St vs. Western Kentucky (1) – Won’t bother watching much 6-5 vs. 6-6.
LAS VEGAS BOWL – Oregon vs. Boise St (3) – Best match-up of Day 1. Hope the RB’s play!
NEW MEXICO BOWL – Marshall vs. Colorado St (2) – Neither team playing their best ball late.
CAMELLIA BOWL – Middle Tenn St vs. Arkansas St (1) – Well at least they are getting paid.

Tuesday December 19th
BOCA RATON BOWL – Akron vs. Florida Atlantic (2) – FAU should be well represented, how well will the Zips travel. Don’t remember a 20+ point favorite in a bowl game before this.

Wednesday December 20th
FRISCO BOWL – Louisiana Tech vs. SMU (2) – Another match-up of teams that combine for just 1 game over .500.

Thursday December 21st
GASPARILLA BOWL – Temple vs. Florida International (2) – Most exciting thing here may be the explanation of the Bowl name.

Friday December 22nd
BAHAMAS BOWL – UAB vs. Ohio (2) – What can I say nice about this, I know, BAHAMAS!!
FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL – Central Michigan vs. Wyoming (2) – If Wyo. QB Josh Allen plays I may bump this to a 3.

Saturday December 23rd
BIRMINGHAM BOWL – Texas Tech vs. South Florida (3) – If you like offense, this could be a fun one to watch.
ARMED FORCES BOWL – Army vs. San Diego St (3) – An improved Army team should make this one an interesting match-up.
DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL – Appalachian St vs. Toledo (2) – MAC Champ Toledo will gets some views but I will be watching the NFL on Sat. night.

Sunday December 24th
HAWAII BOWL – Houston vs. Fresno St (2) – Pretty good match-up but Santa is coming!!

Tuesday December 26th
HEART OF DALLAS BOWL – Utah vs. West Virginia (2) – Bigger schools but not good schools. Utah is 3-6 in Pac-12
QUICKEN LOANS BOWL – Northern Illinois vs. Duke (2) – Running out of things to say about bad match-ups, but here is another one!
CACTUS BOWL – Kansas St vs. UCLA (2) – See Heart of Dallas comments!!

Wednesday December 27th
INDEPENDENCE BOWL – Southern Miss vs. Florida St (2) – After a disappointing season the Noles still got a Bowl game.
PINSTRIPE BOWL – Boston College vs. Iowa (2) – Games are getting better, but not good. Almost a 3.
TEXAS BOWL – Missouri vs. Texas (2) – Former Big-8 Rivals battle but not interested.
FOSTER FARMS BOWL – Purdue vs. Arizona (2) – Could be 2 up and coming teams but not yet.

Thursday December 28th
MILITARY BOWL – Virginia vs. Navy (2) – How can we be this long into the Bowl season and still have to watch a 6-6 team!
CAMPING WORLD BOWL – Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma St (3) – Finally a couple of good teams in what could be a real exciting battle. Almost a 4!
ALAMO BOWL – Stanford vs. TCU (4) – Bryce Love versus the Horned Frog D. This should be a good one!
HOLIDAY BOWL – Michigan St. vs. Washington St. (3) – A pair of Jeckel & Hyde teams. Which ones will show up here?

Friday December 29th
BELK BOWL – Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest (2) – And we are back to 7-5 teams. COME ON!!
SUN BOWL – NC State vs Arizona St (3) – Bradley Chubb is worth the watch and we will have a Herm Edwards siting
MUSIC CITY BOWL – Kentucky vs. Northwestern (2) – Not the one I have been waiting for.
ARIZONA BOWL – Utah St vs. New Mexico St (1) – WHAT! It is almost New Years and we get another 6-6 match-up of no name schools. May be the worst of all the bowls!
COTTON BOWL – USC vs. Ohio St (5) – This could have been a playoff match-up if we had a 8-team playoff!

Saturday December 30th
TAXSLAYER BOWL – Louisville vs. Mississippi St (3) – Lamar Jackson gives this game the boost!
LIBERTY BOWL – Iowa St vs. Memphis (2) – This one gets overshadowed by the rest of the games on Saturday.
FIESTA BOWL – Washington vs. Penn St (4) – At mid-season this could have been a playoff match-up.
ORANGE BOWL – WISCONSIN vs. Miami-FL (5) – A pair of teams that were in the Top-5 in November!

Monday January 1st
OUTBACK BOWL – South Carolina vs. Michigan (3) – If you like low scoring defensive battles, here is one for you!
PEACH BOWL – Central Florida vs. Auburn (5) – Undefeated UCF vs. a team that almost made the playoff. Again another possible playoff match-up with a field of 8.
CITRUS BOWL – LSU vs. Notre Dame (3) – Solid match-up of 2 big programs.
ROSE BOWL – Georgia vs. Oklahoma (5) – Playoff #1 – Great match-up, Can’t wait!
SUGAR BOWL – Alabama vs. Clemson (5) – Playoff #2 – Rematch of the last 2 National Championship Games. Perfect way to end the day!

So there are your match-ups. As you can tell I am not overly excited about a lot of the games. Of the 40 Bowl games only 16 of them received a rating of 3 or higher with 21 games getting a 2. There are 43 teams with at least 8 wins. If we made that the line instead of the 6 wins that they do now we would have better quality instead of quantity. I know the almighty dollar controls this and we won’t see any change soon but I have to bring it up each year. Oh yeah, don’t forget we need a 8-team playoff. So what do you think? Which games are you looking forward too? Now don’t forget all of our CFB Bowl Action & late regular season and playoff NFL here at Razor Sharp Sports. Plus get all of our winning hoop and hockey action by purchasing our plays on Freeplays.com, by clicking on Razor Sharp Sports. Plus get free daily winners online there too. Good Luck!

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