Tiers of football joy: Breaking down all 41 bowl games for 2017-18

Bowl season is almost upon us, and with 41 games to choose from, it’s time to take a look at which games are must-see TV and which ones are OK to watch in the background while you’re doing something else.

Tier 4: It’s still football, right?

Yeah, these aren’t the football games we’re necessarily jumping for joy over. I for one would rather replace the entire bowl system for a fully functional playoff like March Madness, or even the FCS’s playoff.

That said, opportunities for college football are coming to a rapid end. Even though these aren’t the games we have circled on our calendars, they’re still college football games.

Cure Bowl: 6-6 Western Kentucky vs. 6-5 Georgia State

On the one hand, you have the Hilltoppers that dropped four of their last five games to stumble into bowl season. On the other, you have Georgia State. They haven’t beaten a team that finished with more than four wins.

At least it might be competitive?

Camellia Bowl: 6-6 Middle Tennessee State vs. 7-4 Arkansas State

This game features Red Wolves QB Justice Hansen, who has 3,630 yards and 34 touchdowns … and little else.

Boca Raton Bowl: 10-3 Florida Atlantic vs. 7-6 Akron

Want to watch a bowl game that’s likely to be over before halftime? The biggest thing to watch is if Devin Singletary gets the 204 yards rushing necessary to break 2,000 yards rushing on the season.

Gasparilla Bowl: 6-6 Temple vs. 8-4 Florida International

This new name for the old St. Petersburg Bowl just about says it all, doesn’t it?

Independence Bowl: 8-4 Southern Miss vs. 6-6 Florida State

Florida State just narrowly added another notch to its 36-year bowl streak. Question is, how many Seminoles fans are going to even make the trip to Louisiana to see the preseason No. 3 team play?

Music City Bowl: 7-5 Kentucky vs. 9-3 Northwestern

Let me get this straight: A ranked Northwestern team gets rewarded after going on a seven-game winning streak to finish the season with a game against a Kentucky team that lost its last two games by an average of 28 points? Why do people like bowl games so much again?

Arizona Bowl: 6-6 New Mexico State vs. 6-6 Utah State

This Aggies vs. Aggies matchup features a New Mexico State team that hasn’t been bowling since 1960. While this game undoubtedly has local interest with Utah State in the game, there’s a reason this game is on CBSSN and not a more mainstream …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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