Fresh title-game pairing takes top billing in annual bowl rankings
Several times over the past few days, I've seen it written that college football has the best regular season in sports and the worst postseason in sports. Agreed on the former; disagreed on the latter.
No question, college football has the most clunky, illogical and head-scratching postseason in sports. But to call it the "worst" implies people don't enjoy it. They do. Lots of them. You included.
Sure, your eyes may glaze over as you read the following 35 nuggets on the varying levels of prestige, quality of teams and awkwardness of sponsor names for each bowl. But on Dec. 18, you'll find yourself strangely invested in the Fresno State-Northern Illinois game, shouting at the TV when a receiver drops a pass. If UCF and Georgia played on regular-season Saturday, you'd never watch, but on the afternoon of Dec. 31, you'll be loving the fact that there's football on in the middle of the day.
And years from now, you'll remember some game on this list you never could have imagined, like last year's crazy Humanitarian Bowl shootout between Idaho and Bowling Green. You know you watched.
So let's get on with it, then. From No. 1 to No. 35, here is my eighth annual ranking of the bowl matchups: