Only 41 games remain in the 2019 college football season.
Yes, it’s almost the time of the bowl, but not all cups are created equal. This means you need to know which games you can’t lose and which games you can just leave in the background.
Some games need no introduction – the Playoff in Football and New Year’s Eve 6 – while others, such as the Gator and Holiday cups, provide intrigue beyond the league’s claim. Others, only fans of the playing teams will enjoy.
Sporting News is here to help you prioritize which games to watch. With that, SN’s ranking for the 2019-20 bowl season.
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40. Arizona Bowl: Wyoming vs. Georgia
A match of 7-5 teams that came together to beat the SEC East teams in Missouri (Wyoming) and Tennessee (Georgia State) this season.
39. Cure Bowl: Liberty vs. South Georgia
Another pair of 7-5 teams meet for the Cure Bowl, but at least you can watch Liberty Antonio Gandy-Golden receiver (74 receptions for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns).
38. Potato Bowl: Ohio vs. Nevada
Ohio coach Frank Solich will look to win his 113th game as a Bobcats coach, expanding what is already a MAC file.
37. Frisco Bowl: The State of Utah vs. the State of Kent
This could be the last time we see General Aggies Jordan Love in a Utah uniform. If it plays well enough in the Frisco Bowl, it could use it as a springboard in the NFL 2020 draft.
36. Quick Basin: Pitt vs. Eastern Michigan
How will Pitt play against Eastern Michigan in what final home game for the Eagles?
35. Bahamas Ball: Buffalo vs. Charlotte
This is Charlotte’s first bowl, and it’s in the Bahamas! That’s enough reason to pay attention.
34. Armed Forces Bowl: Southern Miss vs. Tulane
This meeting of former US opponents. will be the first team game since 2010.
33. Camelia Bowl: FIU v. State of Arkansas
Arkansas State receiver Omar Bayless (84 receptions, 1,473 yards, 16 touchdowns) should face FIU sixth.
32. Pinstripe Bowl: Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Michigan’s Mark Dantonio’s team will try to get their way to victory, while Dave Clawson’s Wake Forest will try to escape with a more explosive attack.
31. Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii vs. BYU
Anyone who needs to convince Hawaii against BYU can be an exciting game only need to watch these teams’ first-season matchups between Arizona and Tennessee, respectively.
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30. First Correspondent Cup: Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
The Hilltoppers have had some impressive wins this season against UAB, the Army and Arkansas. Similarly, the Broncos, who boast victories over Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio. This game should be competitive throughout.
29. Bowbox Redbox: Illinois vs. Cal
Illinois and Cal have two rounded seasons, and what better way to end the season than one against the other?
28. New Mexico Bowl: Central Michigan vs. San Diego
The Aztecs have the nation’s all-powerful defense (288.7 yards per game). It will be a tough challenge for Jim McElwain to break.
27. LendingTree Bowl: Louisiana vs. Miami (Ohio)
It should not be confused with the independence cup between Louisiana Tech and Miami (Fla.). MAC champion RedHawks will face a Louisiana team that has given App State what it could handle in the Sun Belt league game and has flirted with the top 25 all season.
26. Gasparilla Bowl: UCF vs. Marshall
The Knights have lost three games this season with a combination of seven points. UCF will benefit, but it does not exclude a Marshall team that has won six of their last seven games to win their bid.
25. New Orleans Bowl: No 20 Statesmen vs. UAB
App State is talented enough to win New Year’s Eve 6, having beaten Power 5 rivals this season in South Carolina and North Carolina. How will they play without coach Eli Drinkwitz against a UAB team that won the C-USA West Division?
24. Bowl Music City: Mississippi State vs. Louisville
It is worth noting that Louisville coach Scott Satterfield and Mississippi State Joe Moorhead enter this game on different terms in their respective schools. Satterfield turned a team of 2-8 in 2018 into a seven-team win this season; a terrible, terrible penalty for Ole Miss helped secure the Bulldogs’ bowl eligibility in a 6-6 season.
23. Birmingham Bowl: No. 23 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Cincinnati is looking for its second consecutive 11-win season under Luke Fickell. Look for Eagles running back AJ Dillon (1,685 yards, 13 touchdowns) to add to his already impressive sets.
22. Independence Cup: Louisiana Tech vs. Miami
The Mole down the road in this bowl, while the Bulldogs won their way through a 9-3 record. Miami has more talent, but will have to show up and play if they want to beat La Tech.
21. Sun Bowl: State of Florida v. State of Arizona
Herm Edwards’ Sun Devils team was good at playing spoilers this season – just ask Oregon. They will be looking to do the same for a FSU team that will probably try to make a good first impression on new coach Mike Norvell.
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20. Military Bowl: North Carolina vs. Temple
The 6-6 tar pitch was an interesting team all season under Mack Brown, and you should get a good fight from Temple 8-4. Look at General Sam Howell, who could be one of ACC’s best of next year.
19. Gator Bowl: Indiana vs. Tennessee
Stands in Tennessee for making a high quality bowl after the disastrous way the season began. He will face a quality Indiana team led by General Peyton Ramsey.
18. Texas Bowl: No 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Obviously we would prefer the Longhorns to the Cowboys in this four-size bowl, but we’re happy to see a big reunion 12 between the state of Oklahoma and the Saints, regardless. The Cowboys who shot back Chuba Hubbard are 64 yards away from breaking the 2,000 yard mark this season.
17. Bowl Belk: Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky
This will be the final game of long-term Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster, and this is the reason to tune in and watch. He’ll have his hands full on Kentucky receiver Lynn Bowden, who has 1,235 stairs and 348 yards this season.
16. Liberty Bowl: No. 21 Navy vs. Kansas State
Chris Klieman’s foresight is already evident with an 8-4 season and can cover with a win against the Navy and the top rape offense (360.8 ypg).
15. Camping World Bowl: No. 14 Notre Dame vs. Iowa
Matt Campbell’s Iowa State team is better than the 7-5 record, so hopefully he’ll give the 10-2 Notre Dame a competitive game. The Fighting Irishman should watch Brock Purdy (3760 yards, 27 touchdowns, nine interceptions).
14. Cheez-It Bowl: No. 24 Air Force v. State of Washington
The Air Force’s third rank (292.5 yards per game) against Washington State’s top offensive (444.3 ypg) should make a stunning contrast in style. Let’s just hope it’s not as bad as last year’s Cheez-It Bowl.
13. Boca Boca Raton: SMU vs. FAU
It’s a shame Lane Kiffin won’t be at your disposal for what could be one of the best bowl games of the season. SMU has more firepower than FAU, but the Owls showed the UAB 49-6 wing in the C-USA title game that they know how to earn points. This could be a fun relationship between these groups.
12. Holiday Bowl: No 19 Iowa v. No. 22 U.S.C.
By the end of this game, this could be the most sought-after meeting in the history of the Holiday Bowl. USC coach Clay Helton did well enough at the end of the season to avoid being fired by new boss Mike Bohn, but the loss of a 9-3 Hawkeyes team will do little to build confidence in what is undoubtedly a make-or- break Season 2020.
11. Las Vegas Jar: No 18 Boise State vs. Washington
Chris Petersen’s final game – at least for the foreseeable future – will make his current squad the team that helped lift the national college football consciousness. Feelings will be high on this, but the 12-1 Broncos would love nothing better than to send Petersen out with a loss.
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10. Alamo Bowl: No 12 Utah vs. Texas
Utah is likely to beat itself up to represent its territory in the Pac-12 title game, which costs a shot at the Playoff. But a win at the Alamo Bowl against a Texas brand name team would be a great way to end the season.
9. Orange Bowl: No 6 Florida vs. Virginia
Florida enters this game as a big favorite thanks in part to its defense power, which averages 299 yards and 14.4 points per game this season. How will the Cavs handle Bryce Perkins, who has 3,960 total yards and 29 touchdowns this season?
8. Outback Bowl: No. 9 Auburn vs. No. 16 Minnesota
The aggressive Minnesota porters enter this game with an average of 6-6, 340 kg. How will they get to one of the best defensive lines in college football, including Marlon Davidson, Derrick Brown and Tyrone Truesdell? On the other hand, how will Gus Malzahn’s defense deal with the Gophers’ 15th defense?
7. Cotton: No. 13 Penn State vs. No. 15 Memphis
The Tigers were explosive offense this season, averaging 480 yards and 40 points per game against quarterback Brady White and running back Kenneth Gainwell. How will they get to a Penn State defense that has defensive ends Yetur Gross-Matos and Shaka Toney and linebacker Micah Parsons (32.5 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks)?
6. Sugar Bowl: No 5 Georgia vs. No. 8 Baylor
Can we call this bowl anti-peach? Two of the country’s best defenses ended in a runner-up battle between the SEC and the Big 12, respectively. Expect players like J.R. Georgia’s Reed and Baylor’s James Lynch take their name off. In addition, the Bulldogs will want to prove that they can finish a season after last season’s disastrous exit against Texas, while Baylor will want to show that it can compete with the best nation.
5. Citrus Cup: No. 9 Alabama vs. No. 17 Michigan
There’s no question how many Alabama players will sit out of this game because of the 2020 NFL Draft. Regardless, these are two of college football’s top programs with head coaches Nick Saban and Jim Harbaugh making simple headlines. statements. It’s a game to watch, especially if it’s as competitive as the last time these teams met in the postseason (35-34 overtime win over the Wolverines in the 2000 orange bowl).
4. Rose Bowl: No. 7 Oregon and No. 11 Wisconsin
“Them All’s Grandfather” has a team in Oregon with explosive offensive talent in Justin Herbert and CJ Verdell and a tough team in Wisconsin. The difference in styles will be fun to watch and worth watching Jonathan Taylor, who is just 91 meters away from breaking the 2,000-yard mark again in successive seasons.
3. Peach Bowl: No 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Two of college football’s most explosive offenses come across what could be a burner. Joe Burrow (4715 passing yards, 48 touchdowns, six interceptions) is the best player in the country, but Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (4,914 total yards, 50 touchdowns) is not even a Heisman Trophy finalist. the appearance of LSU. The battle of Biletnikoff finalists Ja’Marr Chase and CeeDee Lamb should be fun, but it does not displace the defenses in this game: The Sooners have done here after a strong defensive performance in the Big 12 championship and the Tigers have just two. touchdowns in their latest games.
2. Fiesta Football: No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Clemson beat Ohio State 31-0 the last time these teams met, which also happened in a Playoff semifinal. this should not happen this year. This Buckeyes team is full of talent, from coach Justin Fields (40 touchdowns, one interception), with J.K. Dobbins (1,829 yards, 18 touchdowns) and defensive end Chase Young (16.5 sacks). But Clemson leads a 28-game winning streak and features Trevor Lawrence (34 touchdowns, eight interceptions), running back Travis Etienne (1,500 yards, 17 touchdowns) and linebacker Isaiah Simmons. They are all NFL-caliber players, and this makes this one of the most anticipated semifinal matchups in the six-year history of the Playoff.
1. National football championship in college football
It’s the final game of the 2019 season and the culmination of every game to this point. Will all Tigers meet between LSU and Clemson? Will Will meets his old team? Or will they hurt one last shot at leading a national title win?