College Football BCS and Bowl Preview: Ranking All 35 Games From Top To Bottom

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BCS logoIs it the best time of year or the worst?

College football fans who follow the 70-teams invited for post season play have one last chance to watch their team play. Yes, it’s Bowl Season which offers an opportunity for schools to secure bragging rights, conferences to lay claim as “The Best” while at the same time witnessing the end of an era.

Bowl season is bittersweet for most because it signals the end of another season of college football.

The Bowl Championship Series has run it’s course and will no longer be in place. Debating the credibility of the BCS selection process to determine a National Championship shifts to a new format next season.

When the BCS becomes nothing more than an antiquated system, it’s replacement will offer new possibilities to argue whether or not the best team in college football will be properly crowned.

With 35 bowl games to consider, which will be the best contests to entertain fans?

Count on All Coug’d Up to do the heavy lifting in determining which games will be mandatory viewing while others, well, not so much.

Here’s our ranking from worst to best…keeping in mind there is no such thing as a “worst” college game.

No. 35 Bowl – January 5th on ESPN 5pm PT

Jan 06, 2013; Mobile, AL USA; Arkansas State Red Wolves interim head coach John Thompson and defensive lineman Ronnell Wright (90) lift up the trophy after the Arkansas State Red Wolves defeated Kent State Golden Flashes 17-13 in the Go Bolw at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Arkansas State (7-5) out of the Sun Belt Conference will take on Ball State (10-2) down in Mobile, AL at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. This one should be an easy win for the Cardinals. Ball State’s record breaking quarterback, Kenneth Wenning owns the school career records for touchdown passes, passing yards, pass completions and pass attempts. Wenning is also the first quarterback in Ball State history to pass for 10,000 or more yards in a career and is considered one of the top quarterbacks in this year’s NFL draft. This will be the third consecutive appearance by Arkansas State who will have their hands full trying to slow down the passing attack of Ball State.

No. 34 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – December 21st on ESPN 6pm PT

Nov 30, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Tulane Green Wave quarterback Nick Montana (11) attempts a pass during the fourth quarter against the Rice Owls at Rice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Tulane (7-5) faces Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) in one of the best party towns in the world, New Orleans. The Green Wave will be in their first bowl game since 2002. Tulane finished fourth in Conference USA which earned Coach Curtis Johnson a contract extension through 2020. This will be a third consecutive appearance for the Ragin’ Cajuns out of the Sun Belt Conference, who defeated East Carolina last year in the New Orleans Bowl. Their offense can put up some gaudy numbers with one of the top rushing games in the nation.

 No. 33 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg – December 23rd on ESPN 11am PT

Nov 23, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; East Carolina Pirates quarterback Shane Carden (5) throws a 4th quarter touchdown pass against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter Finley Stadium. The East Carolina Pirates defeated the North Carolina State Wolfpack 42-28. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

East Carolina (9-3) which touts an explosive offensive team that averages 40.4 points per game will look to  outscore Ohio (7-5). Pirates quarterback Shane Carden has accounted for 42 touchdowns – 32 passing, 10 rushing – and is among the top five nationally in four categories, including a No. 1 ranking in completion percentage.The Bobcats explosive offense, which has scored 34 or more points six times this year will be looking for its third win over a C-USA team this season.

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  • CougGeoff

    Great write-up Lew. Go Cougs!

  • GT

    It will be tough for UCF to win this game but I’m taking UCF and here’s why. Both teams played 7 bad teams, their combined records – BU(30-53) and UCF(21-63). They were all wins for both squads (does it really matter by how many points :-)). The other 5 games were against competitive (or somewhat competitive) teams. BU – Oklahoma (10-2), Okl St(10-2), Texas(8-4),Texas Tech(8-5),Kansas St(7-5). UCF – Louisville(11-1),South Carolina(10-2), Houston(8-4),Penn St(7-5),Rutgers(6-6). 4 out of the 5 teams for each are in bowls. Combined records-BU-43-18,UCF-42-18. In comparing avg stats against those 5 games, most averages matched up or were somewhat close except for one category – rushing which I’m sure O’leary has a game plan for (there is a note on turnovers at the end). If the game is close in the 4th qtr, say 10 points or less, UCF will win because they have been clutch (or lucky or magic) all year. Make what you will of it, Offense: Total yards-BU-508,UCF-446;Passing-BU-260,UCF-288, Rushing-BU-247,UCF-158,third down conversions-BU-33-81,UCF-32-59,points for-BU-36,UCF-30, Time of possession-BU-30,UCF-32….Defense-total yards-BU-390,UCF-395,rushing-BU-131,UCF-145, third down conversions-BU-26-81,UCF-27-63. Time of possession-BU-28,UCF-22. Another game changer is turnovers, anything can happen on a bad or good day for both. if Baylor gets the most, they will win big – Offense BU-5,UCF-10; Defense-BU-18,UCF-10. This game will be like the UCF/Louisville game and in the end will rank much higher – go knights!.