We’ve already talked about the Semifinal games that’ll take place on New Year’s Eve. After looking at the slate of Bowl Games, there were quite a few that caught my eye. Here’s my take on some of the games. Enjoy.
1. Notre Dame vs Ohio State (Fiesta Bowl)- At one time, both these schools were in the final four and both have the potential to be playoff teams for years to come. If he’s healthy, we will see two of the best running backs in the country featured in this one. Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott and Notre Dame’s C.J. Prosise. Last year, Ohio State was on top of the world after winning out in the regular season, stunning Alabama and eventually winning it all against Oregon. Notre Dame surprised a lot of people this year. When Zaire went down, DeShone Kizer stepped in and led them to a few victories. Two very storied universities will be featured in Pasadena.
2. Stanford vs Iowa (Rose Bowl)- Iowa had a fantastic regular season. We didn’t see them being a big threat in the Big Ten and we didn’t think they’d be undefeated either. Jordan Canzeri is the guy this offense is built for. He’s their Mr. Everything. What I like about the Hawkeyes is that they aren’t a flashy team. They don’t have to blitz, load the box or crowd the line of scrimmage to rush the passer because they feel they can dominate you with pure athleticism. Stanford has so much talent on both sides of the football. There’s Kevin Hogan, the quarterback and the star, Christian McCaffery. I see this game being an old school, physical showdown. This one will be won in the trenches.
3. Oklahoma State vs Ole Miss (Sugar Bowl)- Ole Miss got off to such a hot start this season, including a big win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa where it’s tough to play and come out victorious. Chad Kelly was considered to be one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC and he put together a very nice 2015 campaign. Ole Miss also has another star on offense and he goes by the name of Laquon Treadwell. He’s a 6’3 wide receiver that can go vertical up the field, he can make the big catch when necessary and he’s a possession guy. Oklahoma State at one time was a shoe-in to make the playoffs but two losses against Baylor and Oklahoma hurt them. The Cowboys have a good receiver themselves and that’s James Washington. I see points being scored in this one.
4. TCU vs Oregon (Alamo Bowl)- TCU in the beginning was one of my picks to get to the CFP and make some noise. It was a very up and down season for them. They showed a lot of inconsistencies and it hurt them later on in the season. It also doesn’t help when your key players on offense go down either. Trevone Boykin injured his ankle and missed a few games and their biggest offensive playmaker was lost for the year in Josh Doctson. It was definitely a rebuilding year for Oregon after losing Mariota to the NFL. Vernon Adams got more comfortable in the system as the season went on. Just like the Sugar Bowl, if you like offense, this is the game for you.
5. Florida State vs Houston (Peach Bowl)- Houston dominated the AAC this season. their offense ranked in the top 20 in the nation scoring a little over 40 points a game. They displayed a very prolific attack each and every week. Florida State is in a different position now after winning a title and making an appearance in the playoffs. There were so many running backs to watch this year and Dalvin Cook was one of them.