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Ranking all 39 bowl games: Belk Bowl is #2, too bad the Aggies lost


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#1 Jeffrey Goldberg

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 02:16 PM

5. Peach Bowl: No. 12 UCF 34, No. 7 Auburn 27 -- As far as drama is concerned, the Birmingham Bowl was better, but as far as the story of the game is concerned, the Peach Bowl trumps it. UCF finishes the season undefeated having beaten the team that beat two of the four playoff teams (and lost to a third). Of course, it's all a little bittersweet seeing as Scott Frost is now Nebraska's and Nebraska's alone. (6)

4. Alamo Bowl: No. 15 TCU 39, No. 13 Stanford 37 -- Don't take the lead on TCU in the Alamo Bowl! A few years ago, Oregon blew a 31-point lead to the Frogs in the game, and this year the Frogs erased a 21-3 Stanford lead to win 39-37. This game featured everything you want in a mid-tier bowl game between good teams. (9)

3. Armed Forces Bowl: Army 42, San Diego State 35 -- This was the first game of bowl season that made you feel like it was bowl season. Two teams that the general public doesn't often watch in an absolute classic of a game. Army scored with 18 seconds left and then decided to go for two and the win. It got it, and then a fumble return on the final play of the game made the final score look a little different than the game played out. Oh, and did I mention that Army completed only one pass for a total of six yards in the game? (16)

2. Belk Bowl: Wake Forest 55, Texas A&M 52 -- This game had been destined to be No. 1 for a couple of days before the Rose Bowl kicked off. What's there to say? There were 107 points scored and 1,260 yards of offense. This was the summer blockbuster movie of the bowl season. All that was missing was a fight scene between The Rock and Jason Statham and a few explosions. It was great. Can't wait for the sequel. (29)

1. Rose Bowl semifinal: No. 3 Georgia 54, No. 2 Oklahoma 48 (2OT) -- Another year, another classic Rose Bowl. The fact it was a College Football Playoff game only heightened the drama and factored into it taking the No. 1 spot overall, but even if these two teams had played in any other bowl game, this one was a classic. Big plays, big comebacks, momentum swings, great players, overtimes. It was the kind of game that could make somebody who had never watched the sport fall in love with college football. I'll never forget it. (2)

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 02:17 PM

Here are the rest: https://www.cbssport...-worst-to-best/




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