Ranking The 2016-17 Bowls: 41 to 31
[lead align=”default”]With the college football season now over, we need filler content, so we begin ranking the 2016-17 bowl games.[/lead]
Our endeavor begins with the eleven worst of the 41 bowl games this season. These were the games you won’t remember, except for how much you disliked them, or by how quickly you shut them off after landing upon them.
#41, The Worst Bowl of 2016-17: Miami Beach Bowl
This 55-10 disaster was the worst bowl game of the 2016-17 season. Tulsa annihilated Central Michigan in a game that nobody saw, either on television or in person. Be thankful that you were one of them.
#40: Fiesta Bowl
The College Football Playoff semifinal between Ohio State and Clemson was impressive for the Tigers. It was also completely non-competitive and a generally terrible game to watch at 31-0. Ohio State got embarrassed, and what was most disappointing is that this was supposed to be a good game.
#39: Alamo Bowl
Here’s another game that should have been good but wasn’t. Oklahoma State dumptrucked Colorado by a 38-8 score and the gameplay was about as close as the totals.
#38: Outback Bowl
One of the last games of bowl season ranked among its worst. Florida housed Iowa by a final of 30 to 3 in a game with a fair number of turnovers but not a lot of competitive football.
#37: Cactus Bowl
If anything, it was surprising to most that this score wasn’t the other way around. Baylor beat Boise State, 31-12, and the Broncos played a surprisingly bad game. The Bears looked horrible over their final six games, but it was Boise State that laid a major egg.
#36: Citrus Bowl
Here comes Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, who had a very pedestrian game in a 29-9 Louisville loss to LSU. In fact, the Cardinals offense managed just 220 yards against the stout Tigers defense. LSU scored a few times in the second quarter and that was the game.
#35: Russell Athletic Bowl
Brad Kaaya and the Miami Hurricanes made relatively quick work of the West Virginia Mountaineers in this 31-14 win. The ‘Eers were no match for Miami after a huge second quarter put the contest away.
#34: Cure Bowl
Arkansas State took a big early lead and didn’t see too much of a threat thereafter in their 31-13 victory over UCF. More boringly, there wasn’t a lot of offense, as the two teams averaged about 229 yards each. Somehow, Arkansas State won the game by 18 with only eight first downs.
#33: Holiday Bowl
The score says it was a close game, but if you watched it, you couldn’t help but avoid being excited. Minnesota shocked everyone by winning 17-12 over Washington State, but there was little offense.
#32: TaxSlayer Bowl
A late flurry of activity is the only thing keeping this game from being closer to the bottom. In this 33-18 Georgia Tech win over Kentucky, the Yellow Jackets led big at the half and never looked back.
#31: Independence Bowl
NC State wiped the floor with Vanderbilt in this 41-17 bowl game. The Wolfpack didn’t seem to wake up until the second and into the third quarter, but when they did, that was it.