Ranking The 2016-17 Bowls: 30 to 21
[lead align=”default”]We continue on with ranking the 41 bowls from the 2016-17 season from best to worst. Today, we get a little bit above steerage and into the second level.[/lead]
Not all of the games mentioned below totally sucked ass, but more than a few of them were boring and/or involving teams that can’t stand to make things interesting. They can comfort themselves with the fact that they didn’t have the worst bowls of the year. Think of this as the Chicago White Sox tier of bowl games — not horrible, but not great, and what have you done for me lately?
#30: Arizona Bowl
South Alabama climbed out to a substantial early lead in this game, but Air Force stormed back by halftime. When the fourth quarter rolled in, you wouldn’t have even known this was once a game.
#29: Cotton Bowl
The score was deceptively close, but this really wasn’t that great of a game. Western Michigan’s big-time offense was muted in PJ Fleck’s final game, and Wisconsin took over in a 24-16 win.
The first quarter of this 52-35 Hawaii rout of Middle Tennessee was competitive, but less so as the game continued. The Rainbow Warriors more or less ran away from the Blue Raiders in the second quarter. After three, this wasn’t a game at all.
#27: Music City Bowl
Tennessee took Nebraska to the woodshed in this Big Ten-SEC contest. The Vols went up 21-7 at halftime, and went on to win by two touchdowns. Most, if not all, of the activity was condensed into two quarters. Fortunately, one of them was the fourth, but Tennessee put it away long before the quarter ended.
#26: Las Vegas Bowl
Houston just lost their coach to the Texas Longhorns, and once they gave up their lead to San Diego State, they didn’t put up much of a fight. The Aztecs rolled to a 34-10 win on a huge game from Donnel Pumphrey.
#25: Boca Raton Bowl
The only thing even remotely exciting about this game was all the offense. Western Kentucky cruised to a 20-point win over Memphis as C-USA triumphed over the American. This was one of the more disappointing lesser bowls, as it was expected to be close.
#24: Peach Bowl
Alabama’s 24-7 win over Washington failed to impress those looking for a competitive game, and that’s just the way Alabama wanted it. Chris Petersen and his Huskies did not have enough tricks in the bag to make this one a fight.
#23: Sugar Bowl
Auburn initially got out in front, but the Oklahoma Sooners grabbed a one-point lead at the half. It was downhill from there for Gus Malzahn’s Tigers, as the Sooners blew them out in the second half and rolled to a 35-19 win.
#22: Military Bowl
Wake Forest had an interesting end of the season, we’ll give them that. Their patience was rewarded with an upset win over Temple, 34-26. It was looking like a blowout early, but Temple made the score respectable.
#21: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
After a dull first quarter, these offenses exploded like firecrackers. Idaho took huge 41-14 lead at the half, but the two teams combined for 56 points in the fourth quarter. Ultimately, Colorado State wasn’t able to come back, and Idaho claimed a 61-50 victory.