Ranking The 2016-17 Bowls: 20 to 11
[lead align=”default”]Our review of the 2016-17 bowl season rolls on with some better bowls. We now enter the top 20 of the 41 games played.[/lead]
Tomorrow, we make our way into the top ten, and you can probably imagine some of the games that will be there. As for today, still a lot of the “lesser” games, but a few of them were fun to watch.
#20: New Orleans Bowl
Not a terrible game between Southern Miss and the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. This contest was tied at the half, and eventually won by the Golden Eagles in a 28-21 score. The touchdown to cut the UL deficit to seven was late, but that was the game’s final score.
#19: Dollar General Bowl
Close game between the Ohio Bobcats and Troy Trojans, won by Troy, 28-23. This was an eight-point game entering the fourth quarter, which the Bobcats cut to five late. Though they tried, they did not score again.
#18: Poinsettia Bowl
The tightest game we’ve had so far on the list, which was a 24-21 BYU win over Wyoming. Early on, this was a BYU lead, and their defense clamped down, shutting Wyoming out at the half. The Cowboys trailed by 14 at the half, but Wyoming scored two late touchdowns to make it interesting. When Wyoming forced a subsequent three-and-out in the final two minutes, they had a shot. Unfortunately for them, the Wyoming quarterback got picked and that was that.
#17: Quick Lane Bowl
Boston College won their first bowl since 2007 in this 36-30 victory over Maryland. Normally not much of an offensive team, the Eagles jumped out to a 36-13 lead. Then, the stout BC defense gave in, allowing Maryland a run of 17 unanswered points. It got very interesting towards the end, but the Eagles did not break. Not the cleanest game in the world, but kind of fun.
#16: Bahamas Bowl
Old Dominion’s first bowl game ever was a victory, as they claimed a 24-20 win over Eastern Michigan. This was a close game almost all the way through, despite the fact that ODU had the upper hand most of the way.
#15: Liberty Bowl
Georgia triumphed over TCU in this 31-23 decision. This game was competitive entering and through most of the fourth quarter. In fact, TCU had a narrow lead going into the final frame, but two scores by the Bulldogs ended it.
#14: New Mexico Bowl
The first contest of bowl season wasn’t a bad one. New Mexico, playing on their home field, earned a 23-20 Lobos win. This was a close game nearly all the way as UTSA put up a spirited fight on the road. UNM scored the game winning touchdown with just minutes to go, but UTSA scored themselves to make the final moments interesting.
#13: Texas Bowl
K-State and the Fighting Bill Snyders claimed a 33-28 win over Texas A&M in this former Big 12 conference tilt. The Wildcats led by nine at halftime, but this was a 26-21 game entering the fourth.
#12: Pinstripe Bowl
Pitt and Northwestern played a back-and-forth game at Yankee Stadium, but it was Northwestern in front, 31-24. The Panthers retook the lead early in the fourth quarter, but Northwestern went back on top for good later in the quarter.
#11: Sun Bowl
Good game here between Stanford and North Carolina, which the Cardinal won by two, 25-23. UNC closed a nine-point deficit to take the lead, but Stanford jumped back out in front. Then, Mitch Trubisky led North Carolina down the field late on a 97-yard touchdown drive with 25 seconds left to get the Heels within two. However, the two-point conversion failed, and Stanford held.