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Five Must-See College Football Bowls in 2017
Dec. 29 Goodyear Cotton Bowl
Ohio State vs. USC
The only thing that would make this matchup feel more nostalgic is if this were the Rose Bowl and not the Cotton. It's odd indeed that the Big 10 and Pac 10 champions respectively will meet in the postseason outside of Pasadena, but we'll take it any way we can get it. With two of the most historic programs in college football going head to head, this a non-playoff game that matters. Expect a national championship feel, an energized crowd and all the pageantry that makes college football bowl season some of the best theater in sports.
Dec 30. TaxSlayer Bowl
Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Here's your last chance to see the nation's most electrifying player in a college uniform. We will have selected a new Heisman winner by the time this game kicks, but make no mistake about it, Lamar Jackson is again the nation's best player. Things can change in short order, but all reports indicate Jackson will suit up for this contest instead of forgoing the bowl game as top draft picks Christian Mccaffrey and Leonard Fournette elected to do last year. Another reason to love this kid. Fittingly, Jackson will get to return to his home state for a much-deserved collegiate swan song.
Jan 1. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Auburn vs. Central Florida
Auburn was one of the nation's hottest teams at the end of the year and simply fell victim to having to beat an excellent Georgia team for the second time in two weeks - one week after defeating top-ranked Alabama no less. If not for that brutal three-game stretch, these guys would almost assuredly be in the playoffs. Now we have a storyline that never gets old. David versus Goliath. Unbeaten mid-major Central Florida found out it will lose head coach Scott Frost to Nebraska, but Frost is sticking around to coach the Golden Knights in the bowl game.
Outside of the four playoff teams, these two squads will play in one of the most significant bowl games of the year as UCF tries to cap a perfect season and Auburn is out to show the nation it belonged in the national championsip picture.
Jan 1. Allstate Sugar Bowl
Alabama vs. Clemson
Ok, so this is the most obvious choice among the five must-see bowl games of 2017-18, but man is this game huge. For starters, this will mark the third time these two teams have met in the playoffs in the last three years with each team claiming a national championship victory over the other in the prior two meetings. In simple terms, the college football playoff system is just four years old and these two teams have become synonymous with royalty in the new era.
Alabama and Clemsom each have a rich history of college football success that has been taken to another level in recent years. Go ahead an mark this down as the game of the year and the one likely to produce the national champion.
Jan 1. Rose Bowl
Georgia vs. Oklahoma
Admittedly another cop-out, captain obvious choice selecting a playoff game as must-see television, but the Rose Bowl is must-see any year for true fans of college football. Add the playoff atmosphere and two very exciting teams, and this year has the making of one of the best in the illustrious history of the "grandaddy of them all." Oklahoma owns the nations' best offense and will likely also boast the 2017 Heisman winner in QB Baker Mayfield, but these are just subplots to what should be a very high-scoring and entertaining affair with the winner advancing to the title game.
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