The 2015 bowl schedule has been finalized. Here are the five games, outside of the playoff “bowls,” we’re most looking forward to.
Las Vegas [BYU vs. Utah] Bitter rivals should play. The Holy War hiatus was a mistake. The Las Vegas Bowl rectified it, at a reasonable travel distance for both fan bases. Pride and the ever-valuable double-digit win season are on the line.
Alamo [Oregon vs. TCU] Oregon and TCU struggled with injuries. Had Vernon Adams and Trevone Boykin been healthier at key moments, both teams could have reached the playoff. Two healthier, explosive offenses. Two spotty defenses. A shootout in a fitting setting?
Fiesta [Notre Dame vs. Ohio State] The bowl of frustration. The 10-year anniversary of Brady Quinn’s sister’s horrific jersey. The Irish missed the playoff due to the two-point conversion chart and a 30-second Stanford drive. Ohio State lost a bizarre home game to Michigan State by a field goal. They play for all the…Battlefrogs.
Rose [Stanford vs. Iowa] Stanford vs. Iowa will bring a tear to a Big Ten fan’s eye. Runs between the tackles. Seven-minute drives. Line technique. A punt or two inside the opposing 40, if we’re lucky. Beautiful, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Miami Beach [Western Kentucky vs. South Florida] Two plucky Group of Five teams. Two well regarded, under 45 head coaches. One boondoggle of a ballpark. Willie Taggart faces off against his alma-mater and the school he left. Everyone is off work on Monday the 21st at 2:30pm, right?