2013/2014 didn’t have a ton of great bowl games, but the biggest ones certainly delivered. Here’s a treat to tide you over until college football season…the BEST 10 BOWL GAMES OF 2013/2014!
10. Gator Bowl-Nebraska def. Georgia 24-19
Georgia was without their star quarterback, Aaron Murray, but the Bulldogs were still game for a tussle with the Cornhuskers. The game was pretty close till the end, but the Huskers’ just made the big plays when it counted to grab the win.
9. Orange Bowl-Clemson def. Ohio State 40-35
While close, this was not exactly the greatest game ever played. Both teams and quaterbacks were extremely sloppy, with both defenses not even bothering to show up. Ultimately, it came down to a couple devastating Buckeye turnovers that sealed the deal for the Tigers.
8. GoDaddy Bowl-Arkansas State def. Ball State 23-20
On paper, the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl looked like one you could afford to miss. For those luck few who watched though, the game was a hidden gem. The two teams kept trading scores, until Arkansas State scored a last minute TD to surge ahead for the win.
7. Rose Bowl-Michigan State def. Stanford 24-20
It looked for a bit like the Cardinal might run away with this one, but the uber-resilient Spartans would have none of it. Behind steady quarterback play and a relentless defense, State grinded-out one of the more physical Rose Bowls in the last several decades.
6. Little Caesars Pizza Bowl-Pittsburgh def. Bowling Green 30-27
This was a really entertaining back-and-forth game between two underrated squads. Pitt would hit the game winning field goal with just under four minutes to play. Their defense would hold the Falcons and the Panthers would win a captivating affair.
5. Sugar Bowl Oklahoma def. Alabama 45-31
Nobody gave Oklahoma a chance to hang with the defending national champions. They were wrong…very, very wrong. The Sooners outplayed the Tide in nearly every way. To Bama’s credit, they kept fighting till the end, but a costly turnover on a potential game-tying drive wrapped this one up for Stoops & co.
4. New Mexico Bowl-Colorado State def. Washington State 48-45
Just over four minutes was all it took for Colorado State to rack up 18 straight points, overcoming a seemingly insurmountable 15 point Cougar lead late in the fourth quarter. CSU did themselves no favors, with fumbles at the worst possible times to gift wrap this one to the Rams.
3. Cotton Bowl-Missouri def. Oklahoma State 41-31
Two high powered offenses lit-up Jerry World and its massive scoreboard. For a while, this game better resembled basketball on grass rather than a football game. A Mizzou fumble recovery at the very end would allow the Tigers to eek out a Cotton Bowl victory.
2. BCS Championship Game-Florida State def. Auburn 34-31
FSU looked overmatched and outflanked throughout much of the first half. Then the Seminoles showed their teeth, closing the gap on the Tigers. In the end, FSU’s offense was just a bit too much for Auburn’s D, and the Seminole’s won the last ever BCS Title Game. Not a bad way to go out at all.
1. Chick-Fil-A Bowl-Texas A&M def. Duke 52-48
Both quaterbacks were extraordinary, but it was Juanito Pigskin (Johnny Manziel) who rallied the Aggies from 21 down at halftime to an astounding win. This game, as much as the 2012 Alabama game, cemented Manziel as first round draft pick and as one of the more exciting players (on and off the field) in recent memory.
Tomorrow, the ALL-TIME BEST 10 MEDIA ABOUT JULY 4TH! (i.e. Movies, Music, TV, etc.)