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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:01 pm

I've watched bits and pieces of all the bowls this season to this point, and just a few were exciting enough to make me watch the game in its entirety including the best bowl so far, the hard-hitting Liberty Bowl in which Oklahoma State upset 19th ranked SEC member, Missouri, 38-33, and in second place, the Military Bowl where Cincinnati beat Virginia Tech, 35-31.

UW plays tomorrow, but the best Pac-12 game so far was WSU's and mustachioed QB Gardner Minshew's 28-26 victory over the Iowa State in the Alamo Bowl.

IMO, the top stinkers so far are the Redbox game between UO and Michigan St., the Cotton Bowl between Notre Dame and Clemson, and the Cheez-it Bowl between Cal and TCU.

Although the Armed Forces Bowl was a lopsided victory for Army, I savored the 70-14 win over Houston that gave the underated Army team the most wins in a season, ever, 11.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:16 pm

IMO the best bowl game were on New Year's Day, and what made it even more exciting was four of the five games were upsets.

Hard to pick which game was the best, but it was hard to not root for #15 Texas in their win over #5 Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

Some probably wanted #8 UCF's two-year winning streak to continue, but #11 LSU was obviously the better team in the Fiesta Bowl.

Both #12 Penn State and #9 UW needed at least another quarter of play if they were to beat #14 Kentucky and #6 OSU in the Citrus and Rose Bowls, and despite their many injuries, unranked Iowa was much better than #18 Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.
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Post by up7587 on Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:31 pm

UCF losing their starting QB a couple games ago was a tough break.

UW made it close, but they were never really gonna win. OSU had let up on the gas pedal.

Georgia getting roasted after all their woofing about being more deserving than Oklahoma and ND was funny.
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Post by up7587 on Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:04 am

The Pac-12 got off to a good bowl season start with UW's victory over Boise St. But not so good today, as USC lost to Iowa 49-24, and WSU lost to Air Force 31-21. In each case the team with the better record won, but still, that's a couple big Pac-12 stumbles.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:59 pm

I've only watched two games so far, the Cheez-It and Camping World (never thought I'd use those names in one sentence), and really enjoyed USAFA's domination of WSU, and today's Notre Dame's victory over Iowa St., although I thought the Cyclones started stronger before losing two fumbles that resulted in Fighting Irish scores.

Looking forward to today's Fiesta Bowl between Clemson and Ohio State and all the New Year's Day games...
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Post by StudentPilot on Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:09 pm

Ha, I watched the first half of the Peach Bowl, but after LSU's Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow threw 7 TD passes, I decided it would be a waste of time to watch the second half.  

Is he that good, or is Oklahoma's defense that bad?  I think he and LSU are that good!!
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Post by DoubleDipper on Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:31 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Looking forward to today's Fiesta Bowl between Clemson and Ohio State and all the New Year's Day games...
The Fiesta Bowl was championship game worthy, even though it was "just" a semi-final.

What a comeback (twice) by the Tigers...  If I didn't dislike OSU (Woody Hayes left a negative impression that still  sticks in my brain from over 40 years ago), I'd feel badly for the OSU quarterback being intercepted on their final drive, but the LSU/Clemson matchup in a couple of weeks could be a classic!!
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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jan 01, 2020 12:08 pm

I don't usually continue watching blow-outs, but it was too sweet not to watch as Texas stomped Utah, 38-10, in the Alamo Bowl.

Cal showed they and their star quarterback, Chase Garbers, could be a contender in the Pac-12 next season while beating Big-Ten rival Illinois 35-20 in the Redbox Bowl.  Nice to see Garbers throw for four TDs and run for another after missing a number of games with a shoulder injury.

Oh, and it was really nice to see Navy beat Kansas St. in the Liberty Bowl after so many pundits questioned their #23 ranking, and they finished the season 11-2.  It was a good year for the service academies after Air Force earlier beat WSU in the Cheez-It Bowl to also finish the season with an 11-2 record.

Today's Rose Bowl should be fun!
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Post by up7587 on Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:26 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Today's Rose Bowl should be fun!

Today's Rose Bowl was intense. A defensive struggle. Never a minute to relax if you were invested in one team.
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Post by up7587 on Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:48 pm

LSU beat Clemson for the College Football National Championship, 42-25. LSU QB had an amazing season: undefeated, national champion, Heisman trophy.

His counterpart Trevor Lawrence lost his first game as a starting college QB after being 25-0 coming into the game. It is only his second loss ever. He lost a playoff game in his first year of high school ball.
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