Game of The Bowl Season - Peach Bowl - Washington vs. Alabama - December 31 12pm PT ESPN
Jack’s take: This might not end up being the closest game, but it’s the most-important as the Pac-12 gets a shot in the Playoff again after a year off. The ultimate David vs. Goliath match-up in college football as the team which got in by the skin of the teeth faces off with the only undefeated power in the land with a defense which is as good as any seen in recent college football history.
2. Rose Bowl - USC vs. Penn State - January 2 1:30 PM PT ESPN
Jack’s take: USC is back in the Rose Bowl for the first time since Pete Carroll left and the nation will be watching as they play the true Big Ten champion in Pasadena. I honestly think this is a better game than the Peach Bowl (it’s just less is at stake) and I think the Trojans and Sam Darnold are hyped to make a national statement to build hype for 2017.
3. Alamo Bowl - Colorado vs. Oklahoma State - December 29 6PM PT ESPN
Jack’s take: Colorado sadly wasn’t able to fall into a New Year’s bowl because of the depth of the top of the Big Ten and Western Michigan. They still get a great bowl though against a marquee opponent on a great night and time. This will be a lot of the country’s first look at Colorado in a long time.
4. Sun Bowl - Stanford vs. North Carolina - December 30 11AM PT CBS
Jack’s take The Sun Bowl actually jumps the bigger Foster Farms and Holiday Bowls in my opinion because I like the match-up more and it’s our last chance to see Christian McCaffrey in the Pac-12.
5. Holiday Bowl - Washington State vs. Minnesota - December 27 4PM PT ESPN
Jack’s take: The Cougars get their chance to truly shine on a national stage in their biggest bowl game in nearly 15 years. The Holiday Bowl is always fun. Mike Leach, Luke Falk and Gabe Marks are fun and Minnesota is an intriguing team that most people don’t know much about despite them hovering near the edge of the Top 25 all season.
6. Foster Farms Bowl- Utah vs. Indiana - December 28 5:30PM PT FOX
Jack’s take: No matter what happens in the game, watching Utah’s defense and Joe Williams run behind a powerful offensive line is always a thing of beauty, even if the Utes role in an easy game.