This Week in Football

College Bowl Season (cont.) / NFL Week 17

Bowl season continues.  Below, you’ll find my rankings for all the bowl games.  Those with stricken text have already been played.

1. Allstate Sugar Bowl: (4) Alabama vs (1) Clemson (January 1, 8:45 PM EST, ESPN)
2. Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual: (3) Georgia vs (2) Oklahoma (January 1, 5:00 PM EST, ESPN)
3. PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: (12) Washington vs (9) Penn State (December 30, 4:00 PM EST, ESPN)
4. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: (8) USC vs (5) Ohio State (December 29, 8:30 PM EST, ESPN)
5. Capital One Orange Bowl: (6) Wisconsin vs (11) Miami (FL) (December 30, 8:00 PM EST, ESPN)
6. Valero Alamo Bowl: (15) Stanford vs (13) TCU (December 28, 9:00 PM EST, ESPN)
7. Citrus Bowl Presented by Overton’s: (14) Notre Dame vs (16) LSU (January 1, 1:00 PM EST, ABC)
8. Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: (10) UCF vs (7) Auburn (January 1, 12:30 PM EST, ESPN)
9. Camping World Bowl: (22) Virginia Tech vs (17) Oklahoma State (December 28, 5:15 PM EST, ESPN)
10. Taxslayer Bowl: Louisville vs (24) Mississippi State (December 30, 12:00 PM EST, ESPN)
11. New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa vs Boston College (December 27, 5:15 PM EST, ESPN)
12. San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl: (21) Washington State vs (18) Michigan State (December 28, 9:00 PM EST, FOX)
13. AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Iowa State vs (19) Memphis (December 30, 12:30 PM EST, ABC)
14. Belk Bowl: Wake Forest vs Texas A&M (December 29, 1:00 PM EST, ESPN)
15. Outback Bowl: Michigan vs South Carolina (January 1, 12:00 PM EST, ESPN2)
16. Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: Texas vs Missouri (December 27, 9:00 PM EST, ESPN)
17. Hyundai Sun Bowl: NC State vs Arizona State (December 29, 3:00 PM EST, CBS)
18. Cactus Bowl: Kansas State vs UCLA (December 26, 9:00 PM EST, ESPN)
19. Las Vegas Bowl: (25) Boise State vs Oregon (December 16, 3:30 PM EST, ABC)

20. Foster Farms Bowl: Arizona vs Purdue (December 27, 8:30 PM EST, FOX)
21. Birmingham Bowl: Texas Tech vs (23) South Florida (December 23, 12:00 PM EST, ESPN)
22. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Kentucky vs (20) Northwestern (December 29, 4:30 PM EST, ESPN)
23. Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl: Utah vs West Virginia (December 26, 1:30 PM EST, ESPN)
24. Hawai’i Bowl: Houston vs Fresno State (December 24, 8:30 PM EST, ESPN)
25. Quick Lane Bowl: Duke vs Northern Illinois (December 26, 5:15 PM EST, ESPN)

26. Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: Virginia vs Navy (December 28, 1:30 PM EST, ESPN)
27. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: San Diego State vs Army (December 23, 3:30 PM EST, ESPN)
28. Dollar General Bowl: Appalachian State vs Toledo (December 23, 7:00 PM EST, ESPN)
29. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Central Michigan vs Wyoming (December 22, 4:00 PM EST, ESPN)
30. GILDAN New Mexico Bowl: Marshall vs Colorado State (December 16, 4:30 PM EST, ESPN)
31. DXL Frisco Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs SMU (December 20, 8:00 PM EST, ESPN)
32. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: North Texas vs Troy (December 16, 1:00 PM EST, ESPN)

33. Walk-On’s Independence Bowl: Southern Miss vs Florida State (December 27, 1:30 PM EST, ESPN)
34. Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State (December 16, 8:00 PM EST, ESPN)
35. Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl: Temple vs Florida International (December 21, 8:00 PM EST, ESPN)
36. Bahamas Bowl: UAB vs Ohio (December 22, 12:30 PM EST, ESPN)

37. NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Utah State vs New Mexico State (December 29, 5:30 PM EST, CBSSN)
38. Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl: Akron vs Florida Atlantic (December 19, 7:00 PM EST, ESPN)
39. AutoNation Cure Bowl: Georgia State vs Western Kentucky (December 16, 2:30 PM EST, CBSSN)

NFL Week 17 Game Rankings

The final week of the season is upon us. A couple of interesting match ups to finish the year off, although expect a lot of resting on the part of teams who have clinched positions, making this the hardest week of the year to rank.

1. Dallas at Philadelphia (1:00 PM EST, FOX)
2. Carolina at Atlanta (4:25 PM EST, FOX)
3. San Francisco at L.A. Rams (4:25 PM EST, FOX)
4. New Orleans at Tampa Bay (4:25 PM EST, FOX)
5. Kansas City at Denver (4:25 PM EST, CBS)
6. Jacksonville at Tennessee (4:25 PM EST, CBS)
7. Green Bay at Detroit (1:00 PM EST, FOX)
8. Chicago at Minnesota (1:00 PM EST, FOX)
9. Oakland at L.A. Chargers (4:25 PM EST, CBS)
10. Buffalo at Miami (4:25 PM EST, CBS)
11. Arizona at Seattle (4:25 PM EST, FOX)
12. Washington at N.Y. Giants (1:00 PM EST, FOX)
13. Cincinnati at Baltimore (4:25 PM EST, CBS)
14. N.Y. Jets at New England (1:00 PM EST, CBS)
15. Cleveland at Pittsburgh (1:00 PM EST, CBS)
16. Houston at Indianapolis (1:00 PM EST, CBS)

Written by Mark

A gentleman and a scholar.