At many social sites, you will find discussion of many topics in the sports world, and right now, one of the hottest topics is the just-announced list of 35 college football bowl games that will be coming your way starting Dec. 21. There are so many games to choose from as both a television watcher and as a bettor. What are likely to be the most exciting games on the docket? Look no more. Here they are:
1 – BCS National Championship Game: Auburn vs. Florida State
This is simply going to be a really fun football game to watch. There should be plenty of points scored in the Rose Bowl stadium, as likely Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston goes up against the possible college football coach of the year, Gus Malzahn, and his up-tempo power offense. Florida State has the best college player in the nation, and Auburn just might have the best coach. It’s a dream matchup between the NFL-level talent of Florida State and what is probably the best system devised by any team in the country over at Auburn. There’s a true sense of contrast between the two teams. There’s the possibility that the SEC’s streak of consecutive national titles will continue. There’s the possibility that Florida State will begin another long, long run as a college football powerhouse, repeating what happened in the days of Bobby Bowden.
You might also see another Heisman Trophy finalist, Auburn’s Tre Mason, in this game. (The certainty is that Mason will play; the uncertainty concerns whether he’ll be a Heisman finalist or not.) You can look at this game in so many ways and on so many levels and not run out of things to be fascinated by. When one adds the fact that this game will be played in the Rose Bowl, college football’s most beautiful setting, you have the makings of a classic game that was much like the 2006 Rose Bowl (also for the national championship that season) between the USC Trojans and the Texas Longhorns.
2 – Cotton: Oklahoma State vs. Missouri
These two offenses are high-powered, and they won’t have to worry about rain or snow or wind inside the home of the Dallas Cowboys, which has a dome to protect everyone. Two great offenses playing without inclement weather (which has hit the Dallas metropolitan area very hard over the past week) should create a fireworks show on Friday, Jan. 3, creating a riveting event that will make fans happy either at home or at the stadium. This could be a special game.
3 – Capital One: Wisconsin vs. South Carolina
These are two really good teams. Wisconsin stumbled against Penn State, but it should have beaten Arizona State on the road, so the Badgers can be seen as a 10-2 team and not a 9-3 team. South Carolina is 10-2 and finished its season with a solid win over Clemson. This game should be close all the way, and it should provide some very entertaining moments before it’s all over.