The bowl season is lastly right here, barring the common season-ending recreation between Military and Navy on Saturday. And with 40 video games between FBS groups to key in on, it may be troublesome to determine the can’t-miss video games are.
That mentioned, Sporting Information has whittled down the six greatest video games to observe within the 2018-19 school soccer bowl season.
Whether or not it’s City Meyer’s last recreation as Ohio State coach or a number of key matchups within the Faculty Soccer Playoff, listed here are the largest can’t-miss video games of the 2018-19 bowl season:
Ohio State vs. Washington (Rose Bowl)
Seven-year Ohio State coach City Meyer shocked the school soccer world on Tuesday, asserting he’d retire because the Buckeyes’ coach following their Rose Bowl Sport matchup towards Washington. He has an opportunity to experience off into the sundown with a win towards the Huskies, a far cry from the place he discovered himself firstly of the season. No matter your opinion on the polarizing coach, you may’t deny his success in — and impact on — school soccer, from his time at Utah to Florida and now Ohio State. The postgame information convention alone might be value watching. This can even be the final time you may watch Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin in a Washington uniform, and the primary time for the reason that 2013 season the Rose Bowl has been a matchup between the Huge Ten and Pac-12 champions. Don’t miss this.
LSU vs. UCF (Fiesta Bowl)
UCF has a chance to increase its win streak to 26 video games within the Fiesta Bowl towards LSU. It’s all too straightforward to attract parallels between this recreation and the Knights’ Peach Bowl win towards Auburn final season: particularly, the very fact UCF will get to check its mettle towards an SEC West powerhouse and doubtlessly additional its argument that Group of 5 groups deserve higher illustration within the Faculty Soccer Playoff. This recreation received’t be the identical with out McKenzie Milton in UCF’s backfield, however the Knights confirmed they’re able to successful with out him in a come-from-behind 56-41 victory over Memphis within the AAC championship. On the opposite aspect, it’s a chance for LSU to get its first 10-win season underneath Ed Orgeron, and first since 2013.
Georgia vs. Texas (Sugar Bowl)
What’s to not love about this Sugar Bowl matchup between two of school soccer’s bluest blue bloods? Georgia, regardless of not making the Playoff, seems to be like among the finest 4 groups within the nation, as demonstrated within the Bulldogs’ close to upst of Alabama within the SEC championship. Texas seems to be to be a 12 months forward of schedule underneath second-year Tom Herman, who can provide the Longhorns their first 10-win season since 2009, the 12 months they misplaced the BCS championship recreation to Alabama. The quarterback battle between Sam Ehlinger and Jake Fromm ought to be enjoyable to observe, to say the least.
Penn State vs. Kentucky (Citrus Bowl)
Hint McSorley, Sporting Information’ prime total quarterback coming into the 2018 season, finishes his storied profession at Penn State towards Kentucky and Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner Josh Allen. McSorley has willed the Nittany Lions to wins over the past three seasons (simply take a look at final 12 months’s Fiesta Bowl matchup towards Stanford). It will likely be enjoyable to see if he can do it once more towards the Allen-led Kentucky protection, which ranks within the prime 25 in yards allowed and prime 10 in factors surrendered. The winner of this recreation can even make it to 10 wins this season.
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Clemson vs. Notre Dame (Cotton Bowl semifinal)
Clemson has gotten higher because the season has progressed, as has Notre Dame. The Tigers boast among the finest defensive fronts in school soccer, with Christian WIlkins, Dexter Lawrence and Clelin Ferrell all potential first-round picks within the 2019 NFL Draft. That mentioned, the protection has given up giant chunks of yards to the likes of Texas A&M (501), South Carolina (600) and Pitt (191 dashing). How will that protection fare towards Notre Dame, which has taken off underneath Ian Guide and Dexter Williams? It’s value noting the final time these groups performed was a thriller in 2015, with Clemson stopping a Notre Dame 2-point conversion with simply seven seconds left to win 24-22.
Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Orange Bowl semifinal)
The semifinal matchup between No. 1 Alabama and No. Four Oklahoma might be a star-studded affair, and no particular person matchup might be talked about extra this bowl season than the potential quarterback duel between Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray. Tagovailoa completed the season with 3,353 passing yards and 37 touchdowns to 4 interceptions, in comparison with Murray’s 4,053 yards, 40 passing touchdowns and 7 interceptions (to not point out 892 dashing yards). That mentioned, if Tagovailoa isn’t able to play after present process arthroscopic surgical procedure on his ankle, backup Jalen Hurts has proven he’s greater than succesful of main the Tide. Oklahoma’s offense is not like something we’ve seen this 12 months, however Alabama’s isn’t any slouch both. Put together to see some factors.
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