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College Football Bowl Season Wrap Up (Spoiler Alert!)

Ken Mack-Solden | January 4, 2018
Self-proclaimed national champions UCF Knights.

This bowl season provided some interesting storylines. The most compelling involves motivation by teams who felt disrespected either by the perception of being discounted by the Playoff Committee, opposing players & coaches, or the college football world at large. Here's our 2017-18 Bowl Season wrap up.


Spoiler - UCF is National Champion!


The most intriguing is the UCF Knights. Despite going undefeated in the regular season and not given any opportunity to sit at the big-boy table, they were on a mission.

So, they let their play do the talking.  They beat Auburn in a thriller, and fittingly celebrated by declaring themselves national champions. The celebration also included a plan to hang a national championship banner at Spectrum Stadium, a parade and a trophy presentation. That’s awesome - you do you, UCF.

For the rest of the bowl season, we saw Oklahoma go down to Georgia in a thrilling double-overtime contest, and Alabama lay the wood to Clemson.

We heard a Georgia player tell Heisman Trophy Winner Baker Mayfield to “get humble” after Mayfield apparently did some pre-game taunting. We also heard an Alabama player thank Dabo Swinney, Clemson’s outspoken head coach, for providing bulletin board material. Swinney apparently voted Ohio State No. 4 ahead of Alabama in the final coaches’ Poll.

Alabama also took exception to Clemson’s “Graveyard” near their practice field. Clemson installed a tombstone to commemorate last year’s National Championship victory over Alabama. This did not go over well with Alabama players.

Clearly, Ohio State used their Playoff Committee snub as ammunition and dominated USC 24-7, sacking Sam Darnold eight times.

And finally, Boise State, the most historically disrespected team in the country, once again channeled it by beating Oregon 38-28 in the Las Vegas Bowl.


2016-2017 Bowl Breakdown by Conference:


  • Independent 2-0

  • Big Ten 7-1

  • Sun Belt 4-1

  • ACC: 8-3

  • Big 12: 5-3

  • American: 4-3

  • MWC: 3-3

  • SEC: 4-5

  • C-USA: 4-5

  • MAC: 1-4

  • Pac-12: 1-8

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23 wins – 16 losses

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Dec 16, 2022
3:00 PM
Cure Bowl
Exploria Stadium - Orlando, FL
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Dec 17, 2022
11:00 AM
Fenway Bowl
Fenway Park - Boston, MA
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Dec 17, 2022
12:00 PM
Celebration Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta, GA
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Dec 17, 2022
12:15 PM
New Mexico Bowl
University Stadium - Albuquerque, NM
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Dec 17, 2022
12:30 PM
Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl
SoFi Stadium - Inglewood, CA
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Dec 17, 2022
4:30 PM
Las Vegas Bowl
Allegiant Stadium - Las Vegas, NV
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Dec 17, 2022
4:45 PM
LendingTree Bowl
Hancock Whitney Stadium - Mobile, AL
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Dec 17, 2022
8:15 PM
Frisco Bowl
Toyota Stadium - Frisco - Frisco, TX
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Dec 19, 2022
2:30 PM
Myrtle Beach Bowl
Brooks Stadium - Conway - Conway, SC
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Dec 20, 2022
1:30 PM
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Albertsons Stadium - Boise, ID
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Dec 20, 2022
7:30 PM
Boca Raton Bowl
FAU Stadium - Boca Raton, FL
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Dec 21, 2022
8:00 PM
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Caesars Superdome - New Orleans, LA
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Thu
Dec 22, 2022
6:30 PM
Armed Forces Bowl
Amon Carter Stadium - Fort Worth, TX
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Fri
Dec 23, 2022
2:00 PM
Independence Bowl
Independence Stadium - Shreveport, LA
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Dec 23, 2022
6:30 PM
Gasparilla Bowl
Raymond James Stadium - Tampa, FL
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Sat
Dec 24, 2022
3:00 PM
Hawaii Bowl: Middle Tennessee State vs. San Diego State
Ching Athletics Complex - Honolulu, HI
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Dec 26, 2022
2:30 PM
Quick Lane Bowl
Ford Field - Detroit, MI
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Dec 27, 2022
TBD
TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl
Protective Stadium - Birmingham, AL
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Dec 27, 2022
TBD
First Responder Bowl
Gerald J. Ford Stadium - Dallas, TX
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Dec 27, 2022
11:00 AM
Camellia Bowl
Cramton Bowl - Montgomery, AL
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Dec 27, 2022
8:15 PM
Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Chase Field - Phoenix, AZ
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Dec 28, 2022
TBD
PARKING: Texas Bowl
NRG Stadium Parking Lots - Houston, TX
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Dec 28, 2022
2:00 PM
Military Bowl
Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium - Annapolis, MD
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Dec 28, 2022
4:30 PM
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium - Memphis, TN
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Dec 28, 2022
5:00 PM
Holiday Bowl
Petco Park - San Diego, CA
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Dec 28, 2022
8:00 PM
Texas Bowl
NRG Stadium - Houston, TX
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Dec 29, 2022
2:00 PM
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium - Bronx, NY
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Dec 29, 2022
8:00 PM
Alamo Bowl
Alamodome - San Antonio, TX
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Dec 30, 2022
TBD
Orange Bowl
Hard Rock Stadium - Miami Gardens, FL
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Dec 30, 2022
TBD
PARKING: Orange Bowl
Hard Rock Stadium Parking Lots - Miami Gardens, FL
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Dec 30, 2022
12:00 PM
Duke's Mayo Bowl
Bank Of America Stadium - Charlotte, NC
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Dec 30, 2022
12:00 PM
Sun Bowl
Sun Bowl Stadium - El Paso, TX
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Dec 30, 2022
1:30 PM
Arizona Bowl
Arizona Stadium - Tucson, AZ
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Dec 30, 2022
3:30 PM
Taxslayer Gator Bowl
TIAA Bank Field - Jacksonville, FL
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Dec 31, 2022
TBD
Fiesta Bowl - College Football Playoff Semifinal
State Farm Stadium - Glendale, AZ
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Dec 31, 2022
TBD
Peach Bowl - College Football Playoff Semifinal
Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta, GA
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Dec 31, 2022
TBD
Sugar Bowl
Caesars Superdome - New Orleans, LA
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Dec 31, 2022
11:00 AM
TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Nissan Stadium - Nashville - Nashville, TN
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Jan 2, 2023
TBD
Rose Bowl
Rose Bowl Stadium - Pasadena - Pasadena, CA
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Mon
Jan 2, 2023
TBD
Cotton Bowl
AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX
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Mon
Jan 2, 2023
12:00 PM
ReliaQuest Bowl
Raymond James Stadium - Tampa, FL
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Jan 2, 2023
1:00 PM
Citrus Bowl
Camping World Stadium - Orlando, FL
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Jan 9, 2023
TBD
PARKING: College Football Playoff National Championship
SoFi Stadium Parking Lots - Inglewood, CA
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Jan 9, 2023
4:30 PM
College Football Playoff National Championship
SoFi Stadium - Inglewood, CA
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