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.
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.
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
How'd We Do? ETC Bowl Prediction Results
23 wins – 16 losses
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