The college football bowl season is headlined by New Year's Day matchups, but the schedule prior to that day holds some exciting matchups of its own.
In the three days before the New Year, we have nine more bowl games to be played. Of those nine, these are the top three to watch.
Teams: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Syracuse Orange
Date: Dec. 29
Time: 3:15 p.m. ET
Venue: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
In what is guaranteed to turn into a shootout in Yankee Stadium, West Virginia and its high-powered offense takes on a Syracuse team that practically has a home game.
Neither team has a very good defense, which means this game could break 100 total points scored.
Teams: No. 23 Texas Longhorns vs. No. 13 Oregon State Beavers
Date: Dec. 29
Time: 6:45 p.m. ET
Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
In a strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, we don't know which teams will show up in this game. Obviously it will be Texas vs. Oregon State, but which sides?
These teams have been both elite and pathetic this season.
Texas started the season 8-2 behind elite quarterback play before tossing just one touchdown and five picks in the last two games. Oregon State beat. No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 19 UCLA, but it lost to Washington.
This game is going to be a question mark until the final whistle blows, and it will be worth watching because of that.
1. Chick-fil-A Bowl
Teams: No. 8 LSU Tigers vs. No. 14 Clemson Tigers
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
In what I'm calling "The Tiger Bowl," LSU and Clemson meet in a matchup featuring LSU's stingy defense and Clemson's electric offense.
Clemson's Tajh Boyd leads a great passing game (319.6 YPG) and the No. 6 offense in the country to Atlanta. It's not going to be easy, however, as LSU gives up less than 17 points per game.
We are going to see one of the best matchups of the entire bowl season on the field when Clemson tries to blow by LSU's defense.