Not all bowl games are created equal.
We all accept this as the truth, but it sometimes bears repeating. Though every bowl should be savored—even something like Syracuse-Minnesota will look like a treat come Jan. 7, when the next college football game sits eight months in the distance—some stand out as significantly more intriguing matchups.
Those matchups are great on both macro and micro levels. The programs playing each other catch our eye as quality and even, but within those broad-stroke matchups, there are smaller battles that make the game fascinating.
Here's a look at the 10 best matchups on the schedule this bowl season—both on a team level, and also on a more specific plane.