The 10 Must-Watch Bowl Games of 2009-10
College football bowl games: Not everyone agrees with their existence, and many have called for their termination.
We all, however, love to watch them year after year.
This season's bowl schedule provides a smorgasbord of great football showdowns. This slideshow lists and ranks the 10 must-see bowls this year.
No. 10: The Champs Sports Bowl
This year's Champs Sports Bowl will feature two superb football teams: the Miami Hurricanes and the Wisconsin Badgers. The high-flying Hurricanes will take on a rough-and-tough Wisconsin squad.
This one is sure to be among this season's most competitive bowl games.
No. 9: The MAACO Las Vegas Bowl
Max Hall of BYU is sure to shine against the Oregon State Beavers. This one is not a lock, however.
Oregon State may not have the sparkle of a big-name team, but they are currently ranked No. 18 in the nation and had a very impressive year considering their tough schedule. Expect a showdown.
No. 8: The Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
One second. One second kept the Cornhuskers from one of the biggest upsets in college football history. Nebraska shut down one of the most prolific offenses in a long time, and that one second stole it all away from them.
Kudos to you, Huskers. Now stick it to Arizona to show America that it wasn't a fluke.
No. 7: The Capital One Bowl
Why did Penn State never figure it out this season? All of the pieces were in place, and it still never came together. We may never know.
We do know, however, that the Nittany Lions will square off against the LSU Tigers in the Capital One Bowl. It should earn and maybe will even surpass this No. 7 ranking.
No. 6: The Emerald Bowl
This year's Emerald Bowl is a collision of two teams that have many fans, including myself, confused. An 8-4 USC team (can't say that often) will battle Boston College for the Emerald Bowl crown.
These two teams seem to be pretty even. This should turn out to be a very competitive game.
No. 5: The FedEx Orange Bowl
The Hawkeye faithful let out a collective sigh of disappointment when it was announced that their beloved team would face big, bad Georgia Tech.
The Orange Bowl is destined to be a bloodbath. Two fantastic, unrelenting defenses will collide in this one.
No. 4: The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Two non-BCS greats will face each other in this season's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Boise State Broncos and the TCU Horned Frogs, both undefeated, will fight to prove who is the best of the non-BCS collection.
Get the Tostitos out—this game will be a doozy.
No. 3: The Rose Bowl
This year's Rose Bowl will feature two sleeping giants, Oregon and Ohio State. Two great quarterbacks, Jeremiah Masoli and Terrelle Pryor, will face off in this premier bowl battle.
This one is destined to be a high-energy shootout, and I can't wait.
No. 2: The Allstate Sugar Bowl
Tim Tebow and the Gators simply could not punch their ticket to Pasadena against 'Bama. They do, however, have one more game to redeem themselves. But it won't be easy.
The Gators must face an unbeaten, unwavering Cincinnati Bearcats team that is hungry for some Tebow.
I have a feeling this game will be an instant classic.
No. 1: Citi BCS National Championship
'Bama versus 'Horns. Mark Ingram versus Colt McCoy (my vote is for Ingram by the way). This national title game has no shortage of story lines and will surely not disappoint to live up to this No. 1 status.
Enjoy the bowl games this year, ladies and gentlemen—they may not be around much longer.