Some bowl games every year wind up being major blowouts while others are instant classic.
Whether it’s because of two high powered offenses or two stingy defenses, watching these games makes the college football bowl season fun, even for those who are in favor of a playoff.
Here are three games that are likely going to come down to the wire.
Baylor has proven beyond a shadow of the doubt that it is better than Washington. The problem for the Bears has been playing on the road. They are 2-2 on the road this year and needed a fourth quarter comeback and overtime to beat 2-10 Kansas. They also gave up 48 points to Texas Tech at a neutral site.
Against Keith Price and Chris Polk, the team will need to play like it does at home in order to beat the Huskies like they should. Based on the results of this season, that doesn’t seem likely.
Houston got blown out by the best defense it had faced all year in Southern Miss. Penn State’s defense is at least twice as good as that.
The problem is the Nittany Lions can’t score the football themselves, averaging under 20 points per game. The Cougars have spurts of good defensive play as well so this game should be a low scoring game that comes down to the fourth quarter.
This game was already played earlier in the season so it should be without a doubt another closely contested bout. Alabama had a number of chances to win it but LSU did enough defensively to keep them out of field goal range and made the big plays when it had to.
There’s just no way this game turns into a blowout on either end and should make for a quality football game even though most of us have already seen it before.