1. Auburn vs. Florida State -- BCS National Championship Game -- January 6, 7:30 p.m. -- ESPN
It's the National Championship: how could it be anywhere but at #1? Well, I guess it could be lower if it was a bad matchup, but I'm hopeful that this will be a great game. I am very, very interested to see how Auburn's defense does against Jameis Winston, and I'll be interested to see if Auburn can continue to basically run the ball exclusively against that nasty FSU defense.
2. Alabama vs. Oklahoma -- Sugar Bowl -- January 2, 6:30 pm -- ESPN
I really don't think this will be much of a game. I just put it this high because I am looking forward to seeing Bob Stoops have to eat crow with all the trash talking he's done on the SEC.
[Yeldon runs for a 75 yard TD]
3. Mississippi State vs. Rice -- Liberty Bowl -- December 31, 3 p.m. -- ESPN
This game is obviously this high because I'm an MSU fan, but it falls to the third spot because of the opponent. I expect this game to be one of the easier bowls for MSU of the four in a row we've played in, which of course means State will come out and get down big early. I hope I'm right, but usually when I've felt this way it means the opposite will happen. IF SO, DON'T BLAME ME.
This train is bound for the future
WHEN TWO UNLIKELY TEAMS MET IN THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP, WE SAW A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE OF THE CONFERENCE
4. Missouri vs. Oklahoma State -- Cotton Bowl -- January 3, 6:30 p.m. -- FOX
I thought Missouri played really well in the SEC Championship Game, other than their defense getting cut like hot butter by the Auburn running game. I think Auburn would do that to almost anyone at this point, so I don't really hold it against Mizzou. This game is also intriguing with the Oklahoma State factor, as I want to see how another SEC team matches up with Gundy's team to compare it to MSU's 21-3 loss to the Cowboys way back to start the season.
5. South Carolina vs. Wisconsin -- Capital One Bowl -- January 1, 12 p.m. -- ABC
I have this game fairly high because I'm really interested to see Wisconsin, and to see how they match up with a pretty good South Carolina team. This game will feature a prominent player's last hurrah as Jadeveon Clowney plays his final game, so let's see if he repeats his decimation of the B1G from last year's bowl game.
6. Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech -- Music City Bowl -- December 30, 2:15 p.m. -- ESPN
I'm really interested to see this game for two reasons:
1) can Ole Miss break a two game losing streak?
2) can Ole Miss stop the option attack?
State got lit up like the fourth of July when we took on the Yellow Jackets years ago, so I'm curious to see how Ole Miss' defense handles the option. Also curious to see how Bo Wallace plays in his first game after what may have been the worst game of his career in the Egg Bowl.
7. LSU vs. Iowa -- Outback Bowl -- January 1, 12 p.m. -- ESPN
Much like Georgia, LSU will be without its starting quarterback, as Zack Mettenberger is out for this year's Outback Bowl. On the other side of things there's Iowa, whose coach Kirk Ferentz wrote the book on boring football. This could be a slugfest of punting prowess and precision: one that may not make for great TV. There is still some intrigue though as we'll get a glimpse into LSU's future at QB, but still, this game is a low priority for me on my channel flippin'.
8. Texas A&M vs. Duke -- Chick Fil A Bowl -- December 31, 7 p.m. -- ESPN
This has been an exciting bowl game in recent years, and with this most likely being Johnny Manziel's last hurrah at the college level, I'll definitely want to tune in to see if he truly leaves it all on the field. I am not, however, pumped for this game in terms of matchup, especially after what FSU did to Duke in the ACC Championship Game. Granted FSU would do that to many teams, but I just don't see this game being much of, well, a game. Kudos to David Cutcliffe for turning the Blue Devils around, but he may be in for a long New Year's Eve.
9. Georgia vs. Nebraska -- Gator Bowl -- January 1, 11 a.m. -- ESPN2
If Vanderbilt got the shaft in terms of record and bowl placement, Georgia got the shaft in terms of bowl opponent and location. The Bulldogs will be taking on Nebraska, who they faced in last year's Capital One Bowl. In addition, they're playing at EverBank Field, where Georgia's annual bout with Florida is held. Can you say low motivation to travel for UGA fans?
As far as the game is concerned, we're talking Aaron Murray-less Georgia versus a Nebraska team that I have very little interest in watching either. I originally had this game at eighth, but after considering Johnny's last hurrah in the Chick Fil A, I switched them.
10. Vanderbilt vs. Houston -- BBVA Compass Bowl -- January 4, 12 p.m. -- ESPN
I'm of the opinion that Vanderbilt got the shaft in this year's SEC bowl selections, but nevertheless, I'm sure the Commodores will show up ready to play. As far as whether or not I want to watch this game? Nah. I mean, I'll watch it that Saturday if for no other reason than to cherish some of the final few minutes of college football for this season. But this bowl definitely ranks at the bottom for me in watchability.