The College Bowls take place at the end of the NCAA season and are there for two main reasons: firstly, to show off the talents and skillset of those players involved. Many of the young stars playing in these games will be about to declare for the upcoming NFL Draft and scouts will be watching their every move to predict if they are the correct fit for their franchise. In addition, they are there for fun. Many coaches introduce a couple of new plays to the playbook as they look to try and enjoy the occasion.
As per, the main focus tends to be on the important bowl games and the BCS Championship game, but that doesn’t mean that the smaller matches are overlooked. In fact, the six smaller bowls tend to produce the most exciting and entertaining games, especially as a number of trick plays are usually on show. In a way, this is similar to the National Football League’s Pro Bowl that takes place after the professional season is over.
And if nothing else, these matches help to prolong the football season and keep those college supporters satisfied ahead of the NFL’s postseason. College football is quickly maturing into a top-level sport and fans can tune in to watch almost any match on the likes of ESPN, FOX Sports and NBC. These youngsters now have much more attention on them and their actions than they did a decade ago and their overall game and appreciation of American football has developed due to this.
Okay, so there are six “New Year’s” college bowls in total: the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl – and every bowl usually includes teams from certain conferences and divisions, unless of course that conference is represented in the Championship game. Ultimately, it’s a little confusing but very easy to get involved in – especially on the betting front as there are always plenty of games on around the beginning of January and throughout the month.
The Rose Bowl is the oldest and most prestigious event of them all and the inaugural match was held way back in 1902, however it has been a constant on the college football calendar since 1916. According to ESPN, it’s a MUST watch and this year, no. 6 Stanford defied the odds to defeat no. 5 Iowa in front of over 90,000 passionate college football fans. In a way, it is just as popular as the Championship game in terms of attendance and attracting media attention.
Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey was phenomenal on that day and he remains one of Bettingsports.com’s five players to watch next season. He racked up an immense 172 yards on the ground, 102 yards receiving and returned a 66-yard punt for a touchdown – he’s certainly one to watch when he eventually declares for the NFL Draft. In fact, many believe he could pip Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson to the Heisman Trophy next year…
College football is growing and more and more supporters will be tuning in to watch their favourite teams next season. How will the college bowl schedule look? Only time will tell but one thing’s for sure: if it is even half as exciting as the 2015 campaign, fans are in for a real treat.