College Bowls


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.

College Bowls: what’s the score?

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’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…

A look at the NCAA: who could feature in the College Bowls next year?

This is incredibly difficult to predict but you’d have to fancy Alabama Crimson Tide to make the college bowls if they don’t manage to reach the Championship game. Alabama are the defending college champions after their stunning come-from-behind victory over Clemson Tigers in January and the Crimson Tide will be looking to retain their title despite losing a number of stars to the NFL. As of May 3rd, Alabama are priced at 8/1 to win the title at with only Ohio State ranking above them in the betting markets right now.
Stanford are also likely to feature in the college bowls again. As far as college football goes, they are one of the most consistent sides in terms of ranking in the top group of teams but struggling to compete for the ultimate prize of the Championship. Since Andrew Luck left, many believed they would slip down the rankings but excellent planning and preparation has helped to keep Stanford towards the top and they could feature in the Rose Bowl once again next January.
Finally, the Houston Cougars – who defeated Florida State 38-24 in the Peach Bowl last season – could be invited to defend their title if they perform admirably again in the regular season. Houston are never going to challenge for the NCAA Championship but, like Stanford, they could feature near the top of the rankings, especially if they can maintain their excellent defensive co-ordination. Houston’s success last season was built on defensive display and you know what they say, defense wins championships… and college bowls.

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.