It is officially bowl season in college football

Published 5:17 pm Tuesday, December 6, 2016

College football season always hits the postseason lull before coming back with a bang for the bowl games.

Waiting and predicting who your team will play is always a fun process. The beauty of bowl season is seeing matchups that make you audibly go, “Ohhhh!” at the mere thought of them.

Fortunately, we are done waiting and we have a little over three weeks to talk about this year’s bowl games. I’ve decided to pick the top four matchups I’m most excited to see, three being unbiased opinions and the fourth a selfless bump for the Georgia Bulldogs to beat TCU.

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The first matchup I’m excited to see is the Rose Bowl between No. 9 USC and No. 5 Penn State. I was one of the supporters for Penn State to eke their way into the Final Four. Yes, I understand it wouldn’t be logically impossible, especially since Ohio State seems like such an obvious shoe-in for the Playoff Committee, but my opinion still stands.

Both of these teams have talented quarterbacks, a strong running back corps and great receivers. The defenses on both these guys might be a little bit iffy, though. Penn State can’t rely on another comeback victory like they pulled against Wisconsin. If they want to beat USC, they will need to control the game from the very first snap. Otherwise, the Rose Bowl will belong to the hometown Trojans.

Next is the Orange Bowl between No. 6 Michigan and No. 11 Florida State. Poor Wolverines, getting beat in double overtime to Ohio State and thrown out of playoff contention. I’ll bet they come into this game full of vinegar, led by a crazy coach in khakis and a sweat shirt.

For the Seminoles to grab the W and head into 2017 strong and confident for a season that starts with Bama, quarterback Deondre Francois will need to stay off the ground. I bet he’s developed some kind of relationship with the grass beneath his feet, he’s been smacked down so much. But in order for him to stay up, the offensive line will need to play the best game of their lives against a Michigan defense that loves to sack quarterbacks (they have 44 this season).

The third bowl game I’m looking forward to is the Peach Bowl Playoff Semifinal between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Washington.

The Huskies defense might be one of the few in the country that will give Crimson Tide Quarterback Jalen Hurts fits. The trick, though, will be keeping up with Alabama’s defense. Ranked No. 1 in the country in total defense, Alabama will have an easy time putting pressure on the Washington quarterback, who is talented, but seems to fold hard when things aren’t easily going his way. I fully expect Bama to win this one in flying colors.

Lastly, I want to dog about Georgia vs. TCU.

Dogs love to eat frogs, horny or not.

Enough said.