Ed Note: The following complete list of bowl rankings appears courtesy our college football sister site Crystal Ball Run.
The bowl match-ups are set! Did the BCS work this year? Yes, it sure looks as thou it did. But is it the best bowl game on the schedule this season? Well, yes, it probably is. While Florida State and Auburn should make for a fun game that will surely be analyzed from every possible perspective -- expect weekly looks at this and some of the other big games to come from us here at Crystal Ball Run -- but what about all of the other bowl games? Which of these are the best match-ups this postseason? Are there any duds?
Fortunately, the bowl line-up this season looks pretty good, which should be expected considering how many teams were eligible for postseason play this year that ended up like Charlie Brown on Valentine's Day, with no love shared in their direction.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on which bowl games are the best. Here is how I would rank the bowls this season, from best to worst, with some commentary from my colleagues here at Crystal Ball Run added in at times. "Worst" is such a harsh word. Truth is, I'll enjoy watching all of these match-ups from start to finish, and I am sure you will as well.
1. Vizio BCS National Championship: No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 2 Auburn
There are some years when the BCS Championship Game match-up is not actually the best game (Miami vs. Nebraska, for example). That is not the case this season though as we get the clear number one and the clear number two teams in the country squaring off with plenty of rising star power. Florida State and their climb back to the top has been a work in progress since the day Jimbo Fisher was hired. Jameis Winston and his (soon to be) Heisman Trophy status could have a field day against Auburn's defense, but the Seminoles will be put to the test trying to slow down Auburn's ridiculously strong running game fueled by Tre Mason and Nick Marshall. Gus Malzahn will be charged with the responsibility to represent the SEC at the top of the BCS mountain for one final year, while the Seminoles look to come full circle in the BCS Era by losing the first BCS championship game against an SEC team (Tennessee) and winning against another.
2. Discover Orange Bowl: No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 12 Clemson
I had hopes we would have an Alabama-Ohio State Sugar Bowl fall in to our laps somehow, but Ohio State vs. Clemson is nothing to be too upset about in the Orange Bowl. The Buckeyes and Tigers certainly have some history, but we certainly will not see Urban Meyer punching Sammy Watkins on the Buckeyes sideline this time. Clemson's defense may not be able to thrive as well as Michigan State's did, but if Clemson can get their offense on track with Tajh Boyd getting some protection they should be able to move the ball on the Buckeyes. Ohio State is looking to become the only team to win a BCS championship and win each of the four different BCS bowls in the BCS era, which would be kind of cool (Oklahoma is looking to do the same in the Sugar Bowl).