Bowl rankings: 1-35

Bowl rankings: 1-35

N-G college football writer Bob Asmussen plans to watch all 35 bowl games — the first of which were played Saturday. For those of you who don’t have that kind of time, here is Asmussen’s priority list for the postseason:

1. Cotton: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma, Jan. 4    

Bob's pick: Texas A&M    

Don’t you want to see the next time out for Heisman winner Johnny Manziel/Heisman/Football? Of course you do

2.  Fiesta: Kansas State vs. Oregon, Jan. 3

Bob's pick: Oregon   

If not for one rotten Saturday night, this would be your national championship game

3. BCS Championship: Notre Dame vs. Alabama, Jan. 7    

Bob's pick: Alabama 

Hard to imagine Nick Saban losing a game with six weeks to prepare

4.  Rose: Wisconsin vs. Stanford, Jan. 1

Bob's pick: Stanford

Just the chance to see Barry Alvarez stalking the sidelines makes it all worthwhile

5. Outback: Michigan vs. South Carolina, Jan. 1

Bob's pick: South Carolina

The name you need to know: Jadeveon Clowney. He’s the best defensive player in the country

6.  Orange: Northern Illinois vs. Florida State, Jan. 1

Bob's pick: Florida State

For all those questioning the Huskies being in the game, put a sock in it

7. Holiday: UCLA vs. Baylor, Dec. 27

Bob's pick: UCLA

Turns out Jim Mora Jr. can coach college kids. And Jonathan Franklin can run

8.  Chick-fil-A: Clemson vs. LSU, Dec. 31 

Bob's pick: LSU

Either of these teams could be in a BCS game, but Atlanta will have to do

9.  Sugar : Florida vs. Louisville, Jan. 2

Bob's pick: Florida

The only problem for the Gators is motivation. Do they care enough to win?

10.  Gator: Northwestern vs. Mississippi State, Jan. 1

Bob's pick: Northwestern 

Isn’t it about time the Wildcats win a bowl game? We think so

11.  Capital One: Georgia vs. Nebraska, Jan. 1    

Bob's pick: Georgia    

Folks in Nebraska are calling the defense the “Pinkshirts.” Don’t think that is meant in a good way

12. Alamo: Texas vs. Oregon State, Dec. 29 

Bob's pick: Oregon State    

Keep losing at this rate and the Longhorn Network will get canceled

13. Poinsettia: BYU vs. San Diego State, Thursday    

Bob's pick: San Diego State 

Nothing like a home bowl game to enhance your chances of winning

14. MAACO: Boise State vs. Washington, Dec. 22    

Bob's pick:Boise State

At the end of the season, Broncos QB Joe Southwick was playing like Kellen Moore

15. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s: Ball State vs. Central Florida, Dec. 21    

Bob's pick: Ball State

Hard to believe a BCS school hasn’t snagged Pete Lembo from the Cardinals

16. Hawaii: SMU vs. Fresno State, Dec. 24    

Bob's pick: Fresno State    

June Jones makes his return to the islands. Good luck with that

17.  Military: Bowling Green vs. San Jose State, Dec. 27    

Bob's pick: Bowling Green

Keep an eye on Falcons defensive lineman Chris Jones

18. Belk: Duke vs. Cincinnati, Dec. 27    

Bob's pick: Cincinnati

Butch Jones is gone but at least the Reds are going to challenge in the NL Central

19. Kraft Fight Hunger: Arizona State vs. Navy, Dec. 29

Bob's pick: Arizona State

Might be the best bowl venue outside of the BCS games. Awesome

20. Heart of Dallas: Purdue vs. Oklahoma State, Jan. 1  

Bob's pick: Oklahoma State    

Could be your chance to see Wes Lunt in action

21. Music City: Vanderbilt vs. North Carolina State, Dec. 31    

Bob's pick: Vanderbilt    

James Franklin might be the most underrated coach in the country

22.  Buffalo Wild Wings: Michigan State vs. TCU, Dec. 29    

Bob's pick: Michigan State    

We’d highly recommend the potato wedges

23. Pinstripe: West Virginia vs. Syracuse, Dec. 29  

Bob's pick: West Virginia

How about this? Losing team has to root for the Yankees

24. Meineke Car Care: Minnesota vs. Texas Tech, Dec. 28    

Bob's pick: Texas Tech

Texas Tech made a great call picking Kliff Kingsbury

25. Armed Forces: Rice vs. Air Force, Dec. 29  

Bob's pick: Rice    

Always great to have the Puddings involved in the postseason

26. Russell Athletic: Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech, Dec. 28    

Bob's pick: Rutgers    

Wonder if the Scarlet Knights will ask Hokies to join them in the Big Ten

27. Independence: Louisiana-Monroe vs. Ohio, Dec. 28    

Bob's pick: Ohio

At one point, we thought Frank Solich’s Bobcats would be the BCS buster

28. Famous Idaho Potato: Toledo vs. Utah State, Saturday    

Bob's pick: Utah State

You’re going to have to trust that I picked the Aggies before the game was actually played

29. New Orleans: Louisiana-Lafayette vs. East Carolina, Dec. 22

Bob's pick: Louisiana-Lafayette 

Can anybody tell me what conference the Pirates are going to next? Really confusing

30. New Mexico: Arizona vs. Nevada, Saturday    

Bob's pick: Arizona

In hindsight, I should have had this game at No. 1. Rally by Wildcats was a thing of beauty

31. Sun: Georgia Tech vs. Southern Cal, Dec. 31

Bob's pick: Southern Cal

Never like a bowl game when one of the teams is under .500

32.  Liberty: Tulsa vs. Iowa State, Dec. 31

Bob's pick: Tulsa 

Frankly, we’d rather see a basketball matchup between Danny Manning’s and Fred Hoiberg’s teams

33. GoDaddy.com: Kent State vs. Arkansas State, Jan. 6    

Bob's pick: Arkansas State

Both coaches have left for better jobs

34. BBVA Compass: Pitt vs. Mississippi, Jan. 5

Bob's pick: Mississippi    

Not the way to get us fired up for the national title game

35.  Little Caesar’s Pizza: Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky, Dec. 26    

Bob's pick: Western Kentucky    

There will be more fans at a Red Wings game ... and they aren’t playing
 

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