All 35 bowl games from best to worst

Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney became a household name with a memorable hit in a 33-28 win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl last season. What will he have in store against the Badgers in Orlando, Fla., for what figures to be his final college game?

7. Valero Alamo Bowl, Dec. 30 (ESPN, 6:45 p.m. ET): No. 10 Oregon (10-2) vs. Texas (8-4)

The Longhorns couldn't keep up with Baylor's fast-paced spread attack in a 30-10 loss Saturday. Now, UT will have to prepare for the Ducks' high-octane offense, which plays just as fast. Will Texas coach Mack Brown still be around to see it? Does he really want to watch what happens?

8. Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 1 (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET): No. 6 Baylor (11-1) vs. No. 15 Central Florida (11-1)

Call it the "Overachiever Bowl." The Bears had never had a winning record in the Big 12 before coach Art Briles arrived in Waco, Texas. Now, they're the Big 12 champions and are playing in their first BCS bowl. The Knights also are playing in their first BCS bowl game after winning the American Athletic Conference in their first season in the league.

9. Outback Bowl, Jan. 1 (ESPN, 1 p.m. ET): No. 16 LSU (9-3) vs. Iowa (8-4)

We can only hope this game is exciting as the only other time these teams played each other. In the 2005 Capital One Bowl, Iowa's Drew Tate threw a 56-yard touchdown to Warren Holloway on the final play, giving the Hawkeyes a 30-25 victory and spoiling Nick Saban's last game as LSU's coach.

10. Gator Bowl, Jan. 1 (ESPN2, noon ET): No. 22 Georgia (8-4) vs. Nebraska (8-4)

Haven't we seen this one before? Oh yeah, UGA defeated the Cornhuskers 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl last season. At least the Cornhuskers won't have to deal with Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray, who threw for 427 yards with five touchdowns against them. Murray will miss the bowl game with a knee injury, and junior Hutson Mason is expected to make his second career start for UGA.

11. Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31 (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET): No. 21 Texas A&M (8-4) vs. No. 24 Duke (10-3)

It seems only fitting that college football will ring in the new year with what figures to be Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel's final college game. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner was nearly as good as he was last season, throwing for 3,732 yards with 33 touchdowns and running for 686 yards with eight TDs in 2013. Texas A&M's defense is bad enough -- and Duke's offense is good enough -- to possibly turn this game into a shootout. The Blue Devils won the ACC's Coastal Division for the first time and are playing in bowl games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.

12. Russell Athletic Bowl, Dec. 28 (ESPN, 6:45 p.m. ET): No. 18 Louisville (11-1) vs. Miami (9-3)

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater probably will be playing his final college game against his hometown team. Bridgewater, a Miami native, probably didn't receive enough recognition this season because of Louisville's soft schedule. He passed for 3,523 yards with 28 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. The Cardinals' 38-35 loss to Central Florida on Oct. 18 kept them out of a BCS bowl and out of contention for a national championship, and it knocked Bridgewater out of the Heisman Trophy race.

13. Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, Dec. 21 (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET): No. 20 Fresno State (11-1) vs. No. 25 USC (9-4)

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