College bowl season can often seem pretty long. Especially during the arduous week or two when it seems none of the passing bowls seem to matter all that much. But while it’s still an excruciating week until that final national championship title game, going into the last week of bowls, we’re looking at a pretty good run. The Cotton Bowl, the Compass Bowl, and the Go Daddy Bowl are all up this week!
AT&T Cotton Bowl
Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma
January 4, 8:00 pm
Of course, we’re all looking at Johnny Football in this game; and rest assured, the Sooners are watching for him, too. After just winning the Heisman, we all want to see Johnny Manziel come out and crush it the way we all know he can. And that’s just what the Sooners need to be aware of. Given that this is also a point in time when Oklahoma’s defense has never been weaker, the Aggies are going to take this one.
BBVA Compass Bowl
Pittsburgh vs. Ole Miss
January 5, 1:00 pm
Packed between the two bigger bowl games in the upcoming days is the Compass Bowl. And while the teams may not provide that much excitement either, you need to take a closer look to see that this could be one of the best matchups of the entire bowl season. Both Pittsburgh and Ole Miss are doing extremely well on offense, meaning that there won’t be any shortage of action on the field. The Rebels have struggled more on defense than the Panthers, but they’ve also had an incredibly tough division to face — and have come out pretty well considering. This one’s going to be close.
Kent State vs. Arkansas State
January 6, 1:00 pm
This will be another great game between two very evenly matched teams. Arkansas State’s strength rests in quarterback Ryan Aplin; while Kent has two of the best running backs in the country in Dri Archer and Trayion Durham. Neither team is as outstanding on defense as they are on offense, but this is also not an area in which either is lacking. If we were the betting kind, we’d give this one to Kent, simply because of the depth in their back line.