It is no surprise that the Southeastern Conference had the strongest performance in the 2015-2016 bowl games due to the SEC’s dominate reputation for its’ powerful consistent style of play. SEC squads won 8 of the bowl match ups, a .800 winning percentage. Winning teams included Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Georgia, who deserve a pat on the back winning after Coach Richt’s departure, LSU, Arkansas. Losing teams included Florida and Texas A & M. The SEC Champions Alabama Crimson Tide dominated bowl season play defeating the Gators of Florida in the Conference title game, and manifested a lights out performance against Michigan State, shutting out the Spartans 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl.
One cannot dispute that the Pac 12 as a whole had solid bowl season finishing 6-4 overall, two games over .500, with Stanford winning the conference at 12-2. The Cardinals defeated Iowa in the the Rose Bowl 45-16 topping off a superb season for the squad and the conference.
Surprisingly the traditionally dominate ACC statistically had a disappointing bowl season finishing with a .455 winning percentage, gaining victories in 5 games and dropping 6. Be that as it may the #1 ranked Clemson Tigers could care less about statistics, after their huge victory over #4 ranked Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, landing them a ticket to this year’s big dance. Other notable conference standings were the Big 10 at 5-5 and the Conference USA at 3-2 in both’s respectively bowl season records.
Perhaps one could consider Georgia Southern’s victory over Bowling Green in the Go Daddy.com bowl one of this bowl season’s notable upset and the win a big boost for the program down in a small town called Statesboro Georgia, as the Eagles won 58-27 . Interestingly enough in the Alamo Bowl, it was just that type of battle, as TCU and Oregon fought it out on the grid iron through 3 overtimes until the Horned Frogs mustered up 6 points in the third overtime to get the victory winning 47-41.
Nonetheless, the stage is set for Monday January 11 as the #1 Clemson Tigers battle the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide to decide a National Champion in the NCAA Playoff Championship title game live from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Kick off will be at 7:30 CT. This is certain to be a great match up and one that any college football fan shouldnt want to miss.