ESPN ranks Russell Athletic Bowl #17th best bowl


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Clemson vs Oklahoma is 5:30 p.m. ET, Dec. 29 (ESPN)

The Russell Athletic Bowl featuring Clemson and Oklahoma showcases two teams with a great football tradition.

This year, Clemson is ranked #17th in the college football poll while Oklahoma just left the polls after a last second 38-35 overtime-loss to their rivals Oklahoma State.

Both teams can play with just about anyone on a given day if they execute their gameplans. Just ask Alabama last year in the 2014 Sugar Bowl as the Sooners won easily 45-31.

However, ESPN analyst Mark Schlabach thinks the game is not very appealing as he ranks the bowl the #17 best match-up of the bowl season.

I'd probably be a lot more excited about this game if I knew that Clemson freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson was going to play. Watson, who led the Tigers to a 35-17 victory over South Carolina while playing with a torn ACL, might undergo surgery to repair his knee and miss the bowl game. It certainly seems like the smart thing to do. Cole Stoudt, who has struggled mightily lately, would start if Watson can't play. The Tigers will already be without former offensive coordinator Chad Morris, who left to become SMU's new coach. After a disappointing 8-4 season, the Sooners can probably lock up a top-five preseason ranking in 2015 if they defeat the Tigers. That's how it works, right?

This game is not a playoff game or a marquee New Year's bowl but in my opinion there is no way this match-up should be ranked below the Boca Raton Bowl featuring Marshall vs Northern Illinois (#14 overall). I doubt anyone is clamoring for those tickets despite their excellent team records this year.
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Re: FB Update: ESPN ranks Russell Athletic Bowl #17th best bowl
D2johnstone
Re: FB Update: ESPN ranks Russell Athletic Bowl #17th best bowl
ziggy_1118
That was a jab at Oklahoma, not us.
TigersAndCubs
Re: FB Update: ESPN ranks Russell Athletic Bowl #17th best bowl
Tigerlax94®
Re: FB Update: ESPN ranks Russell Athletic Bowl #17th best bowl
cupton®
Re: FB Update: ESPN ranks Russell Athletic Bowl #17th best bowl
Tigerlax94®
Misspelled "grade of slaw"***
JohnFBell®
Yeah, two 6-6 teams is definitely a better game
camcgee®
Re: Yeah, two 6-6 teams is definitely a better game
Dugatiger®
there is little upside to beating an UN ranked Oklahoma***
hufferbilly®
OU sucks... No upside beating them, big downside if we lose***
hufferbilly®
Only play 13 games, plenty of upside on winning.***
TigerTown
Re: FB Update: ESPN ranks Russell Athletic Bowl #17th best bowl
henslecd
Re: FB Update: ESPN ranks Russell Athletic Bowl #17th best bowl
Jcantrell86®
12th, 15th, 17th, 20th, who the fluck cares?***
josephg®
Re: FB Update: ESPN ranks Russell Athletic Bowl #17th best bowl
Jcantrell86®
I don't want DW to play, but without him, snooresville
SquishyWaffle
Re: I don't want DW to play, but without him, snooresville
tigerfanbrett77
Re: I don't want DW to play, but without him, snooresville
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: FB Update: ESPN ranks Russell Athletic Bowl #17th best bowl
scotts_®
Schlabach is a huge joke....as are these rankings....
tigrjm76®
this site ranks it 4th best
scooter
Re: FB Update: ESPN ranks Russell Athletic Bowl #17th best bowl
jason1972
Let's just view this Bowl as an opportunity to get some more
OhWiseOne®
Re: Let's just view this Bowl as an opportunity to get some more
allorangeallthetime52®
DECLINE THE BOWL!
hufferbilly®
Re: DECLINE THE BOWL!
ziggy_1118
Re: DECLINE THE BOWL!
hufferbilly®
Re: DECLINE THE BOWL!
deroberts
Re: DECLINE THE BOWL!
hufferbilly®
Re: DECLINE THE BOWL!
ziggy_1118
Ziggy - q-tip suggestion was funny***
hufferbilly®
Pollyanna fans like yourself enable
hufferbilly®
Against my better judgment... here's why:
RevDodd®
And as always, thank you Rev for expressing my point of view
mikeyT®
I see your point too RevDodd
hufferbilly®
Re: I see your point too RevDodd
76er®
Re: I see your point too RevDodd
hufferbilly®
You are smoking Shrooms or something?
AThomas®
Re: You are smoking Shrooms or something?
hufferbilly®
play nick!!!!!!!!!
tigersincepell®
So 32 teams are playing in a better bowl?***
Tim317
Re: FB Update: ESPN ranks Russell Athletic Bowl #17th best bowl
cuted
would you please name the 16 bowl games that are better than
sgt tiger®
Re: would you please name the 16 bowl games that are better than
hufferbilly®
uh, some of the talking heads had them pre-season #1 this
sgt tiger®
Best line of ESPN article ......
tgrstuckincola

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