Best and Worst of 2015-2016 Bowl Season

By on January 11, 2016
Christian McCaffrey  (photo Cary Edmondson / USA TODAY Sports)

Christian McCaffrey (photo Cary Edmondson / USA TODAY Sports)

As we get set to put the wraps on the 2015 college football season with the national championship game, it’s time to take a look back at the best and worst of the 2015-2016 college bowl season.

The Best

  1. Frank Beamer wins his final game. How fitting that Frank Beamer’s final bowl game happened to be the site of his very first bowl game; The Independence Bowl. Taking Virginia Tech to their 23rd straight bowl game, the Hokies defeated the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes 55-52 to give Beamer the 280th and final win of his college coaching career.

  2. The SEC. An emphatic we’re back statement. The SEC went 8-2 this bowl season destroying their bowl opponents by an average 25.75 points. And with a win in the National Championship game, the SEC would finish 9-2, a record for most wins by a conference in bowl games.

  3. Christian McCaffrey. Getting a jump start on the 2016 Heisman Trophy campaign, the Stanford all-purpose back helped the Cardinals destroy Iowa 45-16, rushing for 172 yards on 18 carries, caught four passes for 105 yards and a touchdown and returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown. He finished the game with 368 all-purpose yards.

The Worst

  1. Bowl games with 5-7 teams. Three bowl games: The Cure Bowl (San Jose State), Foster Farms Bowl (Nebraska) and Quick Lane Bowl (Minnesota) all featured teams with 5-7 records. Another sign there are too many bowl games.

  2. College Football New Years’ Eve 6 Bowls. The six bowl games were decided by an average 24.2 points. TV ratings were down as well with this years’ games having ratings of 9.9 and 9.7 compared to 15.5 and 15.3 last season. The poor ratings could have ESPN repaying close to $20 million in ad revenue to make good for the poor ratings.

  3. The American Athletic Conference. After a successful regular season, which saw the conference finish with three ranked teams (Houston, Memphis and Navy) and even saw Memphis upset Ole Miss, the American could not carry over that success into the postseason. The American finished with the worst record amongst conference going 2-6. Houston and Navy helped the conference save a little face.

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