Best and Worst of the Bowl Season

Using Football Outsiders’ F/+ ratings and rankings, here are some of the best and worst teams and bowls for 2014/2015.

Worst Bowl Teams

#104 Bowling Green (-16.7% F/+ rating)
#101 Fresno St. (-15.9%)
#95 Rice (-13.8%)

Best Non-Bowl Teams

#37 Virginia (10.7%) – Rated higher than 40 bowl teams
#60 Michigan (1.6%) – Rated higher than 18 bowl teams
#61 Cal (0.8%) – Rated higher than 18 bowl teams

Worst New Years’ Six Bowl Team

#33 Arizona (12.7%)

Best Non-New Year’s Six Bowl Teams

#7 Georgia (27.6%) – Rated higher than six New Year’s Six bowl teams
#12 Auburn (23.5%) – Rated higher than two New Year’s Six bowl teams
#13 Oklahoma (22.3%) – Rated higher than two New Year’s Six bowl teams

Bowls with Best Teams*

Sugar – #1 Alabama vs. #2 Ohio St. (37.5%)
Rose – #8 Florida St. vs. #3 Oregon (31.5%)
Peach – #4 Ole Miss vs. #5 TCU (29.0%)

*Highest average of both teams’ F/+ rating

Bowls with Worst Teams*

Hawai’i – #101 Fresno St. vs. #95 Rice (-14.9%)
Camellia – #104 Bowling Green vs. #93 South Alabama (-14.5%)
New Orleans – #86 Louisiana vs. #64 Nevada (-5.8%)

*Lowest average of both teams’ F/+ rating

Bowls with Best Matchups*

Quick Lane – #74 North Carolina vs. #73 Rutgers (0.1%)
Peach – #4 Ole Miss vs. #5 TCU (0.6%)
Potato – #44 Air Force vs. #47 Western Michigan (0.9%)

*Lowest difference between the teams’ F/+ ratings

Bowls with Worst Matchups*

Boca Raton – #15 Marshall vs. #72 Northern Illinois (24.6%)
Armed Forces – #79 Houston vs. #39 Pitt (16.9%)
Texas – #20 Arkansas vs. #57 Texas (15.6%)

*Highest difference between the teams’ F/+ ratings

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