The Best and Worst of the 2016-17 Bowls

Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan - Home of the Quick Lane Bowl

Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan – Home of the Quick Lane Bowl

Using a composite ranking of Bill Connelly’s, Brian Fremeau’s, ESPN’s and Ed Feng’s rating systems, here’s some info about this year’s bowl-bound (and not-bowl-bound) teams.

Composite ranking of the team in parenthesis

Best Team Not in the College Football Playoff: Michigan (#2) – rated better than three CFP teams

Worst Team in a New Year’s Six Bowl: Western Michigan (#20) – rated worse than 8 teams that are not in the NY6 bowls
Best Teams Not in a New Year’s Six Bowl: LSU (#6) and Louisville (#11) – rated better than seven and four teams respectively that are in NY6 bowls

Worst Bowl Teams:
North Texas (#117) – rated worse than 38 non-bowl teams
Hawai’i (#110) – rated worse than 32 non-bowl teams
Louisiana-Lafayette (#105) – rated worse than 28 non-bowl teams
Idaho (#104) – rated worse than 28 non-bowl teams
South Alabama (#98) – rated worse than 23 non-bowl teams

Best Non-Bowl Teams:
Ole Miss (#29) – rated better than 51 bowl teams
Notre Dame (#35) – rated better than 46 bowl teams
UCLA (#52) – rated better than 30 bowl teams
Texas (#54) – rated better than 29 bowl teams
Michigan St. (#57) – rated better than 27 bowl teams

Tightest Match-Ups:
Quick Lane Bowl: Boston College (#84) vs. Maryland (#85)
Sugar Bowl: Auburn (#11) vs. Oklahoma (#10)
Sun Bowl: North Carolina (#19) vs. Stanford (#18)
Camellia Bowl: Appalachian St. (#47) vs. Toledo (#40)
Citrus Bowl: Louisville (#11) vs. LSU (#6)

Biggest Mismatches:
Potato Bowl: Colorado St. (#53) vs. Idaho (#104)
Arizona Bowl: Air Force (#58) vs. South Alabama (#98)
Birmingham Bowl: South Carolina (#77) vs. South Florida (#36)
Military Bowl: Temple (#30) vs. Wake Forest (#72)
St. Petersburg Bowl: Miami (OH) (#92) vs. Mississippi St. (#50)