When Texas A&M (8-4, 4-4 SEC) and Kansas State (8-4, 6-3 Big 12) take the field at NRG Stadium in Houston on Dec. 28 in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl, it will result in a collision between two former conference foes.
Every college football season is a new opportunity for the true or redshirt freshmen players on 128 FBS teams to make a statement. While each year always produces a handful of freshmen standouts, it seems more first-year players are making an impact at a high level.
Perhaps the most endearing aspects about college football’s bowl season are the exotic matchups and locations of teams and stadiums that would otherwise never see the light of day in the regular season.
The 2016 college football season had a little bit of everything, to the point where you could fill your bingo card twice over. The greatest opening weekend ever? Definitely. Historic upsets from coast-to-coast? Without a doubt. Shootouts? Check. Seismic shifts as the result of game-changing plays? Double check.
After posting a 9-2 bowl record last year — and adding yet another national championship to its resume — the SEC appeared to be far and away the best conference in college football. It wasn't just the fact that last year's nine bowl wins set an NCAA record for any conference; it was the way the SEC won.