On paper, this year’s Valero Alamo Bowl is a pretty good matchup of contrasting styles. Both programs come from a background of considerable success, though in the last few years neither has been able to make the last big jump to the College Football Playoff. Both teams also come into this game off of losses in their respective conference championship game.
Despite opening 2017 with a rocky start, losing two of the first three games, Stanford came on strong to appear in its fourth Pac-12 Championship Game since 2012. The emergence of running back Bryce Love filled the void of record-setting Christian McCaffrey nicely, giving the Cardinal their fourth Heisman Trophy finalist since 2009.
The post-Christmas slate of college football's bowl season kicks off on Dec. 26 with three games, including the Heart of Dallas Bowl between West Virginia and Utah, along with the Cactus Bowl matchup of Kansas State versus UCLA. A busy slate is on tap for Dec.
There are a couple of “lasts” for UCLA in this game. We know it’s the last game before Chip Kelly officially takes over the Bruins program and it very well could be the last game of Josh Rosen’s UCLA career, as the junior quarterback is expected to enter the NFL draft.
After seeing promising starts dissolve into sputtering finishes, both Utahand West Virginia are looking to finish out mediocre seasons on a positive note when they clash in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.
It was a white-knuckle 2017 for USC football, even before the season began. The calendar year began with the Trojans rallying to beat Penn State in one of the greatest college football games ever played, the 2017 Rose Bowl.
One could make a strong argument that the 2017 college football season ranks among the very best of modern times. This campaign featured countless heart-stopping finishes, provided landscape-altering upsets, and was highlighted with many of the best individual performances of recent memory.
Pac-12 After Dark gained popularity in recent years as a social media hashtag, denoting a wild finish out West. While the title suggests nighttime football, Pac-12 After Dark is more of a mindset; plenty of raucous finishes in the conference played out in the daytime during 2017.