Stanford finished the season strong, while North Carolina did not. Will that give the Cardinal the edge over the Tar Heels in the Sun Bowl?
South Florida will be seeking its 11th win of the season, facing a young South Carolina team that exceeded expectations in Year 1 under Will Muschamp.
The AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl features a matchup of two 8-4 teams in Texas A&M and Kansas State looking to end the season on a positive note.
Neither team started the season well at all, but Miami (Ohio) and Mississippi State turned things around enough to find themselves in the postseason.
There shouldn't be quite so much consternation and hand-wringing around the Big 12 about this year's CFP snub, for a few reasons.
If the SEC teams are to have a successful bowl season, they'll get there by slowing down some of the nation's top quarterbacks.