5. Cotton Bowl (No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Missouri)
When you think Big Ten vs. SEC, you think Ohio State or Michigan taking on Alabama or Georgia. Well, this year’s Cotton Bowl is almost that, but not quite.
Missouri managed to climb the ladder of the SEC this fall, going 10-2 all said and done with losses against LSU and Georgia — this earned the Tigers a New Year’s Six bid to the Cotton Bowl as a reward for their first 10-win season in a decade.
While I think this game has the potential to be something special, and there is no doubt that Missouri deserves to be there, I just am not sure that it will be anything memorable.
Ohio State is right off the heels of its third straight loss to the Michigan Wolverines, and frankly, the Buckeyes’ best players — especially Marvin Harrison Jr. — will likely have the NFL Draft on their minds, not a non-College Football Playoff bowl game.
This is not a must-miss game, but it’s also not a must-watch, so I’m putting it at No. 5. If Kyle McCord’s backup and Brady Cook somehow give us a shootout thriller, I will admit that I was wrong, but I just don’t see that happening.