Wrapping up the bowls: Highlights, analysis of every 2013-14 bowl game

Published: Saturday, Jan. 4 2014 5:32 p.m. MST

That's the way to finish.

Florida State edged Auburn 34-31 in the BCS national championship game Monday night, bringing an end to the 2013-14 bowl season.

The Seminoles had to come back from 11 down at the half and scored two touchdowns in the final 4:31, including a 2-yard pass with 13 seconds left, to rally past the Tigers.

Among some of the other most memorable games during the 2013-14 bowl schedule were Michigan State's win over Stanford in the Rose Bowl, as well as Texas A&M's shootout victory over Duke in the Chick-fil-a Bowl.

Earlier in the bowl season, local teams BYU and Utah State experienced differing results. The Aggies won their second straight bowl game, beating Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl; the Cougars, meanwhile, fell in disheartening fashion to Washington in the Fight Hunger Bowl.

Here's a look at all 35 games this bowl season.

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Rikitikitavi
Cardston, Alberta

Reminds me of the Three Stooges...who's on first...until there is an actual playoff, there is no REAL national champion. Hopefully that pathetic reality will be remedied next year with at least the (supposed) top four teams in a (supposed) playoff.

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

When I was a kid, we watched the New Years Day bowls, especially the Rose Bowl. Those were great games between conference champions. They were big games. There were a couple of lesser bowls. PAC-12 and Big10 teams not winning the championship were not allowed to play in any other bowl games. "Intersectional games" were games between teams from different parts of the country and were few. Rose, Cotton, Sugar, and Orange. Those were the big games.

Now? Meh.

Only a team's fans watch them in one of the thirty bowl games.

I watched the Fight Hunger Bowl featuring my two teams. I watched half of the Rose Bowl. Most of Oregon State vs Boise.

BCS Championship? Couldn't care less.

Football needs a December Madness playoff system. 16 teams. That would be huge. Conference champions and the top ranked non-conference teams. OK, maybe 24 teams. That's it.

People would watch those games.

Igualmente
Mesa, AZ

Just watched the irrelevant bowl, aka godaddy bowl between Arkansas St and Ball St. That game had no business being played January 5th. Why doesn't the NCAA control that?

And the 4 team playoff will still be the opinion poll ranked top 4. Decide it on the field with a field of 24 conference champions and others like the FCS did yesterday with North Dakota St winning.

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