With bowl games only a week away from starting, everyone is analyzing matchups to see which ones are going to be the most compelling to sit down and watch.
There are certainly some games that, on paper, look like they could be instant classics: Michigan vs. Florida in the Peach Bowl, Penn State vs. Kentucky in the Outback Bowl, LSU vs. UCF in the Fiesta Bowl, and, of course the two College Football Playoff games.
But ESPN analyst David M. Hale decided to take it a step further by analyzing all 40 bowl games and selecting the one that fans would likely find the most entertaining.
Hale ultimately chose the Alabama-Oklahoma matchup in the Capital One Orange Bowl as the No. 1 most entertaining matchup.
Tua vs. Kyler. Heisman winner vs. Heisman runner-up, we presume. What’s not to like? Sure, we heard all the stories about Oklahoma’s shoddy defense, but who cares? Aren’t we tuning in to see Tagovailoa throw for 800 yards? And what could be better than seeing Murray’s athleticism put to the test by Alabama’s ferocious defense, led by Quinnen Williams? Sure, the SEC folks wanted Georgia again. Of course they did. They know Alabama can win that one. But Murray is exactly the type of quarterback who has challenged Nick Saban in the past, and Oklahoma’s offensive line will likely be the best one Alabama has faced this season. This game really has it all — from the high stakes to the elite QB play to the potential for offensive fireworks from the opening kick. Whether or not Oklahoma deserved to be the fourth team in, the playoff committee ensured it created one heck of a matchup.
The game certainly looks to be one of the highest-scoring games of the year, pitting two of the nation’s top scoring offenses against each other.