Clemson vs. Alabama in Tampa

Clemson's Jordan Leggett catches a pass in front of Alabama's Rashaan Evans during the College Football Playoff championship game on Jan. 9 in Tampa. The Tigers and Crimson Tide will meet in a CFP game for the third straight year when they square off at the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. File/AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Too many bowl games?

No, too little time.

And maybe move the Dollar General Bowl around some so Dollar General customers in Mobile don’t get to have all the fun.

This season’s 39 bowl games, carefully ranked by watch-worthiness:

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39. Gasparilla Bowl (Dec. 21 in St. Petersburg) — Florida International (8-4) vs. Temple (6-6): FIU lost big to in-state foes UCF (61-17) and Florida Atlantic (52-24) but get to play inside Tropicana Field (if the Tampa Bay Rays don’t trade this game for prospects).

38. Frisco Bowl (Dec. 20 Frisco, Texas) — Louisiana Tech (6-6) vs. SMU (7-5): I think we all suspected South Carolina’s 17-16 victory over Louisiana Tech had Frisco Bowl implications.

37. Cure Bowl (Dec. 16 in Orlando) — Georgia State (6-5) vs. Western Kentucky (6-6): Clash of former South Carolina assistant coaches, head coach Shawn Elliott at Georgia State vs. WKU assistant head coach Steve Spurrier Jr.

36. Camelia Bowl (Dec. 16 in Montgomery, Ala.) — Middle Tennessee (6-6) vs. Arkansas State (7-4): Seventh bowl trip for MTSU under Rick Stockstill, an assistant coach at Clemson and South Carolina. His son Brent is the quarterback.

35. New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 16 in Albuquerque) — Colorado State (7-5) vs. Marshall (7-5): Former Georgia offensive coordinator and quarterback Mike Bobo has 10 players from Georgia on his Rams squad (two from South Carolina).

34. Military Bowl (Dec. 28 in Annapolis, Md.) — Virginia (6-6) vs. Navy (6-5): Home game for mad Midshipmen coming off a second straight loss to Army.

33. Music City Bowl (Dec. 29 in Nashville) — Kentucky (7-5) vs. Northwestern (9-3): Can Kentucky bounce back after its sluggish SEC second half?

32. Texas Bowl (Dec. 27 in Houston) — Texas (6-6) vs. Missouri (7-5): Missouri owns the SEC’s longest winning streak, six straight since a 53-28 loss at Georgia.

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31. Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 24 in Honolulu) — Fresno State (9-4) vs. Houston (7-4): Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver is on some early 2018 Heisman candidate lists.

30. New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 16) — North Texas (9-4) vs. Troy (10-2): Troy beat LSU.

29. Dollar General Bowl (Dec. 23 in Mobile, Ala.) — Appalachian State (8-4) vs. Toledo (11-2): Toledo players and fans are disgusted they didn’t get a better draw than a rematch of their 2016 bowl loss (App State won the Camelia Bowl, 31-28).

28. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Dec. 22 in Boise) — Wyoming (7-5) vs. Central Michigan (8-4): Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, a possible 2018 first-round draft pick, says his injured throwing shoulder should be fine by kickoff.

27. Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dec. 26) — West Virginia (7-5) vs. Utah (6-6): The Utes lost close ones to Stanford (23-20), Southern Cal (28-27) and Washington (33-30).

26. Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 26 in Detroit) — Duke (6-6) vs. Northern Illinois (8-4): Just know going in that this is a team sport. The 2016 Quick Lane Bowl MVP is officially listed as “The Entire Boston College Defensive Line.”

25. Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 23) — South Florida (9-2) vs. Texas Tech (6-6): Don’t you think South Florida players deserve better than a second straight trip to this bowl?

24. Foster Farms Bowl (Dec. 27 in Santa Clara) — Arizona (7-5) vs. Purdue (6-6): Better than most Rich Rodriguez-coached quarterbacks, Arizona’s Khalil Tate leads the nation in QBR.

23. Cactus Bowl (Dec. 26 in Phoenix) — UCLA (6-6) vs. Kansas State (7-5): One more game under UCLA interim head coach Jedd Fisch, mentioned as a South Carolina offensive coordinator candidate, before Chip Kelly takes over in Westwood.

22. Boca Raton Bowl (Dec. 19) — Florida Atlantic (10-3) vs. Akron (7-6): FAU’s Devin Singletary leads the nation with 29 rushing touchdowns.

21. Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 16) — Boise State (10-3) vs. Oregon (7-5): Crystal ball: new Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal has the Ducks ready.

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20. Bahamas Bowl (Dec. 22 in Nassau) — UAB (8-4) vs. Ohio (8-4): Incredible achievement for UAB, picked last in the Conference USA preseason poll in the first year back after the program took a two-year hiatus.

19. Arizona Bowl (Dec. 29 in Tucson) — Utah State (6-6) vs. New Mexico State (6-6): Oddly intriguing Aggies vs. Aggies matchup, and the first bowl celebration in Las Cruces since the 1960 Sun Bowl. That was a 20-13 victory over, yep, Utah State.

18. Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 27 in The Bronx) — Boston College (7-5) vs. Iowa (7-5): If not for Iowa clobbering Ohio State by 31 points, and Nick Saban reminding everyone, the Buckeyes would be in the Sugar Bowl.

17. Liberty Bowl (Dec. 30 in Memphis) — Iowa State (7-5) vs. Memphis (10-2): Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning led the team with 110 tackles and played some quarterback in the Cyclones’ upset win at Oklahoma.

16. Sun Bowl (Dec. 29 in El Paso) — N.C. State (8-4) vs. Arizona State (7-5): Surely, incoming ASU head coach Herm Edwards will remind the Sun Devils, “You play to win the game.”

15. TaxSlayer Bowl (Dec. 30 in Jacksonville) — Mississippi State (8-4) vs. Louisville (8-4): The Bulldogs lost star quarterback Nick Fitzgerald (ankle injury) in an Egg Bowl loss to Ole Miss; the Cardinals still have 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson.

14. Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 23 in Fort Worth) — Army (8-3) vs. San Diego State (10-2): San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny leads the nation in rushing with 2,027 yards.

13. Independence Bowl (Dec. 27 in Shreveport, La.) — Florida State (6-6) vs. Southern Miss (8-4): FSU haters will tune in just to see the Seminoles have to play in Shreveport.

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12. Outback Bowl (Jan. 1 in Tampa) — South Carolina (8-4) vs. Michigan (8-4): The over-under is 42 but should be 17. This one will probably be closer than a Shrimp on the Barbie-Bloomin’ Onion debate.

11. Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28 in San Diego) — Washington State (9-3) vs. Michigan State (9-3): Mike Leach, the head coach Tennessee should have hired, vs. former Gamecocks defensive back Mark Dantonio.

10. Belk Bowl (Dec. 29 in Charlotte) — Wake Forest (7-5) vs. Texas A&M (7-5): Jimbo Fisher will think he never left the ACC; the Deacons and then Clemson next Sept. 8 in College Station.

9. Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1 in Orlando) — Notre Dame (9-3) vs. LSU (9-3): Fourth bowl clash between the Irish and Tigers (LSU leads 2-1).

8. Orange Bowl (Dec. 30 in Miami Gardens) — Miami (10-2) vs. Wisconsin (12-1): Miami was trying to avoid Miami and send Clemson to Miami.

7. Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 30 in Phoenix) — Penn State (10-2) vs. Washington (10-2): The Almost Bowl for two teams that lost two conference road games apiece by eight points or less.

6. Alamo Bowl (Dec. 28 in San Antonio) — Stanford (9-4) vs. TCU (10-3): Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love vs. the Horned Frogs’ No. 19 total defense.

5. Camping World Bowl (Dec. 28 in Orlando) — Virginia Tech (9-3) vs. Oklahoma State (9-3): Rock Hill’s Mason Rudolph of the Cowboys has one last game to impress NFL scouts but must face a Bud Foster defense (second behind Clemson in the ACC in points allowed at 13.5).

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4. Peach Bowl (Jan. 1 in Atlanta) — UCF (12-0) vs. Auburn (10-3): Auburn, 2-1 vs. the playoff teams, is the best 10-3 team in America. That is, a little better than TCU.

3. Cotton Bowl (Dec. 29 in Dallas) — Ohio State (11-2) vs. Southern Cal (11-2): Perfect throwback Pasadena matchup, which is why the Rose Bowl should be allowed to trade Georgia-Oklahoma and future considerations to the Cotton Bowl.

2. Rose Bowl (Jan. 1 in Pasadena) — Georgia (12-1) vs. Oklahoma (12-1): Heisman winner Baker Mayfield and Co. vs. SEC smashmouth should be more colorful than the Rose Parade itself.

1. Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1 in New Orleans) — Clemson (12-1) vs. Alabama (11-1): A tighter point spread and the whole Tigers-Tide III thing makes for a slight edge over the other College Football Playoff semifinal.

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