All 35 bowl games from best to worst

Maybe we can call it the V2000 Bowl? Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey and Boston College's Andre Williams know all about 100-yard games. Williams led FBS players with 2,102 rushing yards this season, becoming only the 16th Division I player to run for 2,000 yards in a season. Carey ranked fifth among FBS players with 1,716 yards and needs 284 rushing yards to reach 2,000.

21. Belk Bowl, Dec. 28 (ESPN, 3:20 p.m. ET): Cincinnati (9-3) vs. North Carolina (6-6)

The Tar Heels will be playing what is essentially a home game, about 140 miles from their Chapel Hill location, but that's not necessarily a good thing. UNC has never won a bowl game in its home state, losing three times in the game played in Charlotte. UNC lost twice in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, 31-30 to West Virginia in 2008 and 19-17 to Pittsburgh in 2009. Cincinnati is playing in the game for the second season in a row, after beating Duke 48-34 last season.

22. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 30 (ESPN, 3:15 p.m. ET): Ole Miss (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5)

The Rebels are going back to the Music City Bowl for the first time since 2000, when a freshman named Eli Manning came off the bench to fire three touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a 49-38 loss to West Virginia. The Rebels haven't played the Yellow Jackets since beating them 41-18 in the 1971 Peach Bowl.

23. BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 4 (ESPN, 1 p.m. ET): Houston (8-4) vs. Vanderbilt (8-4)

The Compass Bowl features two underrated coaches who have their programs headed in one direction -- up. The Cougars went 5-7 in coach Tony Levine's first season, then started 7-1 before dropping three of their last four games this year. Vanderbilt's James Franklin has guided the Commodores to 17 victories the past two seasons.

24. AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31 (ESPN, 4 p.m. ET): Rice (10-3) vs. Mississippi State (6-6)

The Owls and Bulldogs reached Memphis off of big wins. Rice defeated Marshall 41-24 in the Conference USA championship game, claiming its first outright league title since 1957. The Bulldogs won their last two games in overtime, including a 17-10 win over rival Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl to finish .500.

25. New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 28 (ESPN, noon ET): Rutgers (6-6) vs. Notre Dame (8-4)

It always seems nostalgic when the Fighting Irish play in the Big Apple, but it would have been nice if they were playing Cincinnati or Houston, which might have put up a fight. The Scarlet Knights got the nod because of geography, but they were a major disappointment in their first and final season in the American. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood fired defensive coordinator Dave Cohen, quarterbacks coach Rob Spence and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski on Sunday.

26. Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Dec. 26 (ESPN, 6 p.m. ET): Bowling Green (10-3) vs. Pittsburgh (6-6)

The Falcons are heading back to Motown after upsetting Northern Illinois in the MAC championship game. Coach Dave Clawson has been named the head coach at Wake Forest, and special teams/tight ends coach Adam Scheier will serve as the Falcons' interim head coach. The Panthers went 6-6 in their first season in the ACC. Hey, at least they aren't playing in Birmingham, Ala., again.

27. GoDaddy Bowl, Jan. 5 (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET): Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (10-2)

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