Meaningless bowls Tell that to the first 20 winner

  • Meaningle s? Exhibition game?Those are terms thrown around a lot about the 2016-17 bowl schedule, especially after star players such as LSUs Leonard Fournette and Stanfords Christian McCaffrey announced their decision to sit out thosegames.Well, a bowl game might mean a little bit more to others, especially when they play the game. Were halfway through the bowl season, meaning the first 20 bowls are out of the way and the so-called better bowls are coming now.MORE : What did the first 20 bowls mean? Oh, we can find at least one reason why every one of those games was anything but meaningle s.You might not care, but these people do.Gildan New Mexico Bowl:New Mexicos Bob Davie, whose coaching career began in 1977, won his first bowl game.Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl:San Diego States Donnel Pumphrey broke the FBS career rushing record (kind of) by finishing his career with 6,405 yards.AutoNation Cure Bowl:Arkansas State won a bowl game not named the GoDaddy Bowl and capped off an impre sive two-year stretch that includes a 15-1 record in Sun Belt play.Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Appalachian State capped its second season with double-digit wins under Scott Satterfield.R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl:Jay Hopson capped a 7-6 season in his first year as Southern Mi si sippis coach.Miami Beach Bowl:Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans added a bowl victory to a career that includes 11,680 yards and 84 TDs.Marmot Boca Raton Bowl:Western Kentucky won its third straight bowl game heading into the start of the Mike Sanford era.San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl:Kalani Sitake capped off a nine-win season in his first year as the Cougars coach.Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:Idaho won close to home, a fitting FBS sendoff before heading to the FCS.Popeyes Bahamas Bowl: Bobby Wilder led the Monarchs to their first bowl win in school history.Lockheed Armed Forces Bowl:Louisiana Tech receivers Trent Taylor (12 catches, 233 yards, 2 TDs) and Carlos Henderson (10 catches, 129 yards, 2 TDs) certainly didnt hurt their draft stock.Dollar General Bowl:Neal Brown capped off a 10-win season in his second year with Troy, a six-win turnaround from 2015.Hawaii Bowl:First-year coach Nick Rolovich evened the Warriors record out at 7-7 and gave the team its first bowl win since 2006.St. Petersburg Bowl:Mi si sippi State, which finished 5-7 in the regular season, avoided losing to a MAC school with the help of a blocked field goal. Its certainly better than the alternative.Quick Lane Bowl:Boston College broke a five-game bowl losing streak and gave coach Steve Addazio his first bowl win with the program.Camping World Independence Bowl:Dave Doeren guided N.C. State to its third straight winning season and second bowl win, which probably cooled the hot seat a little bit.Zaxbys Heart of Dallas Bowl:Army beat Navy and won a bowl game in the same season. Do you need more? OK, they rushed for a school-record 46 TDs doing it.Military Bowl:Wake Forest can move on from the Wakey Leaks scandal after an impre sive win against Temple. National Funding Holiday Bowl:Minnesota can move on from the month of turmoil after the suspension of 10 players.Motel 6 Cactus Bowl:Baylor can move on to next season under Matt Rhule after breaking a six-game losing streak, and interim coach Jim Grobe left on a high note. Thats just the first half of bowl season. Go on, tell those guys it was meaningle s.

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