Aerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois, Pasadena, California, January 2, 1984. UCLA won the game, 45 – 9. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)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.Here’s the rationale he gave for the selection: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.
CLARE WILL WELCOME their All-Ireland heroes home at a public event in Ennis tomorrow night.The Banner lifted Liam MacCarthy for the first time in 16 years after a thrilling 5-16 to 3-16 win over Cork in this evening’s All-Ireland hurling final replay.Davy Fitzgerald’s senior squad will share a joint homecoming with the county’s U21s, who clinched a second successive All-Ireland title by beating Antrim a fortnight ago.The event at Tim Smythe Park (formerly known as The Fair Green) will begin at 6pm tomorrow evening with big screen entertainment and musical acts.“The sense of achievement that the Clare hurlers have instilled in the people of Clare, irrespective of whether they are hurling fans, cannot be understated,” the Mayor of Clare, Cllr Joe Arkins, said this evening.“The country has not seen hurling teams as exciting and gifted as these young sides in many a year.”For those who cannot be in attendance, the homecoming will be broadcast around the world on the Ennis App and on ennisapp.ie.All-Ireland final report: O’Donnell’s dream day fires Clare to victory10 of the best tweets on a sensational All-Ireland hurling final