The 12 most-watched bowl games of 2022-23

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I feel sorry for those who would rather rain all over the parades than simply sit back and enjoy college bowl games.  Sure, if they aren’t part of the College Football Playoff, they ultimately mean very little, but the past few weeks have served as a great reminder of just how awesome college football is and how flat-out crazy bowl season can be.

The stadiums appear to lose a few thousand fans each year but that doesn’t mean folks aren’t still tuning in.  In fact, they’re watching in massive numbers nationally regardless of the “significance” of “all these bowl games”.

As we head into the national championship game, here is a look at the 12 most-watched bowl games of the 2022-23 postseason courtesy of Show Buzz Daily.

Music City Bowl: Iowa vs. Kentucky

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Music City Bowl
Viewership: 2.966 million
Final score: Iowa 21, Kentucky 0

Liberty Bowl: Arkansas vs. Kansas

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Liberty Bowl
Viewership: 3.914 million
Final score: Arkansas 55, Kansas 53 (3 OT)

Holiday Bowl: Oregon vs. North Carolina

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Holiday Bowl
3.969 million viewers
Final score: Oregon 28, North Carolina 27

Cotton Bowl: Tulane vs. USC

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Cotton Bowl
4.165 million viewers
Final score: Tulane 46, USC 45

Alamo Bowl: Washington vs. Texas

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Alamo Bowl
4.778 million viewers
Washington 27, Texas 20

Cheez-It Bowl: Florida State vs. Oklahoma

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Cheez-It Bowl
5.395 million viewers
Final score: Florida State 35, Oklahoma 32

Gator Bowl: Notre Dame vs. South Carolina

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Gator Bowl
5.766 million viewers
Final score: Notre Dame 45, South Carolina 38

Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Tennessee

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Orange Bowl
8.590 million viewers
Final score: Tennessee 31, Clemson 14

Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Kansas State

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Sugar Bowl
9.135 million viewers
Final score: Alabama 45, Kansas State 20

Rose Bowl: Penn State vs. Utah

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Rose Bowl
10.187 million viewers
Final score: Penn State 35, Utah 21

CFP Semi-final - Fiesta Bowl: Michigan vs. TCU

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Fiesta Bowl
20.934 million viewers
Final score: TU 51, Michigan 45

CFP Semi-final - Peach Bowl: Georgia vs. Ohio State

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Peach Bowl
21.736 million viewers
Final score: Georgia 42, Ohio State 41

Story originally appeared on Fighting Irish Wire