The college football postseason is officially upon us.
A record 84 teams were eligible for the bowl this season, and thanks to the creation of the Frisco Classic they are all headed for the postseason. This is the first time that all teams that finished 6-6 or better are in a bowl. The 2021-22 bowl season is historic for other reasons, too. Cincinnati became the first Group of 5 school to reach the college football playoff, while Michigan will make its first appearance in the CFP.
Bowl season will also be an opportunity for some of the nation’s best overlooked players, like Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe, to finally gain national exposure and prominence. With big-name players like Kenny Pickett and Kenneth Walker opting out of the New Years Six’s bowls, more emphasis will be placed on the smaller bowls as they have become more attractive pairings.
BENDER: Picks, predictions for all bowl games in 2021-22
Beyond that, winning seasons are at stake, NCAA records are at stake, and luck changes are at stake.
The college football playoff will not be played until late December and early January; In the meantime, you can get your college football fix with dozens of other bowls, starting this weekend.
College Football Schedule: What Games Are Today?
The full schedule of college football games on Friday and Saturday, plus the final results and how to watch each game live.
|bowl||Match||Time (ET)||television channel|
|Bahamas bowl||Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo||Midday||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Curing bowl||Northern Illinois vs. Carolina Coast||6 pm||ESPN2, fuboTV|
This is the second Bahamas Bowl appearance for both teams in all seven editions of the game. Middle Tennessee is coming off a 6-6 regular season without a signature win, but is playing its first bowl game since 2018. The Blue Raiders’ six defensive touchdowns lead the nation. Toledo was 7-5, with four of the losses by three points or less and all to teams eligible to bowling, including then-No. 8 Notre Dame. The Rockets have won four of their last five and three in a row heading into the game. They have committed just six turnovers all season.
Northern Illinois has one of the best stories in college football this year. The Huskies went from 0-6 last season to 9-4 and a MAC conference title this season. They are led by student Thomas Hammock and propelled by one of the best running games in the nation, which averaged 234.2 yards per game and over 5 yards per carry, which is good for fifth in the nation. The Chanticleers, who were through much of the season, finished 10-2 after narrow losses to Georgia State and Appalachian State. The Chants are one of the most prolific offensive teams in the country; They are sixth in the nation in scoring offense and seventh in total offense.
Saturday, December 18
|bowl||Match||Time (ET)||television channel|
|Boca Raton Bowl||Western Kentucky vs. Appalachian State||11 a. M.||ESPN, fuboTV|
|New Mexico bowl||UTEP vs. Fresno State||2:15 pm||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Independence Bowl||UAB vs. No. 13 BYU||3:30 pm||ABC, fuboTV|
|Loan Tree Bowl||East Michigan vs. Liberty||5:45 pm||ESPN, fuboTV|
|LA Bowl||State of Utah vs. State of Oregon||7:30 pm||ABC, fuboTV|
|New Orleans Bowl||No. 23 Louisiana vs. Marshall||9:15 pm||ESPN, fuboTV|
Western Kentucky probably has the two best players in the country you’ve never heard of. QB Bailey Zappe is four touchdowns away from breaking Joe Burrow’s one-season mark; he conveniently averages four touchdowns per game. Most of his passes go to wide receiver Jerreth Sterns, the nation’s second-best pass receiver. App State is coming off an appearance in the Sun Belt title game, where it lost to Louisiana for the second time this season. The Mountaineers have a qualifying win; They got mad then-No. 14 Carolina Coast.
UTEP is eligible for the bowl for the first time since 2014 thanks to a change orchestrated by coach Dana Dimel. The miners started 6-1 but finished 1-4. One thing they have going for them is that they are one of the best teams in the country to defend at third down, ranking ninth. Fresno State got a big boost when quarterback Jake Haener, one of the best passers at Mountain West, retired from the transfer gate and returned to the Bulldogs. He also got Jeff Tedford back as head coach, giving him an excellent offensive mind at the helm. The Bulldogs have the ninth-best passing attack in the nation and rank in the top 20 in several other key offensive categories.
UAB vs. No. 13 BYU
The Blazers have been eligible for the bowl every year since they returned to FBS from a two-year hiatus in 2017. This year, they finished 8-4, the fourth time in five years that coach Bill Clark has reached the milestone milestone. eight wins. A victory on Saturday would be the first in a bowl since 2018. BYU had one of the best seasons with seemingly one of the least fair results. The Cougars went 10-2 with two winning streaks from five separate games. They beat five Pac-12 teams, including qualifiers Utah and Arizona State. Kalani Sitake’s squad probably would have had a compelling case for a bowl of the New Years Six had it been ranked a spot or two higher, which apparently it should have been.
One of the MAC’s most amazing teams this year, the 7-5 Eagles are going bowling for the third time in four years. Chris Creighton’s team was the most disciplined in the nation, with the fewest penalties and the fewest penalty yards. That could be the key to Eastern Michigan reaching eight wins, something the show last did in 1987. Liberty boasts one of the nation’s best quarterbacks in Mailk Willis, who is widely projected as a top pick. round of the NFL Draft, but defense has been the calling card of the Llamas this year. They rank 11th in the nation in total defense and in the top 20 in sacks. Liberty is one year away from the best season in the show’s history. It will go from being independent to Conference USA in 2023.
Another team with a great history is Utah State and its coach, Blake Anderson. Anderson made the state of Arkansas a sunbelt power before resigning after the death of his wife. In their first season at Logan, the Aggies went 10-3 and won the Mountain West title while ranking in the top 20 in total offense and posting the third-most tackles per loss in the nation. Oregon State enjoyed a rebirth at 7-5, the Beavers’ first winning season since 2013 when Mike Riley was the coach. The Beavers finished 5-4 in the Pac-12 game while having the twelfth best running game in the nation and ranking sixth in third-down conversion percentage.
The Ragin ‘Cajuns have been one of, if not the greatest power in the Sun Belt for the past several years. They easily won the conference title this year and are in the top 25 for the second year in a row. His efforts under Billy Napier impressed a lot of people, including some in Florida. Last month, Napier left Lafayette to take the job at UF. Louisiana ranked 11th nationally in scoring defense and had the second-best turnover margin. Marshall, coached by freshman coach Charles Huff, was 5-3 in the C-USA game and 7-5 overall. The Thundering Herd had the ninth best red zone defense and the twelfth most sacks to go with the nation’s 10th highest total offense and a scoring average of 34 points per game. They will be looking for their first bowl win since 2018.
How to watch, stream live college football games
The first list of bowling games will air live on national television, and the games will appear on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. Live streaming options include WatchESPN or fuboTV, offering a free seven-day trial.