With the College Football championships won, and the playoffs set, the NCAA Football Bowl season that we have all been waiting for is finally here.
Whilst everyone is now talking about the CFP (College Football Playoffs) Semi-Finals, there are 40 games scheduled, packed with exciting matchups, intense rivalries and interesting stories from both on and off the field.
If you are an NCAA football fanatic that has to watch them all, just have a free evening and want to catch a game, like having football playing in the background, or just looking for the biggest Bowl Games – with a game on almost every day for three weeks, this is the most wonderful time of the year for anymore that loves the game of football.
To make things easier, we grouped Bowls by categories, and will publish more as we go. So let’s dive into the fun and see what great gifts we will be getting this holiday season.
Starting with the College Football Playoff (CFP) which is an invitational, post-season knockout competition that will crown the national champion of the NCAA Football for Division 1. The two semifinal games rotate between six top Bowl games, also referred to as the New Year’s six (NY6), where each year two will get to host the semifinals. Members of the NY6 are: The Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl. Where this year the Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl will be hosting the playoff semifinals.
Peach Bowl, Atlanta, GA, Dec. 28th, 4:00 PM (ET)
Louisiana State University vs. Oklahoma University
The number 1 ranked LSU Tigers (13-0) are going to Atlanta to face number 4 Oklahoma Sooners (12-1) at the Peach Bowl. The Tigers are coming as big favorites to this game, with LSU having its best season in more than sixty years. Quarterback Joe Burrow is looking to win the Heisman Trophy (last won in LSU by Billy Cannon in 1959). Still, this will be the first time the Tigers ever qualified for the College football Playoff, compared to the Sooners’ fourth time for Oklahoma to get a seat as Champion of the Big 12. Oklahoma’s Quarterback Jalen Hurts also has his eyes on the Heisman Trophy. Another thing these two Power 5 Champions have in common, is that neither side has won a playoff game to date.
Losing will be a pretty painful blow to the Sooners, given thy lost three of their national semi-finals already, most recent was their last playoff loss to the Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl. LAU are coming as the undisputed favorites to this game, as they are yet to lose a game this season. And although not a clean sheet, but Oklahoma’s only loss this season was on the road to the Kansas State Wild Cats.
With two record-setting quarterbacks, and epic head coaches being Ed Orgeron for LSU and Licoln Riley for Oklahoma, and explosive offenses, this game may become a showdown of the two defensive lines.
Prediction: LSU 31, Oklahoma 17
Line: LSU -13
Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz. Dec. 28th, 8:00 PM (ET)
(2) Ohio State (13-0) vs. (3) Clemson (13-0)
Two of the three FBS teams that have a perfect 13-0 record will meet at the Fiesta Bowl, with the winner clinching a ticket to the NCAA Football Playoff Final. Number 3 Clemson are coming off the back of eight straight games of scoring more than 35 points, and their 29th consecutive win. Whilst Ohio are coming a bit limping after dropping from number 1 to 2, but are still dangerous nonetheless, after taking apart the entire Big Ten.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are coming to this Fiesta Bowl with a mission to erase the previous meeting with the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl, when the Clemson Tigers shut out Ohio in a 31-0 win. This will not be the case this year, as Ohio is ranked by many as the top, most complete team in the country, let alone the playoff. The Buckeyes have Quarterback Justin Fields and Runningback J.K. Dobbins, which together with Defensive End Chase Young are covered with super powers on all sides.
Although Clemson’s schedule wasn’t as strong this year, their defense was powerful against every opposing offense. The Tigers’ defense ranks in the top in about every category. Their offense in the meantime is loaded with experienced veterans and skilled playmakers in most key positions in the offensive line. Clemson’s defense needs to tight the pressure on Fields and keep him in the pocket, and their offense needs to keep feeding balls to Wide Receiver Tee Higgins and Running Back Travis Etienne.
Very different than 2016, this is a showdown between two of the most wholesome sides in College Football. With either team having a definite edge over the other, this is going to be one close, amazing game.
Prediction: Clemson 33, Ohio State 28
Line: Clemson -2
National Championships, New Orleans, Jan. 13th, (TBD)
The Must See’s (Selection Committee Bowl Games)
Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, Jan. 1, 8:45 PM (ET)
Baylor (11-2) vs. Georgia (11-2)
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif, Jan 1, 5:00 PM (ET)
Orange Bowl, Miami Gardens, Fla, Dec. 30, 8:00 PM (ET)
Cotton Bowl, Arlington, TX, Dec 28, Noon (ET)