The traditional New Year’s bowling slate of college football won’t have any implications for the national championship in 2021-2022, but there are still several high-profile games worth watching.
The Saturday Slate features three New Years 6 bowl games between No.5 Notre Dame and No.9 Oklahoma State (Fiesta), No.6 Ohio State and No.11 Utah (Rose) and No.7 Baylor. and No. 8 Ole Mademoiselle (Sucre). The Outback and Citrus Bowls also feature some fascinating Big Ten-SEC showdowns that will go a long way in determining which of these conferences is strongest in 2021.
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While none of these games have an effect on the National College Football Playoff Championship, they still feature multiple storylines, including Marcus Freeman’s debut as the coach of Notre Dame, Kentucky’s candidacy for his career. second season of 10 wins in four years, Heisman Trophy finalist CJ Stroud vs. Utah in the latter’s first Rose Bowl and a battle of styles between Baylor and Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl.
We can’t wait to see how these games play out. With that, Sporting News tells you how to watch every bowl game on the traditional New Years date.
College football calendar: what matches are going on today?
Saturday January 1
|bowl||Match||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Outback Bowl||Penn State vs. Arkansas No.21||Midday||ESPN2, fuboTV|
|Fiesta bowl||No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State||1:00 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Citrus bowl||No.15 in Iowa vs. No.22 in Kentucky||1:00 p.m.||ABC, fuboTV|
|Rose bowl||No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Utah||5:00 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Sugar||No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 8 Ole Miss||8:45 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
Penn State vs. Arkansas No.21
The solitary ball game that affects America as a whole (excluding those who place bets on the outcome, of course). The winner of this game determines whether America will receive a free flowering onion or free coconut shrimp in the namesake of this bowl. The Nittany Lions (7-5) and Razorbacks (8-4) finished in the middle of their respective divisions, although that likely meant a lot more to Arkansas sophomore coach Sam Pittman than it did to James Franklin. A win here for either team would represent a positive step forward for both teams as we approach 2022.
No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State
The Fighting Irish were one seat – and one game away – from the college football playoffs after losing to playoff-tied Cincinnati earlier in the season. That said, they’ll have to “settle” for a Fiesta Bowl clash with an equally disappointed Cowboys team, a team that missed a yard in the Big 12 Championship game against Baylor to potentially make the playoffs. Aside from the interesting game (this is the first time these teams have played), it’s also worth paying attention to how freshman coach Marcus Freeman is leading Notre Dame after Brian Kelly left for LSU.
No.15 in Iowa vs. No.22 in Kentucky
Another Big Ten-SEC meeting – and the third in two days. Iowa earned their chance at the Citrus Bowl with a 10-3 record, which ended in a 42-3 loss to playoff-tied Michigan in the Big Ten Championship game. The Hawkeyes would love nothing more than to bounce back with a big win over an SEC-grade opponent Kentucky (9-3), who is seeking his second season of 10 wins in four seasons under the direction of the coach. Mark Stoops.
No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Utah
Will Ohio State show up at this game? While it is true that the Rose Bowl has lost some of its luster in the CFP era, “The Granddaddy of Them All” is still the traditional bowl destination for the Buckeyes, who made a lot of history in Pasadena. But reports say Ohio State has returned several thousand of its Rose Bowl tickets, suggesting the fanbase isn’t as interested in the Rose Bowl as it is in the playoffs. That’s easy to understand, considering the Buckeyes’ last game was a 42-27 loss to rival Michigan. But the Utes earned their place in their first-ever Rose Bowl by twice beating an Oregon top 10 team by a combined score of 76-17. Ohio State needs to treat this game like a destination bowl lest Utah give the Buckeyes a final blow.
No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 8 Ole Miss
The Sugar Bowl is the last New Years Day 6 bowl of the season, one that features Big 12 champion Baylor vs. Ole Miss. -second goal line against Oklahoma State. But this group should have their hands full with an Ole Miss offense – one that includes quarterback Matt Corral – that has had no problem hurting opposing defenses. The Rebels earned their spot in the Sugar Bowl as the top ranked non-playoff SEC team (after No.1 Alabama and No.3 Georgia).
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How to Watch, Live Stream College Football Bowl Games
The New Year’s game roster will be televised live on the ABC family of networks, with ESPN broadcasting the Fiesta, Rose and Sugar Bowls, ESPN2 broadcasting the Outback Bowl and ABC broadcasting the Citrus Bowl. All games can also be streamed live with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
College football scores
|Penn State vs. Arkansas No.21|
|No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State|
|No.15 in Iowa vs. No.22 in Kentucky|
|No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Utah|
|No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 8 Ole Miss|