College football’s 2018-19 bowl season kicks off on December 15th this year and features 41 total games at Wannamakeabet.com. This includes the finale on Jan. 7 between Alabama and Clemson for the National Championship in Santa Clara, Calif at Levi’s Stadium. As always, the games grow in importance as the days roll on. And most of the bowl games will be televised by ESPN, but CBS, FOX, Fox Sports 1, ABC and CBS Sports Network will of course carry some games, especially the big ones.
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Military Bowl – Dec. 31 at Noon ET on ESPN
Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (10-2); Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
Spread: Cincinnati -5; Over/Under: 53.5
Why Watch? The 2018 season was up and down for Va Tech, but the Hokies secured back-to-back victories to extend their bowl streak to 26 consecutive seasons. Injuries and roster turnover hindered both sides of the ball. Yet there’s optimism for 2019 with a good chunk of the roster set to return. Cincinnati took a big step forward in former Buckeye def coordinator and now head coach Luke Fickell’s second year, as the Bearcats jumped from 4-8 to 10-2.
Sun Bowl – Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. ET on CBS
Pitt (7-6) vs. Stanford (8-4); Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas
Spread: Stanford -6.5; Over/Under: 52
Why You Should Watch: The 2018 Sun Bowl is the first time Pitt and Stanford have met since 1932! The Panthers were the surprise champion of the ACC’s Coastal Division this year, leaning on a strong rushing attack and a timely passing game to earn a trip to this Bowl. The rushing attack is usually the strength for the Cardinal’s offense under coach David Shaw. However, injuries along the offensive line and to running back Bryce Love (who is not playing in the Sun Bowl) shifted the focus to quarterback K.J. Costello.
Redbox Bowl – Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. ET on FOX
Oregon (8-4) vs. Michigan State (7-5); Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Spread: Oregon – Pick’Em – Over/Under: 48
Why Watch? The bowl season always has a few intriguing games featuring teams with opposing styles. And the Redbox Bowl certainly fits that mold this year. Oregon’s high-powered offense enters the postseason averaging 37.3 points a game, led by quarterback Justin Herbert, who has already announced he is returning for his senior season. Michigan State can counter with a defense that allowed only 16 points over its final two games and surrendered more than 30 points (Utah State) just once in the regular season. Defense is the unquestioned strength for head coach Mark Dantonio, but the Spartans are averaging only 4.7 yards a play on offense.
Liberty Bowl – Dec. 31 at 3:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Missouri (8-4) vs. Oklahoma State (6-6); Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tenn.
Spread: Missouri -7.5; Over/Under: 74
Why Watch? As old Big 12 rivals, there’s no shortage of familiarity between Missouri and Oklahoma State. And considering the firepower on both offenses, a high-scoring game should be in the cards here, hence the 74 point total. Behind quarterback Drew Lock and big-play receiver Emanuel Hall, the Tigers are averaging 36.9 points a game. The Cowboys are a tick higher at 38.4 and scored 38 points to beat Texas, 47 in a loss to Oklahoma, and 45 in a win over West Virginia.
Holiday Bowl – Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. ET on FS1
Northwestern (8-5) vs. Utah (9-4); SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
Spread: Utah -6.5; Over/Under: 45
Why Watch?: Utah ended the regular season by scoring only three points in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Pretty ugly. Now head coach Kyle Whittingham’s has been hit hard by injuries. Northwestern was one of the Big Ten’s top surprise teams in 2018. The Wildcats claimed the West Division title, led by the steady play of quarterback Clayton Thorson and a surprisingly strong defense that held opponents to just 23.5 points a game.
Gator Bowl – Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
NC State (9-3) vs. Texas A&M (8-4); TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.
Spread: Texas A&M -4.5; Over/Under: 58.5
Why Watch? Jimbo Fisher’s first year in College Station was successful. He guided the Aggies to an 8-4 finish and a trip to a Florida bowl. Fisher is no stranger to playing NC State, as he took on the Wolfpack on an annual basis as Florida State’s head coach. Both teams are holding opponents under 27 points a game but don’t be surprised if the offenses control the pace of this matchup on New Year’s Eve.
Outback Bowl – Jan. 1 at Noon ET on ESPN2
Mississippi State (8-4) vs. Iowa (8-4); Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
Spread: Mississippi State -6.5; Over/Under: 44.5
Citrus Bowl – Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET on ABC
Kentucky (9-3) vs. Penn State (9-3); Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Spread: Penn State -6; Over/Under: 48
Fiesta Bowl – Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
LSU (9-3) vs. UCF (12-0); University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Spread: LSU -7.5; Over/Under: 55.5
Rose Bowl – Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN
Washington (10-3) vs. Ohio State (12-1); Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Spread: Ohio State -6.5; Over/Under: 58
Sugar Bowl – Jan. 1 at 8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Texas vs. Georgia (11-2); Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.
Spread: Georgia -11; Over/Under: 58
College Football National Championship – Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Check our blog every day for updates and predictions to all the Bowl Games for this season.
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Celebration Bowl – Dec. 15 at Noon ET on ABC
North Carolina A&T (9-2) vs. Alcorn State (9-3); Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.
Spread: North Carolina A&T -7.5 Over/Under: 47.5
Tulane (6-6) vs. Louisiana (7-6) Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Spread: Tulane -3.5: Over/Under: 59
New Mexico Bowl – Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN
North Texas (9-3) vs. Utah State (10-2) – Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, N.M.
Spread: Utah State -9. Over/Under: 66.5
Las Vegas Bowl – Dec. 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC
Arizona State (7-5) vs. Fresno State (11-2); Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.
Spread: Fresno State -4.5 Over/Under: 52
Camellia Bowl – Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Georgia Southern (9-3) vs. Eastern Michigan (7-5); Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.
Spread: Georgia Southern -1 – Over/Under: 47.5
New Orleans Bowl – Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN; Middle Tennessee (8-5) vs. Appalachian State (10-2) Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.
Spread: Appalachian State -7 Over/Under: 50.5
Boca Raton Bowl – Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
Northern Illinois (8-5) vs. UAB (10-3): FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.
Spread: UAB -2. Over/Under: 43.5
Frisco Bowl – Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
San Diego State (7-5) vs. Ohio (8-4) Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas
Spread: Ohio -3; Over/Under: 54
Gasparilla Bowl – Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Marshall (8-4) vs. USF (7-5); Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
Spread: Marshall -2.5; Over/Under: 55.5
Bahamas Bowl – Dec. 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
FIU (8-4) vs. Toledo (7-5) ; Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas
Spread: Toledo -6; Over/Under: 68.5
Western Michigan (7-5) vs. BYU (6-6); Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho
Spread: BYU -12; Over/Under: 48.5
Birmingham Bowl – Dec. 22 at Noon ET on ESPN
Memphis (8-5) vs. Wake Forest (6-6); Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.
Spread: Memphis -4.5; Over/Under: 73.5
Armed Forces Bowl – Dec. 22 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Houston (8-4) vs. Army (9-2); Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas
Spread: Army -3; Over/Under: 67
Dollar General Bowl – Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
Buffalo (10-3) vs. Troy (9-3); Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Spread: Buffalo -2.5; Over/Under: 53.5
Hawaii Bowl – Dec. 22 at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Hawaii (8-5) vs. Louisiana Tech (7-5); Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii
Spread: Hawaii – 1; Over/Under: 60
First Responder Bowl – Dec. 26 at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Boston College (7-5) vs. Boise State (10-3); Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas
Spread: Boise State -3; Over/Under: 55
Quick Lane Bowl – Dec. 26 at 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
Minnesota (6-6) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5); Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.
Spread: Georgia Tech -4; Over/Under: 61
Cheez-It Bowl – Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
TCU (6-6) vs. California (7-5); Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.
Spread: Pick’em; Over/Under: 40.5
Independence Bowl – Dec. 27 at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Temple (8-4) vs. Duke (7-5); Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La.
Spread: Temple -3; Over/Under: 56
Pinstripe Bowl – Dec. 27 at 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
Wisconsin (7-5) vs. Miami (7-5); Yankee Stadium in New York, N.Y.
Spread: Miami -4; Over/Under: 47
Texas Bowl – Dec. 27 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
Baylor (6-6) vs. Vanderbilt (6-6); NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
Spread: Vanderbilt -3.5; Over/Under: 55
Music City Bowl – Dec. 28 at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Purdue (6-6) vs. Auburn (7-5); Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.
Spread: Auburn -4; Over/Under: 54.5
Camping World Bowl – Dec. 28 at 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
Syracuse (9-3) vs. West Virginia (8-3); Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Spread: West Virginia -1.5; Over/Under: 68.5
Alamo Bowl – Dec. 28 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN;
Iowa State (8-4) vs. Washington State (10-2); Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas;
Spread: Washington State -3.5; Over/Under: 54.5
Peach Bowl – Dec. 29 at Noon ET on ESPN
Florida (9-3) vs. Michigan (10-2); Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.
Spread: Michigan -4.5; Over/Under: 50.5
Why Watch?: Can Michigan get the horrible taste of the Buckeye loss out of their mouths? Big Blue can still finish on a positive note with a win over Florida. The Gators were one of the most-improved teams in the nation in head coach Dan Mullen’s first year. Both of these defenses are among the nation’s best so points could be tough to come by. Michigan also will be without several key starters on both sides of the ball.
Belk Bowl – Dec. 29 at Noon ET on ABC
South Carolina (7-5) vs. Virginia (7-5); Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
Spread: South Carolina -4; Over/Under: 54.5
Why Watch? ABC is getting the leftovers on this game as there aren’t that many reasons to watch if you’re not an alumni. South Carolina QB Jake Bentley will try and move the ball against Virginia’s tough pass defense and without top target Deebo Samuel. On the other side, the Gamecocks’ defense has dealt with injuries all season and will look to slow down a Cavaliers’ offense led by the combination of quarterback Bryce Perkins and running back Jordan Ellis.
Arizona Bowl – Dec. 29 at 1:15 p.m. ET on CBSSN
Nevada (7-5) vs. Arkansas State (8-4); Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Spread: Arkansas State -1; Over/Under: 60
Why Watch? Offense. These teams can light it up. The Arizona Bowl should offer yet another nice matchup as Arkansas State and Nevada rank among the top 25 teams in passing offense. The Red Wolves’ Justice Hansen and Wolf Pack’s Ty Gangi enter this game with a combined 6,303 passing yards and 50 touchdowns through the air. Expect plenty of points out in the desert between two teams with high-octane offenses. This game should go over the 56 point total quite easily.
Cotton Bowl (CFP Semifinal) – Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN
Clemson (13-0) vs. Notre Dame (12-0); AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
Spread: Clemson -12; Over/Under: 55
Why Watch?: Can’t miss game if you love college football. In addition to a killer defense, the Tigers feature some of the best skill talent in the country on offense. The Fighting Irish are undefeated and making their first appearance in the playoff. Brian Kelly’s team might not have the high-end talent that Clemson brings to the game. But it’s hard to find a glaring weakness either. Notre Dame’s offensive line will have its hands full against Clemson’s defensive. They rank #1 in college football, although it will be missing All-ACC tackle Dexter Lawrence, who is suspended for a failed drug test.
Orange Bowl (CFB Semifinal) – Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Alabama (13-0) vs. Oklahoma (12-1); Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Spread: Alabama -14; Over/Under: 81.5
Why You Should Watch: This seems like one of the bigger mis-matches of the card today. Oklahoma has a high powered offense but hasn’t been able to stop too many people on the other side of the ball. Two heisman QB candidates square off with Kyler Murray vs. Tua Tagovailoa. And Nick Saban versus Lincoln Riley. It doesn’t get much better than the Orange Bowl but we think Oklahoma will prevail with ease.