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A quick look at the top bowl games of 2021

With the college football bowl game slate of games set to kick off this Friday, Dec. 17 we took a look at some of the best upcoming matchups this holiday season for everyone’s viewing entertainment. Here we highlight some of the best bowl games set to go down arranged in order by date of the game.

Orange Bowl – Friday, December 31 @ 7:30 p.m. on ESPN

The 2021 edition of the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Florida will feature top dogs in Michigan and Georgia in the College Football Playoff semifinal. Michigan hasn’t made it as far as the Orange Bowl since 2016 when the Wolverines faced off against Florida State falling to the Seminoles, 33-22. Georgia is coming off a Peach Bowl victory over Cincinnati last season, 24-21. The last time the Bulldogs advanced in the college football playoff came in 2016 when Georgia lost to Alabama in the national title game, 26-23.

Cotton Bowl – Friday, December 31 @ 3:30 p.m. on ESPN

This will be the second College Football Playoff semifinal game with the No. 4 Cincinnati team in the country playing the opposition of a shocking No. 1 Alabama. Undefeated Cincinnati has averaged 33.23 points per game in the Athletic Conference over their opponents 16.08 average points per game. This would be a great game if Cincinnati made it close until the end and had a chance to upset Alabama, but we will find that on New Year’s Eve.  

Outback Bowl – Saturday, January 1 @ 12 p.m. on ESPN2

This will be an interesting time for Penn State who just lost their defensive coordinator Brent Pry to the Virginia Tech head coaching job, but the Nittany Lions will have their main team ready for No. 22 Arkansas. Arkansas hasn’t appeared in a bowl game since 2015 and Sam Pittman will be hoping for a good ending to a breakout season for the Razorbacks. The Pittman led Razorbacks finished their season 8-4 overall and and 4-4 in SEC action.

Rose Bowl – Saturday, January 1 @ 5 p.m. on ESPN

This year’s Rose Bowl game will feature No. 6 Ohio State and No. 11 Utah after the Buckeyes fell to their big rival Michigan in the annual ‘hate week’ game, 42-27. Some of Ohio State’s biggest wins of the year came against No. 7 Michigan State and against No. 20 Penn State. Utah will play in the bowl game after knocking off No. 10 Oregon on Dec. 3 for their 10th victory of the season, 38-10.

Sugar Bowl – Saturday, January 1 @ 8:45 p.m. on ESPN

This year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana will feature No. 7 Baylor and No. 8 Ole Miss going head to head in a Big 12-SEC matchup. The Bears offense led by Gerry Bohanon will be a tough test for Lane Kiffin’s squad in this one.

Fiesta Bowl – Saturday, January 1 @ 1:00 p.m. on ESPN

The No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys will present a quality matchup at the State Farm Arena in Glendale, Arizona on New Year’s Day. Cowboys quarterback Spencer Sanders is looking like the real deal tossing 16 victories and a solid 2,468 yards through the air this season. Notre Dame. Brian Kelly’s Fighting Irish have averaged 35.3 points per game and held opponents to 18.3 points per matchup.

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