Bowl season is alive and kicking, and like always, it features a fantastic slate of games. Starting with the New Mexico Bowl, which featured a dazzling comeback by Colorado State, each game has had exciting teams and close matchups.
Going forward, the games are only going to get better, and there are a few games that are simply can't-miss.
Below is a full listing of all the remaining games. After that, we'll preview some of the most scintillating matchups of bowl season.
|Dec. 27||2:30 p.m.||Military||Marshall vs. Maryland||ESPN|
|Dec. 27||6 p.m.||Texas||Syracuse vs. Minnesota||ESPN|
|Dec. 27||9:30 p.m.||Fight Hunger||BYU vs. Washington||ESPN|
|Dec. 28||Noon||Pinstripe||Rutgers vs. Notre Dame||ESPN|
|Dec. 28||3:20 p.m.||Belk||Cincinnati vs. North Carolina||ESPN|
|Dec. 28||6:45 p.m.||Russell Athletic||Louisville vs. Miami (FL)||ESPN|
|Dec. 28||10:15 p.m.||Buffalo Wild Wings||Michigan vs. Kansas State||ESPN|
|Dec. 30||11:45 a.m.||Military Bowl||Navy vs. Middle Tennessee||ESPN|
|Dec. 30||3:15 p.m.||Music City||Georgia Tech vs. Ole Miss||ESPN|
|Dec. 30||6:45 p.m.||Alamo||Texas vs. Oregon||ESPN|
|Dec. 30||10:15 p.m.||Holiday||Texas Tech vs. Arizona State||ESPN|
|Dec. 31||12:30 p.m.||AdvoCare V100||Boston College vs. Arizona||ESPN|
|Dec. 31||2 p.m.||Sun Bowl||UCLA vs. Virginia Tech||CBS|
|Dec. 31||4 p.m.||Liberty||Rice vs. Mississippi State||ESPN|
|Dec. 31||8 p.m.||Chick-fil-A||Duke vs. Texas A&M||ESPN|
|Jan. 1||Noon||Gator||Nebraska vs. Georgia||ESPN2|
|Jan. 1||Noon||Heart of Dallas||UNLV vs. North Texas||ESPNU|
|Jan. 1||1 p.m.||Capital One||Wisconsin vs. South Carolina||ABC|
|Jan. 1||1 p.m.||Outback||LSU vs. Iowa||ESPN|
|Jan. 1||5 p.m.||Rose||Michigan State vs. Stanford||ESPN|
|Jan. 1||8:30 p.m.||Fiesta||Baylor vs. UCF||ESPN|
|Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||Sugar||Alabama vs. Oklahoma||ESPN|
|Jan. 3||8 p.m.||Cotton||Missouri vs. Oklahoma State||FOX|
|Jan. 3||8:30 p.m.||Orange||Clemson vs. Ohio State||ESPN|
|Jan. 4||1 p.m.||BBVA Compass||Vanderbilt vs. Houston||ESPN|
|Jan. 5||9 p.m.||GoDaddy||Arkansas State vs. Ball State||ESPN|
|Jan. 6||8:30 p.m.||BCS Title||Florida State vs. Auburn||ESPN|
Russell Athletic Bowl: Miami (FL) vs. Louisville
Date: Dec. 28
Time: 6:45 p.m. ET
This will be Teddy Bridgewater's final chance to impress NFL scouts in his bid to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
It's been a fantastic season for Bridgewater, who has thrown for 3,523 yards, 28 touchdowns and only four picks.
He'll face a decent Miami pass defense, as the 'Canes only give up 233.4 yards through the air per game.
The 'Canes know that the only way to beat Louisville is to stop Bridgewater. Defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio told Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald:
He definitely does a great job of making decisions, that’s the first thing.Does a good job of getting the football where it’s supposed to go, does a good job of being patient as far as taking a checkdown or being able to escape — and he throws extremely well on the run.
It would be surprising if Miami blitzes Bridgewater all game. The team does have an impressive 28 sacks on the season.
Who Will Win This Matchup?
The key will be getting back to what has worked. The 'Canes have not really beaten a good team all year—they were dominated by Florida State. Their only good win was against Florida when the Gators were ranked 12th. Stephen Morris needs to have a big game, as does Dallas Crawford.
Louisville is undeniably the favorite here, and it would be a bit of a shock if the Cardinals lost. That said, Miami does have talent and should be able to make this game interesting.
Chick-fil-A Bowl: Duke vs. Texas A&M
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 8 p.m. ET
This is likely Johnny Manziel's final game for the Aggies, capping off a fantastic career.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe gushed over Manziel, telling Laura Keeley of the Charlotte Observer:
As I’ve said, they should be excited. As I said, he truly is one of the more dynamic, if not the most dynamic player, over a long period of time in college football. So if you are a competitor, we know it’s a challenge, but you’ve got to be excited about that, and we are excited about that challenge.
Despite not winning the Heisman again, Manziel had a typically fantastic season. He threw for 3,723 yards and 33 touchdowns, while rushing for 686 yards and eight touchdowns.
Who Will Win This Matchup?
It's going to be tough for Duke to stop Manziel. The Blue Devils have the 46th-ranked defense, giving up 24.7 points and 409.3 yards per game. They were torn up by Jameis Winston and Florida State, with the Seminoles notching 569 yards of total offense.
The Blue Devils will probably have a tough time stopping Manziel and Mike Evans. But we can't count them out. For one, they have the Maxwell Coach of the Year in David Cutcliffe:
Maxwell Award opts for David Cutcliffe as its Coach of the Year http://t.co/kX6I3KK4UR— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) December 20, 2013
For another, they did beat good teams in Miami (FL) and Virginia Tech. They also had arguably the best season in school history.
The Aggies are the favorites, but counting out the Blue Devils is unwise. This game should be very exciting.
Capital One Bowl: South Carolina vs. Wisconsin
Date: Jan. 1
Time: 1 p.m. ET
It's likely the final chance to see Jadeveon Clowney in a college uniform, and it was during last year's Capital One Bowl that the stud defensive end made himself known to the country:
Even though Clowney is undoubtedly the game's biggest star, the real action will take place with the running backs. Wisconsin features a two-headed monster of Melvin Gordon and James White, who have combined for 2,803 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Who Will Win This Matchup?
For the Gamecocks, Mike Davis handles the load and does so brilliantly. He's rushed for 1,134 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Badgers have the sixth-ranked rush defense in the country, giving up just 101.3 yards per game. South Carolina, on the other hand, gives up a healthy 142.3 yards per game on the ground.
In this matchup, it's going to come down to who can run the ball better. And even though the Badgers lost in their last game to Penn State, they have the better running game.
We have 31 wins right now in the three years he’s been here. Hopefully, we can get some more. He has helped us win a bunch of games. Clearly, the profile we had this summer was national. His hit against the Michigan running back was shown worldwide from January through August.
Clowney is the wild card here and may play his best game with every NFL evaluator watching.
It will be a fun matchup, featuring a number of star players. Don't miss this one.