College Football Bowl Season Preview

The Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California is ready to host the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Utah Utes.

The Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California is ready to host the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Utah Utes.

After a long college football season, bowl games and the College Football Playoff are approaching quickly. 

There are forty four bowl games that will take place between December 17 and January 10. 

“I’m ready for bowl season! I’m really excited for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between Michigan State and Pitt. This will be a great way to kick off this exciting time of year,” junior James Kosmides said. 

Pitt and Michigan State have played 7 times in the past. Michigan State’s record is 6-0-1 against the Panthers. The last meeting was in 2007 as the Spartans won 17-13. Pitt will be looking for their first win against Michigan State on December 30. 

On January 1, five major bowl games will be played: The Outback Bowl, The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, The Vrbo Citrus Bowl, The Rose Bowl, and The Sugar Bowl. 

“There are many intriguing matchups. I’m most excited to watch all the New Year’s Six Bowls this year. Hopefully my Buckeyes can beat Utah,” Vinci said. 

Among these bowl games, the biggest one will be The Rose Bowl where Ohio State will take on Utah. This is Utah’s first ever appearance in the Rose Bowl and only their second time ever facing off against Ohio State. The first meeting between these two teams came in 1986 as Ohio State crushed Utah 64-6.  

Another interesting matchup will be The Sugar Bowl where Ole Miss will take on Baylor. 

“I am looking forward to watching the Sugar Bowl. I want to see Matt Corral play his last college game before entering the draft,” senior Peter Winkleman said. 

Corral has been one of the most exciting players to watch this season. He finished seventh in Heisman voting this year. After this game, he will enter the draft and will most likely be a first round pick. 

Unlike Corral, there are many players sitting out the bowl games to avoid injuries before the NFL draft. 

“I love the bowl games, but I wish that players wouldn’t sit out. I understand why they do it, but I know all the fans want to see them play one more time before they leave for the next level,” Kosmides said. 

Arkansas’ wide receiver Treylon Burks, Oregon’s defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, and Notre Dame’s safety Kyle Hamilton top the long list of players sitting in to insure they don’t get hurt before the NFL draft. 

Fans don’t need to worry about players sitting out for the College Football Playoff. Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, and Cincinnati are all looking to take home the trophy.  

“I’m really happy Cincinnati got into the playoffs this year. I hope they can beat Alabama in The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and win the National Championship,” Vinci said. 

Cincinnati is the first Group of Five team to make the playoffs since it started in 2014. Being the number four seed, they get to face off against the one seed. The one seed is none other than the reigning champion Alabama Crimson Tide. 

On the other side of the bracket the second seeded Michigan Wolverines will play the third seeded Georgia Bulldogs in The Capital One Orange Bowl. 

“If I had to make a prediction right now, I would take Georgia and Alabama to win and play each other in the National Championship. But, you never know,” Winkleman said. 

Although Alabama and Georgia are favorites heading into the game, don’t be surprised if Michigan and Cincinnati can keep it close and possibly pull off the upset. 

As the season winds down, make sure to enjoy the last few games before a long offseason. 

“It’s sad that college football is almost over, but I am going to enjoy every last game,” Vinci said.