The college football playoffs and New Year’s Six Bowl schedules were released on Sunday and NCAA football fans are already in a frenzy! We are officially less than two weeks away from the 2016-17 college bowl season getting underway on December 17.
With so many bowl games out there, it is enough to make a person’s head spin. If it becomes a bit much trying to keep up with all the games don’t worry, you are not alone! While many NCAA football fans like to concentrate on their favorite team or teams, most are already clamoring for the biggest matchups of the season – the New Year’s Six games and the playoffs.
According to NCAA.com, all of the action will get underway when the Michigan Wolverines take on the Florida State Seminoles in the Orange Bowl on December 30.
While both teams had great seasons, the Wolverines and their fans have to be thinking of what might have been. Michigan finished the year 10-2, with both losses coming on last second plays. The Wolverines fell 14-13 on a last second field goal at Iowa, and in overtime in the season finale at Ohio State.
Nevertheless, Coach Jim Harbaugh has once again made the Wolverines a force in the Big Ten conference and already fans are thinking about next season.
Following the Wolverines vs. Florida State matchup will be a New Year’s Eve schedule for the ages as the playoff games are scheduled to take place.
The first college playoff game will take place from the Peach Bowl in Atlanta when the Washington Huskies take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama, fresh off thrashing Florida in the SEC Championship, are big favorites to win this game against Washington.
If the Huskies can pull off the upset, it will truly be one of the biggest in recent NCAA history.
The Tide are currently 16.5 point favorites to win this matchup and advance to face the winner of the second playoff game between Ohio State and Clemson.
Last year’s NCAA runner-up, the Tigers have a chance for redemption when they hit the field to face the Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve. A victory would put Clemson in the title game for the second straight season – and this time they are hoping to come out on top.
Last year Clemson played a great game against Alabama in the college football championship, but they fell just short, losing 45-40.
The other three marquee matchups will take place on January 2 when the annual Cotton, Rose and Sugar Bowl’s will take place.
While all three games should be great, the Cotton Bowl may be the one that piques the most curiosity from fans as Wisconsin takes on Western Michigan. The Broncos have a lot of talent on their team and are looking forward to prove it in front of a national audience.
Led by Senior quarterback Zach Terrell, the 13-0 MAC champion Broncos will be no pushover for the Badgers.
Below is a look at the complete schedule for the New Year’s Six games, along with the current odds and TV start times. Let the bowling begin!
College Football Playoff
- Peach Bowl — Dec. 31 (1) Alabama vs. (4) Washington – 3 p.m. ET – ESPN (Alabama -16.5)
- Fiesta Bowl — Dec. 31 (2) Clemson vs. (3) Ohio State – 7 p.m. ET – ESPN (Ohio State -3)
New Year’s Six
- Sugar Bowl — Jan. 2 — Oklahoma vs. Auburn – 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN (OU -5)
- Rose Bowl — Jan. 2 — Penn State vs. USC – 5 p.m. ET – ESPN (USC -7)
- Cotton Bowl — Jan. 2 — Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin – 1 p.m. ET – ESPN (Wisconsin -7)
- Orange Bowl — Dec. 30 — Florida State vs. Michigan – 8 p.m. ET – ESPN (Michigan -7)
Odds to win the NCAA Championship
- Alabama -225
- Ohio State +400
- Clemson +650
- Washington +1000
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