The bowl season has been shortened by three years from the last time all postseason games were played.
The pandemic has cut the 2020 bowl season down slightly. Last year, due to a spike in cases in December, five games were canceled and some games used alternative teams.
So we step into this bowl season optimistically when all the games are played, repeating our annual plea to watch all 42 games.
First, see who is playing after all opt-outs.
If you’re still not motivated, we’re here to help. Here are some early lines from the FanDuel Sportsbook.
Friday, December 16
Bahama Bowl, Nassau
Miami, OH (plus 10 1/2) vs. UAB
why do you see Bowl season kicks off at 11:30am ET on Fridays, and you’ll be on a half day if you commit to watching. No, really. It’s like a national holiday.
Score: UAB 31-23.
Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida
No. 22 UTSA (Plus 1 1/2) vs. No. 23 Troy
why do you see His 22+ win combined Roadrunners and Trojans combined are the only postseason games pitted against a team in the playoffs. It is also the bowl game matching conference champion.
Score: UTSA 23-20.
Saturday, December 17
Fenway Bowl, Boston
Louisville vs. Cincinnati (Plus 1)
why do you see Find out which of these teams Scott He Satterfield is currently coaching. (Trick question: Neither. Both have interim coaches while he transitions from his UL to UC.)
Score: Cincinnati 24-20.
Celebration Bowl, Atlanta
Jackson State vs. Central North Carolina
why do you see Let’s take a look at some of what Coach Deion Sanders brings to Colorado.
Score: Jackson State 31-17.
New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque
BYU (plus 5 1/2) vs. SMU
why do you see The last bowl game these teams had was one of the most thrilling he’s ever had, rivaling Jim McMahon’s Cougars and Eric Dickerson’s Mustangs. Yes, it was 42 years ago, but there is precedent.
Score: BYU 42-38.
Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl, Inglewood, CA
Fresno vs. Washington (plus 3 1/2)
why do you see Bulldogs’ Jake Haener has been one of the toughest and funniest quarterbacks in the country in years. What you can do is watch his last college game for all he fought.
Score: Washington State 28-24.
LendingTree Bowl, Mobile, Alabama
Rice vs. Southern Mississippi (minus 6)
why do you see Rice is in a bowl game despite a 5-7 record for the first time since 2014 as the Owls performed well. Support education.
Score: Southern Miss 35-17.
las vegas bowl
No. 17 Oregon vs. Florida (plus 10 1/2)
why do you see This could be his one of the greatest moments in Oregon State football history. The Beavers are chasing his 10-win season since 2006 and their first win (0-11-1) against the SEC School.
Score: 27-21 for Oregon.
Frisco (Texas) Bowl
North Texas v Boise (minus 10 1/2)
why do you see Have you seen the 29-year-old collegiate quarterback North He’ll have another chance as Texas’ Austin Aoun says he’ll be in the NFL Draft after this game.
Score: BOISE STATE 35-23
Monday, December 19
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Bowl
Marshall (minus 10 1/2) vs. Connecticut
why do you see At the bowl game he thought he would never see UConn again.
Score: Marshall 31-16.
Tuesday, December 20
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise, Idaho
San Jose (minus 3 1/2) vs. East Michigan
why do you see The country’s bag leader is EMU’s Jose Ramirez. MAC’s defensive MVP averages 1.09 per game.
Score: San Jose State 23-17.
Boca Raton (Flat) Bowl
Liberty (plus 4 1/2) vs Toledo
why do you see You’re desperate to spend the winter in Boca and this is the closest you’ll get.
Score: Liberty 27-24.
Wednesday, December 21
new orleans bowl
South Alabama (minus 4 1/2) vs. West Kentucky
why do you see Find out about South Alabama, his 10-win team, perhaps the most modest in the country. The Jaguars were a false field goal fumble from his UCLA win in September.
Score: South Alabama 35-28.
Thursday, December 22
Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, Texas
Baylor vs. Air Force (plus 5 1/2)
why do you see The Air Force is the only service academy with bowl game qualification. support the army
Score: Baylor 27-23.
Friday, December 23
Independence Bowl, Shreveport, Louisiana
Houston vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (plus 6 1/2)
why do you see It’s Friday afternoon on Christmas weekend. You have completed your purchase. Won the Independence Bowl.
Score: Houston 35-31.
Gasparilla Bowl, Tampa, Florida
Missouri vs. Wake Forest (minus 1 1/2)
why do you see The Demon Deacons seem like the perfect team to play at home to the Tampa Bay Rays. Like any MLB team, Wake Forest will optimize its talent.
Score: WAKE FOREST 28-23.
Saturday, December 24
Hawaii Bowl, Honolulu
Middle Tennessee (plus 6 1/2) vs. San Diego State
why do you see The Hawaii Bowl hasn’t been held since his 2019, and Christmas Eve gift wrapping hasn’t been without the Hawaii Bowl.
Score: Middle Tennessee 20-16.
Monday, December 26
Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit
New Mexico (Plus 3) vs. Bowling Green
why do you see Sicos Commission According to ESPN’s SP+ metric, the nation’s 111th ranked team (New Mexico) matches the 122nd ranked team (Bowling Green).
Score: New Mexico 24-20.
Tuesday, December 27
Camellia Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama
Georgia Southern (minus 3 1/2) vs. Buffalo
why do you see Remember when Georgia Southern beat Nebraska? It was crazy, right? Also, Eagles QB Kyle Bantrys started 10 games with Buffalo before the transfer. Interesting.
Score: Georgia Southern 34-23.
First Responder Bowl, Dallas
Memphis (minus 7 1/2) vs. Utah
why do you see Cooper Legaz was one of the unexpected heroes of last year’s Utah State Bowl his season. From the bench he threw two of his TD passes in his LA Bowl victory over Oregon State. Legus is now the starting pitcher. Can he throw another upset?
Score: Memphis 35-21.
Birmingham, Alabama Bowl
Coastal Carolina vs. East Carolina (minus 8 1/2)
why do you see Chanticleers’ QB Grayson McCall announced he would be leaving after the season, but he plans to play in the bowl he’s playing in the game. He’s the new world of college football.
Score: East Carolina 38-24.
Rate Guarantee Bowl, Phoenix
Wisconsin (minus 3) vs. Oklahoma
why do you see Both teams jumped their starting quarterbacks to transfer portals after the regular season. Neither are sticking to bowl games. how does that work?
Score: Wisconsin 20-14.
Wednesday, December 28
Military Bowl, Annapolis, Maryland
UCF (Plus 2 1/2) vs Duke
why do you see Duke was one of the best turnarounds in the country in his storyline, and in his first year Mike he won 6 under coach Elco and he went 8-4.
Score: UCF 31-24.
Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tennessee
Arkansas (Minus 3) vs. Kansas
why do you see Kansas is a bowl game. Kansas! play a bowl game.
Score: Arkansas 42-31.
holiday bowl, san diego
No. 15 Oregon vs. North Carolina (plus 13 1/2)
why do you see Bonix of the Ducks and Drake of the Tar Heels he has some exciting quarterbacks on May, scoring a lot and barely defending, retro Holiday is likely his bowl.
Score: Oregon 49-42.
texas bowl, houston
Texas Tech vs. Mississippi (minus 3 1/2)
why do you see Check out his Judkins his RB Quinchon on the Rebels leading all freshmen with 1,474 rushing yards.
Score: OLE MISS 34-28.
Thursday, December 29
Pinstripe Bowl, New York
Syracuse (plus 7 1/2) vs. Minnesota
why do you see Relive his ESPN cut-in during a college football game as Aaron Judge bowls his game at Yankee Stadium to chase down his seventh-best home run season in major league history.
Score: Minnesota 20-14.
Cheez-It Bowl, Orlando, Florida
No. 13 Florida (minus 7 1/2) vs. Oklahoma
why do you see ‘Is Noles back? QB Travis Jordan and his FSU are eyeing his 10-win season since 2016.’
Score: Florida 38-24.
Alamo Bowl, San Antonio
No. 12 Washington vs. No. 21 Texas (minus 4 1/2)
why do you see He has two excellent teams that could be even better next season. And so begins another offseason of pondering the question: Is Texas back?
Score: Texas 35-28.
Friday, December 30
Dukes May Bowl, Charlotte, North Carolina
No. 25 North Carolina (+ 1 1/2) vs. Maryland
why do you see One word: Mayo bath.
Score: North Carolina 24-20
Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
good. 18 UCLA vs. Pittsburgh (plus 6 1/2)
why do you see In Pitt’s last two Sun Bowl appearances, he allowed 17 total points and lost both games. maybe by halftime.
Score: UCLA 35-31.
Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Florida
No. 19 Notre Dame vs. No. 20 South Carolina (plus 2 1/2)
why do you see The winner ends the ranked season. loser? maybe not.
Score: South Carolina 24-20.
Arizona Bowl, Tucson, Arizona
Wyoming (Plus 1 and 1/2) vs Ohio
why do you see You can’t have enough apps installed on your smartphone. You need one to stream this game.
Score: Wyoming 20-16.
Orange Bowl, Miami Gardens, Florida
No. 6 Tennessee (Plus 7) vs. No. 10 Clemson
why do you see 12-team college football if it weren’t for so many of his best players Watching the two teams he would have been in the playoffs makes sense how his expanded CFP would make the postseason better It will be
Score: Clemson 34-28.
Saturday, December 31
Music City Bowl, Nashville
Kentucky (plus 2 and 1/2) vs. Iowa
why do you see Last season, Citrus saw the Wildcats beat the Hawkeyes 20-17 in the bowl and thought, “Oh, it would be great to see that game again, but it’s colder.”
Score: Kentucky 19-18.
Sugar Bowl, New Orleans
No. 5 Alabama (minus 3 1/2) vs. No. 11 Kansas State
why do you see To find out if the Crimson Tide cares about this game. Handy Guide: If Alabama Wins, Yes. It’s no good if Alabama loses.
Score: Alabama 28-17.
Monday, January. 2
ReliaQuest Bowl, Tampa, Florida
No. 24 Mississippi State (plus 2 and 1/2) vs. Illinois
why do you see The Bulldogs are playing for the late Mike Leach.
Score: Mississippi 24-21.
Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
No. 16 LSU vs. Purdue (plus 10 1/2)
why do you see Meet the defensive player he’ll pick up the Heisman Trophy hype for next season: Tigers freshman LB Harold Perkins.
Score: LSU 31-24.
Cotton Bowl, Arlington, TX
No. 8 Southern California (minus 1 1/2) vs. No. 14 Tulane
why do you see As you may have noticed, USC isn’t very good at the overall effort. Expect a fun showdown between Green Wave RB Tyjae Spears and Heisman winner Caleb Williams.
Score: USC 45-42.
rose bowl, pasadena, california
No. 7 Utah vs. No. 9 Penn State (plus 2 1/2)
why do you see Another wish for them is a bowl of playoff games. But hey, the sunset is nice.
Score: Penn State 28-24.
college football playoffs
Saturday, December 31
Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Arizona
No. 2 Michigan (minus 7 1/2) vs. No. 3 TCU
why do you see Michigan’s Sheron Moore and his TCU’s Garrett Riley will have his two offensive coordinators on the rise in college football on display.
Score: Michigan 31-24.
Peach Bowl, Atlanta
No. 1 Georgia (minus 6 1/2) vs. No. 4 Ohio State
why do you see His collection of the best NFL talent in any game this season.
Score: Georgia 34-24.