Our last choices before the announcement
The only thing that seems certain in college football is that nothing is certain. We headed into ‘Championship weekend’ with a dominant and seemingly unbeatable top team. It didn’t quite work. In fact, several of the favorites have lost. As a result, our playoff and selection committee games have changed again. In the other big news of the week Thursday, the NCAA added another bowl game so that no six-game winning team stays home this year. If you go back to last week, we had Ball State and Hawaii as two missing teams. We’ll have more on that as we go, but let’s jump right into our LWOS Final 2021 Bowl projections.
College football playoff
Orange Bowl – December 31 – (1) Alabama vs. (4) Cincinnati – Everything seemed perfectly in place for Georgia. They came on Saturday as a favorite against Alabama. However, if there’s anything we’ve learned over the years, it’s never to underestimate Nick Saban. Not only did the Crimson Tide win the SEC title again, they did so by dominating 41-24. Sadly, it looks like they’ll be missing a key player, as John Metchie is believed to have torn his ACL apart in the SEC title game.
We have to warmly salute what Luke Fickell’s club have accomplished this year. Led by quarterback Desmond Ridder, the Bearcats knocked out a strong Houston club 35-20 to become the first group-five school to advance to the playoffs.
Cotton Bowl- Dec 31- (2) Michigan vs. (3) Georgia- After their 42-3 win over Iowa in the Big 10 Championship, you could argue for the Wolverines as number one. However, when you take out number one like Alabama did, you take first place. Bulldogs grow from one to three seeds.
National College Football Championship- (1) Alabama vs. (2) Michigan- The two schools have met five times before, with Alabama holding a 3-2 lead. However, none of the previous clashes are as big as this one.
Games Selection Committee
Peach Bowl- December 30- Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh- We slide the Fighting Irish, who were fifth in our final standings, to Atlanta. Kenny Pickett and the Panthers knocked out Wake Forest and are the CCA champions.
Fiesta Bowl – January 1 – Michigan State vs. Oklahoma State – The Cowboys literally came as close as possible to victory only to be stopped at the goal line. They drop out of the playoffs and head to Arizona.
Rose Bowl – January 1 – Ohio State vs Utah – As expected, the Utes had no issues with Oregon and are heading to Pasadena for the very first time. It’s the only one of our best games that has stayed the same as last week.
Sugar Bowl- January 1- Baylor vs. Ole Miss- With Alabama winning on Saturday, we’re moving the Peach Rebels to the Sugar Bowl. The Bears are still heading to New Orleans, but now as the Big 12 Champs.
Now that we’ve gone through the playoffs and selection committee games as we continue our LWOS 2021 final bowl screenings, let’s take a look at the New Years games.
New Year’s Day and after the games
Citrus Bowl – January 1 – Iowa vs. Kentucky– As a result of the Hawkeyes losing in the Big 10 Championship, we get the game in every Bowl Projector try every year. Mark Stoops and the 9-3 Wildcats playing against his alma mater. While bowl organizers also looked at Arkansas and Texas A&M here, it was too good to be left out.
Outback Bowl – January 1 – Texas A&M vs. Wisconsin
Texas Bowl – January 4 – Auburn vs. Texas Tech
New year’s eve games
Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl – December 31 – Boise State v Kent State
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl – December 31 – Arkansas vs. Wake Forest – We had ridden with Sam Hartman and the Demon Deacons all year as a NY6 team. However, their loss to Pittsburgh sends them to Jacksonville.
Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl – December 31 – Miami vs. Washington State
Continuing our LWOS Final 2021 Bowl projections, we’re now heading into the games between Christmas and New Years.
Duke’s Mayo Bowl – December 30 – North Carolina vs. Tennessee
Music City Bowl – December 30 – Minnesota vs Mississippi State
Las Vegas Bowl – December 30 – Arizona State v Penn State
Alamo Bowl – December 29 – Oklahoma vs. Oregon
Cheez-It Bowl – December 29 – Clemson v Iowa State
Fenway Bowl – December 29 – Houston vs. Virginia
Pinstripe Bowl – December 29 – Louisville vs. Maryland
Continuing our LWOS Week 13 Bowl Screenings, we’re now heading into the matches between Christmas and New Years.
Bowling games after Christmas
Birmingham bowl– December 28 – Tulsa v South Carolina
First Responder Bowl – December 28 – Miami (Ohio) vs. San Diego State
Guaranteed Rate Bowl – December 28 – Kansas State vs. Purdue
Holiday Bowl – December 28 – State of North Carolina vs. UCLA
Liberty Bowl – December 28 – Missouri vs West Virginia
Military Bowl- December 27- East Carolina * vs. Virginia Tech- The Pirates finished 7-5 and became the first team to officially accept a bowl offer.
Quick Lane Bowl – December 27 – Northern Illinois vs Old Dominion – With no Big 10 team available, we send the Monarchs to Detroit.
Christmas Holiday Games
Camellia Bowl – December 25 – Central Michigan v Georgia State
Hawaii Bowl – December 24 – Hawaii * vs. Memphis * – As mentioned earlier, the NCAA created another bowl game so every six-game winning team could play in the playoffs. As a result, the 6-7 Rainbows not only bowl, but stay home. They welcome the Tigers who have already accepted an offer.
We’re in the home stretch with our LWOS Final 2021 Bowl screenings time for a look at all of the pre-Christmas games.
Union Home Mortgage Bowl – December 22 – Central Florida vs. Florida – This battle within the state is too good to pass up.
Bowl of the Armed Forces – December 22 – Army against SMU
Frisco Bowl – December 21 – Air Force vs. Marshall
Idaho Potato Bowl – December 21 – Nevada vs Western Michigan
Myrtle Beach Bowl – December 20 – Coastal Carolina vs. North Texas
First weekend matches
Bahamas Bowl – December 17 – Middle Tennessee * vs. Toledo * – As we reported last week, these two schools have already accepted an offer for this game. This was done in advance due to the travel involved.
Cure Bowl – December 17 – Appalachian State vs LSU
Boca Raton Bowl – December 18 – Boston College vs. UAB
Celebration Bowl – December 18 – Jackson State v South Carolina State
Independence Bowl- December 18- BYU vs. Texas San-Antonio- The Conference USA champions head to Shreveport in what could be one of the best games of the year.
Lending Tree Bowl- December 18- Liberty * vs Eastern Michigan- According to published reports, the Flames have accepted an offer for the game in Mobile, Alabama.
Jimmy Kimmel Los Angeles Bowl- December 18- State of Oregon v State of Utah- The Aggies beat San Diego State 46-13 to win the Mountain West title. As a result, they travel to LA for a date with the Beavers.
New Mexico Bowl – December 18 – Fresno State vs. UTEP
New Orleans Bowl- December 18- Louisiana vs. Western Kentucky- The word has fallen Bowl Napier will not drag the Ragin ‘Cajuns into their bowl game. They will face a Hilltopper team that nearly came back from a 42-13 deficit in the Conference USA title game.
Scooby-Doo Mystery Bowl – Ball State vs. Wyoming – At this point the only thing we know about this game is Frisco, TX, is the location. Since everything else is a mystery, why not name it after America’s favorite crime solver dog.
Thank you for viewing our LWOS 2021 Final Screenings. Plus a special thanks to everyone who followed this year, we really appreciate it.