College football’s bowl season continues on Thursday, Dec. 27 with three interesting matchups on tap. Duke quarterback Daniel Jones battles a tough Temple defense in the Independence Bowl, while Wisconsin and Miami meet once again in the postseason, this time in the Pinstripe Bowl. The final game for Thursday features a quarterback duel between Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur and Baylor’s Charlie Brewer in the Texas Bowl.
So if you're wondering, "What college football bowl games are on today?" know this: There are three bowl games scheduled for today, Thursday, Dec. 27.
Independence Bowl – Temple (8-4) vs. Duke (7-5)
Dec. 27 at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN - Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La.
Why You Should Watch: Duke is making its sixth bowl trip in seven years under coach David Cutcliffe, while Temple looks to cap off a solid season with its ninth victory. With Geoff Collins leaving to take over at Georgia Tech, Ed Foley will work as Temple's interim coach for this matchup. Getting Duke’s offense back on track is the top priority for Cutcliffe in this game. The Blue Devils managed only 13 points over their last two regular season contests. Quarterback Daniel Jones (17 TDs to 7 INTs) will have his hands full against a Temple pass defense ranked No. 1 in the AAC. The Owls started the year 0-2 but won eight out of their next 10 contests and pushed UCF (52-40) in Orlando. Duke’s run defense is giving up 222.3 yards a game and will have its hands full against Ryquell Armstead (1,098 yards).
Spread: Temple -3.5
Pinstripe Bowl – Wisconsin (7-5) vs. Miami (7-5)
Dec. 27 at 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN - Yankee Stadium in New York, N.Y.
Why You Should Watch: For the second consecutive year, Wisconsin and Miami are set to meet in a bowl game. The Badgers got the best of the Hurricanes last season, winning 34-24 in the Orange Bowl. The setting is a little different this time around, as the two teams traded South Beach for Yankee Stadium. While Wisconsin and Miami can’t complain too much about a trip to New York, both programs certainly had higher expectations after beginning 2018 among the top 10-15 teams in preseason polls. An injury to quarterback Alex Hornibrook hindered the Badgers’ offense at times this fall, but this unit still has one of the nation’s top lines and running backs (Jonathan Taylor). Miami’s run defense is only giving up 127.5 yards a game, so this should be a strength on strength battle. Hornibrook is not expected to play due to concussion symptoms, which means Jack Coan will make his fifth start of the 2018 season. Offense was also an issue for the Hurricanes this year, as coach Mark Richt's team averaged only 24.9 points a game and 5.4 yards a play in ACC contests. Uncertainty surrounds Miami's quarterback situation for this game. Redshirt freshman N'Kosi Perry's status is uncertain, which means senior Malik Rosier will get the start under center. Points will be limited in this one.
Spread: Miami -3
Texas Bowl – Baylor (6-6) vs. Vanderbilt (6-6)
Dec. 27 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN - NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
Why You Should Watch: This should be a fun matchup between a program on the rise (Baylor) and one (Vanderbilt) that's looking to send a senior quarterback (Kyle Shurmur) out with a big victory. The Bears jumped from 1-11 to 6-6 in coach Matt Rhule’s second year, but an offense led by quarterback Charlie Brewer will have its hands full against a defense only giving up 25.1 points a contest. Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is known for his defensive background, but the Commodores quietly have a strong trio in place on offense. Kyle Shurmur has tossed 23 touchdowns to only six picks, and running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn and receiver Kalija Lipscomb are two of the SEC’s top skill players.
Spread: Vanderbilt -4