College football’s bowl bonanza continues on Friday, Dec. 28 with a trio of matchups featuring Power 5 teams. All five power conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) are represented on Friday as the action kicks off in Music City with a Big Ten vs. SEC showdown between Purdue and Auburn. The middle offering pits a pair of offensive forces (West Virginia and Syracuse) down in Orlando with the nightcap representing a more traditional offense vs. defense matchup between Iowa State and Washington State.
So if you're wondering, "What college football bowl games are on today?" know this: There are three bowl games scheduled for today, Friday, Dec. 28.
1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN — Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.
Why You Should Watch: The Boilermakers got off to a slow start in 2018 but knocked off Ohio State and rallied to finish with six victories. Senior quarterback David Blough tossed 25 touchdowns to only eight picks to anchor an offense that averaged 31.9 points a game. Dynamic freshman Rondale Moore will be a handful for an Auburn defense that ranked among the best in the SEC. Gus Malzahn’s Tigers entered the year with high expectations but slipped to 7-5 due to a struggling offense. If he has time to throw, quarterback Jarrett Stidham and a group of athletic playmakers could find plenty of holes in a Purdue secondary ranked 11th in the Big Ten in pass efficiency defense.
Spread: Auburn -4
5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN — Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Why You Should Watch: Get ready for fireworks when these old Big East rivals meet in Orlando. Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier won't play but the WVU's offense still has plenty of firepower, including wide receiver David Sills, and ranks ninth nationally at 42.3 points a game. Syracuse head coach Dino Babers has this program trending up, with quarterback Eric Dungey anchoring an offense averaging 40.8 points a game. With offensive firepower all over the field, timely stops and turnovers on defense will decide this one.
Spread: West Virginia -1.5
9 p.m. ET on ESPN — Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas
Why You Should Watch: The Alamo Bowl features one of the most interesting battles of bowl season, Washington State’s high-powered offense meets Iowa State’s rugged defense. The Cyclones are good at generating pressure (31 sacks) and rank third in the Big 12 in pass efficiency defense, so coach Matt Campbell’s group has the right formula in place to slow down Mike Leach’s offense.
Spread: Washington State -3.5