If you are a college football fan and have plans on Saturday, Dec. 28, here’s a suggestion — get them done early. Starting at noon ET there are five games on tap on Saturday, including the two big College Football Playoff semifinals. The action starts with Florida and Michigan going head-to-head in Atlanta while South Carolina and Virginia will tangle in Charlotte. While not as heralded, the Arizona Bowl matchup between Arkansas State and Nevada could be a sneaky one featuring two of the best teams from the Group of 5 ranks.
But all eyes will be on the Cotton and Orange Bowls Saturday afternoon and evening, as the top four teams will battle for a shot at a national championship. Notre Dame vs. Clemson followed by Oklahoma vs. Alabama. What more could you ask for?
So if you're wondering, "What college football bowl games are on today?" know this: There are five bowl games, including the two College Football Playoff semifinal contests, scheduled for today, Saturday, Dec. 29.
12 p.m. ET on ESPN — Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta
Why You Should Watch: The regular season certainly didn’t end the way Michigan fans wanted, but the Wolverines can still finish on a positive note with a win over Florida. The Gators were one of the most-improved teams in the nation in head coach Dan Mullen’s first year. Both of these defenses are among the nation's best so points could be tough to come by. Michigan also will be without several key starters on both sides of the ball.
Spread: Michigan -7.5
12 p..m. ET on ABC — Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
Why You Should Watch: South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley will try and make some things happen against Virginia's tough pass defense and without top target Deebo Samuel. On the other side, the Gamecocks' defense has dealt with injuries all season and will look to slow down a Cavaliers' offense led by the combination of quarterback Bryce Perkins and running back Jordan Ellis.
Spread: South Carolina -4
1:15 p.m. ET on CBSSN — Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Why You Should Watch: The Arizona Bowl should offer yet another entertaining matchup as Arkansas State and Nevada rank among the top 25 teams in passing offense. The Red Wolves' Justice Hansen and Wolf Pack's Ty Gangi enter this game with a combined 6,303 passing yards and 50 touchdowns through the air. Expect plenty of points out in the desert between two teams with high-octane offenses.
Spread: Arkansas State -1
4 p.m. ET on ESPN — AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
Why You Should Watch: In addition to a suffocating defense, the Tigers feature some of the best skill talent in the nation. The Fighting Irish are undefeated and making their first appearance in the playoff. Brian Kelly’s team might not have the high-end talent that Clemson brings to AT&T Stadium, but it’s hard to find a glaring weakness. Notre Dame’s offensive line will have its hands full against Clemson’s defensive front, which ranks as the best in college football, although it will be missing All-ACC tackle Dexter Lawrence, who is suspended for a failed drug test.
Spread: Clemson -11.5
8 p.m. ET on ESPN — Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Why You Should Watch: Kyler Murray vs. Tua Tagovailoa, the Sooners’ high-powered offense against Alabama’s defense, and Nick Saban versus Lincoln Riley. It doesn’t get much better than the Orange Bowl.
Spread: Alabama -14