It's the start of a new year, but Tuesday, Jan. 1 also marks the final day of the college football bowl season. On Tuesday, college football fans can welcome in 2019 by watching the Rose, Sugar, Fiesta, Citrus and Outback Bowls.
The Granddaddy of Them All features a must-see matchup between Ohio State and Washington while the Sugar Bowl has Texas taking on Georgia. All eyes will be on UCF in the Fiesta Bowl to see if the undefeated Knights can take down another SEC power (LSU), while Kentucky and Penn State tangle in the Citrus Bowl. It all gets started at noon ET with Iowa and Mississippi State facing off in the Outback Bowl.
So if you're wondering, "What college football bowl games are on today?" know this: There are five bowl games scheduled for today, Tuesday, Jan. 1.
12 p.m. ET on ESPN2 — Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
Why You Should Watch: If you like watching talented defensive linemen chase after quarterbacks, then the Outback Bowl is the game to not miss. This matchup features some of the nation’s best talent in the trenches, including Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa and Mississippi State’s Jeffery Simmons and Montez Sweat. Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald’s mobility will be a handful for an Iowa defense holding teams to just 17.4 points a contest. When the Hawkeyes have the ball, quarterback Nate Stanley faces the SEC’s No. 1 pass efficiency defense and a pass rush that generated 36 sacks in 2018.
Spread: Mississippi State -6.5
1 p.m. ET on ABC — Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Why You Should Watch: These two teams just missed out on trips to a New Year’s Six bowl. The Wildcats lean on a core group of upperclassmen, including consensus All-American linebacker Josh Allen and running back Benny Snell. With a win over Kentucky, Penn State coach James Franklin will hit double-digit victories in each of his last three years in Happy Valley. The month to prepare should be a huge lift to quarterback Trace McSorley, as the senior was banged up at the end of the regular season. With two standout defenses coming to Orlando, one or two plays on offense could decide this one.
Spread: Penn State -6
1 p.m. ET on ESPN — State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Why You Should Watch: Can UCF make history for the second year in a row? The Knights finished 2017 undefeated and knocked off a team from the SEC (Auburn) in the Peach Bowl. The circumstances are similar in 2018, as new coach Josh Heupel has kept the program firing on all cylinders, even without injured quarterback McKenzie Milton. LSU’s defense will be the best unit UCF has faced all year, but coach Ed Orgeron’s group won’t have several key players, including cornerbacks Greedy Williams (leaving early for NFL) and Kristian Fulton (injury). Can the Knights make it 26 wins in a row?
Spread: LSU -7.5
5 p.m. ET on ESPN — Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Why You Should Watch: In addition to being one of the best settings for any college football game, the Rose Bowl features one of the must-see matchups of the postseason. It also will be Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's final game as he is retiring and will be replaced by offensive coordinator Ryan Day. For the Buckeyes, Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Dwayne Haskins will take on a Washington secondary loaded with talent. The Buckeyes' defense has allowed too many big plays and will face a Washington offense led by the senior duo of quarterback Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskin. These two teams have not played each other since 2007.
Spread: Ohio State -6.5
8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN — Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.
Why You Should Watch: The Longhorns took a big step forward in coach Tom Herman’s second season by winning nine games and earning a trip to the Big 12 title game. The Bulldogs just missed out on a playoff bid in 2018, but coach Kirby Smart has this team poised for a run at it all in '19. Texas is improving, but Georgia is clearly a step ahead in its overall program development.
Spread: Georgia -11