The college footballbowl season really gets cranked up with six games on Saturday, Dec. 21. Between the NFL tripleheader and a six-pack of college football games, fans won't lack for options on Saturday. From the college ranks, teams from the AAC, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt, and Pac-12 will be on display for the games that take place in Florida, Alabama, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and even Albuquerque.
So if you're wondering "What college football bowl games are on today?" know this: There are six scheduled for today, Saturday, Dec. 21.
Note: Games are ordered by start time. All times are ET.
College Football Bowl Games on TV Today
2 p.m. ET on ESPN – Dreamstyle Stadium (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Why you should watch: It's a homecoming for San Diego State's Rocky Long, who was the head coach at New Mexico (1998-2008) before resigning and landing with the Aztecs as the defensive coordinator under Brady Hoke. Now, Long has a chance to post a fourth 10-win campaign at SDSU. Central Michigan has a chance to post its best record since 2009 and snap a four-game losing streak in bowls.
2:30 p.m. ET on CBSSN – Exploria Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)
Why you should watch: This is Liberty's first bowl game as an FBS member. Georgia Southern's run-heavy offense will test the Flames' defense, but Liberty has plenty of firepower of its own.
3:30 p.m. ET on ABC – FAU Football Stadium (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Why you should watch: Outside of the New Year's Six, this is the only game that pits a pair of 10-win teams against each other. SMU is looking for the most wins in a season since the Pony Express days back in the early '80s while Florida Atlantic can tie a school record with its 11th win. The Mustangs also have the challenge of playing a bowl game on the Owls' home turf.
5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN – Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.)
Why you should watch: FIU has a win over Miami to its credit while Arkansas State features one of the best wide receivers in the country in Omar Bayless. The Red Wolves have an explosive offense but their defense has struggled with injuries. The Panthers are tough against the pass and a little more battle-tested.
7:30 p.m. ET on ABC – Sam Boyd Stadium (Las Vegas)
Why you should watch: Sometimes you can't make this stuff. Washington head coach Chris Petersen is stepping down after this game, which comes against his former team. Boise State won another Mountain West title and doesn't want to help their former coach ride off into the sunset, at least not without making the Huskies work for this W.
9 p.m. ET on ESPN – Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)
Why you should watch: It's somewhat unfair that an Appalachian State team that won the Sun Belt in pretty convincing fashion and beat not one, but two FBS teams (North Carolina, South Carolina) is relegated to a lower-tier bowl. But UAB is no slouch so the Mountaineers just can't expect to waltz into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against the Blazers and not put forth their best effort if they want to win pick up their 13th win.