The post-Christmas stretch of college football's bowl season really picks up with a slate of games on Tuesday, Dec. 28. There were five scheduled, but the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl between NC State and UCLA was canceled just a few hours before kickoff due to COVID-19 issues with the Bruins.
So if you're wondering "What college football bowl games are on today?" know this: There are four involving FBS teams scheduled for today, Tuesday, Dec. 28.
Note: All times are ET. The number listed next to the team is from the College Football Playoff rankings.
College Football Bowl Games on TV Today
12 p.m. on ESPN – Protective Stadium (Birmingham, Ala.)
Why You Should Watch: Auburn doesn't have to travel far for this bowl game, but Houston comes in ranked and looking for its 12th win of the season. The Tigers are undergoing some roster transition, while the Cougars hung tough with playoff participant Cincinnati in the AAC title game before succumbing, so don't just assume the team from the SEC will win this one.
3:15 p.m. on ESPN – Gerald J. Ford Stadium (Dallas)
Why You Should Watch: This is another matchup where the P5 rep better bring its A-game. Air Force is aiming for its second 10-win season in three years, and Louisville had to rally just to become bowl eligible. The Falcons have the nation's No. 1 rushing attack, while the Cardinals are led by dual-threat quarterback Malik Cunningham. There should be plenty of offense in Big D.
6:45 p.m. on ESPN – Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Memphis, Tenn.)
Why You Should Watch: It's cliché, but there's no denying the Mike Leach ties for this one. Texas Tech's former head coach (2000-09), Leach is still bitter over how things ended with the Red Raiders, so don't expect Mississippi State to take its foot off the gas. And Tech's defense will have its hands full trying to slow down Will Rogers and the Bulldogs' prolific passing attack.
Editor's Note: The San Diego Credit Union Holiday Bowl between NC State and UCLA was canceled on Tuesday afternoon just a few hours before kickoff due to COVID-19 issues with the Bruins.
10:15 p.m. on ESPN – Chase Field (Phoenix)
Why You Should Watch: Both defenses will make the other team earn its yards and points in this one, so Minnesota and West Virginia may have to settle for more "singles" and "doubles" than home runs when the two teams meet in Chase Field. Turnovers could be key in this one, which could go into extra innings, I mean overtime.
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