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College Football Bowl Games on TV Today (Friday, Dec. 31)

College Football on TV Today

There are four bowl games scheduled for the last day of 2021

College football's bowl season helps put a bow on 2021 with four games on Friday, Dec. 31. There were five bowl games originally scheduled, but the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl between Boise State and Central Michigan was canceled due to COVID-19 and other roster issues with the Broncos. But this does nothing to take away from the main storyline for Friday — the College Football Playoff semifinal games.

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So if you're wondering "What college football bowl games are on today?" know this: There are four involving FBS teams scheduled for today, Friday, Dec. 31.

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

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: No. 17 Wake Forest vs. Rutgers

11 a.m. on ESPN – TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Why You Should Watch: Wake Forest was supposed to play Texas A&M, but the Aggies had to back up because their roster was decimated by COVID-19, injuries, transfers, and opt-outs. Rutgers got the late invite more due to academics than on-field results, and the Scarlet Knights are heavy underdogs against the ACC runner-ups. The Demon Deacons' high-octane offense led by quarterback Sam Hartman should be on full display here.

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Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl: Washington State vs. Central Michigan

12 p.m. on CBS – Sun Bowl (El Paso, Texas)

Why You Should Watch: Central Michigan was supposed to play Boise State in the Arizona Bowl but instead made the short trip to El Paso to replace Miami as Washington State's opponent. These teams have never faced each other, and this gives everyone a chance to see the nation's leading rusher, the Chippewas' Lew Nichols III, in action.

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic/College Football Playoff Semifinal: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati

3:30 p.m. on ESPN – AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)

Why You Should Watch: Cincinnati earned its spot in the playoff as the undefeated Bearcats become the first-ever Group of 5 team to get in. They'll get another shot at making history against the defending national champs, who once again boast the Heisman Trophy winner.

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Capital One Orange Bowl/College Football Playoff Semifinal: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Georgia

7:30 p.m. on ESPN – Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

Why You Should Watch: Michigan has exorcised several demons to get to this point while Georgia is hoping for another shot at Alabama (or at least a chance to end its national title drought). The Bulldogs' defense is the nation's best, but the Wolverines' is no slouch and is led by a Heisman Trophy finalist. Oh, and would you believe this is only the third time these two powerhouses have met on the gridiron?

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