The college footballbowl season rings in the new year in a big way with four bowl games on Friday, Jan. 1. The big highlight is the College Football Playoff as the four best teams in the nation go head-to-head for a shot at the national title, but there are two other intriguing matchups on tap for the Peach Bowl and Citrus Bowl.
So if you're wondering "What college football bowl games are on today?" know this: There are four scheduled for today, Friday, Jan. 1.
Note: All times are ET.
College Football Bowl Games on TV Today
12 p.m. on ESPN – Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)
Why you should watch: The undefeated Bearcats carry the mantle of the Group of 5 for this year's bowl season, drawing the Bulldogs in Atlanta. Cincinnati will get a chance to prove it was more deserving of playoff consideration but to do so must beat a Georgia team that has looked different since switching to USC transfer JT Daniels at quarterback. Points may be hard to come by, however, with both teams featuring strong defenses.
1 p.m. on ABC – Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)
Why you should watch: Auburn is led by interim head coach Kevin Steele following the firing of Gus Malzahn. The Tigers have hired former Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin, but he'll only be watching as they take on Northwestern. The Wildcats held their own against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game until the fourth quarter but don't expect Pat Fitzgerald's team to not show up in Orlando. Auburn has more talent but is down several key players while Northwestern is always well-coached and usually plays fundamentally sound football.
4 p.m. on ESPN – AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
Why you should watch: Notre Dame gets another opportunity to prove it belongs on this stage and is eager to redeem itself after getting thrashed by Clemson in the ACC Championship Game. No one has stopped this Alabama offense all season so can the Irish slow down the Crimson Tide enough to pull off the upset?
Allstate Sugar Bowl/College Football Playoff Semifinal: No. 3 Ohio State (6-0) vs. No. 2 Clemson (10-1)
8 p.m. on ESPN – Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)
Why you should watch: These two teams played a classic in last season's playoff and everyone is well aware of the shade Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has been throwing at Ohio State. The Buckeyes flexed their muscles late in the Big Ten Championship Game behind running Trey Sermon but quarterback Justin Fields has to bounce back in a big way if they want to beat the Tigers. Clemson avenged its only loss of the season by trouncing Notre Dame to win another ACC title, but this Tigers team is not without its flaws and offensive coordinator Tony Elliott will miss this game because of COVID-19 protocols. Ohio State has never beaten Clemson (0-4) and the Buckeyes know what will be said about them if that doesn't change on Friday night.
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