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College Football Bowl Games on TV Today (Saturday, Jan. 1)

College Football on TV Today

Ring in the New Year with five bowl games on Jan. 1

College football helps usher in the New Year with five bowl games on Saturday, Jan. 1. The offerings include three of the New Year's Six bowls (Fiesta, Rose, and Sugar) along with two other intriguing Big Ten vs. SEC matchups.

Related: College Football Picks for Every Bowl Game in 2021-22

So if you're wondering "What college football bowl games are on today?" know this: There are five involving FBS teams scheduled for today, Saturday, Jan. 1.

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

Outback Bowl: No. 21 Arkansas vs. Penn State

11 a.m. on ESPN2 – Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)

Why You Should Watch: The first-ever matchup between these two teams will take place in the Outback Bowl. On paper, these teams are evenly matched, but Arkansas enters this game in better shape with a number of Penn State starters, particularly on defense, opting out. The Razorbacks' offense has an opportunity to shine in the Florida sun against the Nittany Lions' depleted defense.

Vrbo Citrus Bowl: No. 15 Iowa vs. No. 21 Kentucky

1 p.m. on ABC – Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)

Why You Should Watch: This will be the first time Iowa and Kentucky will have ever faced off on the gridiron. The Hawkeyes are coming off of a beatdown courtesy of Michigan in the Big Ten Championship Game and will be missing their best offensive playmaker (running back Tyler Goodson). The Wildcats have all of their offensive pieces and boast a diverse attack, but the passing game will be challenged by Iowa's ball-hawking secondary.

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State

1 p.m. on ESPN – State Farm Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)

Why You Should Watch: This will be Marcus Freeman's first game as Notre Dame's head coach following Brian Kelly's departure to LSU. Oklahoma State is still sore after losing to Baylor in the Big 12 Championship Game, but Mike Gundy's Cowboys have a chance for a 12-win season and to stay undefeated in the Fiesta Bowl (2-0). The matchup to watch is the Irish's offense (which will be without leading rusher Kyren Williams) against OSU's defense, one of the stingiest units in the nation this season.

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Capital One Venture X: No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Utah

5 p.m. on ESPN – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)

Why You Should Watch: This has already been a historic season for Utah, playing in its first-ever Rose Bowl after winning its first-ever Pac-12 championship. Ohio State is still seething after losing to Michigan, although several key Buckeyes have opted out of this game. The Utes are known for their defense, which should be tested by C.J. Stroud and company, but Ohio State's defense better be up to the task against Utah's productive running game and underrated quarterback (Cameron Rising). 

Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 8 Ole Miss

8:45 p.m. on ESPN – Caeasars Superdome (New Orleans)

Why You Should Watch: The Big 12 champs look to cap things off with a win over Ole Miss in the Big Easy. The matchup everyone will be watching is Lane Kiffin's offense (led by quarterback Matt Corral) against Dave Aranda's (who was previously LSU's defensive coordinator) defense. It's easy to get caught up in the SEC vs. Big 12 aspect here, but don't forget the Rebels have to make stops on D against the Bears too.