The new all-time silliest bowl game, plus a weekend schedule breakdown

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The Pop-Tart was frosted strawberry! And it was absolutely demolished by Kansas State after descending into a elephantine toaster.


Yesterday’s Bowls

Mayo Bowl now has a rival successful fun

Fenway Bowl: Boston College 23, SMU 14. Hometown advantage, immoderate whitethorn say! Despite being astir two-touchdown underdogs, Boston College welcomed SMU to nan ACC and reached 7 wins for nan first clip since 2018. Eagles QB Thomas Castellanos rushed for a career-high 156 yards pinch 2 fourth-quarter TDs (including nan go-ahead score). Plus, a rainy time successful Boston required immoderate reinforcements for Romello Brinson to barren his hands.

Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers 31, Miami 24. Miami recovered late-game life pinch a fumble betterment pinch nether 30 seconds to go, but a nonaccomplishment to person connected 4th down granted Rutgers its first-ever triumph against nan Canes. A 7-6 play is simply a 3rd consecutive disappointment for Miami.

Pop-Tarts Bowl: Kansas State 28, NC State 19. Wildcats freshman QB Avery Johnson completed fourteen of his 31 passes for 178 yards and 2 TDs while moving successful different score. K-State will decorativeness classed for nan 2nd twelvemonth successful a row. And our first-ever edible mascot completely lived up to nan hype. The Pop-Tart even got a ref to smile.

Alamo Bowl: Arizona 38, Oklahoma 24. After a 13-0 Arizona lead, Oklahoma jumped backmost in, highlighted by a 63-yard TD walk from freshman QB Jackson Arnold. But nan Wildcats sewage each nan momentum backmost pinch an 87-yard fumble return TD by Gunner Maldonado to scope 10 wins (!) for nan first clip successful a decade. Jedd Fisch went 1-11 successful twelvemonth 1 conscionable 2 seasons ago.


Today’s Bowls

The New Year’s Six begin

Gator Bowl: Kentucky (7-5) vs. No. 22 Clemson (8-4), noon connected ESPN (EverBank Stadium, Jacksonville)

The Tigers are guaranteed to decorativeness short of 10 wins for nan first clip since 2011, but a late-season five-game winning streak isn’t thing they’ll want to break. The bully news for nan remainder of us: We’ll spot stars for illustration Kentucky RB Ray Davis and Clemson RBs Phil Mafah and Will Shipley.

Sun Bowl: No. 19 Oregon State (8-4) vs. No. 16 Notre Dame (9-3), 2 p.m. connected CBS (El Paso, Texas)

As opposed to nan Gator Bowl, this matchup is afloat of roster changes. Beavers coach Jonathan Smith near for nan aforesaid occupation astatine Michigan State and took backup QB Aidan Chiles pinch him. Starter D.J. Uiagalelei is successful nan portal while OL Taliese Fuaga is disconnected to nan draft. Then there’s Notre Dame, which will beryllium without QB Sam Hartman, RB Audric Estime and some starting OTs Joe Alt and Blake Fisher, who opted out. Time to make immoderate caller friends?

Liberty Bowl: Memphis (9-3) vs. Iowa State (7-5), 3:30 p.m. connected ESPN (Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium, Memphis)

A vessel rematch! Iowa State prevailed successful nan 2017 Liberty Bowl against Memphis by a 21-20 last score. The Cyclones ended this regular play connected a precocious statement by beating Kansas State connected nan road, and 57 percent of our unit pickers chose ISU to triumph successful this game, too.

Cotton Bowl: No. 9 Missouri (10-2) vs. No. 7 Ohio State (11-1), 8 p.m. connected ESPN (AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas)

We’ll extremity nan nighttime pinch nan first NY6 game! Buckeyes star RB TreVeyon Henderson will play, giving first-time starting QB Devin Brown an other weapon. In fact, isolated from for transfers for illustration Kyle McCord, Chip Trayanum and Julian Fleming, nary players person opted retired for 4.5-point favourite Ohio State, though nan position of WR Marvin Harrison Jr. remains unknown.

The Tigers, playing successful their first NY6 bowl, will person cardinal violative pieces successful RB Cody Schrader and WR Luther Burden III successful nan game.


Tomorrow’s Bowls!

Two much NY6 games

Peach Bowl: No. 11 Ole Miss (10-2) vs. No. 10 Penn State (10-2), noon connected ESPN (Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta)

If you’re looking for a pregame read, put Audrey Snyder’s breakdown of Penn State’s analyzable offense on your list. A portion that was surrounded by truthful overmuch intrigue astatine nan commencement of nan play had to move to 2 co-offensive coordinators to make judge it didn’t autumn apart. The bully news: Ty Howle and Ja’Juan Seider lived up to nan call. This is a game betwixt 2 teams that easy reached double-digit wins but ne'er looked to beryllium nationalist title contenders.

The Nittany Lions athletics 1 of nan champion defenses successful nan FBS, while nan Rebels rank successful nan apical 20 successful scoring offense. Minus DL Chop Robinson and TE Theo Johnson, Penn State is favored by 4.5 points.

Music City Bowl: Auburn (6-6) vs. Maryland (7-5), 2 p.m. connected ABC (Nissan Stadium, Nashville)

The Terrapins will beryllium without seasoned starting QB Taulia Tagovailoa, while nan Tigers will invited starter Payton Thorne.

Orange Bowl: No. 6 Georgia vs. No. 5 Florida State, 4 p.m. connected ESPN (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.)

I’m bummed to spot FSU’s opt-out business (WRs Johnny Wilson and Keon Coleman, RB Trey Benson, TE Jaheim Bell, separator Jared Verse) diminish what we thought could beryllium an honorary nationalist title matchup. Florida State will move to third-stringer Brock Glenn against a Bulldogs portion favored by 19.5 points. Kirby Smart said nan only absences for Georgia (besides portal entries) could travel owed to injuries. I don’t expect a adjacent one.

Arizona Bowl: Toledo (11-2) vs. Wyoming (8-4), 4:30 p.m. connected Barstool (Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Ariz.)

It’s Wyoming coach Craig Bohl’s last crippled earlier status and his squad is favored while Toledo will beryllium without starting QB Dequan Finn (transferred to Baylor).


Quick Snaps

Over 11 days successful 2021, Conference USA dwindled from 14 members to five. Now, with Liberty headed to a New Year’s Six bowl, nan convention is capping disconnected arguably its astir successful twelvemonth to date. Chris Vannini has nan communicative of how a convention tin travel backmost from nan brink.

Bruce Feldman outlines nan journey of Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. in a must-read today. From his transportation retired of two-win Indiana to CFP-bound Washington, positive nan affectional hurdles on nan way.

Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel’s New Year’s Six bowl picks against nan spread.

(Photo: Nathan Ray Seebeck / USA Today)

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