Okay, so your team didn’t make it to the College Football Playoffs but you’re still going bowling. (What’s up, Alabama fans?!) There’s still plenty of college football left to be played over the course of the holidays. Sure, some of the matchups have weirdly long and sponsor-filled names and some you’ve probably never even heard of, but there are several College Bowl Games worth tuning in for… or buying tickets for! Go on, don’t you want to travel to support your team and send them off in style this season? (And maybe head somewhere warm for New Year’s?) If so, we’ve got cheap bowl game tickets for you right here. And while we’re at it, here’s a look at the must-watch college bowl games – besides the CFP, of course – happening at the end of 2019 and early 2020.
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Alabama vs. Michigan – VRBO Citrus Bowl – January 1st at Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Ah, there you are, Alabama! Fancy seeing you here! Yes, this is the Crimson Tide’s first year missing the College Football Playoffs since they began in 2014. Alabama actually played in this bowl game back in 2011 when it was the Capital One Bowl and absolutely demolished Michigan State. So we have two theories on this game: Bama will either be fired up over their recent loss to rival Auburn and show up ready to play hard OR they’ll sit out several star players to prepare for the NFL draft and come up short. Either way, it’ll be fun to watch two huge names in college football – along with their respectively big-named head coaches, Nick Saban and Jim Harbaugh – face off to avoid further disappointment this season.
Minnesota vs. Auburn – Outback Bowl – January 1st at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Another must-see matchup, the Auburn Tigers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers will go at it down in Florida as well. No. 12 Auburn and quarterback Bo Nix are coming into this game on a high note after beating Alabama. Meanwhile, No. 18 Minnesota just isn’t used to competition like this, and the Golden Gophers’ defense might struggle to contain the Tigers, especially considering they’ve given up 30 sacks this season. Auburn is an early favorite (no surprise there), but we’ll see if this underdog Big Ten West team can make an impression.
Wisconsin vs. Oregon – Rose Bowl – January 1st at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Ah, the iconic Rose Bowl. After winning the Pac-12 Championship and smashing Utah’s playoff hopes, the No.6 Ducks will take on the No.8 Badgers. Wisconsin just lost the Big 10 Championship to playoff contender Ohio State last weekend, so they may not be feeling quite as perky. Both teams are physical with solid defenses and O-lines, and they can both run the ball – talk about two very similar, evenly matched teams. It’s also your last chance to see Oregon QB Justin Herbert and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor before they go to the NFL. As one of the best postseason games out there – it’s the ROSE BOWL, guys – this should be a close match that’s fun to watch.
Memphis vs. Penn State – GoodYear Cotton Bowl Classic – December 28 at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Well, Memphis will be without its coach for this one. Mike Norvell just took a job with Florida State, and he’s confirmed he won’t be there to coach his old team in a recent farewell letter to the university. (He was hired away just after Memphis beat Cincinnati to win the AAC Division Championship.) But Memphis could still boost the profile of the AAC with a win here thanks to their great passing game, although it’ll be tough against quarterback Sean Clifford – if he can manage to get healthy – and the offensive firepower of the Nittany Lions.
Baylor vs. Georgia – Sugar Bowl – January 1st at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in New Orleans, LA
These two teams came up just short of making the playoffs after losses in their respective division championships last weekend, so now they’ll face each other on New Year’s Day for big bowl game bragging rights. Last year, Georgia fell to Texas in the Sugar Bowl, so they’ll be looking for redemption for that and their recent loss to LSU (and to prove, you know, that the SEC is “the best” conference). After sustaining some injuries late in the season, we don’t even know who Baylor’s starting quarterback will be. Hopefully, Charlie Brewer will be fully recovered from his concussion, but we’re still not sure the Bears will be ready to face the number-one defense in the SEC.
Virginia vs. Florida – Orange Bowl – December 30th at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL
UVA is heading to the Orange Bowl for the first time ever, and a win against Florida would certainly give their football program some street cred. Unfortunately for the No. 24 Cavaliers, the No. 9 Gators are excited to finally return to this Miami bowl game, and they’re looking to lay the foundation for championship hopes for next year. Florida hasn’t been to the Orange Bowl since beating Maryland in 2002, so tickets are in high demand! Virginia got here by being the highest-ranked ACC team not heading to a playoff game, but they will need a huge performance by QB Bryce Perkins and their partially injured defense to beat Florida.