3 large video games resolve the nationwide faculty soccer champion. However there are 40 postseason video games in all in order that groups from Buffalo to Miami of Ohio every get a shot at some form of postseason glory.
Right here’s a have a look at the entire video games, celebrating roses, peaches, independence … and Cheez-Its.
The Nationwide Semifinals
Dec. 28, Peach Bowl: No. 1 Louisiana State (-12½) vs. No. Four Oklahoma
L.S.U. is the one crew making its semifinal debut. It final performed for the nationwide name within the 2011 season, shedding to Alabama within the nationwide championship recreation.
Oklahoma was once the most productive offensive crew within the nation, averaging 8.2 yards in line with play. Its kicker, Gabe Brkic, was once 17 for 17 on box objectives, together with a 50-yarder, and 48 for 48 on further issues.
The over-under at the recreation is 75 or 76, the second one absolute best general within the Playoff’s historical past in the back of the whole of 80 for the Alabama-Oklahoma semifinal final season. (That recreation ended with 79 issues scored.)
Fiesta Bowl: No. Three Clemson (-2) vs. No. 2 Ohio State
That is Clemson’s 5th instantly 12 months within the nationwide semifinals; it has two titles, together with final season.
Ohio State ruled the facility scores all 12 months (and stays No. 1 at Sagarin), so it’s a wonder to look the Buckeyes as underdogs. In all probability it’s because Clemson has a 10-Three document towards the unfold this 12 months, the most productive of any crew.
Clemson, led by way of operating again Travis Etienne, has 6.46 yards in line with rush, the most productive mark within the nation. It additionally leads in passing protection and surrendered simply 10.6 issues a recreation.
The Giant One
Jan. 13, Nationwide Championship: No. 1 L.S.U. or No. Four Oklahoma vs. No. 2 Ohio State or No. Three Clemson.
No love for Oklahoma even though. Will have to it disillusioned L.S.U. it’ll be round a 12½-point underdog once more.
Dec. 20, Bahamas Bowl: Buffalo (-4½) vs. Charlotte
Frisco Bowl: Utah State (-9½) vs. Kent State
Kent State is again in a bowl for the primary time since 2012, the longest drought of any of this 12 months’s bowl groups.
Dec. 21, New Mexico Bowl: San Diego State (-4½) vs. Central Michigan
Remedy Bowl: Georgia Southern (-5½) vs. Liberty
Georgia Southern handed the ball 136 instances this season, and was once by no means intercepted.
Boca Raton Bowl: Southern Methodist (-3½) vs. Florida Atlantic
Florida Atlantic intercepted the ball 1.6 instances a recreation, best possible within the nation.
Camellia Bowl: Arkansas State (-3) vs. Florida World
Las Vegas Bowl: Washington (-3½) vs. No. 19 Boise State
New Orleans Bowl: No. 20 Appalachian State (-17) vs. College of Alabama at Birmingham
Appalachian State is 4-Zero in bowl video games within the most sensible department. It did lose some minor bowls just like the Pythian Bowl within the 1950s.
The Vacation Weeks
Dec. 23, Gasparilla Bowl: Central Florida (-17½) vs. Marshall
The most important level unfold of the postseason. Central Florida was once 9-Three and ranked for the primary a part of the 12 months. Marshall was once 8-4, towards an more straightforward Convention USA time table.
Dec. 24, Hawaii Bowl: Brigham Younger College (-1½) vs. Hawaii
Hawaii performed within the Hawaii Bowl final 12 months as neatly, shedding by way of 17 to Louisiana Tech.
Dec. 26, Independence Bowl: Miami (-7½) vs. Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech performed the weakest time table of any bowl crew, ranked most effective 140th by way of Jeff Sagarin, in the back of many Soccer Championship Subdivision groups.
Fast Lane Bowl: Pitt (-10½) vs. Jap Michigan
Dec. 27, Army Bowl: North Carolina (-5) vs. Temple
Pinstripe Bowl: Michigan State (-3½) vs. Wake Wooded area
Texas Bowl: Texas A&M (-6) vs. No. 25 Oklahoma State
Chuba Hubbard of Oklahoma State has run for 1,936 yards, essentially the most within the country.
Vacation Bowl: No. 16 Iowa (-1½) vs. No. 22 Southern California
Kicker Keith Duncan of Iowa made 29 box objectives, 4 greater than somebody else.
Cheez-It Bowl: Air Drive (-2½) vs. Washington State
Anthony Gordon of Washington State leads the country in go completions, makes an attempt and yardage. Air Drive commits simply over 3 consequences a recreation, the most productive charge within the nation.
Dec. 28, Cotton Bowl: No. 10 Penn State (-7) vs. No. 17 Memphis
It’s tougher to run towards Penn State than some other crew; it provides up 2.6 yards in line with rush.
Tenting International Bowl: No. 15 Notre Dame (-3½) vs. Iowa State
Many soccer statisticians believe improving fumbles to be most commonly good fortune. Notre Dame has 17 fumble recoveries, essentially the most within the nation.
The Evening Ahead of the Evening Ahead of
Dec. 30, Orange Bowl: No. Nine Florida (-13) vs. No. 24 Virginia
First Responder Bowl: Western Kentucky (-2½) vs. Western Michigan
Track Town Bowl: Mississippi State (-3½) vs. Louisville
Redbox Bowl: California (-6½) vs. Illinois
Illinois has six defensive touchdowns, essentially the most within the nation.
New 12 months’s Eve
Belk Bowl: Virginia Tech (-3) vs. Kentucky
Solar Bowl: Arizona State (-5½) vs. Florida State
Liberty Bowl: Kansas State (-1) vs. No. 23 Army
Army nonetheless has a recreation to play on Saturday, towards Military; this is a 10½-point favourite. Army ran the ball greater than some other crew this season, 60 instances a recreation. 2nd and 3rd have been Military and Air Drive.
Kansas State’s Joshua Youngblood ran again 3 kickoffs for touchdowns, greater than somebody else.
Arizona Bowl: Wyoming (-7) vs. Georgia State
Alamo Bowl: No. 11 Utah (-6½) vs. Texas
Texas fell the farthest from its preseason rating, slipping from No. 10 within the Related Press Most sensible 25 ballot to a 7-Five document.
New 12 months’s Day
Rose Bowl: No. Eight Wisconsin (-3) vs. No. 6 Oregon
Wisconsin made the most important bounce up the scores, from No. 19 within the preseason ballot to No. Eight within the playoff rating.
Sugar Bowl: No. Five Georgia (-7½) vs. No. 7 Baylor
Georgia gave up one dashing landing all season.
Citrus Bowl: No. 13 Alabama (-7) vs. No. 14 Michigan
Alabama performed in all 5 nationwide semifinals prior to this season. Despite the fact that it’s ranked most effective No. 13 after shedding two times, it’s within the most sensible 4 in lots of pc scores, quite than Oklahoma. Michigan additionally has a tendency to outpunch its rating with computer systems.
Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama is the highest passer by way of adjusted yards in line with try, however many assume Joe Burrow of L.S.U., the Heisman Trophy favourite who ranks 3rd and isn’t improving from a vital damage, will cross forward of Tagovailoa within the draft.
Outback Bowl: No. 12 Auburn (-7½) vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Auburn performed the second one hardest time table within the nation, consistent with Sagarin, trailing most effective South Carolina, which didn’t make a bowl. Auburn beat six bowl groups — Oregon, Tulane, Kent State, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Alabama. It misplaced to 3, Florida, Georgia and L.S.U., all of whom are within the most sensible 10.
The Ultimate Gasp
Jan. 2, Birmingham Bowl: No. 21 Cincinnati (-6½) vs. Boston Faculty
Gator Bowl: Tennessee (pick out) vs. Indiana
Jan. 3, Well-known Idaho Potato Bowl: Ohio (-6½) vs. Nevada
Jan. 4, Armed Forces Bowl: Tulane (-7) vs. Southern Pass over
Jan. 6, LendingTree Bowl: Louisiana (-14) vs. Miami (Ohio)
This can be a new identify for this bowl, which was once previously the Greenback Basic Bowl (and prior to that the GoDaddy, GMAC and Cellular Alabama Bowl).