Bowl Season Schedule Already Out
Without College Football kicking offt, we already have the schedule for bowl season, which will begin on December 16, 2023, finishing with the National Championship Game on January 8, 2024. While College Football odds are unavailable because the regular season has not been played out yet, it is good to know when and where the games will be played. However, we can try to guess the matchups, which can help with College Football picks down the line.
The Big Three
The biggest games in the College Football season are the three connected to the playoffs. It is what the entire season builds up to while having the most College Football news coverage. The College Football Playoffs consist of three different Bowl Games that pretty much close out the season.
The first semifinal is the Rose Bowl, which will be played in Pasadena, California, on January 1, 2024. The game will start at 5 p.m. ET and can be watched on ESPN. The second semifinal, the Sugar Bowl, will be played on the same day, in New Orleans, Louisiana, at 8:45 p.m. ET, also available on ESPN. One game will feature the No.1 team in the nation facing the No. 4, while the other will have the No. 2 matched up with the No. 3.
The winner of each semifinal will head to Houston, Texas, for the National Championship Game on January 8, 2024. The favorites in NCAAF odds to be the teams playing in the playoffs are Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, and Michigan.
Top Bowl Games
While the College Football Playoffs get the most attention, many other bowl games willl feature marquee matchups. These games will be played between the top teams in the nation that did not qualify for the playoffs. However, that does make it hard for College Football predictions because it is uncertain what schools will play in these games. We can guess that they will likely come from the Power 5 Conferences.
One thing that these games all do have in common is that they will be able to be watched on ESPN. The first big bowl game outside of the playoffs in the Cotton Bowl, played in Arlington, Texas, on December 29, starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Then there are two games on December 30. The Peach Bowl played in Atlanta, Georgia, will start at noon ET, while the Orange Bowl will start at 4 p.m. ET, played in Miami Gardens, Florida. Finally, the Fiesta Bowl will be played on January 1, before the College Football Playoffs, at 1 p.m. ET, in Glendale, Arizona.
Other Possible Exciting Bowl Games
After those main seven bowl games, there are 36 more. Teams from the same conference rarely play each other, which is one of the biggest allures of the Bowl season. It puts the conferences against one another to see which one is better. On top of that, we can see how middle-of-the-pack teams in the Power 5 compare against teams that win smaller conferences. On top of that, the conferences that will play each other are already mapped out. For example, in the Citrus Bowl, a team from the Big-10 will face one from the SEC.
With the Bowl Games starting on December 16 and continuously going till January 1, there are a lot of opportunities for College Football betting, and entertainment. With many of them featuring Power 5 conferences matching up against each other, they will all be interesting in their own right. On top of that, each game, outside of the Arizona Bowl and Holiday Bowl, will be able to be watched on ESPN or other connected channels.