School soccer predictions for 2021 bowl video games, playoff semifinals, nationwide championship
Bowl season returns in 2021-22 with a schedule that includes 43 bowl games between FBS teams.
While the college football playoff expansion may be in the works, this year marks the eighth season of the four-team playoff. This year’s College Football Playoff Championship game will take place on January 10th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The semifinals of the year will take place on December 31st at the Capital One Orange Bowl and Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
Sporting News’ playoff picks tend to be the same. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma have played together for 20 of the total of 28 playoff appearances. However, these four schools have to reach the playoffs that same season.
SN has predictions for all 43 bowl games here, which will be updated over the course of the season:
College Football Bowl Predictions 2021
|Dec 17||Bahamas bowl||Ball status vs. FAU|
|Dec 17||Cure bowl||Arkansas State vs. Tulsa|
|December 18th||RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl||UCF vs. Liberty *|
|December 18th||New Mexico Bowl||Nevada versus Marshall|
|December 18th||Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl||BYU vs. UTSA|
|December 18th||Lendingtree bowl||Toledo vs. Appalachian State|
|December 18th||Los Angeles Bowl||Boise State vs. UCLA|
|December 18th||R&L luggage rack New Orleans Bowl||South Alabama vs. Louisiana Tech|
|20th of December||Myrtle Beach Bowl||Georgia State vs. Memphis|
|21st December||Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Buffalo vs. Colorado State|
|21st December||Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl||Miami, Ohio vs. UAB|
|21st December||Bowl of the Armed Forces||Army * vs. West Kentucky|
|23rd of December||Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl||San Diego State vs. FIU|
|December 24th||Hawaiian bowl||San Jose State vs. SMU|
|25 December||Camellia bowl||Kent State vs. Louisiana|
|December 27th||Quick Lane Bowl||Tulane vs. Michigan State|
|December 27th||Military bowl||Navy vs. Wake Forest|
|December 28th||TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl||Houston versus Tennessee|
|December 28th||Bowl for first aiders||Baylor vs. Virginia|
|December 28th||AutoZone Liberty Bowl||TCU vs. Auburn|
|December 28th||Bowl with a guaranteed price||Maryland vs. Kansas State|
|December 29th||Fenway bowl||Cincinnati vs. Pitt|
|December 29th||Pinstripe shell||Northwest vs. Louisville|
|December 29th||Cheez-it bowl||West Virginia vs. Florida State|
|December 29th||Valero Alamo bowl||Oregon vs. State of Oklahoma|
|30th of December||Duke’s Mayo Bowl||Indiana vs. NC State|
|30th of December||Transperfect Music City Bowl||Nebraska vs. Kentucky|
|30th of December||SRS Las Vegas Bowl||Cal vs. Iowa|
|December 31||Tax Slayer Gator Bowl||Missouri vs. Virginia Tech|
|December 31||Tony the tiger sunshell||Utah vs. Boston College|
|January 1st||Outback bowl||Michigan vs. LSU|
|January 1st||Vrbo citrus peel||Penn State vs. Florida|
|January 4th||Texas Bowl||Texas vs. Ole Miss|
|still open||Vacation bowl||Arizona State vs. Miami|
|still open||RedBox bowl||Washington vs. Minnesota|
|still open||Arizona bowl||Ohio vs. Wyoming|
* Denotes not tied to bowl game
College Football New Year’s Six Predictions
|30th of December||Chick-Fil-A peach peel||Notre Dame versus Texas A&M|
|January 1st||PlayStation Fiesta Bowl||Carolina Coast vs. North Carolina|
|January 1st||Rose Bowl game||USC vs. Wisconsin|
|January 1st||Allstate sugar bowl||Iowa State vs. Georgia|
|December 31||Capital One Orange Bowl (Semifinals)||Ohio State vs. Alabama|
|December 31||Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (semi-finals)||Oklahoma vs. Clemson|
College Football Playoff Championship prediction
|10. January||College Football Playoff Championship||Alabama versus Clemson|
Six tips for New Years Day
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Texas A&M
The Aggies and the Irish can settle last year’s playoff a year late on a smaller stage. Both teams have quarterback fights well worth seeing at fall camp, but we’re more interested in running backs in this one. Isaiah Spiller and Kyren Williams are both Dark Horse Heisman candidates. This will make a fun placemat for the rest of the sixth New Years day.
PlayStation First Bowl: Coastal Carolina vs. North Carolina
The Chanticleers are our pick of the group of 5, and some of them are based on Cincinnati’s tough schedule with no conferences against Indiana and Notre Dame. The Sun Belt falls due, and Grayson McCall is paired up with Sam Howell of North Carolina, who is wearing the Tar Heels for her second NY6 Bowl appearance under Mack Brown.
Rose Bowl Game: USC vs. Wisconsin
USC and Wisconsin met at the Rose Bowl in 1953 and 1963, and this hits the Pac-12 champion against the Big Ten runner-up. Kedon Slovis and Graham Mertz make it a fascinating duel, but with these teams it comes down to who can get the ball. It will be nice to have the Tournament of Roses Parade again too.
Allstate Sugar Bowl: Iowa State vs. Georgia
The Bulldogs are forced to make do with a fourth consecutive New Year’s Day Six Bowl appearance unless JT Daniels can lead a playoff run. Will the Kirby Smart pressurize? The Cyclones, meanwhile, are in an all-in year considering the number of players who have returned from last year’s Fiesta Bowl winner. Given the hype surrounding both teams, that would feel a bit like a game of consolation.
College Football Playoff Selections
Capital One Orange Bowl: Ohio State vs. Alabama
Haven’t we just seen this game? Both programs sent 10 players to the 2021 NFL Draft, but there is more than enough talent on both sides for a third CFP playoff match. The Buckeyes are loaded at the consignee and Alabama should be better off on defense. What will Ryan Day do differently after losing the CFP championship game last year?
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Oklahoma vs. Clemson
This would be the more fun matchup as it features two of the top three quarterbacks in SN’s top 25 QB rankings. Clemson’s DJ Uiagalelei and Oklahomas Spencer Rattler would deliver an offensive show in this one. Which program is under more pressure? The Sooners are 0-4 in the CFP semifinals, and the Tigers have been beaten in their last two appearances.
CFP championship selection
CFP Championship Game: Alabama vs. Clemson
More of the same. Until the CFP expands to 12 teams, this matchup will keep popping up given the talent levels put together on both sides. The Crimson Tide and Tigers have split four playoff matches in the past seven years, and this time both schools travel north to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. In last year’s championship game, we had Ohio State against Clemson.