The College Football Playoff semifinal matchups make up two of today’s four bowl games. Prior to the playoff games, there are two bowl games that kickoff the day.
LSU and Louisville square off in the Citrus Bowl. The game kicks off on ABC at 11 a.m. Eastern. All eyes are on Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson as he plays his first game since winning the award. Star LSU running back Leonard Fournette will sit out the game as he prepares for the NFL Draft.
Georgia Tech takes on Kentucky in the Taxslayer Bowl. The game kicks off at 11 a.m. Eastern on ESPN. It marks the first bowl game for Kentucky since 2010.
The race for the championship begins with Alabama taking on Washington in the Peach Bowl. The College Football Playoff semifinal game kicks off on ESPN at 3 p.m. Eastern. Alabama is the favorite not just in the game but of the four playoff teams to win their second straight championship.
The Crimson Tide have relied on a dominant defense to go through the regular season as the only undefeated team in a Power Five conference. The defense features playmakers like defensive end Jonathan Allen and linebacker Reuben Foster.
Clemson takes on Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl to conclude the day. The game kicks off on ESPN at 7 p.m. Eastern. Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes enter the contest as slight favorites.
DeShaun Watson led Clemson to its second straight College Football Playoff as the Tigers look to avenge their narrow loss to Alabama. Clemson has not looked as polished as they did a season ago, but may be saving their best for last.
There will be no bowl games on the New Year’s Day as college football defers to the final day of the NFL regular season. There are four bowl games on January 2nd including the Sugar Bowl featuring Auburn and Oklahoma.