Your guide to the College Football Bowl Season

College football coaches from left to right; Nick Saban of Alabama, Chris Petersen of Washington, Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Dabo Sweeney of Clemson pose the college football championship trophy Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
College football coaches from left to right; Nick Saban of Alabama, Chris Petersen of Washington, Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Dabo Sweeney of Clemson pose the college football championship trophy Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — With the bowl season upon us we wanted to give a breakdown of all the match-ups, as well as, where to watch the games. Plus Chris Renkel shares his thoughts on who he thinks will win each game. Keep checking back on this page all bowl season to see how he does.

All times listed in Central Standard Time

December 17th

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl: North Carolina Central vs. Grambling
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Where to Watch: ABC – 11 am

Renkel’s Thoughts: Grambling Quarterback DeVante Kincade (Ole Miss Transfer) Has thrown 29 TD’s this sesason with just 2 INT.  Pair that with Running Back Martez Carter’s 74.2 rushing yds/game and Grambling’s explosive offense (41.45 pts/game) carry them to a win in the Georgia Dome.
Renkel’s Pick: GRAMBLING

Gildan New Mexico Bowl: New Mexico vs. Texas-San Antonio
Location: University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Where to Watch: ESPN – 1 pm

Renkel’s Thoughts:There’s something to be said for home field advantage even if it’s in a bowl game. Lobo’s get a Bowl win on their home field thanks to the NCAA’s best rushing offense (360.9 yds/game 45 TD)
Renkel’s Pick: NEW MEXICO

Las Vegas Bowl presented by Geico: Houston vs. San Diego State
Location: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
Where to Watch: ABC – 2:30 pm

Renkel’s Thoughts: Donnel Pumphrey has solidified himself as one of the top running backs in the NCAA this season ( 2nd NCAA Rushing w/2,018 yds & 16 TD’s) but Houston’s Rush Defense (3rd in NCAA giving up 2.87 yds/rush, 97.7 yds/gm) Led by stellar freshman defensive tackle Ed Oliver stuffs the Aztec rushing attack.  Greg Ward Jr. & the Cougars end a disappointing season with a win in Sin City.
Renkel’s Pick: HOUSTON

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Appalachian State vs. Toledo
Location: Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama
Where to Watch: ESPN – 4:30 pm

Renkel’s Thoughts: Two evenly matched teams, Toledo’s dynamic passing offense (8th in NCAA) against Appalacian State’s Pass Defense (29th in NCAA) This one comes down to defense, and App St.’s is just better (15th in NCAA Total Defense)
Renkel’s Pick: APP State

AutoNation Cure Bowl: UCF vs. Arkansas State
Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Where to Watch: CBS Sports Network – 4:30 pm

Renkel’s Pick: ARK STATE

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Southern Mississippi vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Where to Watch: ESPN – 8 pm

Renkel’s Pick: SOUTHERN MISS


December 19th

Miami Beach Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Tulsa
Location: Marlins Park, Miami
Where to Watch: ESPN – 1:30 pm

Renkel’s Thoughts: If you like offensive shootouts this is the game for you.  Tulsa has scored more than 30 points in every game except one (Loss to Ohio State), and Central Michigan led by Future NFL Quarterback Cooper Rush (3,200 yds 23 TD/13 INT).  Rush may play on Sundays in the future, but Tulsa has the better team.
Renkel’s Pick: TULSA


December 20th

Boca Raton Bowl: Memphis vs. Western Kentucky
Location: FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida
Where to Watch: ESPN – 6 pm

Renkel’s Pick: WESTERN KENTUCKY


 December 21st

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: BYU vs. Wyoming
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Where to Watch: ESPN – 8 pm

Renkel’s Thoughts: Tanner Mangum takes over for the Cougars after Super-Super-Super Senior/Walking Wounded Quarterback Taysom Hill went through yet another season ending injury.  Wyoming has seen a resurgence thanks to Head Coach Craig Bohl (Mastermind behind North Dakota State’s dominating run in the FCS.)  Wyoming gives up roughly a ton of points (Season Low of 17) and behind Mangum & Running Back Jamaal Williams (+1,000 rush yds this season) the Cougars get a win over former conference rival Cowboys.
Renkel’s Pick: BYU


December 22nd

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Idaho vs. Colorado State
Location: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Where to Watch: ESPN – 6 pm

Renkel’s Pick: IDAHO


December 23rd

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl: Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion
Location: Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Where to Watch: ESPN – 12 pm

Renkel’s Thoughts: Eastern Michigan has been the doorstop of the FBS since Charlie Batch was in Ypsilanti.  Eagles Head Coach Chris Creighton has turned this program around, and if I’m being honest…as a MAC School Graduate, I’d like to see EMU win a bowl game, they’ve been through a lot.
Renkel’s Pick: EASTERN MICHIGAN

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. No. 25 Navy
Location: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Where to Watch: ESPN – 3:30 pm

Renkel’s Pick: NAVY

Dollar General Bowl: Ohio vs. Troy
Location: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
Where to Watch: ESPN – 7 pm

Renkel’s Thoughts: Wall Rebuilt.
Renkel’s Pick: TROY


December 24th

Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee State
Location: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
Where to Watch: ESPN – 7 pm

Renkel’s Pick: MIDDLE TENNESSEE


December 26th

St. Petersburg Bowl: Miami (Ohio) vs. Mississippi State
Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Where to Watch: ESPN – 10 am

Renkel’s Thoughts: Nick Fitzgerald has emerged as a big play threat during the last half of the season.  If this game were played Week 1, Miami OH would have a chance, but the Bulldogs are riding a wave of momentum into the Bowl Season.
Renkel’s Pick: MISSISSIPPI STATE

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen celebrates with fans following their 35-28 win over No. 7 Texas A&M in an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen celebrates with fans following their 35-28 win over No. 7 Texas A&M in an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Quick Lane Bowl: Maryland vs. Boston College
Location: Ford Field, Detroi
Where to Watch: ESPN – 1:30 pm

Renkel’s Pick: MARYLAND

Camping World Independence Bowl: NC State vs. Vanderbilt
Location: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana
Where to Watch: ESPN2 – 4 pm

Renkel’s Pick: NC STATE


December 27th

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl: Army vs. North Texas
Location: Cotton Bowl, Dallas
Where to Watch: ESPN – 11 am

Renkel’s Pick: ARMY

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: No. 24 Temple vs. Wake Forest
Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
Where to Watch: ESPN – 2:30 pm

Renkel’s Pick: TEMPLE

National Funding Holiday Bowl: Minnesota vs. Washington State
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Where to Watch: ESPN – 6 pm

Renkel’s Pick: WASHINGTON STATE

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl: Boise State vs. Baylor
Location: Chase Field, Phoenix
Where to Watch: ESPN – 9:15 pm

Renkel’s Pick: BOISE STATE

December 28th

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: No. 23 Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Where to Watch: ESPN – 1 pm

Renkel’s Pick: PITT

Russell Athletic Bowl: No. 16 West Virginia vs. Miami
Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Where to Watch: ESPN – 4:30 pm

Renkel’s Pick: WEST VIRGINIA

Foster Farms Bowl: Indiana vs. No. 19 Utah
Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
Where to Watch: FOX- 7:30 pm

Renkel’s Pick: UTAH

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Kansas State
Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Where to Watch: ESPN – 8 pm

Renkel’s Pick: KANSAS STATE


December 29th

Birmingham Bowl: South Florida vs. South Carolina
Location: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
Where to Watch: ESPN – 1 pm

Renkel’s Thoughts: Will Muschamp has done a remarkable job in his first season with the Gamecocks.  Many expected South Carolina struggle, yet there they are bowl elligable.  South Florida may have lost their head coach (Willie Taggert took Head Coaching job at Oregon) but Quarterback Quinten Flowers is as electric as they come.
Renkel’s Pick: USF

Belk Bowl: Arkansas vs. No. 22 Virginia Tech
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Where to Watch: ESPN – 4:30 pm

Renkel’s Pick: VIRGINIA TECH

Valero Alamo Bowl: No. 12 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10 Colorado
Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Where to Watch: ESPN – 8 pm

Renkel’s Pick: COLORADO


December 30th

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Georgia vs. TCU
Location: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee
Where to Watch: ESPN – 11 am

Renkel’s Pick: GEORGIA

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart coaches against Georgia Tech in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Athens, Ga. Georgia Tech won 28-27. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart coaches against Georgia Tech in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Athens, Ga. Georgia Tech won 28-27. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)

Hyundai Sun Bowl: No. 18 Stanford vs. North Carolina
Location: Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
Where to Watch: CBS42 – 1 pm

Renkel’s Pick: NORTH CAROLINA

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Nebraska vs. No. 21 Tennessee
Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Where to Watch: ESPN – 2:30 pm

Renkel’s Thoughts: Tennessee never thought they would end up in Nashville for their bowl game, but that’s the kind of disappointment 2016 has been for the Vols.  Butch Jones & Co. end the year on a high note with a win over Nebraska in a stadium that’s likely to be 80% Orange.
Renkel’s Pick: TENNESSEE

Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) throws during warmups before an NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) throws during warmups before an NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl: South Alabama vs. Air Force
Location: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
Where to Watch: Campus Insiders – 4:30 pm

Renkel’s Pick: SOUTH ALABAMA

Capital One Orange Bowl: No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Florida State
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Where to Watch: ESPN – 7 pm

Renkel’s Pick: FLORIDA STATE


December 31st

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: No. 20 LSU vs. No. 13 Louisville
Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Where to Watch: ABC – 10 am

Renkel’s Pick: LSU

LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron touches hands with the crowd as he leaves Tiger Stadium after an NCAA college football game against Missouri in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. LSU won 42-7. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron touches hands with the crowd as he leaves Tiger Stadium after an NCAA college football game against Missouri in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. LSU won 42-7. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

TaxSlayer Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Where to Watch: ESPN – 10 am

Renkel’s Pick: GEORGIA TECH

College Football Playoff semifinal – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 4 Washington vs. No. 1 Alabama
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Where to Watch: ESPN – 2 pm

Renkel’s Thoughts: Hard to pick against Chris Petersen in a big bowl game when his team is a significant underdog.  But Alabama is simply on a different level than the Huskies.  Jonathan Allen & his “Creatures” on the defensive line get after Husky QB Jake Browning.  Alabama’s offense sticks to a ground and pound attack behind Bo Scarbrough and Jalen Hurts, Tide rolls into the National Title game.
Renkel’s Pick: ALABAMA

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and team members celebrate after the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Atlanta. Alabama won 54-16. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Alabama head coach Nick Saban and team members celebrate after the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Atlanta. Alabama won 54-16. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

College Football Playoff semifinal – PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Clemson
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Where to Watch: ESPN – 6 pm

Renkel’s Thoughts: This game could be decided by a coin flip.  Very similar teams led by two veteran stellar quarterbacks (Ohio State: JT Barrett & Clemson’s Deshaun Watson) & young athletic defenses.  Clemson has the advantage on offense with Watson sharing the load with Running Back Wayne Gallman & Wide Receiver Mike Williams.  Ohio State’s defense is young but led by Linebacker Raekwon McMillan & Safety Malik Hooker they do just enough to limit the Tiger’s explosive offense.
Renkel’s Pick: OHIO STATE

Ohio State running back Curtis Samuel celebrates his touchdown against Michigan during the second overtime of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan 30-27 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Ohio State running back Curtis Samuel celebrates his touchdown against Michigan during the second overtime of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan 30-27 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

January 2nd

Outback Bowl: No. 17 Florida vs. Iowa
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Where to Watch: ABC – 12 pm

Renkel’s Pick: FLORIDA

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: No. 15 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Where to Watch: ESPN – 12 pm

Renkel’s Thoughts: Western Michigan has been the feel good story of the season.  Broncos and energetic Head Coach PJ Fleck go undefeated and as the highest ranked Group of 5 team, earn a berth at Jerry World.  Wisconsin’s physical running game is too much for Western’s defense.
Renkel’s Pick: WISCONSIN

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual: No. 9 USC vs. No. 5 Penn State
Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Where to Watch: ESPN – 4 pm

Renkel’s Thoughts: Penn State may be motivated over being left out of the playoff, but USC has been one of the best teams in NCAA over the last half of the season.
Renkel’s Pick: USC

Bowl: Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 14 Auburn vs. No. 7 Oklahoma
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Where to Watch: ESPN – 7:30 pm

Renkel’s Thoughts:

Baker Mayfiend may be the best quarterback the Tigers have seen all season, but Oklahoma’s inconsistent offensive line (41st in NCAA giving up 1.75 sacks/game) struggles against Auburn’s deep defensive line.  Auburn’s offense is finally healthy with Sean White & Kamryn Pettway having extended time to rehab, Oklahoma has given up 4.60 yds/rush this season which sets up a big day for Pettway and Kerryon Johnson.
Renkel’s Pick: AUBURN

Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson dives over the goal line for a touchdown against Vanderbilt during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson dives over the goal line for a touchdown against Vanderbilt during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

January 9th

College Football Playoff National Championship: TBD
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
Where to Watch: ESPN – 7 pm

 

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