College football bowl season: New Year’s Six schedule of games

Kyle Whittingham, Utah Utes. (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Kyle Whittingham, Utah Utes. (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

It is bowl season in college football and the New Year’s Six games have been officially set.

After the College Football Playoff field was set, the remaining four New Year’s Six bowls were filled accordingly with several high-quality teams.

For the 2022 College Football Playoff, the two national semifinal games will be the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and the Capital One Orange Bowl. The winner of these two games will meet at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana for the national champion. While getting to the playoff is everything, playing in a New Year’s Six bowl is absolutely phenomenal when it comes to recruiting.

Here is the schedule for the New Year’s Six games during this holiday bowl season.

College Football bowl season: New Year’s Six 2022 schedule

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 12 Pittsburgh Panthers vs. No. 10 Michigan State Spartans (Thursday, Dec. 30, 7:00 p.m. ET)

The ACC Champion Pittsburgh Panthers will face an at-large team out of the Big Ten in the Michigan State Spartans in the Peach Bowl. Pitt would normally go to the Orange Bowl in most years as ACC Champions, but that game is part of the playoff this bowl season. The Peach Bowl in Atlanta will have to do this December.

College Football Playoff: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (Friday, Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. ET)

As stated before, the Cotton Bowl is a playoff game this year. It features the top-seeded SEC Champion Alabama Crimson Tide pitted against the undefeated Group of Five Champion Cincinnati Bearcats. Alabama looks to repeat as national champions, while Cincinnati’s historical season keeps on going at the Cotton Bowl over in Arlington, Texas.

College Football Playoff: Capital One Orange Bowl: No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs vs. No. 2 Michigan Wolverines (Friday, Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. ET)

The other playoff game this year is the Orange Bowl. It features the Big Ten Champion Michigan Wolverines. While they are the slightly higher seed, the Wolverines will face the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs as an at-large team out of the SEC. The Dawgs won the SEC East, but are hoping for a rematch with Alabama in Indianapolis. They must beat Michigan in Miami Gardens, Florida first.

Playstation Fiesta Bowl: No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Saturday, Jan. 1, 1:00 p.m. ET)

This year’s Fiesta Bowl will feature the Big 12 runner-up Oklahoma State Cowboys and the one-loss national independent Notre Dame Fighting Irish. While both teams narrowly missed out on the playoff, this is an exciting bowl matchup taking place over in the Valley of the Sun.

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Capital One Venture X: No. 11 Utah Utes vs. No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes (Saturday, Jan. 1, 5:00 p.m. ET)

Due to contractual obligations, the Rose Bowl must feature a Big Ten team vs. a Pac-12 team in years it is not part of the playoff. Meeting in Pasadena on New Year’s Day will be the Pac-12 Champion Utah Utes vs. an at-large team out of the Big Ten in the always formidable Ohio State Buckeyes.

Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 8 Ole Miss Rebels vs. No. 7 Baylor Bears (Saturday, Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m. ET)

Closing out the New Year’s Six is another game with contractual obligations. The Sugar Bowl must feature a Big 12 team vs. an SEC team when it is not part of the playoff. This year’s Sugar Bowl in New Orleans will feature the Big 12 Champion Baylor Bears and an at-large team out of the SEC in the Ole Miss Rebels.

May bowl season be as exciting as the regular season was for anyone who loves this crazy sport.

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