Saturday, December 22nd will feel a bit like a college football regular season Saturday - at least if you glue the TV to ESPN. The network will broadcast four back-to-back games, beginning at Noon ET with the Birmingham Bowl.
The Frisco Bowl (Wednesday, December 19, 8:00 p.m. ET) takes place in Frisco, Texas, just north of Dallas. The Toyota Stadium venue was built for soccer and seats 20,500.
Everything you need to know about Saturday's five games that kick off the college football bowl season.
The 40-game bowl season begins Saturday, December 15th with a 5-pack of games and it all kicks off with the New Mexico Bowl at 2:00 p.m. ET in Albuquerque with a 'reunion game' between two former Big West Conference rivals - Utah State (10-2) and North Texas (9-3).
The Prediction Tracker, which monitors more than 60 computer rating systems, presented the Congrove Computer Rankings an award for having the best against-the-spread record of any system in 2016.
The CCR was also awarded for the best (least) bias in 2006 and straight-up predictions in the second-half of 2014
The list of high profile players who won't play in their school's bowl game, for fear of injury in advance of the draft, includes West Virginia QB Will Grier and Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill.
This should be one highly entertaining bowl season as the Congrove Computer Rankings project 11 outright upsets with two of those games on opening day.
Quarterback Easton Stick ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score to help North Dakota State defeat rival South Dakota State 44-21 in the FCS semifinals Friday night
DALLAS (FWAA) – The 2018 Football Writers Association of America All-America Team was announced Monday, headlined by eight players from the Southeastern Conference and six from the Atlantic Coast Conference along with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray of Oklahoma. Nine of the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences plus two independents are represented on the first and second teams that also include seven repeat All-Americans.
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com say the 2018 bowl season could be a series of tight games, with only one team favored by double-digits and 16 teams favored by fewer than 4 points.
December 15th marks the kick-off date of a bowl season that should be much more competitive than recent years. For instance, last year's bowl forecast had 8 teams favored by double digits. This year, only one contest has a computer spread of 10 or higher. 16 games are under a 4-point projected margin.
The Congrove Computer Rankings is celebrating its' 26th year of accurate picks and team rankings.
The rankings began with the 1993 season. CollegeFootballPoll.com launched 6 years later and is celebrating its' 20th anniversary.
Confidence Points is a popular pick 'em game for college football fans that presents the dual challenge of picking the winners and assigning points to each pick. Here is how the computer (Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com) would rank its' picks, based on its' projected margin of victory for each bowl winner:
Junior Kyler Murray on Saturday night (December 8) became the second consecutive Heisman winning quarterback from Oklahoma, edging out two other top collegiate QB's - Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins.