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Predictions for every bowl matchup before a single game is played

Aug 26, 2021

  • Kyle Bonagura

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    ESPN Staff Writer

    • Covers the Pac-12.
    • Joined ESPN in 2014.
    • Attended Washington State University.
  • Mark Schlabach

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    ESPN Senior Writer

    • Senior college football writer
    • Author of seven books on college football
    • Graduate of the University of Georgia

The 2021 college football season is just about ready to kick off, and while there are sure to be innumerable twists, turns, thrills and chills along the way, we’re going to skip the main course and head right to the dessert table by predicting all 44 bowl matchups, including the College Football Playoff semifinals and CFP National Championship game.

ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach have dusted off their crystal balls and made their preseason picks, and will continue to hone their bowl forecasts as the season progresses. But for now, here’s how they see bowl season shaping up.

All times Eastern

College Football Playoff

CFP National Championship Presented by AT&T


Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)


Jan. 10, 8 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Alabama vs. Oklahoma


Schlabach: Alabama vs. Georgia

CFP Semifinal at Capital One Orange Bowl


Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Florida)


Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Alabama vs. Ohio State


Schlabach: Alabama vs. Clemson

CFP Semifinal at Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic


AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)


Dec. 31, 3:30 or 7:30 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Clemson vs. Oklahoma


Schlabach: Georgia vs. Oklahoma


Bowl Season

Dec. 17

Bahamas Bowl


Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium (Nassau, Bahamas)


Noon on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Toledo vs. FAU


Schlabach: Ball State vs. FAU

Cure Bowl


Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)


6 p.m. on ESPN2 and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Charlotte vs. Houston


Schlabach: Tulane vs. Western Kentucky

Dec. 18

RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl


FAU Stadium (Boca Raton, Florida)


11 a.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: East Carolina vs. Miami (Ohio)


Schlabach: Appalachian State vs. Memphis

Cricket Celebration Bowl


Mercedes Benz Stadium (Atlanta)


Noon on ABC and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Alcorn State vs. South Carolina State


Schlabach: Alcorn State vs. South Carolina State

New Mexico Bowl


University Stadium (Albuquerque, New Mexico)


2:15 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Wyoming vs. Eastern Michigan


Schlabach: San Jose State vs. Kent State

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl


Independence Stadium (Shreveport, Louisiana)


3:30 p.m. on ABC and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Marshall vs. BYU


Schlabach: Louisiana Tech vs. BYU

LendingTree Bowl


Ladd-Peebles Stadium (Mobile, Alabama)


5:45 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Arkansas State vs. Western Michigan


Schlabach: Georgia State vs. Western Michigan

Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl


SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, California)


7:30 p.m. on ABC and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Colorado vs. San Jose State


Schlabach: UCLA vs. Boise State

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl


Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)


9:15 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: UTSA vs. Coastal Carolina


Schlabach: Louisiana vs. Marshall

Dec. 20

Myrtle Beach Bowl


Brooks Stadium (Conway, South Carolina)


2:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Louisiana Tech vs. Kent State


Schlabach: Tulsa vs. Coastal Carolina

Dec. 21

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl


Albertsons Stadium (Boise, Idaho)


3:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Buffalo vs. San Diego State


Schlabach: Toledo vs. San Diego State

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl


Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)


7:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: SMU vs. North Texas


Schlabach: SMU vs. Wyoming

Dec. 22

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl


Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, Texas)


8 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Army vs. Middle Tennessee


Schlabach: Army vs. UTEP

Dec. 23

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl


Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)


7 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: South Carolina vs. Louisville


Schlabach: Virginia vs. Troy

Dec. 24

EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl


Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex (Honolulu)


8 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Nevada vs. Stanford


Schlabach: Fresno State vs. California

Dec. 25

Camellia Bowl


Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Alabama)


2:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Southern Miss. vs. Fresno State


Schlabach: Southern Miss. vs. Liberty

Dec. 27

Quick Lane Bowl


Ford Field (Detroit)


11 a.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Purdue vs. Ball State


Schlabach: Maryland vs. Ohio

Military Bowl presented by Peraton


Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, Maryland)


2:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: NC State vs. UCF


Schlabach: Navy vs. Louisville

Dec. 28

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl


Legion Field (Birmingham, Alabama)


Noon on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Mississippi State vs. Tulsa


Schlabach: Mississippi State vs. UAB

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl


Gerald J. Ford Stadium (Dallas)


3:15 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: West Virginia vs. Tulane


Schlabach: Houston vs. Air Force

AutoZone Liberty Bowl


Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Memphis, Tennessee)


6:45 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Arkansas vs. Texas Tech


Schlabach: Arkansas vs. West Virginia

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl


Petco Park (San Diego)


8 p.m. on Fox



Bonagura: Arizona State vs. Pitt


Schlabach: Stanford vs. NC State

Guaranteed Rate Bowl


Chase Field (Phoenix)


10:15 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Baylor vs. Michigan State


Schlabach: Kansas State vs. Minnesota

Dec. 29

Fenway Bowl


Fenway Park (Boston)


11 a.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Virginia vs. Memphis


Schlabach: Florida State vs. UCF

New Era Pinstripe Bowl


Yankee Stadium (New York)


2:15 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Michigan vs. Boston College


Schlabach: Northwestern vs. Virginia Tech

Cheez-It Bowl


Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)


5:45 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Oklahoma State vs. Miami


Schlabach: Oklahoma State vs. North Carolina

Valero Alamo Bowl


Alamodome (San Antonio)


9:15 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Texas vs. Washington


Schlabach: Texas vs. Washington

Dec. 30

Duke’s Mayo Bowl


Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, North Carolina)


11:30 a.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech


Schlabach: Kentucky vs. Pittsburgh

TransPerfect Music City Bowl


Nissan Stadium (Nashville, Tennessee)


3 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Auburn vs. Northwestern


Schlabach: Auburn vs. Indiana

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl


Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)


7 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Notre Dame vs. Cincinnati


Schlabach: Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin

SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl


Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas)


10:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Utah vs. Indiana


Schlabach: Michigan vs. Arizona State

Dec. 31

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl


TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, Florida)


11 a.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Ole Miss vs. North Carolina


Schlabach: Ole Miss vs. Miami

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl


Sun Bowl Stadium (El Paso, Texas)


12:30 p.m. on CBS



Bonagura: UCLA vs. Wake Forest


Schlabach: Utah vs. Boston College

Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl


Arizona Stadium (Tucson, Arizona)


5:30 p.m.



Bonagura: Central Michigan vs. Boise State


Schlabach: Miami (Ohio) vs. Nevada

Jan. 1

Outback Bowl


Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)


Noon on ESPN2 and the ESPN App



Bonagura: LSU vs. Iowa


Schlabach: LSU vs. Penn State

Vrbo Citrus Bowl


Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)


1 p.m. on ABC and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Florida vs. Penn State


Schlabach: Florida vs. Iowa

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl


State Farm Stadium (Glendale, Arizona)


1 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App


Bonagura: USC vs. Texas A&M


Schlabach: Oregon vs. Cincinnati

Rose Bowl Game


Rose Bowl (Pasadena, California)


5 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Wisconsin vs. Oregon


Schlabach: Ohio State vs. USC

Allstate Sugar Bowl


Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)


8:45 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: Iowa State vs. Georgia


Schlabach: Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Jan. 4

Texas Bowl


NRG Stadium (Houston)


Time TBD on ESPN and the ESPN App



Bonagura: TCU vs. Missouri


Schlabach: TCU vs. Missouri

Date TBD

Redbox Bowl


Site TBD


Bonagura: Minnesota vs. California


Schlabach: Nebraska vs. Colorado

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