Bowls in heaven

Our Complete NCAA Bowl Coverage for 2021-2022

If you love college football, this is the most magical time of the year

Nicky G
Nicky G

What a year it's been for all 86 of these NCAA football squads!

We've got a rousing game of coaching musical chairs, two huge surprises in the college football playoffs, and Brian Kelly... doing weird and kinda sad Brian Kelly things.

Some teams — Texas, for example — didn't make the cut even though we expected bigger things from them.

Others — UTSA, right down the road from the Longhorns — surprised us greatly.

With all these great stories and angles, it's safe to say this is a terrific year to try your hand at college football bowl pick'em (whether straight up or confidence).

This year, we decided to do something a bit different.

We're putting our money where our mouth is and providing more than a simple breakdown of why we think each game is exciting (or not exciting): we're also guessing the scores of each bowl games.

Below you can find each game summary, along with our very professional opinion about who will win, and by how much.

(Keep in mind, I do most of my guessing based on a combination of The Smell Test and my gut (which has steered me wrong in the past, example: just this week I bought gas station sushi and very much regretted that decision). If you're looking for stat-based expertise to help you pick your games, look no farther than our friends over at They have a fantastic strategy guide and expert picks, too.)

Without further ado:

Dec. 17

Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo

Cure Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Coastal Carolina

Dec. 18

Boca Raton Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Appalachian State

Celebration Bowl: South Carolina State vs. Jackson State

New Mexico Bowl: UTEP vs. Fresno State

Independence Bowl: UAB vs. (13) BYU

LendingTree Bowl: Eastern Michigan vs. Liberty

L.A. Bowl: Utah State vs. Oregon State

New Orleans Bowl: (23) Louisiana vs. Marshall

Dec. 20

Myrtle Beach Bowl: Tulsa vs. Old Dominion

Dec. 21

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Kent State vs. Wyoming

Frisco Bowl: UTSA vs. (24) San Diego State

Dec. 22

Armed Forces Bowl: Missouri vs. Army

Dec. 23

Frisco Football Classic: Miami (OH) vs. North Texas

Gasparilla Bowl: UCF vs. Florida

Dec. 24

CANCELED: Hawaii Bowl: Memphis vs. Hawaii

Dec. 25

Camellia Bowl: Georgia State vs. Ball State

Dec. 27

Quick Lane Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Nevada

CANCELED: Military Bowl: Boston College vs. East Carolina

Dec. 28

Birmingham Bowl: (20) Houston vs. Auburn

First Responder Bowl: Air Force vs. Louisville

CANCELED: Holiday Bowl: UCLA vs. (18) NC State

Liberty Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Texas Tech

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: West Virginia vs. Minnesota

Dec. 29

CANCELED: Fenway Bowl: SMU vs. Virginia

Pinstripe Bowl: Maryland vs. Virginia Tech

Cheez-It Bowl: (19) Clemson vs. Iowa State

Alamo Bowl: (14) Oregon vs. (16) Oklahoma

Dec. 30

Duke's Mayo Bowl: North Carolina vs. South Carolina

Music City Bowl: Tennessee vs. Purdue

Las Vegas Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Arizona State

Peach Bowl: (10) Michigan State vs. (12) Pittsburgh

Dec. 31

Gator Bowl: (17) Wake Forest vs. (25) Texas A&M

CANCELED: Arizona Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Boise State

CANCELED: Sun Bowl: Washington State vs. Miami (FL)

Cotton Bowl: (1) Alabama vs. (4) Cincinnati

Orange Bowl: (2) Michigan vs. (3) Georgia

Jan. 1

Outback Bowl: Penn State vs. (21) Arkansas

Citrus Bowl: (15) Iowa vs. (22) Kentucky

Sugar Bowl: (7) Baylor vs. (8) Ole Miss

Rose Bowl: (6) Ohio State vs. (11) Utah

Fiesta Bowl: (5) Notre Dame vs. (9) Oklahoma State

Jan. 4

Texas Bowl: Kansas State vs. LSU


Nicky G

Dad of 3. WVian by birth. ATX for now.