Changes abound after the fourth week
It was another crazy week in college football that saw six ranked teams lose. Plus, the CCA’s playoff hopes hinge pretty much on life sustaining thanks to North Carolina State’s victory over Clemson. If that wasn’t enough, a huge Arkansas win turned our six New Years games upside down. As a result, things look quite different from last week. There’s a lot to dissect, so let’s go with our LWOS Week Four Bowl screenings.
College football playoff
Orange Bowl – December 31 – (1) Alabama vs. (4) Oklahoma – As expected, the Crimson Tide had no problem with Southern Mississippi winning 63-14 as current Heisman leader Bryce Young threw for 313 yards and five touchdowns. We thought long and hard about dropping the Sooners after they passed West Virginia 16-13. However, we’re keeping them in this four-tier for now.
Cotton Bowl- Dec 31- (2) Georgia v Oregon- The Bulldogs took a 35-0 first quarter lead en route to a 62-0 teardown of Vanderbilt. This week, they’re hosting a suddenly big game against Arkansas. On the other side of the ball, the Ducks let Arizona hang around for three quarters before packing them in a 41-19 win.
National College Football Championship- (1) Alabama vs. (2) Georgia- We’ve said it almost every week, a rematch of a game a month earlier doesn’t seem like the most exciting title game. However, four weeks into the season, these two SEC clubs have firmly established themselves as the class of college football.
Continuing with our LWOS Week Four Bowl screenings, we turn to the Selection Committee games where, as we mentioned earlier, there are some changes.
Games Selection Committee
Peach Bowl- December 30- Notre Dame vs Wake Forest- With Clemson’s loss to North Carolina State, the ACC is wide open. You could advocate for Boston College, Virginia Tech, or Wake Forest. However, we go with the undefeated Demon Deacons. The Fighting Irish defeated Wisconsin 41-13 in a statement game. Even if Brian Kelly’s The club cannot rest on its laurels as it hosts Cincinnati on Saturday.
Fiesta Bowl – January 1 – Cincinnati vs. Penn State – Speaking of the Bearcats they had last week as they prepare for that huge game against Notre Dame. While the other schools in the Group of Five will be watching this one, there’s a good chance that even with a tight loss UC remains the choice. The Nittany Lions went 4-0 with a 38-17 victory over Villanova.
Rose Bowl – January 1 – Ohio State vs. UCLA – Nothing seems to be easy this year for the Buckeyes, because even in an easy win, strange things happen when a player gives up mid-game. You can advocate for Iowa or Penn State to play Pasadena. However, we are keeping OSU here for now.
Sugar Bowl – January 1 – Arkansas v Oklahoma State – Four weeks into the season, there’s no doubt that the Razorbacks Sam pittman is the coach of the year. They lost quarterback KJ Jefferson to injury in their 20-10 win over Texas A&M. However, he returned late in the game. With Iowa State losing again, we need a new team to represent the Big 12. Since Bowls rarely want a rematch of an early-season game, we’re going with the Cowboys against Texas.
Now that we’ve shown you our playoff teams and Selection Committee games, let’s move on to our LWOS Week Four Bowl screenings.
New Years Games
Citrus Bowl – January 1 – Texas A&M vs. Iowa– These two schools have met only once in history, the Aggies winning 29-0 in 1931. These two teams, along with Florida, are still in high consideration for the games of the selection committee. .
Outback Bowl – January 1 – Florida v Michigan State– Here is another battle of teams that have only played once in history. The Spartans won the Citrus Bowl 2000 over the Gators 37-34.
Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl – December 31 – Buffalo vs Nevada
Tony Tiger Sun Bowl – December 31 – Boston College v Arizona State
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl – December 31 – Clemson vs. LSU – The last time Dabo Swinney’s club lost two games before October was in 2014. Ironically, it’s the last time they didn’t make the playoffs. that of Ed Orgeron The Tigers took a big lead against Mississippi State, then held on for a 28-25 victory.
Texas Bowl – January 4 – Iowa State vs. Ole Miss
Games before the new year
Duke’s Mayo Bowl- December 30- Kentucky vs North Carolina- Two of college basketball’s most successful teams meet on the grill. Sounds like a good game, doesn’t it. The Tar Heels have been one of football’s biggest disappointments so far in 2021. However, a Sam Howell clash against a solid Kentucky defense works for us. All-time, the two schools are tied with five wins each.
Music City Bowl – December 30 – Michigan vs Auburn
Las Vegas Bowl – December 30 – USC vs Wisconsin
Alamo Bowl- December 29- Oregon State vs.West Virginia- Following their big win over USC, we welcome the 3-1 Castors to our bowl screenings.
Cheez-It Bowl – December 29 – North Carolina State vs. Texas
Fenway Bowl – December 29 – Pittsburgh vs. UCF
Pinstripe Bowl – December 29 – Louisville vs. Rutgers
Continuing with our LWOS Week Four Bowl projections, we’re now heading into the games between Christmas and New Years.
Bowling games after Christmas
Birmingham Bowl- December 28- Georgia Tech v Memphis- It will be a shame if the State of Mississippi does not win because of the missed appeal against Memphis. We let them down because they are unlikely to get six wins.
First Responder Bowl – December 28 – Houston vs. Virginia
Guaranteed Rate Bowl – December 28 – Baylor vs. Minnesota
Holiday Bowl – December 28 – Virginia Tech vs. Washington
Liberty Bowl – December 28 – Kansas State vs Missouri
Military Bowl – December 27 – Central Florida vs. Syracuse
Quick Lane Bowl – December 27 – Indiana vs Toledo
Christmas Holiday Games
Camellia Bowl – December 25 – Central Michigan vs Louisiana-Monroe
Hawaii Bowl – December 24 – SMU v Utah State
We’re in the home stretch with our LWOS Week Three Bowl Screenings for a preview of all the pre-Christmas games.
Union Home Mortgage Bowl – December 22 – Maryland vs. Miami (Florida)
Armed Forces Bowl – December 22 – Army vs. Boise State
Frisco Bowl – December 21 – Air Force vs Texas San-Antonio
Idaho Potato Bowl – December 21 – Bowling Green vs. Fresno State
Myrtle Beach Bowl – December 20 – Coastal Carolina vs Marshall – The Chanticleers will be watching the Cincinnati-Notre Dame game closely as they could improve if the Bearcats lose big.
As always, we’re wrapping up our LWOS Week Three Bowl Screenings with a preview of the start-of-season games, including seven games on December 18 alone. In fact, two of the best potential bowl games are happening this first weekend.
First weekend matches
Bahamas Bowl – December 17 – Florida Atlantic vs Western Michigan
Cure Bowl- December 17- Appalachian State vs. Liberty- The Flames’ chances of securing the Group of Five offer likely ended with their loss to Syracuse.
Boca Raton Bowl – December 18 – South Alabama vs Western Kentucky
Celebration Bowl – December 18 – Alabama A&M vs. North Carolina Central
Independence Bowl- December 18- UAB vs. BYU- The Cougars are another team watching Saturday’s Cincinnati-Notre Dame game. After their 4-0 start, they put themselves squarely in the mix for the candidacy of the Group of Five.
Lending Tree Bowl – December 18 – Eastern Michigan vs Troy
Los Angeles Bowl – December 18 – San Diego State vs. Stanford
New Mexico Bowl – December 18 – San Jose State vs. UTEP
New Orleans Bowl- December 18- Louisiana Tech vs Louisiana- It’s one of the best boules games every season. These two public schools have met 87 times in history. However, they haven’t played since 2015.
Thanks for checking out our LWOS Week Four Bowl screenings. As they say every week, you don’t like where your team is positioned? Hold on, that will likely change weekly until the official pairings are released. In fact, it’s a huge week in college football led by Arkansas visiting Georgia and Alabama hosting Ole Miss. This is in addition to the aforementioned clashes between Cincinnati and Notre Dame.