What to Know About Each Bowl Game Match-Up (Dec. 29-31)

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Bowl season has already produced incredible games and will continue to do so this week.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday’s games feature six ranked teams.

Unlike in previous years, there was essentially no time in between championship week and the start of bowl season. There are fewer games than expected due to COVID-19 cancellations, but the games that take place should be intriguing.

Here’s a brief overview for the next three days of bowl games:


NO. 21 OKLAHOMA STATE (7-3, 6-3) VS. NO. 18 MIAMI (8-2, 7-2)

When: Tuesday Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Where: Camping World Stadium (Orlando, FL)

Line: Oklahoma State -2; O/U: 58.5

All-Time Match-ups: Miami leads 1-0 (No Previous Bowl Game Match-Ups)

Bowl Game Record for Oklahoma State: 30 Bowls, 19-11, .633 W-L% (L1)

Bowl Game Record for Miami: 41 Bowls, 19-22, .463 W-L% (L3)

Intriguing Stat for Oklahoma State: The Cowboys’ defense has been impressive on third down, leading the country in third down conversion percentage at .263. That’s the best mark for teams who played in at least seven games. Opponents converted on 40 out of 152 attempts when facing Oklahoma State.

Intriguing Stat for Miami: The Hurricanes have struggled recently in bowl games, losing nine out of their last 10. The only win in that span came against West Virginia in the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl.


NO. 20 TEXAS (6-3, 5-3) VS. COLORADO (4-1, 3-1)

When: Tuesday Dec. 29, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Where: Alamodome (San Antonio, TX)

Line: Texas -9; O/U: 63.5

All-Time Match-ups: Texas leads 11-7 (Previous Bowl Game Match-ups: Texas leads 1-0)

Bowl Game Record for Texas: 56 Bowls, 30-24-2, .554 W-L% (W3)

Bowl Game Record for Colorado: 29 Bowls, 12-17, .414 W-L% (L3)

Intriguing Stat for Texas: The Longhorns are one of five programs with 30 bowl victories. The other four are Penn State (30), USC (34), Alabama (41), and Georgia (32). Tom Herman is the only Texas coach to win his first three bowl games with the program.

Intriguing Stat for Colorado: The Buffaloes will complete just their second winning season in the past 15 years, along with 2016 when they went 10-4. This is their third appearance in the Alamo Bowl. They have lost the previous two.


WAKE FOREST (4-4, 3-4) VS. WISCONSIN (3-3, 3-3)

When: Wednesday Dec. 30, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Where: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC)

Line: Wisconsin -7; O/U: 51.5

All-Time Match-ups: No Previous Match-ups

Bowl Game Record for Wake Forest: 14 Bowls, 9-5, .643 W-L% (L1)

Bowl Game Record for Wisconsin: 31 Bowls, 16-15, .516 W-L% (L1)

Intriguing Stat for Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons have performed extremely well in the red zone, converting on 94.7% of their attempts (36-for-38). This was the highest percentage in the country among teams that had played at least seven games.

Intriguing Stat for Wisconsin: If the Badgers win, they will have the second longest active streak of consecutive winning seasons at 19. That is behind only Oklahoma (22).


NO. 7 FLORIDA (8-3, 8-2) VS. NO. 6 OKLAHOMA (8-2, 6-2)

When: Wednesday Dec. 30, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Where: AT&T Stadium (Arlington, TX)

Line: Florida -3; O/U: 71.5

All-Time Match-ups: Florida leads 1-0 (Previous Bowl Game Match-ups: Florida leads 1-0)

Bowl Game Record for Florida: 45 Bowls, 24-21, .533 W-L% (W3)

Bowl Game Record for Oklahoma: 53 Bowls, 29-23-1, .557 W-L% (L3)

Intriguing Stat for Florida: Quarterback Kyle Trask looks to become the first Gator to finish a season leading the country in both passing yards and passing touchdowns. He also needs just 43 passing yards to have the most passing yards in a season by any player ever to play FBS football in the state of Florida. Florida State’s Chris Weinke currently holds the record (2000).

Intriguing Stat for Oklahoma: The Sooners have had six straight seasons with a quarterback that finished with over 2,500 passing yards and 25 passing touchdowns — the longest active streak in the country. They are also one of three programs to have an active New Year’s Six Bowl streak appearance of five or more, joining Clemson and Ohio State.


NO. 24 TULSA (6-2, 6-0) VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE (3-7, 3-7)

When: Thursday Dec. 31, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, TX)

Line: Tulsa -2.5; O/U: 47

All-Time Match-ups: No Previous Match-ups

Bowl Game Record for Tulsa: 21 Bowls, 10-11, .476 W-L% (W1)

Bowl Game Record for Mississippi State: 23 Bowls, 13-10, .565 W-L% (L2)

Intriguing Stat for Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane have just their second winning season in the last eight years. They also have been to Armed Forces Bowl twice before, losing in 2006 and 2011.

Intriguing Stat for Mississippi State: The Bulldogs look to become the worst team by winning percentage (.300) to win a bowl game. They are just the second program in FBS history to enter multiple bowl games with a losing record, joining North Texas.


BALL STATE (6-1, 5-1) VS. NO. 22 SAN JOSÉ STATE (7-0, 6-0)

When: Thursday Dec. 31, 2 p.m. ET (CBS)

Where: Arizona Stadium (Tucson, AZ)

Line: San José State -9.5; O/U: 64

All-Time Match-ups: No Previous Match-ups

Bowl Game Record for Ball State: 7 Bowls, 0-7, .000 W-L% (L7)

Bowl Game Record for San José State: 10 Bowls, 7-3, .700 (W4)

Intriguing Stat for Ball State: The Cardinals are one of six schools who are winless in their bowl game appearances. However, Ball State has played in seven games, while the other five schools have played in just one or two games.

Intriguing Stat for San José State: The Spartans look to complete the first undefeated season in the program’s 71 seasons. They would also become the first Mountain West Conference team to finish a season undefeated since TCU completed the feat in 2010.


WEST VIRGINIA (5-4, 4-4) VS. ARMY (9-2)

When: Thursday Dec. 31, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Memphis, TN)

Line: West Virginia -7; O/U: 41.5

All-Time Match-ups: Army leads 2-1 (No Previous Bowl Game Match-Ups)

Bowl Game Record for West Virginia: 37 Bowls, 15-22, .405 W-L% (L3)

Bowl Game Record for Army: 8 Bowls, 6-2, .750 W-L% (W4)

Intriguing Stat for West Virginia: The Mountaineers look to avoid back-to-back non-winning seasons for the first time since 1979 and1980. They are 1-6 in bowl games since joining the Big 12 in 2012.

Intriguing Stat for Army: The Black Knights look to have their third season with 10 or more wins in the last four years. The only other time they reached double-digit wins in school history was in 1996, when they finished 10-2.


ARKANSAS (3-7, 3-7) VS. TCU (6-4, 5-4)

When: Thursday Dec. 31, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Where: NRG Stadium (Houston, TX)

Line: TCU -4.5; O/U: 57

All-Time Match-ups: Arkansas leads 44-24-2 (No Previous Bowl Game Match-ups)

Bowl Game Record for Arkansas: 42 Bowls, 15-24-3, .393 W-L% (L1)

Bowl Game Record for TCU: 34 Bowls, 17-16-1, .515 W-L% (W2)

Intriguing Stat for Arkansas: The Razorbacks will finish with their fourth consecutive losing season — the first time the program has done this since 1940-43.

Intriguing Stat for TCU: Horned Frogs’ quarterback Max Duggan is one of four players to have double-digit passing touchdowns and double-digit rushing touchdowns this season. He joins Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder, BYU’s Zach Wilson, and Liberty’s Malik Willis.

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