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You know all about Saturday’s marquee video games because the College Football Playoff kicks off with the semifinals: Clemson-Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl and Alabama-Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. But the remainder of Saturday’s bowl time table units up for numerous drama as smartly.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Michigan (10-2) vs. Florida (Nine-Three)

Time, TV: Noon ET, ESPN

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Reasons to watch

Michigan is taking part in on Dec. 29, however now not the sport it idea it will be. It’s College Football Playoff Saturday, and the Wolverines had been wins away in opposition to Ohio State and Northwestern from going to the Orange Bowl to play Alabama. This sport now turns into a referendum at the season and the Jim Harbaugh generation. Blowing away Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State used to be terrific, however the group didn’t cross the largest checks in opposition to Notre Dame and Ohio State. A victory would not make issues significantly better, however it will stay the offseason from being in point of fact tough.

The Gators had been coming off a dull season underneath Jim McElwain, however Dan Mullen modified issues in a rush with extra of an offensive spark to pass with the terrific protection. The Gators are taking part in with space cash, going from Four-7 to Nine-Three, however a win can be a large observation. Lose, and no matter — Mullen is popping this system round.

Players to watch

QB Shea Patterson, Michigan: He by no means confronted Florida in his few years at Mississippi. He stepped in at Michigan and used to be precisely what the group wanted, finishing 65 % of his throws with 21 touchdowns and 5 alternatives unfold during the season. 

QB Feleipe Franks, Florida: He submit a just right season, finishing 59 % of his passes for two,284 yards and 23 rankings with six alternatives and speeding for 276 yards and 6 TDs, however the offense hasn’t exploded rather but. After two losses in a row, he led a large comeback in opposition to South Carolina at the method to a three-game profitable streak. He’s now not impressive, however he doesn’t make errors. 

Belk Bowl

South Carolina (7-Five) vs. Virginia (7-Five)

Time, TV: Noon ET, ABC

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Reasons to watch

Can Virginia stay pushing after a tight season? The fan base had some amusing at the method to a 6-2 get started, however ACC identify desires temporarily ended with losses in 3 of the remaining 4 video games. This is a superb, sound group that got here up with an ideal win over Miami and rocked Duke.

South Carolina’s 7-Five report isn’t what the enthusiasts sought after, however the losses got here in opposition to Georgia (CFP just right), at Kentucky (shockingly just right), Texas A&M (shut struggle with a robust group), at Florida (cave in to an ideal group) and at Clemson (within the CFP). It’s been a bizarre season with early blowouts, overdue blowouts and a number of other just right battles. If not anything else, the Gamecocks aren’t uninteresting.

Players to watch

QB Jake Bentley, South Carolina: He throws a couple of too many interceptions, however he constructed off his good comeback win over Michigan in remaining 12 months’s Outback Bowl to pop out as a 250-yard passing device. Throwing for greater than 10 yards consistent with cross in November, he has to be nice.

QB Bryce Perkins, Virginia: The Arizona State switch grew to become out to be the easiest have compatibility, finishing 64 % of his probabilities for just about 2,500 yards and 22 TDs with 9 alternatives, and speeding for 842 yards and 9 TDs. He carried the group now and then and reduce down on his interceptions with simply two within the ultimate six video games after throwing seven within the first six. After dropping a fumble overdue within the loss to Virginia Tech, that is his shot to make amends.

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arkansas State (Eight-Four) vs. Nevada (7-Five)

Time, TV: 1:15 p.m. ET, CBSSN

Arizona Stadium, Tucson

Reasons to watch

Arkansas State didn’t have the season it used to be hoping for, nevertheless it rolled to wins in 5 of its remaining six video games, together with its remaining 4. It has a deadly offense; the Red Wolves scored 31 issues or extra in every in their remaining six video games.

Nevada quietly had a robust season underneath second-year trainer Jay Norvell. The Wolf Pack gained 4 in a row ahead of dropping the competition sport to UNLV. The Air Raid offense is meant to be a factor, however as an alternative, the protection used to be terrific.

Players to watch

QB Ty Gangi, Nevada: The senior got here thru along with his highest season, finishing 61 % of his passes for three,131 yards and 23 TDs and operating for 155 yards and 3 rankings. Interceptions had been a subject matter (11), however he in the end will get to play in a bowl sport. 

QB Justice Hansen, Arkansas State: A statistical famous person, Hansen threw for shut to Three,200 yards with 27 TDs and 6 interceptions and ran for just about 400 yards and 6 rankings. The 6-Four, 224-pounder will most probably be drafted — he’ll indisputably be a part of an NFL camp — with just right mobility to pass along with his deep arm. He has thrown one interception within the remaining six video games.

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