If you are a fan of NCAA College Football, this is the best time of the year.
All the regular season games are out of the way, and it is a three week bonanza of bowl games that are on just about every day from now until January 2 2021.
And then, we get the College Football Playoff Championship Game on January 11, which is looking likely to be another high-powered shootout between future NFL stars under center, no matter which of Alabama, Clemson, or Ohio State is in the final (sorry Notre Dame, you have no shot against the Crimson Tide).
The action kicks off Monday, December 21 with the Myrtle Beach Bowl between Appalachian State and North Texas, and continues every day except Sunday, December 27 (the NFL games play that day) until four games take the field on January 2.
Of course, the CFP Semifinals are on New Year’s Day, with the new-look Rose Bowl game, moved from Pasadena to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Top-seeded Alabama will take on fourth-seeded Notre Dame (5:05 p.m. EST), in a game that the sports books around the country expect to be an absolute mauling.
The Crimson Tide are already a -19.5 point favorite, with money line odds of -1130, and many are taking Alabama to cover that huge point spread with its prolific offense. The fact that Notre Dame looked toothless in a 34-10 loss Saturday to the Tigers does not inspire much confidence in bettors and the sports books.
The second CFB Semifinal, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, will see second-seeded Clemson (-8 point favorite, -341 money line favorite) take on third-seeded Ohio State, in a rematch of last year’s semifinal, won by Clemson 29-23. But Ohio State struggled Saturday, and many bettors think we will see a fifth Clemson-Alabama showdown in the Playoff era, and fourth for the title.