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5 Dec 2017 04:42 PM EST

-by Sammy Jacobs, Contributing Writer; Image: Washington State quarterback Luke Falk attempts pass. (Image Source: Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

Bloomington, IN—It’s bowl season! Even if your team is at home (like my Indiana Hoosiers) that doesn’t mean football fans cannot enjoy this year’s slate of bowl games. We just love college football and have picked five bowl games, outside of the College Football Playoff, that fans should tune in to:

1. Holiday Bowl: Michigan State (9-3) vs. Washington State (9-3) Dec. 28th 9pm FS1

A matchup between a team that redeemed themselves and one that probably thinks they underachieved. It’ll be fun to see what Wazzu quarterback Luke Falk can do against a stingy Big Ten defense.

2. Alamo Bowl: Stanford (9-4) vs. TCU (10-3), Dec. 28th 9pm ESPN

Both schools are coming off losses in their respective conference title games, but it’s a still an intriguing matchup that features Heisman hopeful running back Bryce Love for Stanford and a 2,800-yard passer in Kenny Hill for TCU.

3. Camping World Bowl: Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Virginia Tech (9-3), 5:15pm, ESPN

It’s strength against strength as Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys go up against a vaunted Virginia Tech defense. The Hokie defense will have a month to prepare for the Oklahoma State aerial attack. Can the Hokie offense keep up?

4. Peach Bowl: Auburn (10-3) vs. Central Florida (13-0), Jan 1st 12:30pm, ESPN

Many Central Florida fans are probably feeling snubbed from the College Football Playoff right now as they were left out despite their status as the nation’s only undefeated FBS team. Auburn is coming off a 28-7 loss to Georgia in the SEC title game that cost the Tigers a spot in the final four, while UCF is dealing with a different kind of loss, as their head man Scott Frost has accepted the Nebraska job. Will Auburn care enough to take care of business in Atlanta and keep UCF from sending a message to the committee that they belong?

5. Cotton Bowl: Ohio State (11-2) vs. Southern California (11-2), Dec. 29th 8:30pm, ESPN

Usually the matchup between the Big Ten and Pac-12 champs is reserved for the Rose Bowl, but that’s a semifinal game and this game between traditional powers will be played in Cowboys Stadium. Can Ohio State get past the playoff snub and avoid a letdown or will they wilt against Sam Darnold and the Trojans and make the committee say ‘I told you so?” Either way this is a fun game.

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