So New Year's Day fell on a Sunday. We were all deprived of our annual college football binge to start the year. No longer! This year, the biggest bowl games start on Monday the 2nd. And after Clemson and Alabama steamrolled their way to the title game (which is Jan. 9 at 8:30 p.m. EST, by the way), we're hoping for some close games for a change.
Here are the four big games, in chronological order (all times Eastern).
Cotton Bowl, 1 p.m. (ESPN): Wisconsin (8) vs. Western Michigan (15)
This is the biggest bowl game in WMU history. So there's your underdog story.
Outback Bowl, 1 p.m. (ABC): Iowa (unranked) vs. Florida (17)
This game takes place in Tampa. So the Gators might have just a little bit of a home-field advantage.
Rose Bowl, 5 p.m. (ESPN): Penn State (5) vs. Southern California (9)
Many thought PSU should have been in the playoff. USC overcame a rocky 1-3 start to surge through the rankings.
Penn State fans haven't forgotten their rankings snub.
Sugar Bowl, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN): Oklahoma (7) vs. Auburn (14)
Two teams with a long history of college football dominance square off in the last non-championship college football game of the season.