It’s the last day of the year, but there is still a lot of football to play as the college football season draws to a close.
Four games highlight the action on New Year’s Eve, including a pair of bowls featuring ranked teams. No. 24 Tulsa plays Mississippi State in the Armed Forces Bowl held at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, followed by No. 22 San Jose State facing Ball State in the Arizona Bowl at Arizona Stadium in Tucson.
The other two games have no ranked teams, but do include three Power 5 programs. West Virginia plays the Army at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis before the night with Arkansas and TCU concludes at the Texas Bowl held at the Texans’ home. NRG Stadium.
College Football Schedule: What Games Are Today?
Here’s the full schedule for Thursday’s college football games, plus final results and how to watch each game live.
Thursday December 31
|Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl||State of Mississippi vs. Tulsa||Noon and||ESPN, both|
|AutoZone Liberty Bowl||West Virginia vs. the Army||4 pm ET||ESPN, both|
|Arizona Bowl||San Jose State vs. Ball State||4 pm ET||CBS SN, both|
|Texas bowl||TCU vs. Arkansas||8 pm ET||ESPN, both|
Tulsa vs. the state of Mississippi
Normally, 3 wins wouldn’t lead a team to a bowl game, but nonetheless, Mike Leach’s Mississippi State team made the postseason at 3-7. Will Rodgers has been an effective quarterback down the stretch for the Bulldogs after benching KJ Costello, but Tulsa’s passing defense is one of the best units in the country allowing just 194.0 yards per game. Tulsa’s only two losses this year were to qualified teams.
West Virginia vs. the Army
West Virginia was originally scheduled to face Tennessee, while a nine-win Army team was forced to stay home. Fortunately for the Black Knights, the Volunteers had COVID issues and West Virginia needed an opponent. The Mountaineers finished 5-4 and have a top-10 pass defense, but that’s probably a moot point since Army rarely throws the ball.
San Jose State vs. Ball State
No. 22 San Jose State (7-0) has made a big change with coach Brent Brennan. The Spartans were 8-29 in their first three seasons before ending this year undefeated with a Mountain West title. Ball State (6-1) had an equally impressive finish, recording six straight wins to end the season, including a 38-28 loss to Buffalo in the MAC championship game.
TCU vs. Arkansas
Arkansas (3-7) is in its third head coach since the Razorbacks last won a bowl game in 2016, but Sam Pittman has far exceeded expectations in his inaugural season. Former Florida quarterback Felipe Franks has had an equally impressive season after being replaced by Kyle Trask with the Gators. Franks has completed an Arkansas record with 68.5 percent passing. TCU (6-4) has had a bumpy season beating Texas but also losing by three touchdowns to West Virginia.
How to watch and stream college football games live
The New Year’s Eve bowl will air live on national television, and the games will air on ESPN and the CBS Sports Network. Live streaming options include WatchESPN, CBS All Access, or both, offering a free seven-day trial.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.