New Year’s Day always means one thing to college football fans. Yep…bowl game heaven.
So, here’s the lowdown:
After they missed out on the CFP and New Year’s Six, Number 13 Alabama and Number 14 Michigan met Wednesday in the Citrus Bowl.
Alabama fell behind 16-14 at the half, until quarterback Mac Jones connected with Devonta Smith for a 42-yard touchdown to claim a 21-16 lead. The Wolverines just weren’t able to find the end zone again, as the Crimson Tide piled on two more touchdowns, for a 35-16 win.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated Auburn, 31-24, in the Outback Bowl. Tigers’ running back Mohamed Ibrahim led the day with 140 yards and a touchdown, while Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson caught 12 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns in his final game.
That includes the game-winning, 73-yard catch from Tanner Morgan around the 10:26 mark of the fourth quarter.
The two teams got field goals early in the first quarter, before Auburn’s Noah Igbinoghene ran 96 yards for a touchdown. Minnesota caught up with two scores in the second quarter before Auburn quarterback Bo Nix connected with Sal Canella to momentarily regain the lead with a 37-yard touchdown.
Minnesota’s defense allowed Auburn just 56 rushing yards and 232 total yards for the day.
Number 6 Oregon played Number 8 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.
Both offenses got off to slow starts. Oregon went 75 yards on 12 plays to score a touchdown at the beginning of the game. Justin Herbert finished that drive with a four-yard touchdown run.
Soon thereafter, Wisconsin answered with a 99-yard kick return from Aron Cruickshank to tie the game, and forced a Herbert interception on the first play of the next drive. That got the Badgers a field goal.
An interception by Jack Coan put Oregon in Wisconsin territory again, allowing Herbert to find the end zone for his second rushing touchdown.
Cruickshank then returned another kick to midfield, allowing for Wisconsin to take the lead, 17-14, with a touchdown drive going into halftime.
The second half of the game began with Oregon returning a botched snap on a Wisconsin punt for a touchdown. Wisconsin answered that with a touchdown drive to retake the lead, 24-21, into the fourth quarter, following by a field goal with about 12 minutes to go.
Oregon fumbled the ball but then recovered it, with Herbert running for a 30-yard touchdown to win a close game, 28-27.
Meanwhile, Number 5 Georgia looks to stay above Number 7 Baylor in the Sugar Bowl.
Happy New Year from everyone at Fox Sports 640 South Florida!