Three more college football bowl games are slated to take place on Thursday, including the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl involving No. 24 Tulsa and Mississippi State.
The two other bowl games listed for today, New Year’s Eve, are the Offerpad Arizona Bowl and the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The Arkansas vs TCU matchup for the Mercari Texas Bowl, which was initially also scheduled for today, was canceled.
All three games today will be available to watch online or live on your cable television. The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces and AutoZone Liberty Bowl games will be aired on ESPN and streaming on WatchESPN, while CBS will provide coverage of the Offerpad Arizona Bowl.
Viewers who do not have a cable subscription, have the option to stream two of the games on WatchESPN or using the ESPN app – using their mobile device, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick. Other options include getting a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream and enjoy the games.
Tulsa vs. Mississippi State
At 12:00 ET, the 24th ranked Tulsa will battle against Mississippi State at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, as they both look to close out the season on a winning note.
The Bulldogs (3-7) are playing in a bowl game despite winning only three games this season and will extend a school record with an 11th straight bowl appearance.
“Everybody was excited about the opportunity to play, or at least it appeared that way to me,” first-year Mississippi State coach Mike Leach said. “Maybe somebody in there’s not, but he’ll get his stack of gear and hopefully that’ll make him happy.”
Meanwhile, Tulsa comes into this game in good form, despite having its six-game winning snapped by Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference championship game.
The Golden Hurricane (6-2) are now aiming to bounce back from that loss and are looking forward to playing against Mississippi State.
“Any time you get a chance to go head to head with a quality team like this it helps from a recruiting standpoint,” coach Philip Montgomery said. “It’s the last game, so it’s the last impression that you’re going to get to make. I think all of those things pay dividends.”
No. 22 San José State vs Ball State
At the Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona, No. 22 San José State will meet Ball State, seeking to finish off the campaign undefeated.
The Spartans (7-0) navigated through the early fixtures undefeated and then wrap things up with a 34-20 win over Boise State for its first Mountain West Conference championship.
It was San José State first win over Boise State after losing all 14 previous meetings with the Broncos.
Ball State enters this game on a six-game winning streak and defeated Buffalo to win the MAC championship in Detroit.
Live television coverage is on CBS at 2:00 p.m. ET.
West Virginia vs Army
The day will conclude at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee, where the West Virginia Mountaineers (5-4) and the Army Black Knights (9-2) will go head-to-head for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Game time is at 4:00 p.m. with ESPN airing the game.
After being unable to find an opponent to close out the bowl schedule, Army was given a lifeline when the Black Knights were selected to replace Tennessee in this matchup.
Army (9-2) had been slated to play in the Independence Bowl, but the game was canceled after several teams opted out.
“They were desperate for an opportunity to play one more time,” Army coach Jeff Monken told ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. “I was just humbled that people would think that much of our team and our young men to be advocates for them.
“Our players can’t advocate for themselves. They got to just take what’s offered. To have people that believe in them and think so highly of this institution and this program, really it’s humbling.”