ATLANTA, GA. (Sporting Alert) — The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the Vizio Fiesta Bowl and the Capital One Orange Bowl are all up grabs in the college football New Year’s Eve schedule on Wednesday, Dec. 31.
The action gets on the way with what is expected to be a very exciting clash that features two of the nation’s top 10 teams — No. 6 TCU and No. 9 Ole Miss, in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, live on ESPN and WatchESPN.
TCU (11-1) has not put a foot wrong since surrendering a big lead and eventually losing 61-58 to Baylor on Oct 11.
In fact, the Horned Frogs won seven straight after that defeat and knocked off three top 25 teams on their way to moving to No. 3 in the college football playoff rankings.
A place in the first-ever college football playoff was all but sure them, until the committee released the final CFP rankings which saw TCU disappointedly dropping from third to sixth and ultimately out of the New Year’s top four games.
Like the Horned Frogs, the Rebels (9-3) also had playoff aspirations at one point after opening the season with a 7-0 record and sat as high as No. 3 in the rankings.
However, their playoff dreams crashed with back-to-back defeats to LSU and Auburn before suffering a third defeat of the season — a shocking 30-0 loss at Arkansas on Nov 22.
Both teams admitted to feeling somewhat disappointed at being able to play for the national title, but this game has the calibre of being a championship showdown.
Ole Miss and TCU are ranked second and third, respectively in the FBS in defensive efficiency this season, while the Rebels are first in points against, at 13.8.
“We feel like this is a playoff game,” said coach TCU Gary Patterson. “Ole Miss was as high as third in the nation, they play at a very high level.”
The game should also be a fun battle between both starting quarterbacks, who have combined for 52 touchdowns this season.
TCU junior quarterback Trevone Boykin has completed 60.5 percent of his passes this season for 3714 yards and 30 touchdowns, while senior Bo Wallace, who is aiming to become “the first Rebels quarterback to start and win three bowl games” — has a 61.2 percent passing completion for 3085 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Another bowl game on New Year’s Eve will see No. 10 Arizona and No. 20 Boise State facing-off for the Vizio Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium, in Arizona.
In the night’s other bowl game, former No. 1 No. 7 Mississippi State and No. 12 Georgia Tech battle for the Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium, in Miami.
The Bulldogs was the top-ranked team for five weeks before they had their nine-game win streak snapped by Alabama, in a 25-20 defeat on Nov. 15.
College Football Bowl Live TV Channels
Wednesday, December 31
No. 9 Ole Miss vs. No. 6 TCU – ESPN/WatchESPN
TIME (ET) 12:30 PM
CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL
No. 20 Boise State vs. No. 10 Arizona – ESPN/WatchESPN
TIME (ET) 4:00 PM
VIZIO FIESTA BOWL
No. 7 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Georgia Tech – ESPN/WatchESPN
TIME (ET) 8:00 PM
CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL