Bowl Season Rewind

January 3, 2022 Bowl Season Rewind

By: Carlos Alvarez

#1 Alabama & #3 Georgia Set for All-SEC Rematch in CFP Title Game

The stage is set. After a full holiday schedule of bowl games to stamp the end of the 2021 college football season, two teams remain for a winner-take-all showdown in Indianapolis. No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia were blowout winners of No. 4 Cincinnati and No. 2 Michigan, respectively, on New Year’s Eve. Both SEC juggernauts won by 20-plus en route to the title game. It’ll be their second meeting season — Alabama won the SEC Championship (41-24) — and their second clash in the CFP championship. Alabama beat Georgia in 2017 (26-23).


Here’s a list of all the bowl game highlights from the holiday break, starting with the playoff semifinals.


CFB Playoff Semifinals

#1 Alabama def. #4 Cincinnati (27-6)

#3 Georgia def. #2 Michigan (34-11)


New Year’s Six Bowl Games

#9 Oklahoma State def. #5 Notre Dame (37-35)

#6 Ohio State def. #11 Utah (48-45)

#7 Baylor def. #8 Ole Miss (21-7)

#10 Michigan State def. #12 Pittsburgh (31-21)


Other Notable Bowl Games

UAB def. #13 BYU (31-28)

#23 Louisiana def. Marshall (36-21)

#16 Oklahoma def. #14 Oregon (47-32)

#19 Clemson def. Iowa State (20-13)

#17 Wake Forest def. Rutgers (38-10)

#22 Kentucky def. #15 Iowa (20-17)


Additional Storylines

CBS Sports: Cotton Bowl Takeaways: Tide Roll Into 6th CFP Title Game

NY Times: A Renewed Georgia Pummels Michigan to Reach National Title Game

ESPN: Ohio State’s Jaxson Smith-Njigba & C.J. Stroud Smash Records in Rose Bowl Win


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