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Dec 23, 2021

  • ESPN staff

We’ve made it past the college football regular season and are heading full steam ahead into the 2021 bowl season, and there are surely going to be plenty of highlights over the next couple of weeks.

From the MVP of bowl season so far to the best on-field plays to the hilarious Cheez-It and (hopefully?) mayo showers, we’ve got it all covered.

Let’s get bowling!

Full schedule | Results | Previews | Predictions

Friday’s bowl

.@ESPNEvents Statement on the @HawaiiBowl

— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) December 24, 2021

Saturday’s bowl

TaxAct Camellia Bowl
Georgia State vs. Ball State

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama
2:30 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Storyline to watch: The offenses for both Ball State and Georgia State have not produced a ton of points this season. Ball State ranks No. 94 in points scored per game with 24.42, and Georgia State ranks 82nd with 26.25 points per game. The defenses for both teams haven’t been great at keeping points off the board, though, so this should be a pretty even matchup that could come down to a few points. — Tom VanHaaren

Bowl season MVP so far

Hard to pass up Levi Williams leading Wyoming to a 52-38 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl win against Kent State. Williams became the first QB in FBS history with at least 200 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in a bowl game. Oh, and he passed for 127 yards and another score.

Levi Williams outran the entire defense for rushing TD No. 4️⃣ ⚡️

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 21, 2021

Best of bowl season

A-plus troll game, UCF.

We couldn’t choose just one 😏

— UCF Knights (@UCFKnights) December 24, 2021

Well. Not sure how this really happened.

— no context college football (@nocontextcfb) December 18, 2021

Lots of dance-offs happening this bowl season.

Dance off!@NMBowl@PaydirtPete

— Caesar Cubillos (@IceCubillos) December 17, 2021

Oh, it’s on.

Not sure which is better: the 80-yard TD or the dance 🤔

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 21, 2021

See Spot … dance?

Mizzou has a dancing robot named “Spot” 😳

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 23, 2021

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl
UCF 29, Florida 17

No stopping Ryan O’Keefe on this night: 110 rushing yards, 85 receiving yards, TD.

Ryan O’Keefe left his defender in the dust 💨

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 24, 2021

Frisco Football Classic
Miami (Ohio) 27, North Texas 14

.@MiamiOHFootball wins the inaugural Frisco Football Classic!

The Redhawks end their year with a winning record for the third consecutive season 👏

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 24, 2021

One down, seven to go.

NDSU has won 8 national championships in Frisco since 2011. Pretty sure the Bison are the Undisputed Frisco Champs.

— Joshua A. Swanson (@Swany8) December 24, 2021

It was ruled a TD on the field and confirmed via replay. Thoughts?



Brett Gabbert floats in an 11-yard pass to Nate Muersch for a stellar touchdown.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Army 24, Missouri 22

Game. Winner. Good.



Army kicker Cole Talley nails the 41-yard field goal as time expires to win the Armed Forces Bowl.

Army’s Jakobi Buchanan was not about to be kept out of the end zone.

Jakobi Buchanan hit the end zone like a freight train 💪

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 23, 2021

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl
No. 24 San Diego State 38, UTSA 24

San Diego State’s Jesse Matthews took flight for the first of his two first-half touchdowns.

A better angle at @AztecFB 1st TD.

— Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (@FriscoBowlGame) December 22, 2021

They’re not wrong.

G5 FOOTBALL IS SO MUCH FUN!!! We are going to say this is the best Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl ever.

— Sickos Committee (@SickosCommittee) December 22, 2021

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Wyoming 52, Kent State 38

Let’s hope you picked the over for this one.


— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 21, 2021

You want fries with that? Yes, please.

FRENCH FRY BATH 🍟 @IDPotatoBowl | @wyo_football

— ESPN (@espn) December 22, 2021

Myrtle Beach Bowl Presented by TaxAct
Tulsa 30, Old Dominion 17

Nice way to kick off the Myrtle Beach Bowl, LaMareon James.


— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 20, 2021

Teal field ✔
Blue Cowboy hat ✔
Golden Hurricane victory ✔


We’ve got a 30-10 lead with 9:04 remaining in the game!

— Tulsa Football (@TulsaFootball) December 20, 2021

Joe Anderson’s day gets even better as Tulsa celebrates postgame.

Joe Anderson is on SCHOLARSHIP! 👑🌀

— Tulsa Football (@TulsaFootball) December 21, 2021

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Louisiana 36, Marshall 21

Make it 13 straight.

Louisiana finishes the season 13-1!

Its 13 straight wins continue the longest winning streak in program history 🙌 @RaginCajunsFB

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 19, 2021

Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl pres. by Stifel
Utah State 24, Oregon State 13

When you have your own bowl, you can do this sort of thing.



Jimmy Kimmel tries his hand at the clarinet before the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl.

Are you also scared of the dark?

— no context college football (@nocontextcfb) December 18, 2021

Not bad for a first-timer.

.@USUFootball’s Cooper Legas’ first career pass attempt was a 62-yard TD.

What a moment 🔥

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 19, 2021

LendingTree Bowl
Liberty 56, Eastern Michigan 20

Liberty reminds everyone of that perfect bowl record.

3-for-3 and 1-of-2 to ever do it.

— Liberty Football (@LibertyFootball) December 19, 2021

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
UAB 31, BYU 28

How do you stop this? You don’t.

UAB is up 14-0 on No. 13 BYU 👀

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 18, 2021

PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl
Fresno State 31, UTEP 24

This is what everyone should think of when they think of a QB sneak.

UTEP ran the fake QB sneak to perfection 😤

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 18, 2021

Why you always keep your eyes on the ball.

💀💀 @FTB_Vids_YT

— no context college football (@nocontextcfb) December 18, 2021

Cricket Celebration Bowl
South Carolina State 31, Jackson State 10

South Carolina State’s celebrations are really just the best.

It must be finals week because that was a textbook play by #2 📚💯

INTERCEPTION, ‘DOGS.#GoDogs | #PrideOfTheValley

— Fresno State Football 🧸 (@FresnoStateFB) December 18, 2021

Not exactly sure what strategy this is, but it’s working quite well!

HE DID IT AGAIN! 😂😂😂 @dyson_roberts 🔥🔥

— ✯✯✯✯✯ (@FTB_Vids_YT) December 18, 2021

More trolling, please.



SC State QB Corey Fields Jr. finds Shaquan Davis for a touchdown, and Davis proceeds to mimic Deion Sanders’ TD dance.

Here we have a very on-brand Deion Sanders.

Deion Sanders 🐐 😎

— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) December 18, 2021 Boca Raton Bowl
Western Kentucky 59, App State 38

Hats off to Bailey Zappe on an incredible year.

Incredible accomplishment for Bailey Zappe 😤 @WKUFootball

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 18, 2021 play


Bailey Zappe grabs the FBS record for touchdown passes in a season after finding receiver Mitchell Tinsley for his 61st TD pass of the year.

Why don’t all the bowls feature skydivers doing this?

The Bowl has got field goal kicking skydivers!! *very sickos video quality*

— Sickos Committee (@SickosCommittee) December 18, 2021

House call!


— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 18, 2021

Can we get the story behind this obvious friendship?

— no context college football (@nocontextcfb) December 18, 2021

How do you prepare for a bowl game? You go bowling.

Going Bowling 🤝 Going Bowling#GoTops | @BocaBowl 🎳

— WKU Football (@WKUFootball) December 17, 2021

Tailgreeter Cure Bowl
Coastal Carolina 47, Northern Illinois 41

The best way to celebrate.


— teddyg (@teddyjgallagher) December 18, 2021

We love seeing all the new things teams come up with to celebrate big plays.



After Silas Kelly forces a turnover, his Coastal Carolina teammates celebrate by proclaiming him king, “Game Of Thrones” style.

In more of things that did not go according to plan.



Northern Illinois tries to take a trick play from “The Longest Yard,” but it doesn’t go as planned.

A good dog and a good chant: What more could you want?

Chauncey and I meeting as friends before the big @CureBowl battle between @NIU_Football and @CoastalFootball tomorrow 🏈🌴 #friendsnotfood #BowlSeason

— Mission II (@NIUMission) December 16, 2021

The Chanticleers are definitely hyped up for Friday’s game.

No one has more fun than the Chants: @CureBowl Pep Rally Edition

— Coastal Football (@CoastalFootball) December 16, 2021

And they’re cleaning up nicely.

Cleaned up nicely for the @CureBowl👔🏈#BEL1EVE | #STRIKETHESTONE | #TEALNATION

— Coastal Football (@CoastalFootball) December 16, 2021

Bahamas Bowl
Middle Tennessee 31, Toledo Rockets 24

In case it hasn’t been clear all season, we love big-man plays.


— ✯✯✯✯✯ (@FTB_Vids_YT) December 17, 2021

Well. It’s not what you want.

— Sickos Committee (@SickosCommittee) December 17, 2021

This touchdown is a thing of beauty.



Dequan Finn airs it out to Matt Landers, who bobbles the ball before pulling it in and racing away for an 90-yard score.

Keep all these amazing catches coming.



Jarrin Pierce makes a sensational catch as Middle Tennessee State marches down the field before Frank Peasant runs in for a touchdown.

Look at these views!

These views from Nassau 🤩🌴

Bowl season kicks off now! @TheBahamasBowl is live on @espn 🍿

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 17, 2021

We’ve got plenty of great pregame action with this Bahamas Bowl dance-off.

See who won today’s dance off between @ToledoFB and @MT_FB at the #BahamasBowl Beach Bash.

— Bahamas Bowl (@TheBahamasBowl) December 15, 2021

All in on mayo

Are we … finally getting … a mayo shower? *Fingers crossed this happens.*

We apologize…

— Duke’s Mayo Bowl (@DukesMayoBowl) December 5, 2021

— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 17, 2021