Bowl Schedule For Thursday
Thursday, December 29 will feature three bowl games, with action beginning at 1 pm.
One team will have a winning season on the line, while three ranked teams will be in action, including two going at it in the nightcap.
Birmingham Bowl---South Carolina vs. South Florida---Birmingham, Alabama---1:30 pm---ESPN
South Florida is 10-2 on the year, while South Carolina is currently 6-6.
USF enters the game riding a four-game win streak, powering its way to a school-record 10 wins. South Carolina, on the other hand, has lost two of its past three games, including a 56-7 drubbing by Clemson in the last game.
At 292.2 rushing yards per game, USF ranks fifth in the FBS in the category. Conversely, the South Carolina defense lists 89th in rush defense, surrendering 202.8 yards per game on the ground.
The Bulls have two players that rushed for over 1,000 yards this year for the first time in school history, paced by Quinton Flowers. Marlon Mack added 1,137 yards on 161 carries. USF is one of only four schools in the country to have two 1,000-yard rushers this season.
The Gamecock defense has been opportunistic in 2016, recording 14 interceptions, with three players each hauling three a piece.
Belk Bowl---Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech---Charlotte, North Carolina---4:30 pm---ESPN
Arkansas is 7-5 on the season, while 22nd-ranked Virginia Tech is currently 9-4.
The Razorbacks struggled down the stretch, dropping 3 of their last 5 games, while the Hokies won 5 of 6, before falling to Clemson in the ACC title game, 42-35.
Arkansas is led by running back Rawleigh Williams III, who has rushed for 1,326 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Virginia Tech is paced by quarterback Jerod Evans, who has thrown for 3,309 yards and 27 touchdowns, while rushing for another 759 yards and 10 scores.
Alamo Bowl---Colorado vs. Oklahoma St.---San Antonio, Texas---8 pm---ESPN
This may be the best match-up of the day, and one of the better ones of the bwol season, with 10th-ranked Colorado taking on 12th-ranked Oklahoma St.
The Buffaloes, who lost in the Pac-12 title game to Washington, 41-10, after winning 6-straight, is 10-3, while Oklahoma St., who dropped their regular season finale to Oklahoma, 38-20, after winning 7-straight, is currently 9-3.
Colorado has a terrific offense, led by quarterback Sefo Liufau, who has thrown for 2,171 yards and 11 touchdowns, while rushing for another 496 yards and 7 scores, along with running back Phillip Lindsay, who has rushed for 1,189 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Oklahoma St. who can move the pigskin as well, features quarterback Mason Rudolph, who has passed for 3,777 yards and 25 touchdowns, and running back Justice Hill, who has rushed for 1.042 yards and five touchdowns.