There are three bowl games on tap for today. Kyle Whittingham and the Utah Utes will get things started when they face the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl at 10:30 am.
Whittingham’s .909 winning percentage in bowl games is the NCAA all-time best. He’s 10-1 in bowl games. That’s pretty impressive.
The Utes haven’t lost a bowl game since the 2010 Las Vegas Bowl.
Meanwhile, the Mountaineers finished the regular season in 5th place in the Big 12. They are 7-5 overall and 5-4 in their conference. Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen is 2-3 in bowl games.
Utah should win this one.
The second bowl game today is the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit featuring the Duke Blue Devils against the Northern Illinois Huskies.
Northern Illinois finished 2nd in the MAC Western Division with an 8-4 record overall and a 6-2 record in conference play. Meanwhile, Duke tied for fourth in the ACC Coastal with a 6-6 overall record and 3-5 record in conference play.
Duke is led by head coach David Cutcliffe, who is 1-3 in bowl games since becoming the Blue Devils head coach. Across the field, the Huskies are led by head coach Ron Carey. Carey has compiled a record of 44-23 with Northern Illinois, but he is 0-4 in bowl games.
This one will probably be a close game, but Duke has faced tougher competition all season in the ACC. So, look for a Blue Devil win.
That takes us to today’s top game, which, of course, features UCLA against Kansas State in the Cactus Bowl at 6 pm PT.
Here’s today’s full schedule:
College Football Bowl Schedule for Tuesday, December 26, 2017
|Tuesday, December 26||Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl||Cotton Bowl||Dallas, TX||Utah vs. West Virginia||10:30 AM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Tuesday, December 26||Quick Lane Bowl||Ford Field||Detroit, MI||Duke vs. Northern Illinois||2:15 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Tuesday, December 26||Cactus Bowl||Chase Field||Phoenix, AZ||Kansas State vs. UCLA||6:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
This is your College Football Bowl Game open thread for today’s games.