College Football Playoff: 2021 New Year’s Six bowl games set

By Kevin Kelley -

The College Football Playoff 2021 New Year’s Six bowl games were officially announced by the College Football Playoff selection committee on Sunday.

New Year’s Six bowl game matchups announced this afternoon include the Allstate Sugar Bowl (Baylor vs. Ole Miss), Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Michigan State vs. Pitt), PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State), and the Rose Bowl Game (Ohio State vs. Utah).

Earlier today, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced the semifinal pairings. No. 1 Alabama will face No. 4 Cincinnati in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, Texas, and No. 2 Michigan will take on No. 3 Georgia in the Capital One Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla. Both semifinal games are slated for Friday, Dec. 31, 2021.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will be played on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 at 7:00pm ET, one day prior to the semifinal games. The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Rose Bowl Game, and Allstate Sugar Bowl are all scheduled for New Year’s Day, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, at 1:00pm ET, 5:00pm ET, and 8:30pm ET, respectively.

The College Football Playoff National Championship is set for Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The game will be televised by ESPN at 8:00pm ET.

Below is the complete list of matchups for the 2021 New Year’s Six games:

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 | 7pm ET, ESPN
(10) Michigan State vs. (12) Pitt
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Ga.
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PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 | 1pm ET, ESPN
(5) Notre Dame vs. (9) Oklahoma State
State Farm Stadium – Glendale, Ariz.
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Rose Bowl Game
Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 | 5pm ET, ESPN
(6) Ohio State vs. (11) Utah
Rose Bowl Stadium – Pasadena, CA
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Allstate Sugar Bowl
Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 | 8:30pm ET, ESPN
(7) Baylor vs. (8) Ole Miss
Caesars Superdome – New Orleans, LA
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Goodyear Cotton Bowl
Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 | 3:30pm ET, ESPN
(4) Cincinnati vs. (1) Alabama
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX
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Capital One Orange Bowl
Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 | 7:30pm ET, ESPN
(3) Georgia vs. (2) Michigan
Hard Rock Stadium – Miami Gardens, FL
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CFP National Championship
Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 – 8pm ET, ESPN
Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
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All four of the remaining NY6 bowls have matchups I like.

The Rose Bowl with Utah v Ohio State and the Fiesta gets non-Group of Five teams for a change with Notre Dame v Oklahoma State particularly stand out.