Are You Ready for Some Michigan State Football?

Happy New Year! Kicking off the New Year with non-stop college football action is one of the great traditions in America. It’s a great time to gather around the house with friends and family, and indulge in the scintillating action of some of the season’s most exciting bowl games.

This year’s slate of games will be particularly exciting. Not only does Michigan State play Baylor in the Cotton Bowl, which promises to be one of the electrifying games of the day, but the first two games in the history of the College Football Playoff will also take place. Here are three of the games to look forward to, along with broadcasting information and a breakdown of what to expect!

Michigan State Spartans vs. Baylor Bears

Cotton Bowl: Arlington, Texas

12:30 PM on ESPN

Our East Lansing neighbors are in the heart of Texas gearing up for one of the biggest football games they’ve ever played. The Spartans will be looking to pull the upset against Baylor, one of the most explosive teams in the country. Michigan State will play the game without Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who recently accepted the head coaching position at Pittsburgh. But the Spartans still have Tony Lippett, Jeremy Langford, Kurtis Drummond and a group of other senior playmakers looking to end their careers with a win.

Florida State vs. Oregon

Rose Bowl: Pasadena, California

5 PM on ESPN

Quarterback Jameis Winston and his Florida State Seminoles haven’t lost a game in two seasons. But that could all change for the defending National Champions, who will take on heavy favorite Oregon in the first of two college football playoff games. It’s a matchup of the last two Heisman Trophy winners: Winston and this year’s winner, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota leads a high-flying offensive attack, but will have his work cut out for him against a stingy Seminoles defense.

Alabama vs. Ohio State

Sugar Bowl: New Orleans, Louisiana

8:30 PM on ESPN

Nobody thought Ohio State would be here after starting quarterback Braxton Miller’s season ended before it even began. But here the Buckeyes are, down to third-string quarterback Cardale Jones, with a chance to win the National Championship. They will take on mighty Alabama, who everybody thought would be here. It’s a matchup of two of the game’s best coaches – Alabama’s Nick Saban and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer – and two of the game’s most potent offenses. Alabama is a heavy favorite in this game, but Meyer has been here before and will have the Buckeyes ready to go in their biggest game in years.

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