College Football Rankings 1 To 130: 2021 Season Formula. Who Had The Best Years?

College Football Season Rankings. How did all 130 teams stack up – and who had the most fun – according to the CFN Season Ranking Formula?

The 2021 Final College Football News Season Rankings from No. 1 to 130? How did all the seasons stack up based on the CFN Season Formula.


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CFN College Football Rankings: 2021 Final Season Rankings

CFN 2021 Rankings: Season Formula Final
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10 | Top 5
Combined Opinion & Season Rankings
CFN College Football Season Formula
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The CFN Season Formula is based on straight numbers, wins, losses, and strengths of schedules to measure just how good a season really was, and NOT how good we thought all of the teams were.

That’s what the CFN Opinion Rankings are for.

This is all about evaluating every team’s season from start to finish with an emphasis on the big wins, the painful losses, and who had the toughest and easiest roads.

This formula – used to compare seasons on a historical basis, as well as year-by-year – only cares about victories and the raw numbers, completely taking out the eye test.

It’s simple … was your schedule good, and did you win with it? Then your ranking is high. Was your schedule mediocre? This exposes that. Here’s the breakdown of how the CFN Season Formula is calculated.

One more note before getting started. The idea of the “best” and “worst” wins are based on how important the wins are according to the formula. For example, of course South Carolina’s most important and biggest wins were against Florida, Auburn, and in the bowl game against North Carolina, but technically, beating East Carolina – who finished 7-6 – was the “best” win.

Basically, which teams had the most fun, and which teams didn’t?

130 UMass Minutemen (1-11)

2021 CFN Season Score -6.13
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 130
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 129
Best Win UConn 27-13
Worst Loss Rhode Island 35-22
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 129.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 130

129 UConn Huskies (1-11)

2021 CFN Season Score -5.17
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 129
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 128
Best Win Yale 21-15
Worst Loss Holy Cross 38-28
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 128.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 129

128 Vanderbilt Commodores (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -3.49
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 73
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 104
Best Win Colorado State 24-21
Worst Loss East Tennessee State 23-3
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 116
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 120

127 Akron Zips (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -3.19
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 125
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 127
Best Win at Bowling Green 35-20
Worst Loss Ohio 34-17
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 127
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 127

126 FIU Golden Panthers (1-11)

2021 CFN Season Score -2.49
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 115
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 130
Best Win Long Island 48-10
Worst Loss at Southern Miss 37-17
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 128
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 128

125 Arizona Wildcats (1-11)

2021 CFN Season Score -1.88
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 72
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 86
Best Win Cal 10-3
Worst Loss Northern Arizona 21-19
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 105.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 106

124 Duke Blue Devils (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score -1.03
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 83
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 107
Best Win Northwestern 30-23
Worst Loss Georgia Tech 31-27
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 115.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T118

123 New Mexico State Aggies (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.97
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 126
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 126
Best Win UMass 44-27
Worst Loss at New Mexico 34-25
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 124.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 126

122 New Mexico Lobos (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.95
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 106
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 125
Best Win at Wyoming 14-3
Worst Loss UNLV 31-17
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 123.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 125

121 Kansas Jayhawks (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.65
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 81
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 83
Best Win at Texas 57-56
Worst Loss at Duke 52-33
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 102
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 104

120 UNLV Rebels (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.53
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 110
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 113
Best Win Hawaii 27-13
Worst Loss Eastern Washington 35-33
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 116.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 121

119 Temple Owls (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.29
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 37
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 118
Best Win Memphis 34-31
Worst Loss at USF 34-14
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 118.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T122

118 Northwestern Wildcats (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.24
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 32
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 80
Best Win Rutgers 21-7
Worst Loss at Duke 30-23
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 99
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 101

117 USF Bulls (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.21
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 105
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 103
Best Win Temple 34-14
Worst Loss at Tulane 45-14
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 110
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 112

116 Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.18
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 97
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 123
Best Win at ULM 27-24
Worst Loss at Georgia Southern 59-33
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 119.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 124

115 Texas State Bobcats (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 0.39
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 28
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 122
Best Win South Alabama 33-31
Worst Loss Incarnate Word 59-21
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 118.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T122

114 Colorado State Rams (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 0.45
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 93
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 117
Best Win at Toledo 22-6
Worst Loss South Dakota State 42-23
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 115.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T118

113 Ohio Bobcats (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 0.82
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 111
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 112
Best Win Miami University 35-33
Worst Loss Duquesne 28-26
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 112.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 113

112 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 1.03
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 100
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 114
Best Win North Texas 24-17
Worst Loss Southern Miss 35-19
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 113
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 114

111 Tulane Green Wave (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score 1.65
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 78
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 99
Best Win USF 45-14
Worst Loss at Memphis 33-28
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 105
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 105

110 Southern Miss Golden Eagles (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 1.77
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 35
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 119
Best Win at Louisiana Tech 35-19
Worst Loss at Rice 24-19
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 114.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T116

109 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 1.86
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 64
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 82
Best Win North Carolina 45-22
Worst Loss Virginia Tech 26-17
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 95.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T98

108 Georgia Southern Eagles (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 1.91
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 87
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 121
Best Win at Texas State 38-30
Worst Loss at South Alabama 41-14
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 114.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T116

107 Indiana Hoosiers (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.00
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 31
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 88
Best Win at WKU 33-31
Worst Loss Rutgers 38-3
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 97.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 100

106 Washington Huskies (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.19
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 13
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 75
Best Win Cal 31-24
Worst Loss Montana 13-7
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 90.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 94

105 Bowling Green Falcons (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.22
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 127
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 108
Best Win at Minnesota 14-10
Worst Loss Akron 35-20
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 106.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T108

104 ULM Warhawks (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.57
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 124
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 124
Best Win Liberty 31-28
Worst Loss Arkansas State 27-24
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 114
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 115

103 Buffalo Bulls (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.75
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 99
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 109
Best Win at Old Dominion 35-34
Worst Loss Bowling Green 56-44
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 106
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 107

102 Stanford Cardinal (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.81
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 77
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 85
Best Win Oregon 31-24
Worst Loss Washington 20-13
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 93.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 96

101 Rice Owls (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 3.32
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 120
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 116
Best Win at UAB 30-24
Worst Loss at Charlotte 31-24
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 108.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 111

CFN 2021 Rankings: Season Formula Final
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10 | Top 5
Combined Opinion & Season Rankings
CFN College Football Season Formula

NEXT: 2021 College Football Rankings: CFN Season Formula 76 to 100

College Football Win Totals 2021: Who Overperformed, Underperformed, How Did We Do?

College Football 2021 Win Totals: Looking back to see who did well, who underachieved, and how we did with all of our picks.

Before the 2021 season started, we did all the previews and made all the predictions. How did the teams do compared to their projected win totals? How were our picks?


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2021 College Football Win Totals: How did everyone do?
CFN Preseason Projections. Who Finished …
+3 to +5 | +2+1, 0, -1 | -2 | -3 to -6
2021 Preseason Betting Lines. Who Finished …
Over +5.5 to +2.5 | +2 to +1.5+ 1 to +0.5 | Even
Under -0.5 to -1 | -1.5 to -2 | -2.5 to -6

It’s our drill we do every offseason.

We do all the previews, all of the research, and then we try to get the picks and the projected win totals as close to the pin as possible.

Sometimes we’re dead-on right, sometime we miss by 20 miles, but as long as there’s some logic and reason behind everything, it all tends to work out fine.

How did every college football team do compared to their 2021 projected win totals? Here were our win total predictions, along with the general consensus win total betting lines for each team and the regular season wins.

The goal is always to be +/-1 one way or another with our predictions, but more importantly to the investment world, did we get the over/under totals right?

To cut to the chase, last year we were on the right side of the consensus betting world preseason win total for 57 teams, were on the wrong side for 46 of them, were even/push on 26, and Rutgers didn’t have an official win total.

And the betting lines? The Over came through for 61 teams, the under for 59,  and 9 pushed.

Who overperformed, who underperformed, and who came in about where we thought they did. Again, this is just the regular season – no conference championships or bowls.

College Football Win Totals 2021: How did everyone do?

The number after each team is the difference – positive or negative – in how much each team overperformed or underperformed compared to the CFN 2021 preseason projections.

Win Totals: We Missed BIG. “No one respects us.”

Michigan State 5

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 5
Regular Season Wins: 10

Utah State 5

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 4
Regular Season Wins: 9

UTSA 5

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 6
Regular Season Wins: 11

Baylor 4

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 6
Regular Season Wins: 10

Northern Illinois 4

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 4
Regular Season Wins: 8

Old Dominion 4

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 2
Regular Season Wins: 6

UTEP 4

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 3
Regular Season Wins: 7

Wake Forest 4

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 6
Regular Season Wins: 10

Arkansas 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 5
Regular Season Wins: 8

BYU 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 7
Regular Season Wins: 10

Fresno State 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 6
Regular Season Wins: 9

Houston 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 8
Regular Season Wins: 11

Louisiana 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 8
Regular Season Wins: 11

North Texas 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 3
Regular Season Wins: 6

Oklahoma State 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 8
Regular Season Wins: 11

Oregon State 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 4
Regular Season Wins: 7

Pitt 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 7
Regular Season Wins: 10

San Diego State 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 8
Regular Season Wins: 11

ULM 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 1
Regular Season Wins: 4

2021 College Football Win Totals: How did everyone do?
CFN Preseason Projections. Who Finished …
+3 to +5 | +2+1, 0, -1 | -2 | -3 to -6
2021 Preseason Betting Lines. Who Finished …
Over +5.5 to +2.5 | +2 to +1.5+ 1 to +0.5 | Even
Under -0.5 to -1 | -1.5 to -2 | -2.5 to -6

NEXT: Win Totals: We Missed A Bit. Good For These Teams

College Football Rankings 1 To 130: 2021 Final Overall and Conference

College football rankings from College Football News for all 130 teams after the end of the 2021 season, from 1 to 130 and by conference

College Football News 2021 college football rankings for all 130 teams after the end of season, overall and by conference.


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CFN 2021 Rankings: Regular Season Final
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Rankings By Conference
ACC | AAC | Big TenBig 12 | C-USA | IND
MAC | M-West | Pac-12SEC | Sun Belt
AP Poll | Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY

CFN College Football Rankings: 2021 Final 1-130

We’ll do the CFN Formula Rankings – taking the opinion out of the mix and going only be deserve and what happened on the field – next. After the end of the 2021 season, here’s our ranking of all 130 teams based on a mix of believe, prove, eye-test, and mostly head-to-head – when possible.

130 FIU Golden Panthers (1-11)

Last Week’s Ranking: 130
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 115

129 UMass Minutemen (1-11)

Last Week’s Ranking: 129
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 130

128 UConn Huskies (1-11)

Last Week’s Ranking: 128
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 129

127 Akron Zips (2-10)

Last Week’s Ranking: 127
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 125

126 New Mexico State Aggies (2-10)

Last Week’s Ranking: 126
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 126

125 New Mexico Lobos (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 125
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 106

124 ULM Warhawks (4-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 124
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 124

123 Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-10)

Last Week’s Ranking: 123
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 97

122 Texas State Bobcats (4-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 122
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 114

121 Georgia Southern Eagles (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 121
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 87

120 South Alabama Jaguars (5-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 120
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 122

119 Southern Miss Golden Eagles (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 119
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 116

118 Temple Owls (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 118
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 84

117 Colorado State Rams (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 117
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 93

116 Rice Owls (4-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 116
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 120

115 Charlotte 49ers (5-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 115
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 119

114 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 114
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 100

113 UNLV Rebels (2-10)

Last Week’s Ranking: 112
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 110

112 Ohio Bobcats (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 111
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 111

111 Florida Atlantic Owls (5-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 110
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 9

110 Troy Trojans (5-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 109
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 112

109 Buffalo Bulls (4-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 108
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 99

108 Bowling Green Falcons (4-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 107
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 127

107 Duke Blue Devils (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 106
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 83

106 UTEP Miners (7-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 113
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 123
New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State 31, UTEP 24

105 Vanderbilt Commodores (2-10)

Last Week’s Ranking: 105
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 73

104 USF Bulls (2-10)

Last Week’s Ranking: 104
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 105

104 Wyoming Cowboys (6-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 103
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 88
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Wyoming 52, Kent State 38

103 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (6-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 100
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 74
Hawaii Bowl: Canceled

102 Toledo Rockets (7-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 98
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 89
Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee 31, Toledo 24

101 Eastern Michigan Eagles (7-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 96
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 117
LendingTree Bowl: Liberty 56, Eastern Michigan 20

CFN 2021 Rankings: Regular Season Final
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Rankings By Conference
ACC | AAC | Big TenBig 12 | C-USA | IND
MAC | M-West | Pac-12SEC | Sun Belt

NEXT: CFN 2021 College Football Rankings: Final Top 100

LSU vs Kansas State: Mercari Texas Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

LSU vs Kansas State: Mercari Texas Bowl Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

LSU vs Kansas State: Mercari Texas Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, Tuesday, January 4 


LSU vs Kansas State: Mercari Texas Bowl How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, January 4
Game Time: 9:00 pm ET
Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
How To Watch: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Records: Kansas State (7-5), LSU (6-6)
CFN Predictions | Bowl Results

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LSU vs Kansas State Mercari Texas Bowl Preview

It’s the last game before the College Football Playoff National Championship, and it’s going to be … interesting.

The Brian Kelly era isn’t starting yet – offensive line coach Brad Davis will take over for the game, becoming the first African-American head football coach at LSU. He’s going to bring the energy and the commitment, but a slew of starters are questionable.

Already out is quarterback Max Johnson – he’s transferring – leaving the Tigers with a big problem. There aren’t a lot of great options for the job without costing Garrett Nussmeier a year of eligibility.

The offense has to hope for the ground game to take over early and for the defense to do just enough to keep this close against an inconsistent Kansas State attack.

Kansas State didn’t have much of a passing game over the last few games of the season and failed to get to 300 total yards in any of them.

However, the defense is good at keeping games close, the pass rush should be good enough to bother whoever is under center for the Tigers, and this isn’t going to be a high-scoring shootout.

Both defensive lines should dictate the action, and it should come doesn’t to who makes the biggest mistakes.

Why LSU, Kansas State Will Win
Prediction, What’s Going To Happen, History
Mercari Texas Bowl Top Players To Know
Experts Pick: Texas Bowl, Kansas State vs LSU

NEXT: Why LSU Will Win, Why Kansas State Will Win, Mercari Texas Bowl Prediction

Ole Miss vs Baylor Prediction, Allstate Sugar Bowl Bowl Game Preview

Ole Miss vs Baylor: Allstate Sugar Bowl Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

Ole Miss vs Baylor: Allstate Sugar Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch 


Ole Miss vs Baylor: Allstate Sugar Bowl How To Watch

Date: Saturday, January 1
Game Time: 8:45 ET
Venue: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, LA
How To Watch: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Record: Ole Miss (10-2), Baylor (11-2)
CFN Predictions | Bowl Schedule

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Ole Miss vs Baylor Allstate Sugar Bowl Preview

Well that worked out just fine. The Lane Train rolled into Oxford last year, and after going 5-5 with an Outback Bowl win, it all kicked in. Lane Kiffin’s team cranked up the offense, improved the defense, and it got to ten wins with only road losses to Alabama and Auburn.

– And Ole Miss has its guy back for one more game. QB Matt Corral doesn’t need to play in this – he’s already in the mix to be one of the first quarterbacks off the board in the 2022 NFL Draft – but he chose to play in this. Now the game has its marquee player for the average fan to watch.

– There should be an expanded College Football Playoff and the Big 12 Champion should be in it. We’re not there yet as a society, but being in the Sugar Bowl is still a massive achievement for head coach Dave Aranda and the Baylor program.

Aranda had to deal with a rebuild when he took over in 2020. The Bears couldn’t score, couldn’t come up with a big defensive stop, and the 2-7 season was a disaster. There was some house cleaning, a full year to work, and then came the results with an 11-win run and a Big 12 title.

– Baylor isn’t a flashy team like Ole Miss. It wins the turnover battle, it doesn’t make a slew of mistakes, and it runs the ball really, really well. It’ll be solid more than spectacular, grinding this down while Ole Miss tries to speed it up.

Why Ole Miss, Baylor Will Win
Prediction, What’s Going To Happen, History
Sugar Bowl Top Players To Know

NEXT: Why Ole Miss Will Win, Why Baylor Will Win, Allstate Sugar Bowl Prediction

Texas Tech Wins Liberty Bowl Over Mississippi State 34-7: Reaction, Analysis, 5 Thoughts

Texas Tech Wins AutoZone Liberty Bowl Over Mississippi State 34-7: Reaction, Analysis, 5 Thoughts

Texas Tech beat Mississippi State to win the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Five thoughts and analysis of the game, and what it all means.


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Texas Tech beat Mississippi State 34-7: AutoZone Liberty Bowl 5 Things That Matter

Final Score: Texas Tech 34, Mississippi State 7
CFN Prediction: Mississippi State 41, Texas Tech 20
Line: Mississippi State -10, o/u: 58.5

Liberty Bowl 5 Thoughts
4. The Texas Tech D got the job done
3. Where was the Mississippi State defense?
2. How about giving a little love to Texas Tech?
1. Mike Leach could use a good Year 3

5. Texas Tech was … physical?

No, this wasn’t the Mississippi State of the regular season, and it certainly wasn’t the Mississippi State that everyone was hoping to see in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl – a ton more on that in a moment – but Texas Tech did its part by taking advantage of the situation.

It’s Texas Tech under Sonny Cumbie – he’s off to Louisiana Tech as the head man after this. It’s supposed to bomb away, throw deep, and do what Mississippi State is supposed to do under Mike Leach.

Instead, the ground game took over.

Texas Tech was able to throw well enough to get by, but it was the running game that took over with 260 yards to go along with the 252 through the air.
Mississippi State was tenth in the nation against the run, allowing 101 yards per game on the year.

Tajh Brooks took off for 107 yards and a score, SaRodrorick Thompson added 80 yards and a score, and the team averaged close to six yards per carry.

Mississippi State netted 54 rushing yards and averages few than three yards per run.

Liberty Bowl 5 Thoughts
4. The Texas Tech D got the job done
3. Where was the Mississippi State defense?
2. How about giving a little love to Texas Tech?
1. Mike Leach could use a good Year 3

NEXT: The Texas Tech D got the job done

Oklahoma vs Oregon: Valero Alamo Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Oklahoma vs Oregon: Valero Alamo Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

Oklahoma vs Oregon: Valero Alamo Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch 


Oklahoma vs Oregon: Valero Alamo Bowl How To Watch

Date: Wednesday, December 29
Game Time: 9:15 pm ET
Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
How To Watch: ESPN Live stream on ESPN+
Records: Oklahoma (10-2), Oregon (10-3)

CFN Predictions | Bowl Schedule

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Oklahoma vs Oregon Valero Alamo Bowl Preview

At least as things projected out in mid-November, this could’ve been a College Football Playoff matchup. Even though a few key losses prevented that from happening, this had the potential to be one of the better bowl matchups between two top ten caliber teams.

Now, it’s a game between whoever shows up.

Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal left to take the Miami job, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley bolted for USC just minutes after the loss to Oklahoma State, several players from both sides are either opting out, transferring, or rumored to be doing one or the other, and there’s a whole lot of uncertainty as both programs go through a transition period.

That doesn’t mean it can’t and won’t be fun, and it starts with Oklahoma legend Bob Stoops stepping in to take over for this while new head man Brent Venables gets comfortable. Oregon will utilize Bryan McClendon before new head man Dan Lanning takes over whenever Georgia’s season is done – he’s currently the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator.

The time off should do Oregon a whole lot of good. That was a beaten and banged up team in the Pac-12 Championship loss to Utah. It’ll be able to run the ball, the defense – even with star pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux off to the NFL – has plenty of talent around, and the team should look and play fresher than it was at the end of the year.

Oklahoma led the Big 12 in total offense and should be versatile enough to keep things moving with speed and efficiency. However, the secondary and defense that were ripped up a bit too often might have its hands full.

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Clemson vs Iowa State: Cheez-It Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Clemson vs Iowa State: Cheez-It Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

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Clemson vs Iowa State: Cheez-It Bowl How To Watch

Date: Wednesday, December 29
Game Time: 5:45 pm ET
Venue: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
How To Watch: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Records: Clemson (9-3), Iowa State (7-5)

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Clemson vs Iowa State Cheez-It Bowl Preview

If you were to tell Clemson and Iowa State before the season that they’d be playing each other in a bowl game in Florida, they’d have rightly assumed it would’ve been the Orange Bowl in a College Football Playoff semifinal.

Iowa State came into the year loaded with experience and talent coming off a breakthrough 2020 season, and Clemson came into the year as … Clemson.

It should say something about what Dabo Swinney has created that a 9-3 season is considered a massive disappointment. This game isn’t just about closing with a strong victory to get to ten wins. It’s about what might be happening going forward for a program that’s used to any season-ending losses coming in the playoff.

Former Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is the new Oklahoma head coach, and a few players are leaving for the transfer portal, but the nation’s second-best scoring D – the pass rush is still great and the run defense is a rock – is still going to be amazing.

Iowa State was shaky down the stretch, but the passing game finished as the best in the Big 12, the running game is strong, and it plays a little defense, too, finishing tenth in the nation overall and second in the Big 12.

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Mississippi State vs Texas Tech: AutoZone Liberty Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

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Mississippi State vs Texas Tech: AutoZone Liberty Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch 


Mississippi State vs Texas Tech: AutoZone Liberty Bowl How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, December 28
Game Time: 6:45 ET
Venue: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN
How To Watch: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Record: Mississippi State (7-5), Texas Tech (6-6)
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Mississippi State vs Texas Tech AutoZone Liberty Bowl Preview

 Mike Leach going against his old team will be the narrative, but that will quickly go away once this starts and the high-octane passing attacks get going.

Now the former Red Raider head man has settled into the Mississippi State job with his all-pass-all-the-time offense doing what it’s supposed to. The Bulldogs are last in the nation in rushing, but that’s because it’s third in passing averaging 386 yards per game.

There’s nothing happening down the field – the offense has the second-lowest yard-per-completion rate in college football. It’s a ball control attack that dominates the time of possession battle, and unlike Leach’s former stops at Washington State along with Texas Tech, he has the defensive talent now to hold up on the other side.

Texas Tech is in a transitional period as the Joey McGuire era starts right after this. But before that, former Leach quarterback Sonny Cumbie will stay on before taking over the Louisiana Tech head coaching job.

The Red Raiders will run a wee bit, but this is a high-powered passing team that will try keeping up with Mississippi State throw for throw. On the flip side, though, Texas Tech will push the ball down the field more, and time of possession is meaningless.

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Minnesota vs West Virginia: Guaranteed Rate Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Minnesota vs West Virginia: Guaranteed Rate Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

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Minnesota vs West Virginia: Guaranteed Rate Bowl How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, December 28
Game Time: 10:15 pm ET
Venue: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
How To Watch: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Records: Minnesota (8-4), West Virginia (6-6)

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Minnesota vs West Virginia Guaranteed Rate Bowl Preview

You’ll have to forgive Minnesota if it feels a tad bit snubbed. There’s hardly anything wrong with Phoenix in December – especially if your school has tunnels so students don’t have to walk through the cold – but the Gopher team that finished second in the Big Ten East got a lesser bowl slot than Wisconsin and a much weaker draw than a 7-5 Penn State team that’s off to the Outback.

Minnesota – winner of four straight bowl games and the last two under PJ Fleck – will show up big anyway. Literally. It’s a bruising team with a massive offensive line that spent the season pounding away for a series of backs – the Gophers had big injury problems at running back – to go along with a defense that’s been great against the run and allowed just 18 points per game.

West Virginia had to win its last two games to get eligible just to be here, and it has a tough enough team to make the most of the chance.

The run defense is aggressive and strong, and the offense is outstanding at controlling the clock and the tempo. There might not be a whole lot of big plays coming from the attack, but the Mountaineers will be more than happy to grind this out with the Gophers.

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