It’s the last day of the year, but there is still plenty of football to play as the college football season draws to a close.
Four games showcase New Year’s Eve action, including a pair of bowls with ranked teams. No.24 Tulsa plays in Mississippi State in the Armed Forces Bowl held at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, followed by No.22 from San Jose State meeting with Ball State in Arizona Bowl at Arizona Stadium in Tucson.
The other two games don’t have ranked teams, but they do include three Power 5 programs. West Virginia plays the Army in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis before the night ends with Arkansas and the TCU in. the Texas Bowl held at the Texans’ home, NRG Stadium.
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Here is the full schedule of Thursday’s college football games, including the final scores and how to watch each game live.
Thursday December 31
Tulsa vs. Mississippi State
Normally 3 wins wouldn’t get a team into a bowling game, but Mike Leach’s Mississippi State team found their way into the playoffs at 3-7 nonetheless. Will Rodgers was an effective quarterback for the Bulldogs after benching KJ Costello, but Tulsa’s pass defense in one of the best units in the country allowed just 194.0 passing yards. match. Tulsa’s only two losses this year came against ranked teams.
West Virginia vs. Army
West Virginia was initially scheduled to face Tennessee, while an Army team of nine wins were forced to stay at home. Luckily for the Black Knights, the Volunteers had issues with COVID, and West Virginia needed an adversary. The Mountaineers finished 5-4 and have a top-10 pass defense, but that’s probably a moot point as the military rarely throws the ball.
San Jose State vs. Ball State
22nd State San Jose (7-0) experienced a major turnaround under coach Brent Brennan. The Spartans were an 8-29 combined in his first three seasons before ending this year unbeaten with a Mountain West title. Ball State (6-1) had an equally impressive result, scoring six straight wins to end the season, including a 38-28 upset against Buffalo in the MAC Championship game.
TCU vs. Arkansas
Arkansas (3-7) are their third head coach since the Razorbacks last won a bowl game in 2016, but Sam Pittman far exceeded expectations in his inaugural season. Former Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks has had an equally impressive season after being replaced by Kyle Trask with the Gators. Franks completed an Arkansas record 68.5 percent of assists. TCU (6-4) had a season of ups and downs beating Texas, but also lost by three points to West Virginia.
How to Watch, Live Stream College Football Games
The New Years Eve Bowl will be broadcast live on national television, with games appearing on ESPN and CBS Sports Network. Live streaming options include WatchESPN, CBS All Access or fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.