Best of bowl season: Music City mayhem, mayo bath, passing of the visor and more

We’ve made it past the college football regular season and are heading full steam ahead into the 2021 bowl season, and there are surely going to be plenty of highlights over the next couple of weeks.

From the MVP of bowl season so far to the best on-field plays to the hilarious Cheez-It and (hopefully?) mayo showers, we’ve got it all covered.

Let’s get bowling!

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Friday’s bowl games

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

11 a.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl
Washington State Cougars vs. Central Michigan Chippewas
Noon, CBS

CFP Semifinal: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide

3:30 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

CFP Semifinal: Capital One Orange Bowl
No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs vs. No. 2 Michigan Wolverines

7:30 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Thursday’s late game

SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl
Wisconsin vs. Arizona State
10:30 p.m., ESPN and the ESPN App

Bowl season MVP so far

Hard to pass up Levi Williams leading Wyoming to a 52-38 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl win against Kent State. Williams became the first QB in FBS history with at least 200 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in a bowl game. Oh, and he passed for 127 yards and another score.

Best of bowl season

Nothing says Christmas like a big-man scoop and score, right Javon Denis and Georgia State?

A-plus troll game, UCF.

Well. Not sure how this really happened.

Lots of dance-offs happening this bowl season.

Oh, it’s on.

See Spot … dance?

Duke’s Mayo Bowl
South Carolina 38, North Carolina 21

Are we … finally getting … a mayo shower? *Fingers crossed this happens.*

Why yes, yes we are.

Mack Brown will evidently do whatever it takes to win.

Plenty of mayo to go around it seems.

But of course, there is still some football being played in addition to the mayo.

For everything on the best showers of bowl season, check this out.

TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Purdue 48, Tennessee 45 (OT)

It was that kind of fourth quarter.

Sorry, Vols, you don’t get a touchdown.

Yep, pretty much a home game for the Vols.

Guessing Purdue Pete took the over.

Now, that’s how you show off your threads.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
No. 10 Michigan State 31, No. 12 Pitt 21

Not a bad TD throw from Pitt’s third-string quarterback.

AKA a scoop and score for Pitt’s Cam Bright.

Rock on, Jayden Reed.

A Sparty Party.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Maryland 54, Virginia Tech 10

OK, this is clever. Maryland’s social team always brings it.

Just having a grand time.

We co-sign this statement.

More fake punts, please.

The Hokies added the Yankees logo to their helmets, which you can read more about here.

Cheez-It Bowl
No. 19 Clemson 20, Iowa State 13

His royal highness.

We’ll sign up for a Cheez-It shower. Why not?

See the resemblance?

Valero Alamo Bowl
No. 16 Oklahoma 47, No. 14 Oregon 32

The passing of the torch is out, and the visor is IN.

We love these father-son moments, especially when it involved the Stoops family.

Great sportsmanship right here.

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl
Houston 17, Auburn 13

The Vulcan has his seatbelt securely fastened.

The excitement levels are way up.

We sure do.

Sure, this math checks out.

Auburn is ready.

So is Houston with its shiny helmets.

And this should be an automatic retweet for everyone.

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Air Force 31, Louisville 28

On this night, it’s true.

How do you make several men miss? Just do this.

Or you can always just run right by everyone. That works, too,

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Texas Tech 34, Mississippi State 7

About sums it up for Bulldogs fans.

Oh yeah, these fits are top-notch.

Suppose they have open tryouts for the Masked Rider?

Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Minnesota 18, West Virginia 6

You know by now we love our big-man TDs.

This is all of us at the end of the day.

At. Night.

If you’re frantically searching the dial for the Holiday Bowl, you’re not going to find it. And if you’re old enough to know what “searching the dial” means, you probably should rest up for the remainder of Bowl Week.

UCLA was forced to pull out of the Holiday Bowl only hours before Tuesday’s scheduled game against NC State because of COVID-19 problems within the Bruins’ program.

Quick Lane Bowl
Western Michigan 52, Nevada 24

After Nevada took a 3-0 lead, Sean Taylor did the Wolf Pack one better for Western Michigan.

And the Broncos had some big plays left in their bag of tricks.

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl
UCF 29, Florida 17

No stopping Ryan O’Keefe on this night: 110 rushing yards, 85 receiving yards, TD.

Frisco Football Classic
Miami (Ohio) 27, North Texas 14

One down, seven to go.

It was ruled a TD on the field and confirmed via replay. Thoughts?

Nate Muersch lays out for spectacular Miami (OH) TD

Brett Gabbert floats in an 11-yard pass to Nate Muersch for a stellar touchdown.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Army 24, Missouri 22

Game. Winner. Good.

Army’s Jakobi Buchanan was not about to be kept out of the end zone.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl
No. 24 San Diego State 38, UTSA 24

San Diego State’s Jesse Matthews took flight for the first of his two first-half touchdowns.

They’re not wrong.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Wyoming 52, Kent State 38

Let’s hope you picked the over for this one.

You want fries with that? Yes, please.

Myrtle Beach Bowl Presented by TaxAct
Tulsa 30, Old Dominion 17

Nice way to kick off the Myrtle Beach Bowl, LaMareon James.

Teal field ✔
Blue Cowboy hat ✔
Golden Hurricane victory ✔

Joe Anderson’s day gets even better as Tulsa celebrates postgame.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Louisiana 36, Marshall 21

Make it 13 straight.

Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl pres. by Stifel
Utah State 24, Oregon State 13

When you have your own bowl, you can do this sort of thing.

Are you also scared of the dark?

Not bad for a first-timer.

LendingTree Bowl
Liberty 56, Eastern Michigan 20

Liberty reminds everyone of that perfect bowl record.

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
UAB 31, BYU 28

How do you stop this? You don’t.

PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl
Fresno State 31, UTEP 24

This is what everyone should think of when they think of a QB sneak.

Why you always keep your eyes on the ball.

Cricket Celebration Bowl
South Carolina State 31, Jackson State 10

South Carolina State’s celebrations are really just the best.

Not exactly sure what strategy this is, but it’s working quite well!

More trolling, please.

Here we have a very on-brand Deion Sanders. Boca Raton Bowl
Western Kentucky 59, App State 38

Hats off to Bailey Zappe on an incredible year.

Why don’t all the bowls feature skydivers doing this?

House call!

Can we get the story behind this obvious friendship?

How do you prepare for a bowl game? You go bowling.

Tailgreeter Cure Bowl
Coastal Carolina 47, Northern Illinois 41

The best way to celebrate.

We love seeing all the new things teams come up with to celebrate big plays.

In more of things that did not go according to plan.

A good dog and a good chant: What more could you want?

The Chanticleers are definitely hyped up for Friday’s game.

And they’re cleaning up nicely.

Bahamas Bowl
Middle Tennessee 31, Toledo Rockets 24

In case it hasn’t been clear all season, we love big-man plays.

Well. It’s not what you want.

This touchdown is a thing of beauty.

Keep all these amazing catches coming.

Look at these views!

We’ve got plenty of great pregame action with this Bahamas Bowl dance-off.

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