Venue: Fiesta Bowl Football Game
When: Sat., Dec. 31, - 2016 - 7:00pm ET / ESPN
Where: Phoenix Stadium - Glendale, AZ
Who: Ohio State Buckeyes Vs Clemson Tigers
The Fiesta Bowl has more or less gotten the butt of the New Year's Six games over the course of the first few years of the playoff's existence, but this year, it's got the best game of the bunch that it could ask for. This is the second national semifinal in 2016, and on New Year's Eve, either the Clemson Tigers or Ohio State Buckeyes will win and advance to play either Alabama or Washington in the National Championship Game.
This game isn't without its controversy. The Buckeyes are playing in the playoff in spite of their 11-1 record. They're not the first team to advance to the playoff with an 11-1 record – Oklahoma did so last season. But they are the first to play in the "Final Four" without winning a conference title. The last time OSU was in the playoff, it won the whole thing two years ago, while Clemson advanced to the championship game last year before losing to Alabama.
The two teams to emerge from the semifinals will advance to the CFP National Championship game held at the Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.
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Opening Line: Ohio State -3.5
Preview: The Clemson Tigers have been in this spot before. Last year, despite a perfect regular season, Clemson was an underdog heading into its game against Oklahoma, but came out strong and knocked off the Sooners 37-17 to set up a date in the national title game. Once again, Clemson finds itself in the role of the underdog in its game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State is looking for its second national championship in the last three years and a win here would likely set up a match-up between the two best coaches in college football. Continue...
Who will win the Fiesta Bowl in 2016?
This years Fiesta Bowl football game, will air on ESPN at 7:00pm on Dec. 31st, 2016 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, and will be renamed the Vizio Fiesta Bowl. There are very few bowl games that can match up to the Fiesta Bowl in terms of tradition and importance.
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The Fiesta Bowl is an annual college football game held at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. It is one of four bowls that take turns hosting the national championship game of college football. Since 1982 the game has typically been played on New Year's Day.
The inaugural Fiesta Bowl was held on December 27, 1971, with Arizona State defeating Florida State 45-38. In 1987 the bowl pitted two undefeated teams Penn State and Miami (Florida) in a game that was the most watched in college football history. Penn State won 14-10 and claimed the national title.
The Fiesta Bowl again hosted national champion-defining games in 1989 and 1996, and in 1999 it was the site of the first officially designated national championship game, with Tennessee defeating Florida State 23-16.
Fiesta Bowl's annual host, Sun Devil Stadium is located on the campus of Arizona State University in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe. It is home to the Arizona State Sun Devils college football team and the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. Built in 1958, the stadium now seats 73,379. In addition to hosting the Fiesta Bowl every year it was the site of Super Bowl XXX in 1996.
In 2000 the Fiesta Bowl became part of the Bowl Championship Series, and every four years (most recently in 2003) is the designee for the national championship game. In January 2007, the Fiesta Bowl hosted the BCS title game, the game was moved to the Arizona Cardinals' new stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
The Knights pulled away in a shootout with Big 12 champion Baylor as quarterback Blake Bortles passed for 301 yards three touchdown passes and running back Storm Johnson rushed for 124 yards and three more in a 52-42 victory.
It was UCF’s first BCS bowl appearance and victory, and it puts the cherry on top of the first year for the American Athletic Conference’s existence.
Oregon football team, capped its season with a 35-17 victory over Kansas State in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3rd, in what may have been coach Chip Kelly's final game with the Ducks.
Oregon Ducks took the opening kickoff back 94 yards for a touchdown and the Ducks never looked back, as the Wildcats struggled to get things going.
*Note: All times Eastern
|New Mexico Bowl||Dec. 17||2 p.m.||Albuquerque, N.M.||New Mexico vs. UTSA|
|Las Vegas Bowl||Dec. 17||3:30 p.m.||Las Vegas, Nev.||Houston vs. San Diego St.|
|Camellia Bowl||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Montgomery, Ala.||Appalachian St. vs. Toledo|
|Cure||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Arkansas St. vs. UCF|
|New Orleans Bowl||Dec. 17||9 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Southern Mississippi|
|Miami Beach Bowl||Dec. 19||2:30 p.m.||Miami, Fla.||Central Michigan vs. Tulsa|
|Boca Raton Bowl||Dec. 20||7 p.m.||Boca Raton, Fla.||West. Kentucky vs. Memphis|
|Poinsettia Bowl||Dec. 21||9 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||BYU vs. Wyoming|
|Potato Bowl||Dec. 22||7 p.m.||Boise, Idaho||Colorado St. vs. Idaho|
|Bahamas Bowl||Dec. 23||1 p.m.||Nassau, Bahamas||Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion|
|Armed Forces Bowl||Dec. 23||4:30 p.m.||Fort Worth, Tex.||Louisiana Tech vs. Navy|
|Dollar General||Dec. 23||8 p.m.||Mobile, Ala.||Ohio vs. Troy|
|Hawaii Bowl||Dec. 24||8 p.m.||Honolulu, Hawaii||Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee|
|St. Petersburg Bowl||Dec. 26||11 a.m.||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi St.|
|Quick Lane Bowl||Dec. 26||2:30 p.m.||Detroit, Mich.||Boston College vs. Maryland|
|Independence Bowl||Dec. 26||5 p.m.||Shreveport, La.||NC State vs. Vanderbilt|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||Dec. 27||Noon||Dallas, Texas||Army vs. North Texas|
|Military Bowl||Dec. 27||3:30 p.m.||Annapolis, Md.||Temple vs. Wake Forest|
|Holiday Bowl||Dec. 27||7 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||Minnesota vs. Wash. St.|
|Cactus Bowl||Dec. 27||10:15 p.m.||Phoenix, Ariz.||Baylor vs. Boise State|
|Pinstripe Bowl||Dec. 28||2 p.m.||New York, NY||Northwestern vs. Pittsburgh|
|Russell Athletic Bowl||Dec. 28||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Miami (Fla.) vs. West Virginia|
|Foster Farms Bowl||Dec. 28||8:30 p.m.||Santa Clara, Calif.||Indiana vs. Utah|
|Texas||Dec. 28||9 p.m.||Houston, Texas||Kansas St. vs. Texas A&M|
|Birmingham Bowl||Dec. 29||2 p.m.||Birmingham, Ala.||South Carolina vs. South Fla.|
|Belk Bowl||Dec. 29||5:30 p.m.||Charlotte, N.C.||Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech|
|Alamo Bowl||Dec. 29||9 p.m.||San Antonio, Texas||Colorado vs. Oklahoma St.|
|Arizona||Dec. 30||5:30 p.m.||Tucson, Ariz.||Air Force vs. South Alabama|
|Liberty Bowl||Dec. 30||Noon||Memphis, Tenn.||Georgia vs. TCU|
|Sun Bowl||Dec. 30||2 p.m.||El Paso, Texas||North Carolina vs. Stanford|
|Music City Bowl||Dec. 30||3:30 p.m.||Nashville, Tenn.||Nebraska vs. Tennessee|
|Orange Bowl||Dec. 30||8 p.m.||Miami Gardens, Fla.||Florida State vs. Michigan|
|Peach Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||3 p.m.||Atlanta, Ga.||Alabama vs. Washington|
|Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||7 p.m.||Glendale, Ariz.||Clemson vs. Ohio State|
|TaxSlayer Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Jacksonville, Fla.||Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky|
|Citrus Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Louisville vs. LSU|
|Outback Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Tampa, Fla.||Florida vs. Iowa|
|Cotton Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Arlington, Texas||Western Mich. vs. Wisconsin|
|Rose Bowl||Jan. 2||5 p.m.||Pasadena, Calif.||Penn State vs. USC|
|Sugar Bowl||Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Auburn vs. Oklahoma|
|CFP National Championship||Jan. 9||TBD||Tampa, Fla.||Peach Winner vs. Fiesta Winner|
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