2021 College Football Bowl Games on December 17 – Bahamas and Cure Bowl | Kickoffs, How to Watch – MLive.com

Posted: December 17, 2021 at 11:01 am

The 2021 NCAA Football FBS Bowl Season is here!

Schools that have battled hard during the regular season are reawrded with an extra game at may locations across the country, including some fun and entertaining vacation spots.

The action begins on Friday with a couple of intriguing matchups, including the reigning MAC Champions.

Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

The Huskies come into the 14th bowl game in program history, and first under third-year head coach Thomas Hammock. The Huskies are coming off of their first MAC Championship since 2018 after a solid 8-4 regular season, and a win over the Kent State Golden Flashes in the conference title game. In 2021, NIU went 3-2 in non-conference action, including a win over ACC-opponent Georgia Tech.

After grabbing national attention during the 2020 season, the Chanticleers are coming into their second consecutive FBS bowl game. Last year, they fell in the Cure Bowl to the surging Liberty Flames. Coastal had another solid regular season, going 10-2 overall, but a a pair of conference losses kept them from repeating as Sun Belt champions.

This will be the first time the two schools have ever met on the gridiron.

Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders vs. Toledo Rockets

The Toledo Rockets are coming into their 19th bowl game in program history, and first since their initial trip to the Bahamas Bowl in 2018. That game saw Toledo fall to Floridal International, and was part of three-year losing streak in bowl games for Toledo. In 2021, the Rockets went 7-5 during the regular season, falling just a game short of a MAC Championship berth.

Mid Tenn State is also coming to their first bowl game since 2018, and ninth under head coach Rick Stockstill. Dating back to the Motor City Bowl in 2006, the Blue Raiders are 2-6 in bowl games, including a 45-31 loss to the Western Michigan Broncos in the 2015 Bahamas Bowl. This season, the Raiders went 6-6 overall, and 4-4 in Conference USA action.

This will also be the two schools first game against each other in football.

For the full 2021 NCAA Bowl Schedule, check out ESPN.com

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