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Bowl games starting to be made official with team announcements on Monday

Some of the earlier games on the bowl calendar are now official. We take a look at the matchups.

Zach Wilson of the BYU Cougars looks to pass against the Houston Cougars in the second half at TDECU Stadium on October 16, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

The 2020-2021 bowl season gets underway later this weekend, and we are starting to get confirmation on participants. All games are subject to change due to Covid-19, but for now, these matchups have been confirmed either by the schools themselves or media reports:

Myrtle Beach Bowl: Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. North Texas Mean Green

It’s been reported in enough places that this looks like it’s going to happen. The Mountaineers finished 6-2 in the Sun Belt, with their only losses to Coastal Carolina and Louisiana, who are playing for the league title. North Texas was 4-5, 3-4 in C-USA, and are here because apparently no one else wanted to go to Conway, South Carolina in December?

Boca Raton Bowl: BYU Cougars vs. Central Florida Knights

This should be a good one! An underrated bowl game in terms of player experience, one that comes with valet parking, features two of the better non-Power Five teams available. BYU came up a yard short against Coastal Carolina from an undefeated season, and the Knights might have lost a legendary quarterback, but can still score in bunches with Dillon Gabriel and their breakneck pace.

New Orleans Bowl: Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

G.A.T.A will be aiming for Skip Holtz in this one. La Tech finished 4-2 in C-USA, 5-4 overall this season. Georgia Southern was just 4-4 in the league, but two of those losses were by one score or less to No. 19 Louisiana and rival App State, plus a two-TD shortcoming against No. 13 Coastal Carolina.

Montgomery Bowl: Memphis Tigers vs. Florida Atlantic Owls

Two teams that came up a bit short in 2020 when facing their presumptive league champions. Memphis was 5-3 in the American Conference, but lost to Cincinnati 49-10. FAU was 4-2 in C-USA, but fell 20-9 to Marshall in a game that wasn’t that close. Brady White vs. the FAU defense should make for good football.

New Mexico Bowl: Houston Cougars vs. Hawai’i Warriors

We truly believe the team that goes by “UH” will win this one. The Coogs were just 3-4, but seem to have found their future quarterback in Clayton Tune. Hawai’i is a new look team under Tood Graham, and bring Chevan Cordeiro and a 4-4 record to the Yellowhammer State on Festivus. The Airing of Grievances begins at 7:00 p.m. from the Cramton Bowl.