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College Football Standouts ‘Passionately Pursue Christ’ with Exciting Bowl Games on the Calendar

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Profiles 40 Players in FCA Magazine


KANSAS CITY, Mo.—College football fans are making their list and checking it twice to ensure they have all the bowl games on their TV-watching calendar. 

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) has profiled 40 college football standouts, including many playing in upcoming bowl games, in its latest issue of FCA Magazine. The feature highlights these players’ faith and how they “passionately pursue Christ” both on and off the football field.

“It awesome to collect the stories from 40 Christ-following college football standouts for our eighth annual college football edition,” said Clay Meyer, FCA Magazine editor. “FCA has the privilege to work with thousands of Christian athletes, many of whom see the effort and energy put forth on the field as a form of worship—a way to glorify their Creator, giving Him praise and honor for the abilities He blessed them with to compete. The lessons these profiled college football players have learned in passionately pursuing their gridiron goals also apply directly to their relationship with Christ. Time spent with the Lord in prayer and in His Word develop a longing to know Him more—and it forges a closer bond and deeper devotion to their relationship with Him. We are looking forward to these exciting bowl games and watching these Christ-honoring players glorify God.”

Vying on New Year’s Day for the College Football Playoff National Championship will be No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at 5 p.m. ET, along with No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 1 Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at 8:45 p.m. Both games will air on ESPN, and the winners of these two matchups will meet in Atlanta at 8 p.m. Jan. 8 for the championship game.

Players from each of these championship-seeking teams offered the following comments about their faith:

Additionally, upcoming bowl games, beginning this weekend, will feature players who are keeping their eyes on Jesus and commented to FCA what “passionately pursuing Christ” means to them (all times ET):

Las Vegas Bowl | 3:30 p.m. December 16 | Boise State vs. Oregon

DXL Frisco Bowl | 8 p.m. December 20 | Louisiana Tech vs. SMU  

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl | 8 p.m. December 21 | Temple vs. Florida International

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl | 1:30 p.m. December 26 | Utah vs. West Virginia

Cactus Bowl | 9 p.m. December 26 | Kansas State vs. UCLA 

Walk-Ons Independence Bowl | 1:30 p.m. December 27 | Southern Miss vs. Florida State  

Foster Farms Bowl | 8:30 p.m. December 27 | Arizona vs. Purdue 

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman | 1:30 p.m. December 28 | Virginia vs. Navy

Camping World Bowl | 5:15 p.m. December 28 | Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State 

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph graces the cover of this year’s college football edition of FCA Magazine, where he tells FCA that he passionately pursues a relationship with Jesus Christ “because I want to be a witness for Him and use this platform to impact our community. I think my faith has grown in every chapter of my life, especially in college.”

Rudolph added that his relationship with God impacts his approach to football because “during the season you just naturally become more emotional and closer to God because you’re thinking about Him, you’re more anxious, you’re more nervous. You have to turn to Him with those nerves and emotions and just lean on Him and trust that He’s going to protect you and keep you safe.

“Christ is at the center of it,” the senior QB continued. “It’s Christ who will always be there for you; He’s your foundation. So just getting in the Word and leaning on a few of my life verses throughout the week, as well as constant communication with my parents, my grandparents—that’s my secret to success.”

Read the FCA Magazine Q&A and devotional with Mason Rudolph here.

Valero Alamo Bowl | 9 p.m. December 28 | Stanford vs. TCU 

Belk Bowl | 1 p.m. December 29 | Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M

TaxSlayer Bowl | Noon December 30 | Louisville vs. Mississippi State

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl | 4 p.m. December 30 | Washington vs. Penn State

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl | 12:30 p.m. January 1 | UCF vs. Auburn 

Citrus Bowl Presented by Overton’s | 1 p.m. January 1 | Notre Dame vs. LSU

View the entire bowl game schedule here.

Read more about Fellowship of Christian Athletes here, visit FCA’s web site at www.fca.org, its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fcafans or its Twitter feed @fcanews.