With the last week of college action out of the way, the picture for all of the bowl games is now clear. The first bowl games start on December 21, and then we finish the season with the BCS National Championship Game on January 6.
What better way to celebrate the holiday season than by watching as much football action as possible? To help you in your quest, here is the schedule and viewing information for all 35 bowl games.
|Bowl Game Schedule|
|Bowl Game||Matchup||Site||Date||Time (ET)||Network|
|New Mexico Bowl||San Diego State vs. Arizona||Albuquerque, N.M.||Dec. 21||2 p.m.||ESPN|
|Las Vegas Bowl||Fresno State vs. USC||Las Vegas||Dec. 21||3:30 p.m.||ABC|
|Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Northern Illinois vs. UNLV||Boise, Idaho||Dec. 21||5:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|New Orleans Bowl||Tulane vs. La.-Lafayette||New Orleans||Dec. 21||9 p.m.||ESPN|
|Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl||Toledo vs. East Carolina||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Dec. 23||2 p.m.||ESPN|
|Hawaii Bowl||Colorado State vs. Middle Tennessee||Honolulu||Dec. 24||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|Little Caesars Pizza Bowl||Ball State vs. Pittsburgh||Detroit||Dec. 26||6 p.m.||ESPN|
|Poinsettia Bowl||Boise State vs. Buffalo||San Diego||Dec. 26||9:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Military Bowl||Maryland vs. Marshall||Annapolis, Md.||Dec. 27||2:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Texas Bowl||Oregon State vs. Minnesota||Houston||Dec. 27||6 p.m.||ESPN|
|Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl||BYU vs. Washington||San Francisco||Dec. 27||9:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Pinstripe Bowl||Notre Dame vs. Rutgers||Bronx, N.Y.||Dec. 28||Noon||ESPN|
|Belk Bowl||Cincinnati vs. North Carolina||Charlotte, N.C.||Dec. 28||3:20 p.m.||ESPN|
|Russell Athletic Bowl||Louisville vs. Miami (FL)||Orlando, Fla.||Dec. 28||6:45 p.m.||ESPN|
|Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl||Kansas State vs. Nebraska||Tempe, Ariz.||Dec. 28||10:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|Armed Forces Bowl||Utah State vs. Navy||Fort Worth, Texas||Dec. 30||11:45 a.m.||ESPN|
|Music City Bowl||Boston College vs. Ole Miss||Nashville, Tenn.||Dec. 30||3:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|Alamo Bowl||Texas vs. Oregon||San Antonio||Dec. 30||6:45 p.m.||ESPN|
|Holiday Bowl||Arizona State vs. Texas Tech||San Diego||Dec. 30||10:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|AdvoCare V100 Bowl||Washington State vs. Georgia Tech||Shreveport, La.||Dec. 31||12:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sun Bowl||Virginia Tech vs. UCLA||El Paso, Texas||Dec. 31||2 p.m.||CBS|
|Liberty Bowl||Rice vs. Mississippi State||Memphis, Tenn.||Dec. 31||4 p.m.||ESPN|
|Chick-fil-A Bowl||Duke vs. Texas A&M||Atlanta||Dec. 31||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|Gator Bowl||Michigan vs. Georgia||Jacksonville, Fla.||Jan. 1||Noon||ESPN2|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||Syracuse vs. North Texas||Dallas||Jan. 1||Noon||ESPNU|
|Capital One Bowl||Wisconsin vs. South Carolina||Orlando, Fla.||Jan. 1||1 p.m.||ABC|
|Outback Bowl||Iowa vs. Missouri||Tampa, Fla.||Jan. 1||1 p.m.||ESPN|
|Rose Bowl||Michigan State vs. Stanford||Pasadena, Calif.||Jan. 1||5 p.m.||ESPN|
|Fiesta Bowl||Baylor vs. UCF||Glendale, Ariz.||Jan. 1||8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sugar Bowl||Alabama vs. Oklahoma||New Orleans||Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Cotton Bowl||Oklahoma State vs. LSU||Arlington, Texas||Jan. 3||8 p.m.||FOX|
|Orange Bowl||Clemson vs. Ohio State||Miami||Jan. 3||TBA||ESPN|
|Compass Bowl||Vanderbilt vs. Houston||Birmingham, Ala.||Jan. 4||1 p.m.||ESPN|
|GoDaddy Bowl||Bowling Green vs. Arkansas State||Mobile, Ala.||Jan. 5||9 p.m.||ESPN|
|BCS Championship||Florida State vs. Auburn||Pasadena, Calif.||Jan. 6||8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
The BCS bowl picture saw some changes after Michigan State ended Ohio State’s 24-game winning streak. In doing so, the Spartans ended Ohio State’s national championship hopes and probably secured themselves a spot in the Rose Bowl.
Facing Michigan State would be Stanford, who won its second straight Pac-12 championship with a victory over Arizona State.
Elsewhere, Auburn hung 59 points on Missouri in the SEC Championship Game, and it would be a shock if the Tigers weren’t the team that took Ohio State’s place opposite Florida State in the national title game.
After being bounced from the national championship game, the Buckeyes' 11-1 record will still be good enough for a spot in the Orange Bowl where they’ll face the Clemson Tigers.
With Ohio State dropping to the Orange Bowl, Alabama gets knocked to the Sugar Bowl where a matchup with Oklahoma awaits it after the Sooners upset Oklahoma State in the Bedlam Series.
After Oklahoma State’s loss, the Big 12 championship was left to the winner of the Baylor-Texas game. Baylor won easily and claimed its first ever outright conference championship and a spot in the Fiesta Bowl.
Its opponent will probably be UCF, who finished the season 10-1 behind the superb play of quarterback Blake Bortles.
After a tremendously entertaining college football season that saw plenty of highlights, upsets and game-changing plays, we can only hope that the bowl games continue to give us such exciting football.
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