Bowl Games Schedule 2015-16: Complete Listings for Every Game

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistDecember 20, 2015

Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty (12) throws the ball during the first half an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
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College football's most wonderful time of the year kicked off on Saturday with a full five-game slate, but there's plenty more action to see where that came from. 

Sure, there's a case to be made there are too many bowl games. The influx of 5-7 teams, depending on their Academic Progress Rates to become bowl-eligible, might take some shine off of these games. 

However, the best parts of bowl season still remain. We get a steady dose of college football throughout the holiday season and have the chance to see some of college football's best talent that we don't usually catch during the regular season. 

For example, unless you're an avid fan of Louisiana Tech, you probably haven't seen former Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel since Louisville was picking him off in the 2013 Sugar Bowl. 

The signal-caller's career came full circle on Saturday with an exceptional 458-yard, three-touchdown performance, as he led Louisiana Tech to a 47-28 win over Arkansas State in that same stadium. 

Driskel isn't the last player who will take advantage of a big stage to end his season, though. Here's a look at the schedule for all the remaining bowl games, plus a look at some players who should really shine in the matchups that are quickly approaching. 

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2015-16 Bowl Schedule
Dec. 212:30 p.m.Miami Beach BowlUSF vs. Western KentuckyMiamiESPN
Dec. 223:30 p.m.Famous Idaho Potato BowlAkron vs. Utah StateBoiseESPN
Dec. 227 p.m.Marmot Boca Raton BowlTemple vs. ToledoBoca RatonESPN
Dec. 234:30 p.m.San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia BowlBoise State vs. Northern IllinoisSan DiegoESPN
Dec. 238 p.m.GoDaddyBowlBowling Green vs. Georgia SouthernMobileESPN
Dec. 24NoonPopeyes Bahamas BowlMiddle Tennessee vs. Western MichiganNassauESPN
Dec. 248 p.m.Hawai'i BowlCincinnati vs. San Diego StateHonoluluESPN
Dec. 2611 a.m.St. Petersburg BowlUConn vs. MarshallSt. PetersburgESPN
Dec. 262 p.m.Hyundai Sun BowlMiami vs. Washington StateEl PasoCBS
Dec. 262:20 p.m.Zaxby's Heart of Dallas BowlWashington vs. Southern MissDallasESPN
Dec. 263:30 p.m.New Era Pinstripe BowlDuke vs. IndianaBronxABC
Dec. 265:45 p.m.Camping World Independence BowlVirginia Tech vs. TulsaShreveportESPN
Dec. 269:15 p.m.Foster Farms BowlNebraska vs. UCLASanta ClaraESPN
Dec. 282:30 p.m.Military BowlPitt vs. NavyAnnapolisESPN
Dec. 285 p.m.Quick Lane BowlCentral Michigan vs. MinnesotaDetroitESPN2
Dec. 292 p.m.Lockheed Martin Armed Forces BowlCalifornia vs. Air ForceFort WorthESPN
Dec. 295:30 p.m.Russell Athletic BowlNorth Carolina vs. BaylorOrlandoESPN
Dec. 297:30 p.m.NOVA Home Loans Arizona BowlNevada vs. Colorado StateTucsonTBD
Dec. 299 p.m.AdvoCare V100 Texas BowlTexas Tech vs. LSUHoustonESPN
Dec. 30NoonBirmingham BowlMemphis vs. AuburnBirminghamESPN
Dec. 303:30 p.m.Belk BowlNC State vs. Mississippi StateCharlotteESPN
Dec. 307 p.m.Music City BowlLouisville vs. Texas A&MNashvilleESPN
Dec. 3010:30 p.m.Holiday BowlWisconsin vs. USCSan DiegoESPN
Dec. 31NoonChick-fil-A Peach BowlHouston vs. Florida StateAtlantaESPN
Dec. 318 p.m.Cotton BowlMichigan State vs. AlabamaArlingtonESPN
Dec. 314 p.m.Orange BowlOklahoma vs. ClemsonMiamiESPN
Jan. 1NoonOutback BowlNorthwestern vs. TennesseeTampa BayESPN2
Jan. 11 p.m.Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus BowlMichigan vs. FloridaOrlandoABC
Jan. 11 p.m.Fiesta BowlNotre Dame vs. Ohio StateGlendaleESPN
Jan. 15 p.m.Rose BowlStanford vs. IowaPasadenaESPN
Jan. 18:30 p.m.Allstate Sugar BowlOklahoma State vs. Ole MissNew OrleansESPN
Jan. 2NoonTaxSlayer BowlPenn State vs. GeorgiaJacksonvilleESPN
Jan. 23:20 p.m.AutoZone Liberty BowlKansas State vs. ArkansasMemphisESPN
Jan. 26:45 p.m.Valero Alamo BowlTCU vs. OregonSan AntonioESPN
Jan. 210:15 p.m.Cactus BowlWest Virginia vs. Arizona StatePhoenixESPN
Jan. 118:30 p.m.College Football Playoff National ChampionshipGlendaleESPN

Players to Watch

Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky

Nov 7, 2015; Bowling Green, KY, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Brandon Doughty (12) scores a touchdown during the second half against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Western Kentucky won 35-19. Mandatory
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The Willie Taggart, er, Miami Beach Bowl presents an interesting matchup between South Florida and Western Kentucky, as the Bulls' head coach will face his old team. 

While that's an interesting storyline, the attention should be on Hilltoppers quarterback Brandon Doughty. Few quarterbacks in the country can claim the kind of numbers the senior quarterback has put up this season. 

As WKU Stats & Info noted, no quarterback has more 300-plus-yard games over the last two seasons:

WKU Stats & Info @WKUStatsInfo

Since 2014, @WKUFootball QB Brandon Doughty has 19 games of 300+ yards passing, the most in the FBS Jared Goff (@CalFootball) is 2nd w/ 16

What's more is that Doughty isn't just a system quarterback. He's currently No. 8 in Matt Miller's quarterback rankings for the 2016 NFL draft. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler broke down Doughty's strengths as a pro prospect for the Bowling Green Daily News:

His best strength is his comfort operating the offense. He shows timing and nuance to allow his routes to develop and quickly deliver like a point guard playing with tempo. Doughty delivers a pretty ball with proper downfield placement, relying on touch over velocity. Doughty has a great feel for the field, identifying hot routes pre-snap and recognizing where the defense is vulnerable.

Doughty doesn't have the easiest matchup in South Florida. The Bulls have been highly successful in defending the pass this season. They've only given up 300 yards passing in three games, but they also held those teams to four touchdowns and five interceptions. 

Essentially, teams that have gone to the air enough times to throw for numbers have suffered consequences. South Florida will put Doughty's decision-making to the test, but he's shown that it's a test he can pass. 

He has 45 touchdowns to just seven interceptions on the season and should add to those gaudy numbers. 

Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan

Nov 18, 2015; DeKalb, IL, USA; Western Michigan Broncos wide receiver Daniel Braverman (8) dives for the end zone against Northern Illinois Huskies safety Marlon Moore (2) during the second quarter at Huskie Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODA
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Plenty have credited P.J. Fleck for what he's done at Western Michigan. Finding ways to turn 5'10", 177-pound receiver Daniel Braverman into one of the nation's most productive offensive weapons in the country has to be one reason for the praise. 

The diminutive receiver was second nationally in catches (103), eighth in yards per game (105.8) and tied for eighth in receiving touchdowns (12). 

According to Pro Football Focus College, no one has matched his production when lined up in the slot:

PFF College @PFF_College

Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman leads the nation with 1247 yards and 12 TDs from the slot

More importantly, Braverman has been a consistent presence for the Broncos offense in their biggest games of the season. Against Michigan State, the junior snagged 13 passes for 109 yards. Against Ohio State, he added 10 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. 

Now he gets one more chance to add to his excellent numbers this season against Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders are just 93rd in passing yards allowed this season and have given up big numbers to opposing receivers before. 

Western Kentucky's Taywan Taylor caught six passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns as Doughty carved up the Middle Tennessee defense to the tune of five touchdowns in a 58-28 blowout. 

If you enjoy watching receivers go to work in the slot, Braverman is sure to deliver against a secondary that might not have an answer for him. 

Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State

Nov 14, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego State Aztecs running back Donnel Pumphrey (19) is defended by Wyoming Cowboys defensive end Siaosi Hala'api'api (right) and cornerback C.J. Jennings (26) during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory
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San Diego State head coach Rocky Long has known what makes his offense go all season. There's a reason that Donnel Pumphrey finished the season No. 5 in the nation in carries. 

If Cincinnati's run defense is any indication, Long will once again be going to the Pumphrey well early and often. The Bearcats were 106th in rushing defense by yards per carry, giving up 5.02. 

Pumphrey isn't just a product of his volume, either. The 5'9", 180-pound back has been extremely adept at making people miss this season, as Pro Football Focus noted (via Tod Leonard of the San Diego Union-Tribune):

Tod Leonard @sdutleonard

Pro Football Focus reports that SDSU RB D.J. Pumphrey forced 76 missed tackles this year -- second only to LSU's Leonard Fournette.

Running the ball will be key to the Aztecs game plan, as Cincinnati has an explosive offensive playmaker of its own in Gunner Kiel at quarterback (Kiel, however, will not travel to Hawaii). The Bearcats are at their best when they have the ball and can make plays in the passing game, so San Diego State would be well-advised to lean on the running game and play keep-away. 

That should equate to plenty of opportunities for Pumphrey, and with great opportunities comes great production for the junior. 

All statistics used courtesy of CFBStats.com unless otherwise noted. 

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