Bowl season is upon us and while you think there may be too many or matchups you don't like, I'm here to give you a reason to watch every single game. Plus a pick if, you know, you're "tangentially interested." Let's get weird.
Saturday, December 16th
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: North Texas (+6.5) vs. Troy
Why: It has been a week since Army-Navy and you need your scratch that college football itch. I get it, man. You don't have to explain yourself to me.
AutoNation Cure Bowl, 2:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
Who: Western Kentucky (-6.5) vs. Georgia State
Why: You want to justify paying for CBS Sports Network.
Las Vegas Bowl, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC
Who: No. 25 Boise State vs. Oregon (-7)
Why: Neither of these teams like each other. Remember that LeGarrette Blount punch? So does Boise State.
GILDAN New Mexico Bowl, 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Marshall vs. Colorado State (-5.5)
Why: It can't be worse than watching the Chicago Bears set football back 50 years in the same time slot.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Arkansas State (-4) vs. Middle Tennesse State
Why: Last chance to watch a bowl game for a few days and these two should put on a pretty fun offensive show for you thanks to ASU QB Justice Hansen and MTSU QB Brent Stockstill.
Tuesday, December 19th
Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Florida Atlantic (-22.5) vs. Akron
Why: Lane freakin' Kiffin. You know he's going to be celebrating early on the sideline as FAU runs up the score.
Wednesday, December 20th
DXL Frisco Bowl, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: SMU (-5) vs. Louisiana Tech
Why: SMU WR Courtland Sutton will likely have a big day. Also, the endless opportunities to see DJ Khaled "DXL" commercials.
Thursday, December 21st
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Temple (-7) vs. Florida International
Why: I'm sorry, did you miss the title sponsor? Bad. Boy. Mowers. Gasparilla. Bowl. Think of the disdain the announcers are going to have by halftime for repeating that over and over.
Friday, December 22nd
Bahamas Bowl, 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: UAB (+7.5) vs. Ohio
Why: UAB wasn't a program last year. They went 8-4 in their first season back after a two-year hiatus. That's awesome.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 4 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Wyoming (PK) vs. Central Michigan
Why: You get a chance to see
Blake Bortles Josh Allen before your favorite team overdrafts him in April!
Saturday, December 23rd
Birmingham Bowl, 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: South Florida (-2.5) vs. Texas Tech
Why: Defense will be set to "Optional" for what could be the most entertaining offensive game of the bowl season.
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, 3:30 p.m ET on ESPN
Who: San Diego State vs. Army (+7)
Why: If you like to be efficient with your time, this game should be over in under three hours. Army may not attempt a pass.
Dollar General Bowl, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Toledo (-7.5) vs. Appalachian State
Why: I have a tough time finding a reason to steer you away from Aaron Rodgers against the Vikings, but maybe you went to Toledo or Appalachian State. Or, maybe you are an Ohio State fan still gleeful about the Mountaineers win over Michigan. To each their own.
Sunday, December 24th
Hawai'i Bowl, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Fresno State (+2.5) vs. Houston
Why: There is no Sunday Night Football and you've already seen Home Alone a dozen times by now.
Tuesday, December 26th
Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl, 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Utah (-6.5) vs. West Virginia
Why: You can't be guilted to wear that awful sweater your Aunt Mildred got you in public if you don't leave the couch.
Quick Lane Bowl, 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Duke vs. Northern Illinois (+5.5)
Why: Duke's David Cutcliffe didn't leave for Tennessee and it is never a bad time to poke fun at Tennessee for that coaching search.
Cactus Bowl, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Kansas State (-2.5) vs. UCLA
Why: Chip Kelly is back at the college ranks; plus, a look at future top-10 pick QB Josh Rosen.
Wednesday, December 27th
Walk-On's Independence Bowl, 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Southern Miss (+15.5) vs. Florida State
Why: To see the team Alabama fans spent hours arguing was the key to propping up Alabama's strength of Schedule and why the Crimson Tide made the playoff. A 6-6 Florida State team!
New Era Pinstripe Bowl, 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Iowa (-3) vs. Boston College
Why: To see the other reason Alabama fans spent days arguing they deserved to be in the playoff -- Iowa!
Foster Farms Bowl, 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX
Who: Purdue (+3.5) vs. Arizona
Why: Arizona QB Khalil Tate is a cheat code. He didn't start the first four games, but finished with almost 1,300 passing yards and 1,400 rushing yards. He is a human highlight reel.
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Missouri (-3) vs. Texas
Why: Because Texas might be ... BACK! (Probably Not)
Thursday, December 28th
Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman, 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Navy (+1) vs. Virginia
Why: You love America, that's why.
Camping World Bowl, 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 19 Oklahoma State (-4.5) vs. No. 22 Virginia Tech
Why: We have our first matchup between ranked teams and it should be a fun contrast of styles.
Valero Alamo Bowl, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 13 Stanford vs. No. 15 TCU (-2.5)
Why: Bryce Love was a Heisman finalist and you probably haven't watched him yet because you live on the East Coast and the Pac-12 Network does not exist here.
San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, 9 p.m. ET on FS1
Who: No. 18 Washington State (-2.5) vs. No. 16 Michigan State
Why: Hopefully you have multiple TV's so you can watch both of these games. Also, Mike Leach is a pirate and conspiracy theorist.
Friday, December 29th
Belk Bowl, 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Wake Forest (-3) vs. Texas A&M
Why: The Belk Bowl has the best twitter account and you should reward good tweets.
Hyundai Sun Bowl, 3 p.m. ET on CBS
Who: No. 24 NC State (-6) vs. Arizona State
Why: Maybe a chance to find out if Herm Edwards really knew the mascot for Arizona State was the Sun Devils before he accepted the job.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Kentucky vs. No. 21 Northwestern (-7)
Why: Northwestern RB Justin Jackson will keep your interest if nothing else.
NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, 5:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
Who: New Mexico State (+4) vs. Utah State
Why: New Mexico State hasn't been in a bowl game since 1960, which oddly enough was against Utah State. Revenge game for Utah State?
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 8 USC vs. No. 5 Ohio State (-7.5)
Why: A top-10 matchup of two teams that had legitimate shots at the playoff and both probably had better profiles than Alabama. Plus, future No. 1 pick Sam Darnold!
Saturday, December 30th
TaxSlayer Bowl, Noon ET on ESPN
Who: Louisville vs. No. 23 Mississippi State (+6.5)
Why: Lamar Jackson. You know he is going to do something insane one more time in college football and it is your last chance to see him.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl, 12:30 p.m. ET on ABC
Who: Iowa State vs. No. 20 Memphis (-3.5)
Why: Iowa State's Matt Campbell and Memphis' Mike Norvell aren't going to be at these schools long before they go up to bigger programs.
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, 4 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 11 Washington vs. No. 9 Penn State (-2)
Why: A few of my bosses are Penn State fans and I like seeing them upset when they lose.
Capital One Orange Bowl, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Miami (+6.5)
Why: Two words -- Turnover Chain.
Monday, January 1st
Outback Bowl, Noon ET on ESPN2
Who: Michigan vs. South Carolina (+7.5)
Why: You're probably still going to be hungover and on the couch and don't want to move. Oh, and BLOOMIN' ONION MAN!
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 12 UCF (+9.5) vs. No. 7 Auburn
Why: UCF has a chance to go for an undefeated season and send Scott Frost out to the cornfields of Nebraska in style.
Citrus Bowl presented by Overton's, 1 p.m. ET on ABC
Who: No. 14 Notre Dame vs. No. 17 LSU
Why: Can you imagine how angry Brian Kelly will be if Notre Dame loses?
College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual, 5 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Oklahoma (+2)
Why: The Granddaddy of Them All is way less of a mouthful than the official title and way more fun to say in Keith Jackson's voice. Also, and this is probably more important, it is the first playoff game and Baker Mayfield is facing an SEC defense.
College Football Playoff at the Allstate Sugar Bowl, 8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 1 Clemson (+2.5)
Why: You know why.
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