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College Football Bowls 2018-19: Date, kickoff time and how to watch each bowl game

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College Football Bowls 2018-19: Date, kickoff time and how to watch each bowl game

Happy college football bowl season! And while that means we are inching toward the dreaded offseason, there are several must-see bowl matchups with the potential to be so much fun. 

Sure, the four College Football Playoff teams -- Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma --  will dominate the conversation during the next several weeks, and that's fine. But there are plenty of other teams which didn't make the playoff that are worth highlighting too. 

And whether it's a wild offensive matchup -- like Alabama and Oklahoma -- or one where fans are more interested in the location -- because who doesn't love the Bahamas Bowl? -- there's a good reason to watch a lot of these games, even if your team isn't playing in them. 

Starting with the Celebration Bowl on December 15 and running through the national championship game on January 7, here's a complete breakdown of every bowl game -- including kickoff time, what channel the games are on and where each one will be played. The College Football Playoff contests are listed first and the remaining games are listed chronologically.

College Football Playoff

Saturday, December 29

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic  

Who: No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame

Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

TV channel: ESPN, 4 p.m. ET

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl

Who: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma

Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

TV channel: ESPN, 8 p.m. ET

Monday, January 7

College Football Playoff National Championship Game

Who: Cotton Bowl winner vs. Orange Bowl winner

Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

TV channel: ESPN, 8 p.m. ET

Remaining Bowl Games

Saturday, December 15

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl

Who: North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State

Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

TV channel: ABC, Noon ET

New Mexico Bowl

Who: North Texas vs. Utah State

Where: Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico

TV channel: ESPN, 2 p.m. ET

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Who: Tulane vs. Louisiana

Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

TV channel: CBSSN, 2:30 p.m. ET

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

Who: Fresno State vs. Arizona State

Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas

TV channel: ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Who: Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan

Where: Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama

TV channel: ESPN, 5:30 p.m. ET

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Who: Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State

Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

TV channel: ESPN, 9 p.m. ET

Tuesday, December 18

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl

Who: UAB vs. Northern Illinois

Where: FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida

TV channel: ESPN, 7 p.m. ET

Wednesday, December 19

DXL Frisco Bowl 

Who: San Diego State vs. Ohio 

Where: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas

TV channel: ESPN, 8 p.m. ET

Thursday, December 20

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Who: Marshall vs. South Florida

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

TV channel: ESPN, 8 p.m. ET

Friday, December 21

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

Who: FIU vs. Toledo

Where: Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas

TV channel: ESPN, 12:30 p.m. ET

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Who: Western Michigan vs. BYU

Where: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho

TV channel: ESPN, 4 p.m. ET

Saturday, December 22

Jared Birmingham Bowl

Who: Memphis vs. Wake Forest

Where: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama

TV channel: ESPN, Noon ET

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Who: Houston vs. Army

Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

TV channel: ESPN, 3:30 p.m. ET

Dollar General Bowl

Who: Buffalo vs. Troy

Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama

TV channel: ESPN, 7 p.m. ET

SoFi Hawai'i Bowl

Who: Louisiana Tech vs. Hawaii

Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu

TV channel: ESPN, 10:30 p.m. ET

Wednesday, December 26

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Who: Boston College vs. Boise State

Where: Cotton Bowl, Dallas

TV channel: ESPN, 1:30 p.m. ET

Quick Lane Bowl

Who: Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech

Where: Ford Field, Detroit

TV channel: ESPN, 5:15 p.m. ET

Cheez-It Bowl

Who: California vs. TCU

Where: Chase Field, Phoenix

TV channel: ESPN, 9 p.m. ET

Thursday, December 27

Walk-On's Independence Bowl

Who: Temple vs. Duke

Where: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana 

TV channel: ESPN, 1:30 p.m. ET

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Who: Miami vs. Wisconsin

Where: Yankee Stadium, New York

TV channel: ESPN, 5:15 p.m. ET

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

Who: Baylor vs. Vanderbilt

Where: NRG Stadium, Houston

TV channel: ESPN, 9 p.m. ET

Friday, December 28

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Who: Purdue vs. Auburn

Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville

TV channel: ESPN, 1:30 p.m. ET

Camping World Bowl

Who: West Virginia vs. Syracuse

Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando

TV channel: ESPN, 5:15 p.m. ET

Valero Alamo Bowl

Who: Iowa State vs. Washington State

Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

TV channel: ESPN, 9 p.m. ET

Saturday December 29

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Who: No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 Michigan

Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

TV channel: ESPN, Noon ET

Belk Bowl

Who: South Carolina vs. Virginia

Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

TV channel: ABC, Noon ET

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Who: Arkansas State vs. Nevada

Where: Arizona Stadium, Tuscon, Arizona 

TV channel: CBSSN, 1:15 p.m. ET

Monday, December 31

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

Who: Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech

Where: Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium 

TV channel: ESPN, Noon ET

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Who: Stanford vs. Pitt

Where: Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas

TV channel: CBS, 2 p.m. ET

Redbox Bowl

Who: Michigan State vs. Oregon

Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California 

TV channel: FOX, 3 p.m. ET

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Who: Missouri vs. Oklahoma State

Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

TV channel: ESPN, 3:45 p.m. ET

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Who: Northwestern vs. Utah

Where: SDCCU Stadium, San Diego 

TV channel: FS1, 7 p.m. ET

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

Who: N.C. State vs. Texas A&M

Where: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

TV channel: ESPN, 7:30 p.m. ET

Tuesday, January 1

Outback Bowl

Who: Mississippi State vs. Iowa

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

TV channel: ESPN2, Noon ET

VRBO Citrus Bowl

Who: Kentucky vs. Penn State

Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

TV channel: ABC, 1 p.m. ET

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

Who: No. 11 LSU vs. No. 8 UCF

Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

TV channel: ESPN, 1 p.m. ET

Rose Bowl

Who: No. 9 Washington vs. No. 6 Ohio State

Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California 

TV channel: ESPN, 5 p.m. ET

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Who: No. 15 Texas vs. No. 5 Georgia

Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

TV channel: ESPN, 8:45 p.m. ET

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John Wall opens up on expecting first child, Wizards teammate Markieff Morris offers delivery room advice

John Wall opens up on expecting first child, Wizards teammate Markieff Morris offers delivery room advice

John Wall is about to become a first-time father "any day now," and the Washington point guard shared some details and expectations with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller and Phil Chenier on Monday afternoon before the Wizards host the Houston Rockets.

"I'm just chilling, waiting for the day to come," Wall said at Capital One Arena. "Just waiting for the day. It's any day now. It's like a week!" 

However, Wall didn't actually announce that he is expecting his first child; teammate Austin Rivers (perhaps accidentally) did. In a podcast with Uninterrupted in October, Rivers was talking about being a father himself, saying "it's crazy" that the Wizards are all having babies before letting it slip that his teammate has a baby due. 

Wall -- who enters Monday's matchup against the Rockets averaging 20.9 points and 8.1 assists per game -- said he will "for sure" be in the delivery room for the birth of the baby, but he joked that he might have to "close my eyes" at some point. The 28-year-old NBA veteran also said he wants to cut the umbilical cord if they let him, but then shared some advice about expectations from his teammate Markieff Morris.

"The crazy thing is I was asking Keef about it because he was like, he wanted to cut the cord," Wall said. "But it was so much going on. He was like, 'Man, just go ahead.'"

Wall said he thinks he knows what to expect overall about parenthood because he has a large family, but as Miller and Chenier -- who are each fathers too -- reminded him, things are always different when it's your own child. 

"I've got an idea," he said. "I just don't have an idea of it being your own. I've got 24 nieces and nephews, so when they was little ... I had a point where they would stay for a whole week. I didn't have a point where I had to be there every day, so that's the difference."

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Nationals' phenom Juan Soto finishes as NL Rookie of the Year runner-up to Braves' Ronald Acuña Jr.

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Nationals' phenom Juan Soto finishes as NL Rookie of the Year runner-up to Braves' Ronald Acuña Jr.

Despite a surprising, impressive and historic start to Juan Soto's career in Major League Baseball, the Washington Nationals' young star finished as the runner-up in the National League Rookie of the Year voting behind winner Ronald Acuña Jr. and ahead of finalist Walker Buehler, the league announced Monday.

For the Nationals' rising star who didn't shed his teenager status until after Washington's season ended, finishing second behind another similarly impressive player doesn't diminish his record-breaking accomplishments throughout the 2018 season -- so many of them related to being a 19-year-old rookie.

After the Nats called Soto up in the spring, he made his debut in the majors on May 20, quickly becoming famous for both his power and consistency and drawing countless comparisons to teammate Bryce Harper. He broke or tied too many records to list here -- but you can find them on NBC Sports Washington -- so we're highlighting the biggest.

He finished his rookie year with a .292 batting average, slugging at .517 and racking up 22 home runs, 70 RBI and 79 walks -- the most by a teenager in MLB history which also made him the only teenager with more than 60 walks in a single season.

Both the highest for a teenager in MLB history, Soto finished with a .406 OBP -- he's also the only teenager to break .400 -- and a .923 OPS, which put him second and third, respectively, among all NL hitters. He became the first teenager to finish with a slash line of at least .290/.400/.500 and the first rookie since Albert Pujols in 2001 to do it, according to MLB.com.

His three multi-home run games are the most by a teenager in MLB history, as are his multi-walk games (16). Soto also racked up 22 home runs this season, which tied Harper for second by a teenager, behind Tony Conigliaro with 24.

Soto started the 2018 season with the Class A Hagerstown Suns before getting bumped up to the Potomac Nationals (Class A-Advanced) and the Harrisburg Senators (Double-A) on his way to the majors.

With the Braves playing in the postseason before losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, 20-year-old Acuña finished his rookie year with a slash line of .293/.366/.552, having a slight advantage over Soto in both batting average and slugging percentage. He also had the edge over the Nats rookie in home runs (26) and hits (127 vs. 121).

Winning the NLCS with the Dodgers before falling the World Series to the Boston Red Sox, Buehler was the lone pitcher in the NL Rookie of the Year race. The 24-year-old right-hander finished his first season with a 2.62 ERA on an 8-5 record. He struck out 151 batters and gave up 12 home runs.

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