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Why you need to watch every bowl game; a guide from the weird and wacky to the College Football Playoff

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Why you need to watch every bowl game; a guide from the weird and wacky to the College Football Playoff

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. 

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Saturday, December 16th

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, 1 p.m. ET on ESPN 
Who: North Texas 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.
Pick: North Texas (+6.5)

AutoNation Cure Bowl, 2:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
Who: Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State
Why: You want to justify paying for CBS Sports Network.
Pick: Western Kentucky (-6.5)

Las Vegas Bowl, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC
Who: No. 25 Boise State vs. Oregon 
Why: Neither of these teams like each other. Remember that LeGarrette Blount punch? So does Boise State.
Pick: Oregon (-7)

GILDAN New Mexico Bowl, 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Marshall vs. Colorado State
Why: It can't be worse than watching the Chicago Bears set football back 50 years in the same time slot.
Pick: Colorado State (-5.5)

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Arkansas State 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.
Pick: Arkansas State (-4)

Tuesday, December 19th

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Florida Atlantic vs. Akron
Why: Lane freakin' Kiffin. You know he's going to be celebrating early on the sideline as FAU runs up the score.
Pick: Florida Atlantic (-22.5)

Wednesday, December 20th

DXL Frisco Bowl, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: SMU (7-5) vs. Louisiana Tech (6-6)
Why: SMU WR Courtland Sutton will likely have a big day. Also, the endless opportunities to see DJ Khaled "DXL" commercials. 
Pick: SMU (-5)

Thursday, December 21st

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Temple  (6-6) vs. Florida International (8-4)
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. 
Pick: Temple (-7)

Friday, December 22nd

Bahamas Bowl, 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: UAB (8-4) vs. Ohio (8-4)
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.
Pick: UAB (+7.5)

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 4 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Wyoming (7-5) vs. Central Michigan (8-4)
Why: You get a chance to see Blake Bortles Josh Allen before your favorite team overdrafts him in April! 
Pick: Wyoming (PK)

Saturday, December 23rd

Birmingham Bowl, 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: South Florida (9-2) vs. Texas Tech (6-6)
Why: Defense will be set to "Optional" for what could be the most entertaining offensive game of the bowl season.
Pick: South Florida (-2.5)

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, 3:30 p.m ET on ESPN
Who: San Diego State (10-2) vs. Army (9-3)
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. 
Pick: Army (+7)

Dollar General Bowl, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Toledo (11-2) vs. Appalachian State (8-4)
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.
Pick: Toledo (-7.5)

Sunday, December 24th

Hawai'i Bowl, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Fresno State (9-4) vs. Houston (7-4)
Why: There is no Sunday Night Football and you've already seen Home Alone a dozen times by now. 
Pick: Fresno State (+2.5)

Tuesday, December 26th

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl, 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Utah (6-6) vs. West Virginia (7-5)
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.
Pick: Utah (-6.5)

Quick Lane Bowl, 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Duke (6-6) vs. Northern Illinois (8-4)
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.
Pick: Northern Illinois (+5.5)

Cactus Bowl, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Kansas State (7-5) vs. UCLA (6-6)
Why: Chip Kelly is back at the college ranks; plus, a look at future top-10 pick QB Josh Rosen.
Pick: Kansas State (-2.5)

Wednesday, December 27th

Walk-On's Independence Bowl, 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Southern Miss (8-4) vs. Florida State (6-6)
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!
Pick: Southern Miss (+15.5)

New Era Pinstripe Bowl, 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN 
Who: Iowa (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5)
Why: To see the other reason Alabama fans spent days arguing they deserved to be in the playoff -- Iowa! 
Pick: Iowa (-3)

Foster Farms Bowl, 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX
Who: Purdue (6-6) vs. Arizona (7-5)
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. 
Pick: Purdue (+3.5)

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Missouri (7-5) vs. Texas (6-6)
Why: Because Texas might be ... BACK! (Probably Not)
Pick: Missouri (-3)

Thursday, December 28th

Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman, 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Navy (6-6) vs. Virginia (6-6)
Why: You love America, that's why.
Pick: NAvy (+1)

Camping World Bowl, 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 19 Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. No. 22 Virginia Tech (9-3)
Why: We have our first matchup between ranked teams and it should be a fun contrast of styles.
Pick: Oklahoma State (-4.5)

Valero Alamo Bowl, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 13 Stanford (9-4) vs. No. 15 TCU (10-3)
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.
Pick: TCU (-2.5)

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, 9 p.m. ET on FS1
Who: No. 18 Washington State (9-3) vs. No. 16 Michigan State (9-3)
Why: Hopefully you have multiple TV's so you can watch both of these games. Also, Mike Leach is a pirate and conspiracy theorist. 
Pick: Washington State (-2.5)

Friday, December 29th

Belk Bowl, 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Wake Forest (7-5) vs. Texas A&M (7-5)
Why: The Belk Bowl has the best twitter account and you should reward good tweets.
Pick: Wake Forest (-3)

Hyundai Sun Bowl, 3 p.m. ET on CBS
Who: No. 24 North Carolina State (8-4) vs. Arizona State (7-5)
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.
Pick: North Carolina State (-6)

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: Kentucky  (7-5) vs. No. 21 Northwestern (9-3)
Why: Northwestern RB Justin Jackson will keep your interest if nothing else.
Pick: Northwestern (-7)

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, 5:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
Who: New Mexico State (6-6) vs. Utah State (6-6)
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?
Pick: New Mexico State (+4)

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 8 USC (11-2) vs. No. 5 Ohio State (11-2)
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!
Pick: Ohio State (-7.5)

Saturday, December 30th

TaxSlayer Bowl, Noon ET on ESPN
Who: Louisville (8-4) vs. No. 23 Mississippi State (8-4)
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. 
Pick: Mississippi State (+6.5)

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, 12:30 p.m. ET on ABC
Who: Iowa State (7-5) vs. No. 20 Memphis (10-2)
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.
Pick: Memphis (-3.5)

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, 4 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 11 Washington (10-2) vs. No. 9 Penn State (10-2)
Why: A few of my bosses are Penn State fans and I like seeing them upset when they lose. 
Pick: Penn State (-2)

Capital One Orange Bowl, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 6 Wisconsin (12-1) vs. No. 10 Miami (10-2)
Why: Two words -- Turnover Chain.
Pick: Miami (+6.5)

Monday, January 1st

Outback Bowl, Noon ET on ESPN2
Who: Michigan (8-4) vs. South Carolina (8-4)
Why: You're probably still going to be hungover and on the couch and don't want to move. Oh, and BLOOMIN' ONION MAN!https://twitter.com/Outback/status/938123729716023297?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sbnation.com%2Flookit%2F2017%2F12%2F5%2F16740134%2Flocal-man-achieves-his-dreams-becomes-bloomin-onion-mascot-thanks-to-10000-retweets
Pick: South Carolina (+7.5)

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 12 UCF (12-0) vs. No. 7 Auburn (10-3)
Why: UCF has a chance to go for an undefeated season and send Scott Frost out to the cornfields of Nebraska in style.
Pick: UCF (+9.5)

Citrus Bowl presented by Overton's, 1 p.m. ET on ABC
Who: No. 14 Notre Dame (9-3) vs. No. 17 LSU (9-3)
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 (12-1) vs. No. 2 Oklahoma (12-1)
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.
Pick: Oklahoma +2

College Football Playoff at the Allstate Sugar Bowl, 8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Who: No. 4 Alabama (11-1) vs. No. 1 Clemson (12-1)
Why: You know why.
Pick: Clemson +2.5

Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.