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2016/17 College Football Bowl Schedule

Posted by: Jennifer | Posted on: December 7th, 2016 | 0 Comments

College Football Bowls

2016/17 College Football Bowl Schedule

It’s bowl season again, with 40 games wedged into 17 days before college football crowns its national champion a week after that. Here’s a rundown of the football, football and more football available to you over the coming weeks, sans the College Football Playoffs — a bowl season unto themselves:

Dec. 17

Celebration Bowl, N.C.-Central (10-2) vs. Grambling State (11-1) – In games against FBS foes Duke and Western Michigan, N.C.-Central was outscored 119-27.

New Mexico Bowl, New Mexico (8-4) vs. UTSA (6-6) – Be prepared to yawn. Texas-San Antonio is building a program kind of the way we’re building East Kellogg – slowly.

Las Vegas Bowl, Houston (9-3) vs. San Diego State (10-3) – Dare I say this is one I’m looking forward to? San Diego State plays no defense but has 2,000-yard rusher Donnel Pumphrey. Houston has no coach, but can really score. It might be 143-141 but it should be exciting, as long as you can set aside seven hours.

Camellia Bowl, Appalachian State (9-3) vs. Toledo (9-3) – This one will be played in the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., but we doubt anyone in the stands will feel crammed.

Cure Bowl, Central Florida (6-6) vs. Arkansas State (7-5) – If your kid brings home bad grades, make him or her watch this game. I guarantee straight As next semester.

New Orleans Bowl, Southern Mississippi (6-6) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (6-6) – The Superdome for this game? No available high school fields?

Dec. 19

Miami Beach Bowl, Central Michigan (6-6) vs. Tulsa (9-3) – Remember that win Central Michigan stole from Oklahoma State back in September? This is the reward.

Dec. 20

Boca Raton Bowl, Memphis (8-4) vs. Western Kentucky (10-3) – Hilltoppers coach Jeff Brohm just took the coaching job at Purdue, which isn’t in a bowl game after a 3-9 season. From Hilltopper to Boilermaker – I have no idea what either one is.

Dec. 21

Poinsettia Bowl, BYU (8-4) vs. Wyoming (8-5) – This game is sponsored by a credit union, continuing the long and strong connection between credit unions and poinsettias.
Dec. 22

Potato Bowl, Idaho (8-4) vs. Colorado State (7-5) – Because I love anything having to do with potatoes, I’ll watch this game while eating tater tots.

Dec. 23

Bahamas Bowl, Eastern Michigan (7-5) vs. Old Dominion (9-3) – This bowl is sponsored by Popeyes, although I find no evidence that Popeye ever visited the Bahamas. Olive Oyl, however, spent winters there.

Armed Forces Bowl, Louisiana Tech (8-5) vs. Navy (9-3) – The first game involving a ranked team, No. 25 Navy deserves a better opponent. And we deserve a better game.

Dollar General Bowl, Ohio (8-5) vs. Troy (9-3) – Tickets for this one are $45 for sideline seating and $15 to be in the end zone. So pay no attention to the “Dollar” thing.

Dec. 24

Hawaii Bowl, Hawaii (6-7) vs. Middle Tennessee (8-4) – This is the last game you’ll see before Santa slides down your chimney. That just doesn’t seem right.

Dec. 26

St. Petersburg Bowl, Miami (Ohio) (6-6) vs. Mississippi State (5-7) – This is the first game you’ll see after celebrating Christmas. It’ll feel like a slap in the face.

Quick Lane Bowl, Maryland (6-6) vs. Boston College (6-6) – I got nothing.

Independence Bowl, North Carolina State (6-6) vs. Vanderbilt (6-6) – Because of its Camping World sponsorship, everyone will be roasting marshmallows by halftime.

Dec. 27

Heart of Dallas Bowl, Army (6-5) vs. North Texas (5-7) – Zaxby’s, the game sponsor, is a chain of chicken restaurants headquartered in Georgia. Sponsorships like this won’t keep them around long.

Military Bowl, Temple (10-3) vs. Wake Forest (6-6) – Wake me up because I need to sleep. My temples are pounding.

Holiday Bowl, Minnesota (8-4) vs. Washington State (8-4) – Kansan Tracy Claeys, from Clay Center, coaches Minnesota. Mike Leach coaches Washington State. You can see them wearing headsets.

Cactus Bowl, Boise State (10-2) vs. Baylor (6-6) – Motel 6 sponsors this one. Forget keeping the lights on, can we just turn them off and go home?

Dec. 28

Pinstripe Bowl, Pittsburgh (8-4) vs. Northwestern (6-6) – If you love your football in a baseball stadium, this is your game.

Russell Athletic Bowl, West Virginia (10-2) vs. Miami (8-4) – These former Big East rivals will be getting back together. You’ll need a box of Kleenex.

Foster Farms Bowl, Indiana (6-6) vs. Utah (8-4) – Have Mike Pence and Mitt Romney made a bet on this one?

Texas Bowl, Texas A&M (8-4) vs. Kansas State (8-4) – K-State’s Bill Snyder is 7-10 in bowl games and has lost six of his previous seven. He’s due.

Dec. 29

Birmingham Bowl, South Florida (10-2) vs. South Carolina (6-6) – If, for some reason, one of these teams is unable to fulfill its obligation, South Dakota is waiting in the wings.

Belk Bowl, Arkansas (7-5) vs. Virginia Tech (9-4) – By this time, I’ll be face down in guacamole dip.

Alamo Bowl, Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Colorado (10-3) – I miss the Big Eight. I miss Boulder. This game will cause me to feel forlorn.
Dec. 30

Liberty Bowl, Georgia (7-5) vs. TCU (6-6) – Hey, hey, underachieving teams from major conferences.

Sun Bowl, Stanford (9-3) vs. North Carolina (8-4) – A scholarly school from Silicon Valley takes on one accused of academic fraud. I like the juxtaposition.

Music City Bowl, Nebraska (9-3) vs. Tennessee (8-4) – I watch this game every year while I do karaoke and play air guitar.

Arizona Bowl, South Alabama (6-6) vs. Air Force (9-3) – Maxwell Air Force Base is located in Montgomery, Ala. Which is in the southern half of the state. So there’s that.

Orange Bowl, Michigan (10-2) vs. Florida State (9-3) – Jim Harbaugh vs. Jimbo Fisher. Wouldn’t the “Jimbo” thing fit Harbaugh better? Jimbo Harbaugh vs. Jim Fisher? I like it.

Dec. 31

Citrus Bowl, LSU (7-4) vs. Louisville (9-3) – Too bad Harley-Davidson doesn’t sponsor this game.

TaxSlayer Bowl, Georgia Tech (8-4) vs. Kentucky (7-5) – Kentucky proves it’s more than just a basketball school.

Jan. 2

Outback Bowl, Florida (8-4) vs. Iowa (8-4) – This is what 8-4 buys these days.

Cotton Bowl Classic, Western Michigan (13-0) vs. Wisconsin (10-3) – This is a decent stage for Western Michigan and P.J. Fleck, not to be confused with Bela Fleck and the Flectones.

Rose Bowl, USC (9-3) vs. Penn State (11-2) – Now this is a good game. Maybe even a better game than Ohio State-Clemson in the playoffs?

Sugar Bowl, Auburn (8-4) vs. Oklahoma (10-2) – There’s nothing sugary about the Sooners, who haven’t lost since September and should be hoppin’ mad that going unbeaten in their conference didn’t get them into the playoff.