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Our first ever NCAA Football Championship semifinalists are set--and even after that, debate and analysis ensues. Like TCU and Baylor get omitted and why (largely because the Big 12 has no championship game). Alabama, Oregon, Florida St. (the sole undefeated team in it), and Ohio St. are those four. All culminating at the 2015 College Football Championship at AT&T Stadium (aka Jerryworld) in Arlington, Texas.

We got some new bowls like the Bahamas Bowl, the first offshore non-US based college football bowl game since the personally much-missed Toronto's International Bowl and the first Caribbean-held postseason bowl game since the Bacardi Bowl in Havana back in the 1930s. It will play on Christmas Eve at Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, The Bahamas. The Sun Bowl has now moved from its traditional New Year's Eve spot. All games on ESPN channels except otherwise indicated and times US/Canada local:

December 20

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA 11:00 am SW Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (8–4) vs. Nevada-Reno Wolf Pack (7–5)

Gildan New Mexico Bowl University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM 2:20 pm Utah St. Aggies (9–4) vs. UTEP Miners (7–5)

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Sam Boyd Stadium, Whitney, NV 3:30 pm ABC #22 Utah Utes (8–4) vs. Colorado St. Rams (10–2)

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID 5:45 pm Air Force Falcons (9–3) vs. Western Michigan Broncos (8–4)

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL 9:15 pm Bowling Green Falcons (7–6) vs. South Alabama Jaguars (6–6)

December 22

Miami Beach Bowl Marlins Park, Miami, FL 2:00 pm BYU Cougars (8–4) vs. Memphis Tigers (9–3)

December 23

Boca Raton Bowl FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL 6:00 pm Marshall Thundering Herd (12–1) vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (11–2)

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 9:30 pm Navy Midshipmen (6–5) vs.
San Diego State Aztecs (7–5)

December 24

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas Noon Central Michigan Chippewas (7–5) vs.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (7–5)

Hawai'i Bowl Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI 8:00 pm Fresno St. Bulldogs (6–7) vs. Rice Owls (7–5)

December 26

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX 1:00 pm Illinois Fighting Illini (6–6) vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8–5)

Quick Lane Bowl Ford Field, Detroit, MI 4:30 pm Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7–5) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (6–6)

Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL 8:00 pm NC State Wolfpack (7–5) vs. UCF Knights (9–3)

December 27

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD 1:00 pm Virginia Tech Hokies (6–6) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (9–3)

Hyundai Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX 2:00 pm CBS Duke Blue Devils (9–3) vs. #15 Arizona St. Sun Devils (9–3)

Duck Commander Independence Bowl Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA 4:00 pm ABC Miami (FL) Hurricanes (6–6) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (6–6)

New Era Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY 4:30 pm Boston College Golden Eagles (7–5) vs. Penn St. Nittany Lions (6–6)

National University Holiday Bowl Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 8:00 pm Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3) vs. #24 USC Trojans (8–4)

December 29

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN 2:00 pm West Virginia Mountaineers (7–5) vs. Texas A&M Aggies (7–5)

Russell Athletic Bowl Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, FL 4:30 pm #17 Clemson Tigers (9–3) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (8–4)

AdvoCare Texas Bowl NRG Stadium, Houston, TX 8:00 pm Texas Longhorns (6–6) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (6–6)

December 30

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl LP Field, Nashville, TN 2:00 pm Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7–5) vs. #23 LSU Tigers (8–4)

Belk Bowl Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC 6:45 pm #21 Louisville Cardinals (9–3) vs. #13 Georgia Bulldogs (9–3)

Foster Farms San Francisco Bowl Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA 9:00 pm Maryland Terrapins (7–5) vs. Stanford Cardinal (7–5)

December 31

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA 11:30 pm #9 Ole Miss Rebels (9–3) vs. #6 TCU Horned Frogs (11–1)

Vizio Fiesta Bowl University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ 4:00 pm #20 Boise St. Broncos (11–2) vs. #10 Arizona Wildcats (10–3)

Capital One Orange Bowl Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL 7:30 pm #7 Mississippi St. Bulldogs (10–2) vs. #12 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10–3)

January 1

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX 12:00 pm #8 Michigan State Spartans (10–2) vs. #5 Baylor Bears (11–1)

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual (Playoff semifinal game) Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA 4:00 pm #3 Florida State Seminoles (13–0) vs. #2 Oregon Ducks (12–1)

Allstate Sugar Bowl (Playoff semifinal game) Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA 7:30 pm #4 Ohio State Buckeyes (12–1) vs. #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (12–1)

Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 12:00 pm #18 Wisconsin Badgers (10–3) vs. #19 Auburn Tigers (8–4)

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, FL 1:00 pm ABC Touchdown #25 Minnesota Golden Gophers (8–4) vs. #16 Missouri Tigers (10–3)

Jan. 2 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX 11:00am Pittsburgh Panthers (6–6) vs. Houston Cougars (7–5)

TaxSlayer Bowl EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL 3:20 pm Iowa Hawkeyes (7–5) vs. Tennessee Volunteers (6–6)

Valero Alamo Bowl Alamodome, San Antonio, TX 5:45 pm #11 Kansas St. Wildcats (9–3) vs. #14 UCLA Bruins (9–3)

TicketCity Cactus Bowl Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ 9:15 pm Oklahoma St. Cowboys (6–6) vs. Washington Huskies (8–5)

January 3

Birmingham Bowl Legion Field, Birmingham, AL 12:00 pm Florida Gators (6–5) vs. East Carolina Pirates (8–4)

January 4

GoDaddy Bowl Ladd Peebles Stadium. Mobile, AL 8:00 pm Toledo Rockets (8–4) vs. Arkansas St. Red Wolves (7–5)

January 12

College Football Championship Game (Rose Bowl winner vs. Sugar Bowl winner) AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX 8:30 pm

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37 bowls plus the championship game is utterly ridiculous, so is the four team playoff (okay, it's better than what we used to have) but a 16 team championship tournament would be perfect. the 10 FBS conference champions plus six at-large teams The others can play in a scaled down Bowl system.

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37 bowls plus the championship game is utterly ridiculous, so is the four team playoff (okay, it's better than what we used to have) but a 16 team championship tournament would be perfect. the 10 FBS conference champions plus six at-large teams The others can play in a scaled down Bowl system.

16 is to big because you would end up devaluating the whole point of a playoff, being the best. ie having a a three, maybe even a four, loss team in a playoff is just stupid because what claim does a team of that quality have of saying they're deserving of a championship? In addition, the way football works, ESPECIALLY college, there is a huge lack of parity between teams. Even between #1 and #10. So what would happen is 90% of the time some above average team is gonna be quashed by an omnipotent team. Finally, it would just take to damn long to finish, and Id doubt there would be high turn out for early round matchups.

And Id hardly say the bowl system is ridiculous considering the amount of money they generate for the ncaa and colleges. Perhaps to the the nonchalant, its seemingly excessive but for cfb diehards like me, the more the merrier.

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Bowl time starts today!

As I write this, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl is on with SW Louisiana (I don't call it Louisiana-Lafayette) Rajun' Cajuns taking Nevada-Reno (I still call it that) Wolfpack. The Cajuns are on the verge of making history of winning four consecutive bowl game titles of the very same bowl. The Superdome has become their home away from home and staying in-state. Right now the game is in the fourth quarter with the Rajun' Cajuns winning 10-3. And that's just the beginning with 4 more bowls as we go along today. There's always a concern with the early ones that will the players on both sides get motivated to play. Answer seems to be yes with several teams.

I don't think 16 would be the way to go for now. 4 is great to start off with just to get used to this new era of playoff championships right now. 8 will be the next step--and there will be money to be made off of this for sure. We'll eventually get up to 16. At least the top ten should be rewarded for this.

I'd like to send my condolences to Alabama-Birmingham Blazers football. It's heartbreaking to see the dreams shattered for the young players under the decision of solely one man, who says it's a money loser. The Blazers became bowl eligible for the first time since 2004 but eventually didn't get an invite. I think it's because of that termination scaring off bowl organizers denying the opportunity of guaranteed money and of the possible fear of not sending enough fans to significantly fill the stadium. Surely there are some UAB boosters who could pony up to fund the program to keep it going. Would not be a way to go out but could force a reconsideration.

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It should say the 2014-15 edition...

December 20

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl--SW Lousiana Rajun' Cajuns 16 Nevada-Reno Wolfpack 3

Gildan New Mexico Bowl--Utah St. Aggies 21 UTEP Miners 6

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl--Utah Utes 45 Colorado St. Rams 10

Famous Potato Idaho Bowl--Air Force Falcons 38 Western Michigan Broncos 24

Raycom Sports Carmellia Bowl--Bowling Green Falcons 33 South Alabama Jaguars 28

December 22

Miami Beach Bowl--Memphis Tigers 55 BYU Cougars 48

December 23

Boca Raton Bowl--Marshall Thundering Herd 52 Northern Illinois Huskies 23

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl--Navy Midshipmen 17 San Diego St. Aztecs 16

December 24

Popeye's Bahamas Bowl--Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 49 Central Michigan Chippewas 48

Hawaii Bowl--Rice Owls 30 Fresno St. Bulldogs 6

December 26

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl--Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 35 Illinois Fighting Illini 18

Quick Lane Detroit Bowl--Rutgers Scarlet Knights 40 North Carolina Tar Heels 21

Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl--North Carolina St. Wolfpack 34 University of Central Florida Golden Knights 27

December 28

Military Bowl--Virginia Tech Hokies 33 Cincinnati Bearcats 17

Hyundai Sun Bowl--Arizona St. Sun Devils 33 Duke Blue Devils 31

Duck Commander Independence Bowl--South Carolina Gamecocks 24 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 21

New Era Pinstripe Bowl--Penn St. Nittany Lions 31 Boston College Golden Eagles 30

National University Holiday Bowl--USC Trojans 45 Nebraska Cornhuskers 42

December 29

AutoZone Liberty Bowl--Texas A&M Aggies 45 West Virginia Mountaineers 37

Russell Athletic Bowl--Clemson Tigers 30 Oklahoma Sooners 6

AdvoCare Texas Bowl--Arkansas Razorbacks 31 Texas Longhorns 7

Bowl games links will come in the new year if not tomorrow

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So it has now all come to this. At Jerryworld in Arlington, Texas. Ohio St. and Oregon. Two of the strongest college football schools and historic football schools. Tonight. Those two Nike schools. Seems like Texas is the perfect place to start your first FBS national championship. Too bad I'll be at work tonight for much of this game--my schedule got changed last week. This is the culmination of what many of college football fans not limited to us here on these boards have been clamoring for years after several with the BCS. It's going to be a very exciting matchup. And I got tons of respect for both coaches Urban Meyer and Mark Helfrich.Trophy looks very nice! I'm leaning towards Ohio St. to win this tonight; the Big Ten must feel a little jealous of seeing the likes of the SEC and Pac 12 winning college football title while none of the Big Ten reps accomplish this for some time. If Ohio St. does win with its smashmouth ball and speed, it means that conference is a bonafide power once again. I wouldn't be mad at all if Oregon wins with their speed. Plus, Urban Meyer cements his legacy as one of the greatest coaches ever by winning it all with a third string QB. In fact, it'll be fun to see them win. But I don't have a dog in the hunt. Just think: if the BCS was still in effect in selecting the top two teams for all the marbles, neither the Buckeyes or the Ducks would be there at the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex tonight.

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I'll be honest, my interest in college football has been nonexistent for about 15 years and the only way I said I might come back was if some form of meaningful playoff was established. As we debated earlier I thought the four teams were insufficient, but binary was right, it actually has turned out great. I felt really engaged during the two semifinal bowls and I eagerly anticipate tonight's game (Go Ducks). Tomorrow will be very different from the past, I usually rejoiced in the end of college football season, I think I may wake up tomorrow with a bit of anticipation for September.

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