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We got a few new bowl games kicking off this year like the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando and the Arizona Bowl in Tuscon--Orlando's got THREE bowl games now. Plus we got Minnesota, San Jose St., and Nebraska entering bowl games despite having sub .500 records this season at 5-7 based on their high Academic Progress Rating (Missouri got an invite for one too but declined). All games are on ESPN and ESPN Radio unless otherwise indicated and US/Canada CST:

Dec. 19

Gildan New Mexico Bowl--University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM 1:00 pm

Arizona Wildcats (6–6) vs. New Mexico Lobos (7–5)

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl--Sam Boyd Stadium, Whitney, NV 2:30 pm

#22 Utah Utes (9–3) vs. BYU Cougars (9–3) ABC Sports/Sports USA

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl--Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL 4:30 pm

Ohio Bobcats (8–4) vs. Appalachian St. Mountaineers (10–2)

AutoNation Cure Bowl--Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando 6:00 pm

San Jose St. Spartans (5–7) vs. Georgia St. Panthers (6–6) CBS Sports Network/iHeartRadio

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl--Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans 7:00 pm

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8–4) vs. Arkansas St. Red Wolves (9–3)

Dec. 21

Miami Beach Bowl--Marlins Park, Miami 1:30 pm

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (11–2) vs. South Florida Bulls (8–4)

Dec. 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl--Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID 2:30 pm

Akron Zips (7–5) vs. Utah St. Aggies (6–6)

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl--FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL 6:00 pm

Toledo Rockets (9–2) vs. #24 Temple Owls (10–3)

Dec. 23

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl--Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego 3:30 pm

Boise St. Broncos (8–4) vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (8–5)

GoDaddy Bowl--Ladd Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL 7:00 pm

Bowling Green Falcons (10–3) vs. Georgia Southern Eagles (8–4) Nevada Sports Radio Network

Dec. 24

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl--Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas 11am

Western Michigan Broncos (7–5) vs. Middle Tennessee St. Blue Raiders (7–5) RedVoice Radio

Hawaiʻi Bowl--Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 7:00 pm

Cincinnati Bearcats (7–5) vs. San Diego St. Aztecs (10–3)

Dec. 26

St. Petersburg Bowl--Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL 10:00 am

Connecticut Huskies (6–6) vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (9–3)

Hyundai Sun Bowl--Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX 1:00 pm

Miami (FL) Hurricanes (8–4) vs. Washington St. Cougars (8–4) CBS/Sports USA

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl--Cotton Bowl, Dallas 1:20 pm

Washington Huskies (6–6) vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles (9–4) RedVoice Radio

New Era Pinstripe Bowl--Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY 2:30 pm

Duke Blue Devils (7–5) vs. Indiana Hoosiers (6–6) ABC

Camping World Independence Bowl--Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA 4:45 pm

Virginia Tech Hokies (6–6) vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (6–6) Sports USA Radio

Foster Farms Bowl--Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA 8:15 pm

Nebraska Cornhuskers (5–7) vs. UCLA Bruins (8–4)

Dec. 28

Military Bowl--Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD 1:30 pm

Pittsburgh Panthers (8–4) vs. #21 Navy Midshipmen (10–2)

Quick Lane Bowl--Ford Field, Detroit 4:00 pm

Minnesota Golden Gophers (5–7) vs. Central Michigan Chippewas (7–5) ESPN2

Dec. 29

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl--Amon G. Carter Stadium, Ft. Worth, TX 1:00 pm

California Golden Bears (7–5) vs. Air Force Falcons (8–5) RedVoice Radio

Russell Athletic Bowl--Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando 4:30 pm

#10 North Carolina Tar Heels (11–2) vs. #17 Baylor Bears (9–3)

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl--Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ 6:30 pm

Colorado St. Rams (7–5) vs. Nevada-Reno Wolf Pack (6–6) ASN

AdvoCare Texas Bowl--NRG Stadium, Houston 8:00 pm

Texas Tech Red Raiders (7–5) vs. #20 LSU Tigers (8–3)

Dec. 30

Birmingham Bowl--Legion Field, Birmingham, AL 11am

Auburn Tigers (6–6) vs. Memphis Tigers (9–3)

Belk Bowl--Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte 2:30 pm

Mississippi St. Bulldogs (8–4) vs. NC St. Wolfpack (7–5)

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl--Nissan Stadium, Nashville 6:00 pm

Texas A&M Aggies (8–4) vs. Louisville Cardinals (7–5)

Holiday Bowl--Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego 9:30 pm

Wisconsin Badgers (9–3) vs. #25 USC Trojans (8–5)

Jan. 1

Outback Bowl--Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 11am

#13 Northwestern Wildcats (10–2) vs. #23 Tennessee Volunteers (8–4) ESPN2/Sports USA Radio

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl--Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando noon

#14 Michigan Wolverines (9–3) vs. #19 Florida Gators (10–3) ABC

Jan. 2

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl--EverBank Field, Jacksonville 11am

Penn St. Nittany Lions (7–5) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (9–3)

AutoZone Liberty Bowl--Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis 2:20 pm

Kansas St. Wildcats (6–6) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (7–5)

Valero Alamo Bowl--Alamodome, San Antonio 5:45 pm

#11 TCU Horned Frogs (10–2) vs. #15 Oregon Ducks (9–3)

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl--Chase Field, Phoenix 9:15 pm

West Virginia Mountaineers (7–5) vs. Arizona St. Sun Devils (6–6)

The CBF bowls

Dec. 31

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl--Georgia Dome, Atlanta 11am

#18 Houston Cougars (12–1) vs. #9 Florida St. Seminoles (10–2)

Capital One Orange Bowl (Playoff semifinal game)--Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL 3:00 pm

#1 Clemson Tigers (13–0) vs. #4 Oklahoma Sooners (11–1)

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (Playoff semifinal game)--AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX 7:00 pm

#2 Alabama Crimson Tide (12–1) vs. #3 Michigan St. Spartans (12–1)

Jan. 1

BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl--University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ noon

#8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10–2) vs. #7 Ohio St. Buckeyes (11–1)

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual--Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA 3:30 pm

#5 Iowa Hawkeyes (12–1) vs. #6 Stanford Cardinal (11–2)

Allstate Sugar Bowl--Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans 7:30 pm

#12 Ole Miss Rebels (9–3) vs. #16 Oklahoma St. Cowboys (10–2)

Jan. 11

College Football Playoff National Championship--(Cotton Bowl winner vs. Orange Bowl winner) University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ 7:30 pm

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Well actually, the bowl season has an additional one with the debut of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl that will take place in Atlanta's Georgia Dome on Saturday that will be live on ABC. This Celebration Bowl marks a much-needed revival of a championship game for the HBCUs for the MEAC and SWAC champions since the McDonald's Heritage Bowl from 1991-1999 also held in Atlanta's Georgia Dome (miss it) and the Pelican Bowl in 1972, 1974-75. It's a welcome change and needed national spotlight for the historically black colleges and universities and their football programs as well as the not-to-be-missed marching bands at halftime as the attraction. The SWAC schools have been playing football with 50-year head start on the MEAC since 1921. Since the Heritage Bowl's demise following 1999, there has been the MEAC/SWAC challenge that existed since 2005. But this obviously is far more important with neither conference having automatic bids into the FCS with the MEAC relinquished its automatic bid to participate in the FCS playoffs and the SWAC no longer participating in it.

This year's inaugural Celebration Bowl features the SWAC's Alcorn St. Braves and the MEAC's North Carolina A&T Aggies:

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/page/scontheroadncf12172015/alcorn-state-north-carolina-meet-inaugural-celebration-bowl

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First batch of the 2015-16 FBS bowl games started yesterday! Enjoy! :)

Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Arizona 45 New Mexico 37

http://gildannewmexicobowl.com/

http://espn.go.com/blog/pac12/post/_/id/96528/anu-solomon-sends-arizona-past-new-mexico-with-three-touchdowns

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: Utah 35 BYU 28

http://lvbowl.com/

http://espn.go.com/college-football/recap?gameId=400852684

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Appalachian St. 31 Ohio 29

http://espnevents.com/camellia-bowl/

http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/122981/appalachian-state-claims-wild-win-over-ohio-with-field-goal-at-buzzer

AutoNation Cure Bowl: San Jose St. 27 Georgia St. 16

http://curebowl.com/

http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/122990/san-jose-state-wins-cure-bowl-spoils-georgia-states-debut

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/os-cure-bowl-david-whitley-1220-20151219-column.html

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Tech 47 Arkansas St. 28

http://www.neworleansbowl.org/

http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/louisiana-tech-beats-arkansas-state-new-orleans-bowl-121915

http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/sports/college/louisiana-tech/2015/12/20/driskels-renaissance-comes-full-circle-new-orleans-bowl-win/77659312/

Got to see Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon's jersey numbers (#28) coming off that got converted into #1 while setting the FBS record for most career touchdowns:

http://news.sportslogos.net/2015/12/20/louisiana-tech-kenneth-dixon-numbers-fall-off-jersey-new-orleans-bowl-2015/

And a referee was bleeding there at the New Orleans Bowl for the second consecutive year:

http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2015/12/19/10628302/BLOOD-REF-BLOOD-REF-BLOOD-REF-BLOOD-REF-BLOOD-REF-BLOOD-REF

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl: North Carolina A&T 41 Alcorn St. 34

http://espnevents.com/celebration-bowl/

http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/122955/tarik-cohen-explodes-for-295-yards-as-north-carolina-at-beats-alcorn-state-in-celebration-bowl

http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/watch-celebration-bowl-lives-up-to-its-name-with-wild-start-121915

http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/college/alcorn-state-falls-short-in-celebration-bowl/npnpq/

All restarts tomorrow night down in Miami with the Miami Beach Bowl at the Marlins Ballpark, the only one that day.

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Just when many thought there are too many of these college football bowl games out there right now, including here, proposals for new ones STILL keep coming. There's the Austin Bowl in Austin, Texas, a Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston, South Carolina (an attempt for the proposed Legends and Palmetto Bowls), the Christmas Los Angeles Bowl that's partial throwback to the one-time 1924 Los Angeles Christmas Festival Bowl Game, and proposed ones for the Melbourne Bowl at Ettihad Stadium, Toronto (resurrect the International Bowl!) at the SkyDome (still call it that), Dubai, Little Rock, and Dublin. Should any of the lower-tiered bowls either get cancelled or lose certification, any of these proposed bowls could step in as replacements. Actually the Medal of Honor plans to come in December 18, 2016 initially as a traditional bowl game rather than an all-star one now that the Confederate flag is now removed from the SC state Congress, pending NCAA approval.

Now back to the regularly scheduled bowl games that took place...

December 22

Miami Beach Bowl: Western Kentucky 45 South Florida 35

http://www.miamibeachbowl.com/

December 23

Famous Potato Idaho Bowl: Akron 23 Utah St. 21

http://www.famousidahopotatobowl.com/

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl: Toledo 32 Temple 17

http://espnevents.com/boca-raton-bowl/?utm_source=redirects&utm_medium=thebocaratonbowl.com&utm_campaign=301_Redirects

San Diego Community Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Boise St. 55 Northern Illinois 7

http://www.sandiegobowlgames.com/

GoDaddy Bowl Mobile: Georgia Southern 58 Bowling Green 27 (first bowl game and win for Georgia Southern)

http://godaddybowl.com/

December 24

Popeye's Bahamas Bowl: Western Michigan 45 Middle Tennessee St. 31

http://www.bahamasbowl.com/

Hawaii Bowl: San Diego St. 42 Cincinnati 7

http://www.sheratonhawaiibowl.com/

December 26 (Boxing Day/St. Stephen's Day)

Beef O Brady St. Petersburg Bowl: Marshall 16 Connecticut 10

http://stpetersburgbowl.com/

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Washington St. 20 Miami 14

http://www.sunbowl.org/

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl: Washington 44 Southern Miss 31

http://www.theheartofdallasbowl.com/

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Duke 44 Indiana 41 (first Duke Blue Devils college football bowl victory in 54 years!)

http://web.pinstripebowl.com/index

Camping World Independence Bowl: Virginia Tech 55 Tulsa 52 (highest scoring bowl game ever--Frank Beamer's final game as coach)

http://campingworldindependencebowl.com/

Foster Farms Bowl: Nebraska 37 UCLA 29

http://www.sfbowl.org/

December 28

Military Bowl: Navy 44 Pittsburgh 28

http://militarybowl.org/

Quick Lane Bowl: Minnesota 21 Central Michigan 14

http://www.detroitlions.com/quicklanebowl.html

December 29

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: California 55 Air Force 36

http://www.armedforcesbowl.com/

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The big bowl games are here starting tonight with the national semifinals in the Orange Bowl and the Cotton Bowl that will determine who will head to Glendale for all the marbles January 11. But first...

Russell Athletic Bowl: Baylor 49 North Carolina 38

http://www.russellathleticbowl.com/

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Nevada 28 Colorado St. 23

http://azbowlgame.com/

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: LSU 56 Texas Tech 27

http://www.texasbowl.org/

Dec. 30

Birmingham Bowl: Auburn 31 Memphis 10

http://www.birminghambowl.com/

Belk Bowl: Mississippi St. 51 NC St. 28

http://belkbowl.com/

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Louisville 27 Texas A&M 21

http://www.musiccitybowl.com/

National Funding Holiday Bowl: Wisconsin 23 USC 21

http://www.sandiegobowlgames.com/holiday-bowl/

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Starting with the New Year's Eve bowl games, the results in many got more lopsided but there were a few that were captivating and competitive. Best bowl game undoubtably was the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio going into 3 overtimes, sparked by a TCU second half comeback (and an Oregon missed field goal at the end of regulation). Cactus Bowl looked very good at Phoenix's Chase Field--game is played there from 2015-2017 with Sun Devil Stadium undergoing renovations. Found it a little unusual the Orange Bowl kickoff was set in the afternoon rather than well into the evening as it has been. Ditto for the Fiesta Bowl. This has more to do with ESPN holding the rights and scheduling and of the year of being the national semifinal. LatinXTC, hope you are happy with "Chokelahoma" losing. Being 2-1 out of this isn't bad. Sparty got smoked bad! So it's now come to this in Glendale, Arizona for the 2016 Dr. Pepper College Football Playoff National Championship between Alabama and Clemson. Nick Saban, with a win comes closer to great Paul "Bear" Bryant, and Dabo Sweeney. Should be a great one Monday night. Will take a neutral stance here but expect Big Al to win again but will welcome a more fresh face in Clemson to get it. Hopefully an instant classic like the Alamo Bowl game is, if the last few bowl games played are an indicator. SEC has been great this bowl season. Was a little disappointed in Oklahoma St. and Arizona St.

December 31

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Houston 38 Florida St. 24 (Houston's first major bowl game appearance since 1985 Cotton Bowl)

http://www.chick-fil-apeachbowl.com/

Capital One Orange Bowl (Playoff semifinal game): Clemson 37 Oklahoma 17 (miss the cartoon smiling orange)

http://game.orangebowl.org/

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (Playoff semifinal game): Alabama 38 Michigan State 0

http://www.attcottonbowl.com/home/

January 1

Outback Bowl: Tennessee 45 Northwestern 6

http://www.outbackbowl.com/

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: Michigan 41 Florida 7

http://buffalowildwingscitrusbowl.com/

BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl: Ohio St. 44 Notre Dame 28

http://www.fiestabowl.org/

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual: Stanford 45 Iowa 16

http://www.tournamentofroses.com/rose-bowl

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Ole Miss 48 Oklahoma St. 20

http://www.allstatesugarbowl.org/site.php

Jan. 2

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: Georgia 24 Penn St. 17

http://www.taxslayerbowl.com/

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Arkansas 45 Kansas St. 23

http://www.libertybowl.org/

Valero Alamo Bowl: TCU 47 Oregon 41 (3OT)

https://www.alamobowl.com/

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl: West Virginia 43 Arizona St. 42

https://fiestabowl.org/cactus-bowl/

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The (very belated) Canadian college football bowl game schedule on Canadian TV. Many of them are on, including tonight's College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Glendale, the TSN channels with many on TSN2 and TSN3 with a few simulcastings on TSN1/4/5 with several others on NCAA speciality channels. On the French side with RDS, don't expect many there: RDS2 possibly showed a couple of New Year's Day games but not even the national championship game. RDS didn't do any, as far as I'm aware:

https://canadiansportsfan.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/ncaa-bowl-game-tv-schedule/

14 ways to watch tonight's big game between Alabama and Clemson in this megacast. Wonder if NBC will take some cues for its upcoming Rio 2016 coverage. Wish I could do that. Just have to settle for ESPN Radio's coverage in a matter of hours:

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/14522683/14-ways-watch-cfp-national-championship-megacast

All coming down to this. Hope for an exciting game to counter all those lopsided matches so far.

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Listening to ESPN Radio's live coverage of "the Natty", as Clemson coach Dabo Sweeney calls it, right now. Game kicks off 7:30pm US/Canada CST. Undefeated Clemson vs. Alabama.

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