And so this is Christmas… or something like that. No, not Crimbo day itself, but something like College Football’s equivalent thereof, as bowl season starts this week. We have five bowl games on Saturday, as well as DII and DIII championship games and FCS semi-finals.
Bowl of the Week: Las Vegas Bowl – #25 Boise State vs Oregon
(8.30pm Saturday, BTS 2, ESPN Player)
Just one ranked team plays in the first two weeks of bowl action, and that’s the #25 Broncos. A couple of years ago, a game between these two would have been a New Year’s Six bowl, but Oregon are “stuck” in a bowl against a Group of 5 champion this year. In reality, both programmes are in a down year, and playing this early in bowl season will feel like a slight.
This matchup brings back memories of LeGarrette Blount punching Byron Hout after his Ducks lost 19-8 on the blue turf to start the 2009 season – a year where undefeated Boise played fellow BCS Busting TCU in the Fiesta Bowl, while Oregon won the Pac-10 and went to the Rose Bowl.
The Rest of the FBS Bowls
- New Orleans Bowl: Troy vs North Texas – Sun Belt co-champion Troy (who beat #17 LSU) and CUSA runner-up North Texas kick off bowl season. Good game, even better coaches.
- Cure Bowl: Western Kentucky vs Georgia St – The worst on-paper matchup of bowl season, AND it’s on CBS SN. We shouldn’t miss much (so it’ll probably be 79-77 or something).
- New Mexico Bowl: Marshall vs Colorado St – Always a really pretty bowl to have on your TV. Not the most promising game, but is good draft scouting!
- Camellia Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State – I’m not sure I can tell you anything about these two teams, but mediocre vs mediocre can often produce a decent game.
Tuesday 12 December
7.30am – Army vs Navy (rep, BTS ESPN)
11.30am – College Football Live
7.00pm – College Football Live
Wednesday 13 December
12.30pm – College Football Live
2.00am – MAC Championship (rep, BTS ESPN)
Thursday 14 December
7.30am – MWC Championship (rep, BTS ESPN)
Noon – College Football Live
1.30pm – SEC Championship (rep, BTS ESPN)
5.00pm – College Football Live
Friday 15 December
11.30am – College Football Live
10.30pm – College Football Live
Midnight – DIII Championship: Mary Hardin-Baylor vs Mount Union (LIVE, BTS3, ESPN Player)
1.00am – FCS semi-final: #6 Sam Houston St @ #2 North Dakota St (LIVE, BTS ESPN, ESPN Player)
Saturday 16 December
2.00pm – Sam Houston St vs North Dakota St (rep, BTS ESPN)
5.00pm – Celebration Bowl: Grambling vs North Carolina A&T (ESPN Player)
6.00pm – New Orleans Bowl: Troy vs North Texas (LIVE, BTS ESPN, ESPN Player)
7.30pm – Cure Bowl: Western Kentucky vs Georgia St (CBSSN)
8.30pm – Las Vegas Bowl: #25 Boise State vs Oregon (LIVE, BTS 2, ESPN Player)
9.30pm – New Mexico Bowl: Marshall vs Colorado St (LIVE, BTS ESPN, ESPN Player)
9.30pm – FCS semi-final: #5 South Dakota St @ #1 James Madison (ESPN Player)
11.00pm – DII Championship: TAMU Commerce vs West Florida (LIVE, BTS ?, ESPN Player)
1.00am – Camellia Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State (LIVE, BTS ESPN, ESPN Player)
Sunday 17 December
6.00am – Celebration Bowl (rep, BTS ESPN)
9.00am – Las Vegas Bowl (rep, BTS ESPN)
1.00am – South Dakota St vs James Madison (rep, BTS ESPN)
Monday 18 December
7.30am – New Orleans Bowl (rep, BTS ESPN)
10.30am – New Mexico Bowl (rep, BTS ESPN)
1.30pm – Camellia Bowl (rep, BTS ESPN)
8.00pm – South Dakota St vs James Madison (rep, BTS ESPN)
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