Are You Bowled Over Or Not?

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College football, particularly what used to be known as Division 1-A football but what now falls under the forgettable name of Bowl Championship Series, has expanded over the college footballyears to include no fewer than 34 bowl games this year. That’s right, the Cotton, Rose, Sugar, Orange and Fiesta bowls aren’t the only games out there, as these days bowls are held all over the country with even Toronto, Canada getting into the mix.

Worse, few bowls have their original name anymore with the sponsor featured first followed by the bowl’s name, if even that. Thus, when you tune in to the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on December 23rd to watch Boise State take on Texas Christian, you’ll have to hope that the announcers don’t keep repeating the full name of the bowl throughout the game.

In case you haven’t seen the list of participating schools, the following list published by USA Today is a good place to start. Sure, some of the contests are real yawners, but then again if your school is represented, you know which bowl games will rock your world beginning on December 20th.

Date/time
(all ET)
Bowl Site Conferences Matchup
Sat., Dec. 20
11 a.m.
EagleBank Washington Navy/at-large vs. ACC Navy vs. Wake Forest
Sat., Dec. 20
2:30 p.m.
New Mexico Albuquerque Mountain West vs. WAC Colorado State vs. Fresno State
Sat., Dec. 20
4:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Fla. Big East vs. C-USA South Florida vs. Memphis
Sat., Dec. 20
8 p.m.
Las Vegas Las Vegas Mountain West vs. Pac-10 Brigham Young vs. Arizona
Sun., Dec. 21
8 p.m.
New Orleans New Orleans Sun Belt vs. C-USA Troy vs. Southern Miss
Tue., Dec. 23
8 p.m.
Poinsettia San Diego Mountain West vs. Pac-10 TCU vs. Boise State*
Wed., Dec. 24
8 p.m.
Hawaii Honolulu Pac-10 vs. WAC/Hawaii Notre Dame* vs. Hawaii
Fri., Dec. 26
7:30 p.m.
Motor City Detroit MAC vs. Big Ten Central Michigan* vs. Florida Atlantic*
Sat., Dec. 27
1 p.m.
Meineke Car Care Charlotte ACC vs. Big East North Carolina vs. West Virginia
Sat., Dec. 27
4:30 p.m.
Champs Sports Orlando ACC vs. Big Ten Florida State vs. Wisconsin
Sat., Dec. 27
8 p.m.
Emerald San Francisco Pac-10 vs. ACC California vs. Miami (Fla.)
Sun., Dec. 28
8 p.m.
Independence Shreveport, La. SEC vs. Big 12 Northern Illinois* vs. Louisiana Tech*
Mon., Dec. 29
3 p.m.
Papajohns.com Birmingham, Ala. SEC vs. Big East N.C. State* vs. Rutgers
Mon., Dec. 29
8 p.m.
Alamo San Antonio Big 12 vs. Big Ten Missouri vs. Northwestern
Tue., Dec. 30
4:30 p.m.
Humanitarian Boise WAC vs. ACC Nevada vs. Maryland
Tue., Dec. 30
8 p.m.
Holiday San Diego Pac-10 vs. Big 12 Oregon vs. Oklahoma State
Tue., Dec. 30
8 p.m.
Texas Houston Big 12 vs. C-USA Western Michigan* vs. Rice
Wed., Dec. 31
12:30 p.m.
Armed Forces Fort Worth Mountain West vs. C-USA Air Force vs. Houston
Wed., Dec. 31
2 p.m.
Sun El Paso Pac-10 vs. Big 12/Big East Oregon State vs. Pittsburgh
Wed., Dec. 31
3:30 p.m.
Music City Nashville SEC vs. ACC Boston College vs. Vanderbilt
Wed., Dec. 31
5:30 p.m.
Insight Tempe, Ariz. Big 12 vs. Big Ten Kansas vs. Minnesota
Wed., Dec. 31
7:30 p.m.
Chick-Fil-A Atlanta SEC vs. ACC Georgia Tech vs. LSU
Thu., Jan. 1
11 a.m.
Outback Tampa Big Ten vs. SEC Iowa vs. South Carolina
Thu., Jan. 1
1 p.m.
Capital One Orlando Big Ten vs. SEC Michigan State vs. Georgia
Thu., Jan. 1
1 p.m.
Gator Jacksonville ACC vs. Big 12/Big East Clemson vs. Nebraska
Thu., Jan. 1
5 p.m.
Rose Pasadena, Calif. BCS vs. BCS Southern California vs. Penn State
Thu., Jan. 1
8 p.m.
Orange Miami BCS vs. BCS Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech
Fri., Jan. 2
2 p.m.
Cotton Dallas SEC vs. Big 12 Texas Tech vs. Mississippi
Fri., Jan. 2
5 p.m.
Liberty Memphis C-USA vs. SEC East Carolina vs. Kentucky
Fri., Jan. 2
8:30 p.m.
Sugar New Orleans BCS vs. BCS Alabama vs. Utah
Sat., Jan. 3
noon
International Toronto Big East vs. MAC Connecticut vs. Buffalo
Mon., Jan. 5
8 p.m.
Fiesta Glendale, Ariz. BCS vs. BCS Texas vs. Ohio State
Tue., Jan. 6
8 p.m.
GMAC Mobile, Ala. C-USA vs. MAC or WAC Tulsa vs. Ball State
Thu., Jan. 8
8 p.m.
BCS title game Miami BCS No. 1 vs. BCS No. 2 Oklahoma vs. Florida

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