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LIST: College football's 40 bowls in 17 days

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Posted at 8:49 AM, Dec 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 14:59:51-05
Doing its best to challenge the premise that there can never be enough college football, the bowl system gives fans 40 FBS games from Dec. 17 through Jan. 2 that include 17 teams with 6-6 records and two more that went 5-7.
 
Too much, you say.
 
Nonsense.
 
Every game is special in its own way and for the third straight year we are here with a reason to watch each and every one. And to pick the winners, which may also provide a reason to watch. Strictly for entertainment purposes, of course.
 
SATURDAY, DEC. 17
 
New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque
 
UTSA (plus 6 ½) vs. New Mexico, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
 
You can't watch them all if you miss the first one. Duh. ... NEW MEXICO 31-20.
 
Las Vegas Bowl
 
San Diego State (plus 4) vs. Houston, 3:30 p.m. (ABC) 
 
Aztecs star Donnel Pumphrey, all 5-foot-9, 180 pounds of him, can break the FBS career rushing record held by Wisconsin's Ron Dayne (6,397) with 108 yards in his last college game — and do it in his hometown ... HOUSTON 28-17.
 
10News Reporter Jeff Lasky will be heading up our coverage of the Las Vegas Bowl, which airs on ABC10. Join us for the game and then stick around for our post-game show. TV LISTINGS
 
Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama
 
Toledo (minus 2 ½) vs. Appalachian State, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
 
Rockets RB Kareem Hunt is going to run for 1,000 yards for an NFL team at some point in the near future and you will look like a genius when you have him on your fantasy team ... TOLEDO 27-24.
 
Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida
 
UCF (minus 6 ½) vs. Arkansas State, 5:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
 
ESPN owns the game. Disney owns ESPN. Disney World is in Orlando. Put it all together and chances are good there will be some kind of Disney character appearance. Might not be a big enough game for Mickey. Feels more like a Goofy assignment. ... ARKANSAS STATE 24-17.
 
New Orleans Bowl
 
Southern Miss (minus 4) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
 
The Ragin' Cajuns had gone to — and won — four straight New Orleans Bowls before missing last year's. And it just was not the same without them ... LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 30-24.
 
MONDAY, DEC. 19
 
Miami Beach Bowl
 
Tulsa (minus 11 ½) vs. Central Michigan, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
 
The Chippewas have pulled off two of the craziest last-play of the game touchdowns in recent years, first at the Bamahas Bowl two years ago and then to beat Oklahoma State this season. Never count them out ... TULSA 42-28.
 
TUESDAY, DEC. 20
 
Boca Raton (Florida) Bowl
 
Memphis (plus 5) vs. Western Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
 
See the American Athletic Conference's next rising-star coach: 35-year-old Mike Norvell of Memphis ... WESTERN KENTUCKY 48-45.
 
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21
 
Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego
 
BYU (minus 9) vs. Wyoming, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
 
Old WAC rivals playing in San Diego, so the ingredients are here for some old-school Holiday Bowl madness ... BYU 27-23.
 
THURSDAY, DEC. 22
 
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise
 
Idaho (plus 13 ½) vs. Colorado State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
 
The other Coach Petrino had a pretty good season, too. Paul Petrino, brother of Bobby, led the Vandals to a bowl for the first time since 2009 ... COLORADO STATE 38-21.
 
FRIDAY, DEC. 23
 
Bahamas Bowl in Nassau
 
Eastern Michigan (plus 4) vs. Old Dominion, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
 
The Eagles have only one bowl appearance in program history and it came almost 30 years ago. And now they're going to the Bahamas. Happiest. Team. Ever. ... OLD DOMINION 34-28.
 
Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas
 
Navy (plus 3 ½) vs. Louisiana Tech, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
 
Potential to be one of the most entertaining bowls if Navy's triple-option can get rolling again without injured QB Will Worth ... LA TECH 35-28.
 
Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Alabama
 
Ohio (plus 4) vs. Troy, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
 
Ohio's 72-year-old Frank Solich tries to beat a coach half his age — 36-year-old Neal Brown of Troy ... OHIO 27-26.
 
SATURDAY, DEC. 24
 
Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu
 
Middle Tennessee (OFF) vs. Hawaii, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
 
Jeopardy: This Ole Miss transfer is averaging more yards from scrimmage than Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook and Donnel Pumphrey. Who is I'Tavius Mathers of MTSU? ... MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE 38-28.
 
MONDAY, DEC. 26
 
St. Petersburg (Florida) Bowl
 
Mississippi State (minus 13) vs. Miami University, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
 
The RedHawks started the season 0-6 and could end it on a seven-game winning streak. Playing an SEC team is not ideal, but, hey, who thought they would have gotten this far? ... MISSISSIPPI STATE 45-21, BEST BET.
 
Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit
 
Boston College (plus 1) vs. Maryland, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
 
Two 6-6 teams with zero combined victories against winning FBS opponents. Well, it's better than waiting in line to return those ugly sweaters you got for Christmas ... MARYLAND 16-12.
 
Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana
 
NC State (minus 4 ½) vs. Vanderbilt, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
 
Watch or Commodores All-America LB Zach Cunningham will tackle you. Actually, even if you do watch he might tackle you. He pretty much tackles everyone ... VANDERBILT 24-21.
 
TUESDAY, DEC. 27
 
Heart of Dallas Bowl
 
Army (minus 10 ½) vs. North Texas, Noon (ESPN)
 
You recorded the regular-season meeting between the Black Knights and Mean Green, but your 6-year-old erased it from the DVR to record a Doc McStuffins marathon before you could watch it. Lucky you. They're playing again ... ARMY 24-17.
 
Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland
 
Wake Forest (minus 13) vs. Temple, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
 
DB-turned-DE Hassan Reddick of Temple leads the nation in tackles for loss (21.5). Wake has the second-worst offense of any bowl team. Watch to see Reddick's draft stock improve ... TEMPLE 24-14.
 
Holiday Bowl in San Diego
 
Minnesota (plus 7) vs. Washington State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
 
The Golden Gophers threw eight TD passes this season. Cougars QB Luke Falk has thrown at least half that many in a game 12 times in his career ... WASHINGTON STATE 34-21.
 
Cactus Bowl in Phoenix
 
Boise State (minus 7) vs. Baylor, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
 
The Bears try to avoid a seven-game losing streak in a game that will essentially bring the Art Briles' era to a close ... BOISE STATE 42-31.
 
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28
 
Pinstripe Bowl in New York
 
Northwestern (plus 5 ½) vs. Pittsburgh, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
 
Pitt star and cancer survivor James Conner plays his last college game in Yankee Stadium. Pretty cool. ... PITT 38-31.
 
Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida
 
Miami (minus 3) vs. West Virginia,  5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
 
The Hurricanes are involved so one day this game could be the subject of an ESPN 30-for-30 ... WEST VIRGINIA 28-24.
 
Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, California
 
Indiana (plus 7 ½) vs. Utah, 8:30 p.m. (FOX)
 
The first game as Indiana head coach for former defensive coordinator Tom Allen ... UTAH 24-20.
 
Texas Bowl in Houston
 
Kansas State (plus 2) vs. Texas A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
 
Get a preview of a Kansas State team that will be a trendy dark horse pick to win the Big 12 next season ...  KANSAS STATE 28-23.
 
THURSDAY, DEC. 29
 
Birmingham (Alabama) Bowl
 
South Florida (minus 10 ½) vs. South Carolina, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
 
Like watching Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson play? Then you will enjoy USF QB Quinton Flowers ... USF 38-31.
 
Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina
 
Virginia Tech (minus 7) vs. Arkansas, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
 
If the game gets boring follow @belkbowl, the most entertaining bowl on Twitter ... VIRGINIA TECH 28-23.
 
Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas
 
Oklahoma State (plus 3 ½) vs. Colorado, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
 
Is this the end of Mike Gundy's mullet? Or the first step toward a Bon Jovi cover band for the Cowboys' coach? ... COLORADO 34-27.
 
FRIDAY, DEC. 30
 
Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee
 
Georgia (pick'em) vs. TCU, Noon (ESPN)
 
The Bulldogs (7-5) try to avoid their worst season since 2010, coincidentally the last time they went to the Liberty Bowl — which they lost to finish 6-7 ... GEORGIA 24-20.
 
Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas
 
North Carolina (plus 4) vs. Stanford, 2 p.m. (CBS)
 
Christian McCaffrey's last game at Stanford and you won't have to stay up late to watch it ... STANFORD 28-27.
 
Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee
 
Tennessee (minus 3) vs. Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
 
Two fanbases that seem to be in a constant state of existential crisis. And one of them will end what looked not long ago like a promising season with a two-game losing streak ... TENNESSEE 35-28.
 
Arizona Bowl in Tucson
 
Air Force (minus 13) vs. South Alabama, 5:30 p.m. (ASN)
 
Air Force DB Weston Steelhammer is exactly the type of player you would expect a guy named Weston Steelhammer who plays for Air Force to be ... AIR FORCE 35-14.
 
Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Florida
 
Florida State (plus 7) vs. Michigan, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
 
It is not a playoff game, but it feels a lot like one ... MICHIGAN 28-20.
 
SATURDAY, DEC. 31
 
Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida
 
LSU (minus 3 ½) vs. Louisville, 11 a.m. (ABC)
 
Lamar Jackson against one of the most talented and athletic defenses in the country is what's for breakfast ... LSU 28-21.
 
TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida
 
Kentucky (plus 5) vs. Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
 
This season's bowl most likely to be confused for pre-season NIT basketball in the TV listings ... KENTUCKY 31-24.
 
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Semifinals
 
Peach Bowl in Atlanta
 
Alabama (minus 15 ½) vs. Washington, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
 
You are running out of chances to see Nick Saban yell at Lane Kiffin ... ALABAMA 37-14.
 
Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona
 
Clemson (plus 3 ½) vs. Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
 
Tigers-Buckeyes  crowded bar with $100 cover charge ... CLEMSON 29-26.
 
MONDAY, JAN. 2
 
Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida
 
Florida (plus 2 ½) vs. Iowa, 1 p.m. (ABC)
 
If the New Year's Eve party turned into a New Year's Day party, the expected Gators-Hawkeyes punt-fest should help you nap off that hangover ... FLORIDA 21-14.
 
Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas
 
Western Michigan (plus 7) vs. Wisconsin, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
 
So Western Michigan is known as the Broncos and their slogan is Row the Boat? This will all make sense after you see coach P.J. Fleck give his pregame speech ... WISCONSIN 28-23
 
Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
 
Penn State (plus 6 ½) vs. Southern California, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
 
Every season there is a bowl that is almost certain to send the winner into the following season with an exorbitant amount of hype. This is that bowl ... PENN STATE 31-27.
 
Sugar Bowl in New Orleans
 
Oklahoma (minus 4) vs. Auburn, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
 
There was a lot of talk about this being a down year for the SEC. You will be able to hear those "S-E-C!" chants all the back in Norman if an 8-4 team that stumbled into the Sugar Bowl beats the Big 12 champion ... AUBURN 34-27.
 
MONDAY, JAN. 9
 
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
 
Championship in Tampa, Florida
 
Alabama vs. Clemson, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
 
The Crimson Tide could become the first FBS team to go 15-0 and stake a claim as the greatest team in college football history ... ALABAMA 38-23.
 
Record: Last week 9-1 straight; 6-4 vs. points.
 
Season: 201-86; 126-155-3.
 
Upset specials: 4-9.
 
Best bets: 4-9.
 
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