There are 41 bowl games over the next month and you might not be excited to watch each and every one of them. Heck, you might not have even heard of some of the schools playing, or the bowl games themselves.
Thankfully, we're here to give you one reason to watch every bowl game this holiday season.
New Mexico Bowl: New Mexico vs. Texas-San Antonio, Saturday, Dec. 17th, 2:00 p.m. ET
In just their fifth season as an FBS team, UTSA is playing in their first bowl game ever, which is pretty awesome.
Also, if you can’t get down with a team nicknamed “the Roadrunners,” we can’t be friends.
Las Vegas Bowl: Houston vs. San Diego State, Saturday, Dec. 17th, 3:30 p.m. ET
With a pair of teams that spent part of the year ranked in the Top 25, this is one of the more deceptively good games of the entire bowl season.
Plus, let’s say that Lane Kiffin gets the Houston job between now and December 17th (which is possible), and let’s say he shows up in Vegas for this game (also possible). Doesn’t “Kiffin in Vegas” have “plot of the next ‘Hangover’ movie” written all over it?
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Camellia Bowl: Appalachian State vs. Toledo, Saturday, Dec. 17th, 5:30 p.m. ET
Remember when Appalachian State opened the year by almost beating Tennessee on the road and we thought it meant something? As it turned out, the only thing it meant was “Tennessee isn’t going to be very good this year.”
Also, here’s a fun fact to throw at your office Christmas party this weekend: Did you know that this bowl game is named after the Camellia, the state flower of Alabama? Me neither!
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Cure Bowl: Central Florida vs. Arkansas State, Saturday, Dec. 17th, 5:30 p.m. ET
Coach Scott Frost took an 0-12 team to 6-6 in his first season, so Central Florida fans better enjoy him while they’ve got him. Also, doesn’t the “Cure Bowl” sound like something you’d order for lunch at Jamba Juice?
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New Orleans Bowl: Southern Miss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Saturday, Dec. 17th, 9:00 p.m. ET
At 6-6, there isn’t a more non-descript team playing in a bowl game this season than Southern Miss. Honestly, I can’t tell you a single thing about them.
And with Louisiana-Lafayette playing in this game, there is a 100 percent chance that they’ll show insane Mark Hudspeth bench press videos. And that is something I think all of America can get behind.
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Miami Beach Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Tulsa, Monday, Dec. 19th, 2:30 p.m. ET
At 9-3 with an offense that averages 41 points a game, Tulsa is one of the most entertaining teams in college football that no one talks about.
And in a mid-afternoon game on a Monday at Marlins Park, the stadium should be three-quarters empty for this one (insert your own “just like a real Marlins game!” joke here).
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Boca Raton Bowl: Memphis vs. Western Kentucky, Tuesday, Dec. 20th, 7:00 p.m. ET
With these two high-powered offenses, either team will likely have to score at least 50 points to win this game.
Also, does just hearing the term “Boca Raton” remind anyone of “Seinfeld” and “Del Boca Vista?”
No? That’s just me. Cool, let’s move on then.
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Poinsettia Bowl: BYU vs. Wyoming, Wednesday, Dec. 21st, 9:00 p.m. ET
With seven wins in their last eight games, BYU is one of the best stories in college football this year. One of the few that’s better? Wyoming, which went 8-5 just a year after winning only two games.
No joke to make here. This one is going to be awesome.
Idaho Potato Bowl: Idaho vs. Colorado State, Thursday, Dec. 22nd, 7:00 p.m. ET
I say it every year, and I’ll keep saying it until someone listens: Is there a single better bowl logo than the Idaho Potato bowl? Seriously, look at it! It’s a football-shaped potato (or is it a potato-shaped football?!) with a little dab of sour cream on top!
Whatever ad exec came up with that one deserves a raise!
Bahamas Bowl: Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion, Friday, Dec. 23rd, 1:00 p.m. ET
It’s football! In the Bahamas! And what’s better than that?
This game is also being played at Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau. Who knew that the journeyman power forward who plays for the Lakers had a stadium named after him?
Armed Forces Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Navy, Friday, Dec. 23rd, 4:30 p.m. ET
You probably know that Navy ranks No. 3 in the country in rushing, but did you know Louisiana Tech ranks No. 3 in passing?
If you’re into football games where two teams combine for over 1,000 yards (and who isn’t?) this is the bowl game for you.
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Dollar General Bowl: Ohio vs. Troy, Friday, Dec. 23rd, 8:00 p.m. ET
When I learned that “Dollar General” was the title sponsor of this game, my first thought was “how many sponges and cans of peanut butter did that place have to sell to make enough money to sponsor this game?”
That’s all I’ve got on this one.
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Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee State, Saturday, Dec. 24th, 8:00 p.m. ET
It’s Christmas Eve and what else are you going to do? Watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with your family?
Shout out to Middle Tennessee State, which got the rare treat of playing in the Bahamas Bowl last year before heading to Hawaii this year.
Next time Jim Harbaugh asks the question “Who’s got it better than us?” we’ll know the answer. Middle Tennessee has it better than you do, coach. Sorry.
St. Petersburg Bowl: Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi State, Monday, Dec. 26th, 11:00 a.m. ET
It’s the day after Christmas, and what better way to kick-off your annual “I just took a bunch of time off around the holidays and I have no idea what to do with it” schedule than by watching a couple of average college football teams that you wouldn’t have been caught dead watching during the regular season?
Who could have guessed that Mississippi State would be bowling after opening the season with a loss to South Alabama? Credit to them on that.
Quick Lane Bowl: Maryland vs. Boston College, Monday, December 26th, 2:30 p.m. ET
“Maryland vs. Boston College” sounds like an awesome game! If this were basketball. And it was the 1990’s.
In all seriousness, after the grease fire that was “The Randy Edsall era” in College Park, the fact that D.J. Durkin got the Terps bowl eligible is a Christmas miracle that’s good enough for Hallmark to make a movie about.
Independence Bowl: NC State vs. Vanderbilt, Monday, Dec. 26th, 5:00 p.m. ET
Remember when NC State nearly beat Clemson at mid-season and we all thought they were awesome? Doesn’t that feel like a lifetime ago?
After rallying to make a bowl game, has any SEC fanbase ever been more excited to go to Shreveport than Vanderbilt this holiday season?
Heart of Dallas Bowl: Army vs. North Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 27th, 12:00 p.m. ET
This is just the second time Army has been bowl eligible in the past 20 years, and that’s a storyline I think we can all get behind. Plus, outside of the UTSA Roadrunners, does anyone in college football have a better nickname than the “Mean Green” of North Texas?
The answer is no.
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Military Bowl: Temple vs. Wake Forest, Tuesday, Dec. 27th, 3:30 p.m. ET
Temple is quietly one of the best teams in college football that no one ever talks about. And admit it: You didn’t know Wake Forest was even bowl eligible, did you?
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Holiday Bowl: Minnesota vs. Washington State, Tuesday, Dec. 27th, 7:00 p.m. ET
After another winter of temperatures in the teens, Minnesota’s fan-base may set an all-time record for "number of fans walking around San Diego on a brisk, 60-degree morning in flip flops and Hawaiian shirts saying to themselves ‘this is awesome.’"
You can’t name a single player on the Golden Gophers roster, can you? Shame on you.
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Cactus Bowl: Boise State vs. Baylor, Tuesday, Dec. 27th, 10:15 p.m. ET
After losing their last six games, there might not be a more apathetic, disinterested team in bowl history than the Bears here. Seriously, I’m kind of surprised the school didn’t decline a bowl bid altogether. No one – not players, coaches or fans – want anything to do with this game.
Pinstripe Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern, Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 2:00 p.m. ET
If they hadn’t blown a late fourth quarter lead in their season opener to Western Michigan, the Broncos wouldn’t be in the Cotton Bowl!
Also, is there a more random stat in all of college football, than Pitt being the only team to knock off two Top 5 teams (Penn State and Clemson) this season?
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Russell Athletic Bowl: West Virginia vs. Miami, Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 5:30 p.m. ET
West Virgina fnished with a 10-2 record overall but totally flew under the radar this season.
And after finishing 8-4 with four straight wins, people are starting to think "The U" might be back. And they might be right. Or crazy. We'll see.
Foster Farms Bowl: Indiana vs. Utah, Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 8:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
Despite all the Kevin Wilson drama of the last few days, Indiana remains one of the most exciting offenses in college football.
And then there's the awesome story of Utah RB Joe Williams, who literally quit football early in the season, only to return and finish with over 1,000 yards rushing.
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Texas Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Kansas State, Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 9:00 p.m. ET
Can you imagine what the Texas A&M message boards will look like if the Aggies lose this game?
Kevin Sumlin might have to walk back to College Station if that happens.
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Birmingham Bowl: South Florida vs. South Carolina, Thursday, Dec. 29th, 2:00 p.m. ET
This is an intriguing coaching matchup between one of the hot young names in the sport (Willie Taggart) and a guy that I’m still amazed – even a year later – got a second head coaching job, in Will Muschamp.
No seriously, who is Muschamp’s agent? I want to hire that guy.
Belk Bowl: Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech, Thursday, Dec. 29th, 5:30 p.m. ET
At 9-4, Virginia Tech was a pleasant surprise this season.
And watching Arkansas fans come to grips with the fact that they’ll be a perennial 7-5 team under Bret Bielema from now until the end of time, really is the holiday gift that keeps on giving.
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Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Colorado, Thursday, Dec. 29th, 9:00 p.m. ET
The Colorado Buffaloes were the feel-good story of the year.
Liberty Bowl: Georgia vs. TCU, Friday, Dec. 30th, 12:00 p.m.
Georgia-TCU wins this year’s award for “Game that sounds great on paper but will end up being unwatchable when it’s actually played.”
What is your favorite memory of either Georgia or TCU’s season? Outside of the dozen times a game Kirby Smart sprinted down the sideline with a pained, “my dog just got hit by a car” look on his face, I can’t name one.
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Sun Bowl: Stanford vs. North Carolina, Friday, Dec. 30th, 2:00 p.m. ET
This could be the last time we see Christian McCaffrey in a Stanford uniform and I can’t lie, I’m kind of bummed about that.