ESPN releases complete 2017-18 college football bowl schedule

ESPN has released the final list of all of the bowl games that will be televised for the 2017-2018 season.

ESPN has released the college football bowl schedule for the upcoming season. I’m stoked–once this list comes out, it means that football season is not too far away.  It’s the only thing that gets me through the heinous summer in Atlanta, frankly. ESPN will televise 35 of the games, with their network partner ABC hosting some of the marquee bowl games.

There are a surprising number of mid-December games this season, kicking off with five games on Dec. 16, and a variety pack scattered throughout the month. The month of December is jam-packed, with a bowl game almost every day except Christmas Day.

Of course, the New Year’s Six are always the ones that everyone keeps their eye on, but the smaller bowls usually bring the most drama.  The Cotton Bowl starts off the big games on Dec. 29, followed by the Fiesta Bowl and the Orange Bowl on the 30th.

There are no New Year’s Eve bowl games this year — the only reason I can think of for that is the utter debauchery that must have occurred. Just kidding. It is probably to avoid a scheduling conflict with the end of the NFL regular season.

However, New Year’s Day boasts the Peach Bowl, the Outback Bowl, the Citrus Bowl and as tradition dictates, the Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl. The Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl will comprise the Playoff Semifinal games, and the CFP will take place a week later on Monday, Jan. 8. So without further ado, here is the complete list.

Here’s the complete bowl schedule, released by ESPN’s Derek Volner on Wednesday.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Dec. 16 Noon Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl ABC
  1 p.m. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl ESPN
  3:30 p.m. Las Vegas Bowl ABC
  4:30 p.m. Gildan New Mexico Bowl ESPN
  8 p.m. Raycom Media Camellia Bowl ESPN
Tue, Dec. 19 7 p.m. Boca Raton Bowl ESPN
Thu, Dec. 21 8 p.m. St. Petersburg Bowl ESPN
Fri, Dec. 22 12:30 p.m. Bahamas Bowl ESPN
  4 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl ESPN
Sat, Dec. 23 12 p.m. Birmingham Bowl ESPN
  3:30 p.m. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl ESPN
  7 p.m. Dollar General Bowl ESPN
Sun, Dec. 24 8:30 p.m. Hawai’i Bowl ESPN
Tue, Dec. 26 TBD Quick Lane Bowl ESPN
  TBD Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl ESPN
  TBD Cactus Bowl ESPN
Wed, Dec. 27 1:30 p.m. Independence Bowl ESPN
  5:15 p.m. New Era Pinstripe Bowl ESPN
  9 p.m. Texas Bowl ESPN
Thu, Dec. 28 1:30 p.m. Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman ESPN
  5:15 p.m. Camping World Bowl ESPN
  9 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl ESPN
Fri, Dec. 29 1 p.m. Belk Bowl ESPN
  4:30 p.m. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl ESPN
  8:30 p.m. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic* ESPN
Sat, Dec. 30 Noon TaxSlayer Bowl ESPN
  12:30 p.m. AutoZone Liberty Bowl ABC
  4 p.m. PlayStation Fiesta Bowl* ESPN
  8 p.m. Capital One Orange Bowl* ESPN
Mon, Jan 1 Noon Outback Bowl ESPN2
  12:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl* ESPN
  1 p.m. Citrus Bowl ABC
  5 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual* ESPN
  8:45 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal  at the Allstate Sugar Bowl* ESPN
Mon, Jan 8 8 p.m. College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T ESPN

*New Year’s Six bowl game

Who do you think will make it to this year’s College Football Playoff? We could see another rematch of Alabama and Clemson and there would be no complaints.

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