Keeping track of all 34 college football bowl games

By Doug Halberstadt

Sports Columnist

’Tis the season may not just refer to the holidays any longer. It can also be applied to the college football bowl game schedule.

Starting this Saturday, Dec. 19, and continuing for the following 20 days, a total of 34 different bowl games will be available for college football fans to pick and choose.

It all starts with Wyoming (6-6) taking on Fresno State (8-4) in the New Mexico Bowl. It culminates with the BCS National Championship Game featuring Alabama (13-0) and Texas (13-0) battling it out for the crystal football trophy.

Sandwiched in between those two games, an additional 64 teams will compete in another 32 bowl games. For all of the die-hard college football fans in our area, I have compiled a comprehensive list of all of those games, including the date, teams, records and which network will televise the game.

St. Petersburg Bowl: Dec. 19—Rutgers (8-4) vs. University of Central Florida (8-4), ESPN

New Orleans Bowl: Dec. 20—Southern Mississippi (7-5) vs. Middle Tennessee (9-3), ESPN

Las Vegas Bowl: Dec. 22—BYU (10-2) vs. Oregon State (8-4), ESPN

Poinsettia Bowl: Dec. 23—Utah (9-3) vs. California (8-4), ESPN

Hawaii Bowl: Dec. 24—SMU (7-5) vs. Nevada (8-4), ESPN

Little Caesar’s Bowl: Dec. 26—Ohio (9-4) vs. Marshall (6-6), ESPN

Meineke Bowl: Dec. 26—North Carolina (8-4) vs. Pittsburgh (9-3), ESPN

Emerald Bowl: Dec. 26—USC (8-4) vs. Boston College (8-4), ESPN

Music City Bowl: Dec. 27—Clemson (8-5) vs. Kentucky (7-5), ESPN

Independence Bowl: Dec. 28—Texas A&M (6-6) vs. Georgia (7-5), ESPN

Eagle Bank Bowl: Dec. 29—Temple (9-3) vs. UCLA (6-6), ESPN

Champs Sports Bowl: Dec. 29—Miami (9-3) vs. Wisconsin (9-3), ESPN

Humanitarian Bowl: Dec. 30—Bowling Green (7-5) vs. Idaho (7-5), ESPN

Holiday Bowl: Dec. 30—Nebraska (9-4) vs. Arizona (8-4), ESPN

Sun Bowl: Dec. 31—Stanford (8-4) vs. Oklahoma (7-5), CBS

Armed Forces Bowl: Dec. 31—Air Force (7-5) vs. Houston (10-3), ESPN

Texas Bowl: Dec. 31—Missouri (6-6) vs. Navy (8-4), ESPN

Insight Bowl: Dec. 31—Minnesota (6-6) vs. Iowa State (6-6), NFL Network

Chick-Fil-A Bowl: Dec. 31—Virginia Tech (9-3) vs. Tennessee (7-5), ESPN

Outback Bowl: Jan. 1, 2010—Northwestern (8-4) vs. Auburn (7-5), ESPN

Capital One Bowl: Jan. 1, 2010—Penn State (10-2) vs. LSU (9-3), ABC

Gator Bowl: Jan. 1, 2010—Florida State (6-6) vs. West Virginia (9-3), CBS

Rose Bowl: Jan. 1, 2010—Ohio State (10-2) vs. Oregon (10-2), ABC

Sugar Bowl: Jan. 1, 2010—Florida (12-1) vs. Cincinnati (12-0), FOX

International Bowl: Jan. 2, 2010—South Florida (7-5) vs. Northern Illinois (7-5), ESPN2

Cotton Bowl: Jan. 2, 2010—Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Mississippi (8-4), FOX

Papa John’s Bowl: Jan. 2, 2010—U CONN (7-5) vs. South Carolina (7-5), ESPN

Liberty Bowl: Jan. 2, 2010—East Carolina (9-4) vs. Arkansas (7-5), ESPN

Alamo Bowl: Jan. 2, 2010—Michigan State (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (8-4), FOX

Fiesta Bowl: Jan. 4, 2010—Boise State (13-0) vs. TCU (12-0), FOX

Orange Bowl: Jan. 5, 2010—Iowa (10-2) vs. Georgia Tech (11-2), FOX

GMAC Bowl: Jan. 6, 2010—Central Michigan (11-2) vs. Troy (9-3), ESPN

There you have it, all 34 bowl games listed in one central location. If you are one of those fans who is going to try to watch all of those games, you might want to cut out this column and keep it with you. I don’t know how else anyone could keep all of those games straight.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Dec. 16-22, 2009 issue

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