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College Football Bowl Schedule, December 17th: Houston-San Diego State headlines day 1 of Bowl Season

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The first day of bowls around college football kicks off with a bang, as five FBS games plus one FCS contest kick off the holiday season.

NCAA Football: Houston at Memphis Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Today, Bowl games begin around college football as teams start to wrap up their 2016 seasons over the next several weeks. On Saturday, the top game takes place in Sin City, as a pair of three-loss teams match up in the Las Vegas bowl.

The 9-3 Houston Cougars come in with an interim coach after head coach Tom Herman left to take the job at Texas. After upsetting a pair of top-five teams in Oklahoma and Louisville this year, Houston fell to Navy, SMU, and Memhis, all on the road. Meanwhile, San Diego State comes in at 10-3 with running back Donnel Pumphrey, who is trying to become the FBS All-time rushing leader (according to the official record book).

Wisconsin football fans will believe that any record he sets should come with an asterisk, however, as Ron Dayne’s current rushing record does not include his bowl stats. The NCAA started counting bowl statistics in the all-time records in 2002, but they did not go back and include bowl stats for players who played prior to that year.

In any case, here’s your bowl schedule and open thread for today, and stay tuned for our one NFL game coming up this evening as well.

Celebration Bowl

North Carolina Central vs. Grambling State

12:00 PM ET
Georgia Dome
Atlanta, GA
ABC

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

New Mexico Lobos vs. Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners

2:00 PM ET
University Stadium
Albuquerque, NM
ESPN

Las Vegas Bowl

Houston Cougars vs. San Diego State Aztecs

3:30 PM ET
Sam Boyd Stadium
Las Vegas, NV
ABC

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Toledo Rockets

5:30 PM ET
Cramton Bowl
Montgomery, AL
ESPN

Autonation Cure Bowl

UCF Golden Knights vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves

5:30 PM ET
Camping World Stadium
Orlando, FL
CBS Sports Network

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns

9:00 PM ET
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
ESPN