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2018-19 College Football Bowl Schedule: Alabama & Clemson have playoff’s top seeds

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Here’s your bowl schedule and open thread for the next several weeks.

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For fans of college football, the next three weeks are arguably the most wonderful time of the year. We will be treated to 41 more games between now and January 7th, when the national champion will be crowned for this season.

The four contenders are mostly familiar with the playoff. Alabama and Clemson have made football’s version of the Final Four in each of the past four seasons, including this year. In fact, the Crimson Tide have been in every season that the four-team bracket has existed, starting in 2014. Oklahoma makes its third appearance and second in a row. Only third-ranked Notre Dame is a newcomer, as the Fighting Irish went undefeated at 12-0 this year.

As always, there are plenty of interesting matchups up and down the board, as well as a few duds. Fans of the Wisconsin Badgers get a bit of a downer, however, as UW has a rematch of last year’s Orange Bowl against the similarly-disappointing Miami Hurricanes but in much colder weather at Yankee Stadium.

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College Football Playoff Games

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

#2 Clemson Tigers vs. #3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Saturday, Dec. 29
3:00 PM CT (4:00 PM ET)
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
ESPN

Capital One Orange Bowl

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #4 Oklahoma Sooners

Saturday, Dec. 29
8:00 PM ET
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
ESPN

National Championship Game

Monday, Jan. 7
5:00 PM PT (8:00 ET)
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
ESPN


Other New Year’s Six Bowls

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl

#10 Florida Gators vs. #7 Michigan Wolverines

Saturday, Dec. 29
12:00 Noon ET
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
ESPN

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

#11 LSU Tigers vs. #8 UCF Knights

Tuesday, Jan. 1
11:00 AM MT (1:00 PM ET)
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
ESPN

Rose Bowl Game

#9 Washington Huskies vs. #6 Ohio State Buckeyes

Tuesday, Jan. 1
2:00 PM PT (5:00 PM ET)
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl

#15 Texas Longhorns vs. #5 Georgia Bulldogs

Tuesday, Jan. 1
7:45 PM CT (8:45 ET)
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
ESPN


All other bowl games

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl

Alcorn State Braves vs. North Carolina A&T Aggies

Saturday, Dec. 15
12:00 PM ET
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
ABC

New Mexico Bowl

North Texas Mean Green vs. Utah State Aggies

Saturday, Dec. 15
12:00 Noon MT (2:00 PM ET)
Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
ESPN

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Tulane Green Wave vs. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

Saturday, Dec. 15
2:30 PM ET
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
CBS Sports Network

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

Fresno State Bulldogs vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

Saturday, Dec. 15
12:30 PM PT (3:30 ET)
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
ABC

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Georgia Southern Eagles vs Eastern Michigan Eagles

Saturday, Dec. 15
4:30 PM CT (5:30 ET)
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL
ESPN

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers

Saturday Dec. 15
8:00 PM CT (9:00 ET)
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
ESPN

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl

UAB Blazers vs. Northern Illinois Huskies

Tuesday, Dec. 18
7:00 PM ET
Howard Schnellenberger Field, Boca Raton, FL
ESPN

DXL Frisco Bowl

San Diego State Aztecs vs. Ohio Bobcats

Wednesday, Dec. 19
7:00 PM CT (8:00 ET)
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
ESPN

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Marshall Thundering Herd vs. USF Bulls

Thursday, Dec. 20
8:00 PM ET
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
ESPN

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

FIU Golden Panthers vs. Toledo Rockets

Friday, Dec. 21
12:30 PM ET
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
ESPN

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Western Michigan Broncos vs. BYU Cougars

Friday, Dec. 21
2:00 PM MT (4:00 ET)
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
ESPN

Jared Birmingham Bowl

Memphis Tigers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Saturday, Dec. 22
11:00 AM CT (12:00 Noon ET)
Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
ESPN

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Houston Cougars vs. Army Knights

Saturday, Dec. 22
2:30 PM CT (3:30 ET)
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
ESPN

Dollar General Bowl

Buffalo Bulls vs. Troy Trojans

Saturday, Dec. 22
6:00 PM CT (7:00 ET)
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
ESPN

SoFi Hawai’i Bowl

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors

Saturday, Dec. 22
5:30 PM HT (10:30 ET)
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
ESPN

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Boston College Eagles vs. #25 Boise State Broncos

Wednesday, Dec. 26
12:30 PM CT (1:30 ET)
Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX
ESPN

Quick Lane Bowl

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Wednesday, Dec. 26
5:15 PM ET
Ford Field, Detroit, MI
ESPN

Cheez-It Bowl

California Golden Bears vs. TCU Horned Frogs

Wednesday, Dec. 26
7:00 PM MT (9:00 ET)
Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
ESPN

Walk-On’s Independence Bowl

Temple Owls vs. Duke Blue Devils

Thursday, Dec. 27
12:30 PM CT (1:30 ET)
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA
ESPN

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Miami Hurricanes vs. Wisconsin Badgers

Thursday, Dec. 27
5:15 PM ET
Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
ESPN

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

Baylor Bears vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

Thursday, Dec. 27
8:00 PM CT (9:00 ET)
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
ESPN

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Auburn Tigers

Friday, Dec. 28
12:30 PM CT (1:30 ET)
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
ESPN

Camping World Bowl

#18 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Syracuse Orange

Friday, Dec. 28
5:15 PM ET
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
ESPN

Valero Alamo Bowl

#24 Iowa State Cyclones vs. #13 Washington State Cougars

Friday, Dec. 28
8:00 PM CT (9:00 ET)
Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
ESPN

Belk Bowl

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Virginia Cavaliers

Saturday, Dec. 29
12:00 Noon ET
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
ABC

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arkansas State Red Wolves vs. Nevada Wolf Pack

Saturday, Dec. 29
11:15 PM MT (1:15 ET)
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
CBS Sports Network

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

Monday, Dec. 31
12:00 Noon ET
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD
ESPN

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Stanford Cardinal vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

Monday, Dec. 31
1:00 PM CT (2:00 ET)
Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX
CBS

Redbox Bowl

Michigan State Spartans vs. Oregon Ducks

Monday, Dec. 31
12:00 Noon PT (3:00 PM ET)
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
FOX

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

#23 Missouri Tigers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Monday, Dec. 31
2:45 PM CT (3:45 ET)
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN
ESPN

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Northwestern Wildcats vs. #17 Utah Utes

Monday, Dec. 31
4:00 PM PT (7:00 ET)
SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA
FOX Sports 1

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

NC State Wolfpack vs. Texas A&M Aggies

Monday, Dec. 31
7:30 PM ET
TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL
ESPN

Outback Bowl

#18 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

Tuesday, Jan. 1
12:00 Noon ET
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
ESPN2

VRBO Citrus Bowl

#12 Penn State Nittany Lions vs. #14 Kentucky Wildcats

Tuesday, Jan. 1
1:00 PM ET
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
ABC