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College Bowl Games: Long list; What started with the Granddaddy, has multiplied into tens of matchups

The Bowls began with the Rose in 1902. Undefeated Michigan whipped Stanford 49-0. Because of the lopsided result, the football game was suspended immediately. Something more competitive please, the bosses said. So after 1902, Pasadena  ran chariot and ostrich races, plus other non-football events. When the granddaddy reestablished its gridiron roots in 1916, New Year’s Day and college football grew intertwined.

Municipalities, radio networks and later television, grew an appetite for hosting or carrying games. By the 60s, there were a handful of bowls. On one day, we’d see the Orange and Cotton in early afternoon, followed by the Sugar and Rose. That would be about it.

In the 80s, ESPN came along seeking programming for all its channels. Corporate sponsors had budgets to market their brands, goods and services. There was less supply and more demand for football. ESPN bought the rights to as many bowl games as it could, bundled them and now, in the weeks leading to the college playoffs, it’s become the Bowl Season.

Here’s the schedule and the peripatetic voices who’ll be moving around quite a bit covering bowl matchups, both big and small. They’re generally labeled with unusual corporate names.

ESPN will have the preponderance of the bowl broadcasts and the Bristolites confirmed today that  the announcers will preside from site. No remotes!

All this leads to playoffs and the title game on January 10th.


3:30 PM  Frisco Football Classic Miami (OH) vs N. Texas (Frisco, Tx)  ESPN Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman   

7:00 PM   Gasparilla Bowl Florida vs UCF (in Tampa) ESPN  Wes Durham, Roddy Jones


8:00 PM-Hawaii Bowl Hawaii vs Memphis-ESPN-Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra 


2:30 PM-Camellia Bowl Georgia State vs Ball State (in Montgomery)  ESPN Roy Philpott, Hutson Mason


11:00 AM  Quick Lane Bowl Nevada vs Western Michigan (in Detroit)  ESPN    Mike Couzens, Dustin Fox                                                                               

2:30 PM  Military Bowl East Carolina vs Boston College (in Annapolis)   ESPN  Brian Custer, Kelly Stouffer                                            


12:00 PM Birmingham Bowl Auburn vs 20 Houston  ESPN Wes Durham, Eric MacLain                      

 3:15 PM  First Responder Bowl   Louisville vs Air Force (in Dallas) ESPN Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich     

6:45 PM   Liberty Bowl   Texas Tech vs Mississippi State (in Memphis) ESPN Dave Neal, Deuce McAllister   

8:00 PM   Holiday Bowl 18 N.C. State vs UCLA (in San Diego)   FOX  Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt       

10:15 PM Guaranteed Rate Bowl West Va vs Minnesota (Phoenix) ESPN  Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore                                                              


11:00 AM   Fenway Bowl  Virginia vs Southern Methodist (in Boston) ESPN Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck  

2:15 PM     Pinstripe Bowl Maryland vs Virginia Tech (in New York)  ESPN  Matt Barrie, Roddy Jones

5:45 PM     Cheez-It Bowl Iowa State vs 19 Clemson (in Orlando) ESPN  Dave Pasch, Dave Dvoracek

9:15 PM     Alamo Bowl 16 Oklahoma vs 14 Oregon (in San Antonio) ESPN Jason Benetti, Andre Ware



 11:30 AM  Duke’s Mayo Bowl N Carolina vs South Carolina (Charlotte) ESPN Anish Shroff, Mike Golic Jr.

3:00 PM     Music City Bowl Purdue vs Tennessee (in Nashville) ESPN Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cubelic

7:00 PM     Peach Bowl  12 Pittsburgh vs 10 Michigan State (Atlanta) ESPN Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III   

10:30 PM   Las Vegas Bowl Wisconsin vs Arizona State ESPN Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison 


11:00 AM  Gator Bowl  17 Wake Forest vs 25 Texas A&M (Jacksonville) ESPN Taylor Zarzour, Stinchcomb   

12:30 PM   Sun Bowl Miami vs Washington State (in El Paso) CBS   Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson                 

3:30 PM    Cotton Bowl (CFP Semi-Final)

 4 Cincinnati vs 1 Alabama (Arlington TX) ESPN   Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge  

7:30 PM     Orange Bowl (CFP Semi-Final)  

3 Georgia vs 2 Michigan  (in Miami)  ESPN   Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit       

SATURDAY, JANUARY 1                      

12:00 PM   Outback Bowl Penn State vs 21 Arkansas (in Tampa) Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore 

1:00 PM     Citrus Bowl 15 Iowa vs 22 Kentucky (in Orlando) ABC Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Luginbill

1:00 PM     Fiesta Bowl  9 Okl State vs 5 Notre Dame (Glendale) ESPN  Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky       

5:00 PM     Rose Bowl  6 Ohio State vs 11 Utah (in Pasadena) ESPN  Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit              

8:45 PM     Sugar Bow 17 Baylor vs 8 Ole Miss (in New Orleans)  ESPN  Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy    


9:00 PM   Texas Bowl Kansas State vs LSU (in Houston) ESPN  Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck       


8:00 PM   CFP National Championship (in Indianapolis)  ESPN Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit 


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David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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2 years ago

Just too many bowl games driven by money, sponsors and espn. They should lose 10 bowl games and thus improve the quality of many of these games. 7-6 vs 7-6 isn’t what bowl games use to be about.
And stop using the bowl games for the playoff system. Play the bowl games like they used to be played, have a vote and the top two play 10 days later.

Barry Kipnis
2 years ago

How about a 5-7 team getting to a bowl game? Let’s hear it for Rutgers subbing for Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl on 12/31!

Michael Green
2 years ago

I’m reminded of the story of the German committee hearing NBC’s presentation to try to get the 1972 Olympics and thinking they were talking about “bowel games.” Ah, but in those days, NBC had the Rose and Orange, ABC had the Sugar, CBS had the Cotton, and life was so much simpler. When I got up on New Year’s morning, I knew I was going to hear Lindsey Nelson.