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College football bowl games schedule: All 2016–17 games, matchups, TV channels

All you need to know about college football bowl season: Games, matchups, TV channels and kickoff times. 
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Every college football fan’s favorite time of the year is fast approaching: bowl season. 

For three weeks in December and January, 80 of the 128 teams in the FBS will play postseason games. It all leads up to the national championship game on Jan. 9 in Tampa. The semifinals feature Alabama against Washington in the Peach Bowl and Ohio State facing Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. 

The full 40-game schedule is below. (All times Eastern.)

College Football Playoff

Peach Bowl

Alabama vs. Washington — Dec. 31, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

Fiesta Bowl

Clemson vs. Ohio State — Dec. 31, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

National championship

Peach Bowl winner vs. Fiesta Bowl winner — Jan. 9, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Other New Year’s Six games

Orange Bowl

Florida State vs. Michigan — Dec. 30, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Cotton Bowl

Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin — Jan. 2, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Rose Bowl

Penn State vs. USC — Jan. 2, 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Sugar Bowl

Auburn vs. Oklahoma — Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Other games

Celebration Bowl 

North Carolina Central vs. Grambling — Dec. 17, noon (ABC)

New Mexico Bowl

UTSA vs. New Mexico — Dec. 17, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Las Vegas Bowl

Houston vs. San Diego State — Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Cure Bowl

Arkansas State vs. UCF — Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Camellia Bowl

Toledo vs. Appalachian State — Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

New Orleans Bowl

Southern Miss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette — Dec. 17, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

​Miami Beach Bowl

Tulsa vs. Central Michigan — Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Boca Raton Bowl

Memphis vs. Western Kentucky — Dec. 20, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Poinsettia Bowl

BYU vs. Wyoming — Dec. 21, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Idaho Potato Bowl

Idaho vs. Colorado State — Dec. 22, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Bahamas Bowl

Old Dominion vs. Eastern Michigan — Dec. 23, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Armed Forces Bowl

Navy vs. Louisiana Tech — Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Dollar General Bowl

Ohio vs. Troy — Dec. 23, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Hawaii Bowl

Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee — Dec. 24, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

St. Petersburg Bowl

Mississippi State vs. Miami (OH) — Dec. 26, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Quick Lane Bowl

Maryland vs. Boston College — Dec. 26, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Independence Bowl

NC State vs. Vanderbilt — Dec. 26, 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Heart of Dallas Bowl

North Texas vs. Army — Dec. 27, noon (ESPN)

Military Bowl

Temple vs. Wake Forest — Dec. 27, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Holiday Bowl

Washington State vs. Minnesota — Dec. 27, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Cactus Bowl

Baylor vs. Boise State — 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Pinstripe Bowl

Pitt vs. Northwestern — Dec. 28, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Russell Athletic Bowl

West Virginia vs. Miami (FL) — Dec. 28, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Foster Farms Bowl

Utah vs. Indiana — Dec. 28, 8:30 p.m. (Fox)

Texas Bowl

Texas A&M vs. Kansas State — Dec. 28, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Birmingham Bowl

South Carolina vs. USF — Dec. 29, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Belk Bowl

Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas — Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Alamo Bowl

Oklahoma State vs. Colorado — Dec. 29, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Liberty Bowl

TCU vs. Georgia — Dec. 30, noon (ESPN)

Sun Bowl

Stanford vs. North Carolina — Dec. 30, 2 p.m. (CBS)

Music City Bowl

Tennessee vs. Nebraska — Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Arizona Bowl

Air Force vs. South Alabama — Dec. 30, 5:30 p.m. (American Sports Network/

Citrus Bowl

LSU vs. Louisville — Dec. 31, 11 a.m. (ABC)

TaxSlayer Bowl

Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky — Dec. 31, 11 a.m. (ESPN)