College football postseason lineup

After nabbing dynamite ratings in year one, year two of the College Football Playoff has its contenders. Playoff action is carried on ESPN and begins on Dec. 31 at 4p with Oklahoma/Clemson, followed by Michigan State/Alabama at 8p. While controversies typically accompany the postseason selections, this year’s biggest heat may come from the Mountain West Conference, which will see two of its teams square off in the Arizona Bowl. “It is a travesty the Mountain West has been forced into this situation,” said conference Commissioner Craig Thompson in a statement. “Clearly, the system is broken. There is an excess of bowl games due in part to a disparate allocation of openings vs. conference bowl histories. The result is teams with sub-.500 records participating in bowl games. There is consensus change is needed and this year’s outcome must not be repeated.”

Here’s the complete postseason lineup…

Dec. 19
Celebration Bowl: Alcorn State/North Carolina AT&T at noon on ABC
Cure Bowl: San Jose State/Georgia State at noon on CBS Sports Network
New Mexico Bowl: New Mexico/Arizona at 2p on ESPN
Royal Purple Bowl: BYU/Utah at 3:30p on ABC
Camellia Bowl: Ohio/Appalachian State at 5:30p on ESPN
New Orleans Bowl: Arkansas State/Louisiana Tech at 9p on ESPN

Dec. 21
Miami Beach Bowl: South Florida/Western Kentucky at 2:30p on ESPN

Dec. 22
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Akron/Utah State at 3:30p on ESPN
Boca Raton Bowl: Temple/Toledo at 7p on ESPN

Dec. 23
Poinsettia Bowl: Boise State/Northern Illinois at 4:30p on ESPN
GoDaddy Bowl: Bowling Green/Georgia Southern at 8p on ESPN

Dec. 24
Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee/Western Michigan at noon on ESPN
Hawaii Bowl: San Diego State/Cincinnati at 8p on ESPN

Dec. 26
St. Petersburg Bowl: Connecticut/Marshall at 11a on ESPN
Sun Bowl: Miami/Washington State at 2p on CBS
Heart of Dallas Bowl: Washington/Southern Mississippi at 2:20p on ESPN
Pinstripe Bowl: Duke/Indiana at 3:30p on ABC
Independence Bowl: Virginia Tech/Tulsa at 5:45p on ESPN
Foster Farms Bowl: Nebraska/UCLA at 9:15p on ESPN

Dec. 28
Military Bowl: Pitt/Navy at 2:30p on ESPN
Quick Lane Bowl: Minnesota/Central Michigan at 5p on ESPN2

Dec. 29
Armed Forces Bowl: Air Force/California at 2p on ESPN
Russell Athletic Bowl: North Carolina/Baylor at 5:30p on ESPN
Arizona Bowl: Colorado State/Nevada at 7:30p on
Texas Bowl: LSU/Texas Tech at 9p on ESPN

Dec. 30
Birmingham Bowl: Auburn/Memphis at noon on ESPN
Belk Bowl: North Carolina State/Mississippi State at 3:30p on ESPN
Music City Bowl: Louisville/Texas A&M at 7p on ESPN
Holiday Bowl: USC/Wisconsin at 10:30p on ESPN

Dec. 31
Peach Bowl: Houston/Florida State at noon on ESPN

College Football Playoff semifinals
Orange Bowl: Clemson/Oklahoma at 4p on ESPN
Cotton Bowl: Alabama/Michigan State at 8p on ESPN

Jan. 1
Outback Bowl: Northwestern/Tennessee at noon on ESPN2
Citrus Bowl: Michigan/Florida at 1p on ABC
Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame/Ohio State at 1p on ESPN
Rose Bowl: Stanford/Iowa at 5p on ESPN
Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma State/Ole Miss at 8:30p on ESPN

Jan. 2
TaxSlayer Bowl: Penn State/Georgia at noon on ESPN
Liberty Bowl: Kansas State/Arkansas at 3:20p on ESPN
Alamo Bowl: Oregon/TCU at 6:45p on ESPN
Cactus Bowl: West Virginia/Arizona State at 10:15p on ESPN

Jan. 11
College Football Playoff: Championship game at 8:30p on ESPN

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