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College Football Playoff And Bowl Games 2017-18: Full Schedule

13 Dec

 

by Kurt Badenhausen –

The college football bowl season kicks off this week with a slate of six games on Saturday. Twenty-fifth-ranked Boise State is the only school ranked in the top 25 in action during the first day of games with most of the bigger names taking the field in two weeks. There are games almost daily with 40 games airing from Saturday through Jan. 1. The season concludes a week later with the fourth annual College Football Playoff National Championship on January 8 from the new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield has the Oklahoma Sooners in the running for its first national championship since 2000. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

The NCAA abandoned its disastrous plan to have the sport’s two marquee semifinal playoff games on New Year’s Eve. Total TV viewership plummeted from 28.3 million to 18.6 million in 2015, the first year with the semifinals on New Year’s Eve. TV numbers rebounded slightly in 2016, but the two games will take place on New Year’s Day this year with four college football blue bloods. The Rose Bowl matchup pits Georgia versus Oklahoma at 5:45, while Alabama and Clemson square off at 8:45 in the Sugar Bowl.

The bowl games feature the usual array of title sponsorships from all industries with games in the playoff system commanding as much as $20 million while lower-tier games can be had for less than $500,000 in some cases. The Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl and Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl are both likely to command attention for the originality of their new sponsors this year.

A welcome reprieve this year: no teams with losing records in bowl games. The NCAA had to relax its requirements the past two years regarding qualifying for a bowl when enough teams didn’t make the cut. The result was six teams with losing records getting bowl invites compared to four teams total in the previous 45 years.

ESPN is broadcasting the vast majority of the 41 postseason games with rights to all but 10 of the games, although five of those 10 will appear on ESPN2 or ABC, both also owned by Walt Disney. ESPN signed a deal in 2012 for $470 million over 12 years to broadcast the college football playoffs.

 

The two semifinal playoff games are the two most expensive tickets on the secondary market. The median price for the Sugar Bowl is $375, while the Rose Bowl checks in at $295, according to Vivid Seats. The cheapest is the Foster Farms Bowl at $38.

Alabama is the favorite to win its fifth national title in nine years with the latest odds favoring the Crimson Tide at 17/10. Clemson is next at 11/4, followed by Georgia (3/1) and Oklahoma (13/4).

Here is the complete schedule of bowl games:

Celebration: North Carolina AT&T (11-0) vs. Grambling State (11-1)

Dec. 16 at 12:00 pm on ABC from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

R+L Carriers New Orleans: Troy (10-2) vs. North Texas (9-4)

Dec. 16 at 1 pm on ESPN from Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

AutoNation Cure: Western Kentucky vs. (6-6) vs. Georgia State (6-5)

Dec. 16 at 2:30 pm on CBS Sports Network from Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL

Las Vegas Bowl: #25 Boise State (10-3) vs. Oregon (7-5)

Dec. 16 at 3:30 pm on ABC from Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

Gildan New Mexico: Marshall (7-5) vs. Colorado State (7-5)

Dec. 16 at 4:30 pm on ESPN from Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM

Raycom Media Camellia: Middle Tennessee (6-6) vs. Arkansas State (7-4)

Dec. 16 at 8 pm on ESPN from Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton: Akron (7-6) vs. Florida Atlantic (10-3)

Dec. 19 at 7 pm on ESPN from FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL

DXL Frisco: Louisiana Tech (6-6) vs. SMU (7-5)

Dec. 20 at 8 pm on ESPN from Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla: Temple (6-6) vs. Florida International (8-4)

Dec. 21 at 8 pm on ESPN from Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL

Bahamas: UAB (8-4) vs. Ohio (8-4)

Dec. 22 at 12:30 pm on ESPN from Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas

Famous Idaho Potato: Central Michigan (8-4) vs. Wyoming (7-5)

Dec. 22 at 4 pm on ESPN from Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID

Birmingham: Texas Tech (6-6) vs. South Florida (9-2)

Dec. 23 at 12 pm on ESPN from Legion Field, Birmingham, AL

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces: San Diego State (10-2) vs. Army (9-3)

Dec. 23 at 3:30 pm on ESPN from Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX

Dollar General: Appalachian State (8-4) vs. Toledo (11-2)

Dec. 23 at 7 pm on ESPN from Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.

Hawaii: Fresno State (9-4) vs. Houston (7-4)

Dec. 24 at 8:30 pm on ESPN from Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas: Utah (6-6) vs. West Virginia (7-5)

Dec. 26 at 1:30 pm on ESPN from Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX

Quick Lane: Duke (6-6) vs. Northern Illinois (8-4)

Dec. 26 at 5:15 pm on ESPN from Ford Field, Detroit, MI

Cactus: Kansas State (7-5) vs. UCLA (6-6)

Dec. 26 at 9 pm on ESPN from Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ

Walk-On’s Independence: Southern Miss (8-4) vs. Florida State (6-6)

Dec. 27 at 1:30 pm on ESPN from Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA

New Era Pinstripe: Iowa (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5)

Dec. 27 at 5:15 pm on ESPN from Yankee Stadium, New York, NY

Foster Farms: Arizona (7-5) vs. Purdue (6-6)

Dec. 27 at 8:30 pm on FOX from Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas: Texas (6-6) vs. Missouri (7-5)

Dec. 27 at 9 pm on ESPN from NRG Stadium, Houston, TX

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman: Virginia (6-6) vs. Navy (6-6)

Dec. 28 at 1:30 pm on ESPN from Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, MD

Camping World: #22 Virginia Tech (9-3) vs. #19 Oklahoma State (9-3)

Dec. 28 at 5:15 pm on ESPN from Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL

Valero Alamo: #13 Stanford (9-4) vs. #15 TCU (10-3)

Dec. 28 at 9 pm on ESPN from Alamodome, San Antonio, TX

S.D. County Credit Union Holiday: #18 Washington State (9-3) vs. #16 Michigan State (9-3)

Dec. 28 at 9 pm on FOX from SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA

Belk: Wake Forest (7-5) vs. Texas A&M (7-5)

Dec. 29 at 1 pm on ESPN from Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC

Hyundai Sun: #24 NC State (8-4) vs. Arizona State (7-5)

Dec. 29 at 3 pm on CBS from Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX

Franklin American Mortgage Music City: Kentucky (7-5) vs. #21 Northwestern (9-3)

Dec. 29 at 4:30 pm on ESPN from Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN

Nova Home Loans Arizona: Utah State (6-6) vs. New Mexico State (6-6)

Dec. 29 at 5:30 pm on CBS Sports Network from Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ

Goodyear Cotton: #8 USC (-) vs. #5 Ohio State (11-2)

Dec. 29 at 8:30 pm on ESPN from AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

TaxSlayer: Louisville (8-4) vs. #23 Mississippi State (8-4)

Dec. 30 at 12 pm on ESPN from Everbank Field, Jacksonville, FL

AutoZone Liberty: Iowa State (7-5) vs. #20 Memphis (10-2)

Dec. 30 at 12:30 pm on ABC from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN

PlayStation Fiesta: #11 Washington (10-2) vs. #9 Penn State (10-2)

Dec. 30 at 4 pm on ESPN from U. of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

Capital One Orange: #10 Miami (10-2) vs. #6 Wisconsin (12-1)

Dec. 30 at 8 pm on ESPN from Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

Outback: Michigan (8-4) vs. South Carolina (8-4)

Jan. 1 at 12 pm on ESPN2 from Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

Chick-fil-A Peach: #12 UCF (12-0) vs. #7 Auburn (10-3)

Jan. 1 at 12:30 pm on ESPN from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

Citrus Bowl presented by Overton’s: #14 Notre Dame (9-3) vs. #17 LSU (9-3)

Jan. 1 at 1 pm on ABC from Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL

CFP Playoff Semifinal-Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual: #3 Georgia (12-1) vs. #2 Oklahoma (12-1)

Jan. 1 at 5 pm on ESPN from Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

CFP Playoff Semifinal-Allstate Sugar: #4 Alabama (11-1) vs. #1 Clemson (12-1)

Jan. 1 at 8:45 pm on ESPN from Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

CFP National Championship: Semifinal winners

Jan. 8 at 8 pm on ESPN from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

 

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