So You Say You Like Football


So You Say You Like Football

If you were looking at just one bowl to go to this year, which one would it be? It always pays to look beyond the teams. Sure, ACC football fans want to go see their favorite team play but if they aren’t a part of post season, what then?

This weekend kicks off the long list of sanctioned football bowl games that will take over your television. Let’s not forget those of you streaming the action on smart phones, tablets and PC’s.

Football fever kicks off this Saturday at 1:00 p E with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on ESPN. The game features Troy against the North Texas Mean Green. These are two of the better Group of Five teams. The Trojans won’t find much love in the Big Easy though, as they knocked off LSU earlier this year, 24-21.

So why are we talking about the opening bowl? Let’s get back to your choice of sitting on the couch or going to a game, nay, event. You may not be a fan of either of these teams but who doesn’t like football? Better yet, who doesn’t like taking a vacation trip loaded with fun that is actually affordable? Speaking of affordable events, I hear that Tim Tebow is available for speaking engagements at a reasonable price. That certainly would be a hit with NFL fans.

New Orleans is one of Jim Quist’s (from ACC Nation Podcast) favorite cities. In fact, he’s headed that way to enjoy the pre-game festivities of the Allstate Sugar Bowl featuring Clemson and Alabama. That prompted us to take a look at this particular bowl.

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Among some of the highlights are an opportunity to hear five time Pro Bowl safety and three time Super Bowl Champion Darren Woodson speak at a luncheon. There’s a unique 2 mile event called Dashing Through The Dome with an after party. The kids can participate in a youth camp exploring the science of football. Tonight (Friday), the adults can check out the I Love the 90’s concert featuring Salt N Pepa and Vanilla Ice. Also, Kid N Play, Color Me Badd, Young MC, Coolio and Rob Base all at the Super Dome. We found last minute tickets up front for $46.50 each.

As for the game, tickets are only $40 apiece and that was for some great seats. Maybe next year, perhaps?

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Dec. 16R+L Carrier New Orleans Bowl: Troy vs. North Texas, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 16AutoNation Cure Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State, 2:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Dec. 16Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State vs. Oregon, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Dec. 16Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Colorado State vs. Marshall, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 16Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Middle Tennessee State vs. Arkansas State, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 19Boca Raton Bowl: FAU vs. Akron, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 20Frisco Bowl: SMU vs. Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 21Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl: FIU vs. Temple, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 22Popeyes Bahamas Bowl: UAB vs. Ohio, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 22Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Wyoming, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 23Birmingham Bowl: USF vs. Texas Tech, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 23Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: San Diego State vs. Army, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 23Dollar General Bowl: Toledo vs. Appalachian State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 24Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State vs. Houston, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 26Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl: Utah vs. West Virginia, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)

So You Say You Like Football

Here’s a rundown of the ACC Bowl games and where you can watch the action.

Dec. 26Quick Lane Bowl: Duke vs. Northern Illinois, 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 26Cactus Bowl: UCLA vs. Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 27Independence Bowl: Southern Mississippi vs. Florida State, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 27New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Boston College vs. Iowa, 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 27Foster Farms Bowl: Purdue vs. Arizona, 8 p.m. (FOX | fuboTV)
Dec. 27Texas Bowl: Texas vs. Missouri, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 28Military Bowl by Northrop Grunman: Virginia vs. Navy, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 28Camping World Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State, 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 28Valero Alamo Bowl: Stanford vs. TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 28SDCCU Holiday Bowl: Michigan State vs. Washington State, 9 p.m. (FS1 | fuboTV)
Dec. 29Belk Bowl: Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 29Hyundai Sun Bowl: Arizona State vs. N.C. State, 3 p.m. (CBS)
Dec. 29Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Northwestern vs. Kentucky, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 29Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl: New Mexico State vs. Utah State, 5:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Dec. 29Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Ohio State vs. USC, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 30TaxSlayer Bowl: Louisville vs. Mississippi State, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 30AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Iowa State vs. Memphis, 12:30 p.m. (ABC)
Dec. 30PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: Washington vs. Penn State, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 30Orange Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Miami, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Jan. 1Outback Bowl: Michigan vs. South Carolina, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
Jan. 1Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Auburn vs. UCF, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Jan. 1Citrus Bowl: Notre Dame vs. LSU, 1 p.m. (ABC)

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We’re looking forward to the Clemson-Alabama match up and watching the Tigers in the College Football Championship game from Atlanta.

College Football Playoff
Jan. 1Rose Bowl Game: Georgia vs. Oklahoma, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Jan. 1Allstate Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Clemson, 8:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Jan. 8College Football Championship Game, 8 p.m. (ESPN)