It’s the end of an era for the bowl business.

We all know the BCS is gone after this year, but the rest of the bowls will change the way they do business as well as new contracts get signed. After, oh, about seven decades, the schools and conferences have finally realized that the bowls could not exist without them, and not the other way around. With that in mind, conferences are taking more control of the process, dictating which teams will play where while also demanding higher payouts and lower ticket guarantees. (To see an educated guess about how the bowl lineups will work beginning next season, check out Stewart Mandel’s column from Tuesday.)

But all that is a conversation for another day. Before the clock hits midnight on the current state of affairs in the bowl business, the guys in oddly colored jackets will celebrate the last year before the College Football Playoff. 

As is the norm, “bowl week” encompasses 35 games across 17 days, with every game except the Sun Bowl (CBS) and the Cotton Bowl (FOX) on the ESPN family of networks. 

Bowl Date Time (ET) Network Matchup
New Mexico Dec. 21 2 p.m. ESPN Pac-12 vs. MWC
Las Vegas Dec. 21 3:30 p.m. ABC Pac-12 vs. MWC
Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 21 5:30 p.m. ESPN MWC vs. MAC
New Orleans Dec. 21 9 p.m. ESPN C-USA vs. Sun Belt
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Dec. 23 2 p.m. ESPN C-USA vs. American
Hawaii Dec. 24 8 p.m. ESPN C-USA vs. MWC
Poinsettia Dec. 26 9:30 p.m. ESPN MWC vs. Army
Military Dec. 27 2:30 p.m. ESPN ACC vs. C-USA
Texas Dec. 27 6 p.m. ESPN Big Ten vs. Big 12
Kraft Fight Hunger Dec. 27 9:30 p.m. ESPN Pac-12 vs. BYU
Pinstripe Dec. 28 12 p.m. ESPN Big 12 vs. American
Belk Dec. 28 3:30 p.m. ESPN ACC vs. American
Russell Athletic Dec. 28 6:45 p.m. ESPN ACC vs. American
Buffalo Wild Wings Dec. 28 10: 15 p.m. ESPN Big Ten vs. Big 12
Armed Forces Dec. 30 11:45 a.m. ESPN MWC vs. Navy
Music City Dec. 30 3:15 p.m. ESPN SEC vs. ACC
Alamo Dec. 30  6:45 p.m. ESPN  Big 12 vs. Pac-12 
Holiday Dec. 30  10:15 p.m.  ESPN  Big 12 vs. Pac-12 
AdvoCare V100 Dec. 31 12:30 p.m.  ESPN  SEC vs. ACC 
Sun Dec. 31  2 p.m.  CBS  ACC vs. Pac-12 
Liberty Dec. 31 4 p.m. ESPN C-USA/AAC vs. SEC
Chick-fil-A Dec. 31 8 p.m. ESPN SEC vs. ACC
Gator Jan. 1 12 p.m. ESPN2 SEC vs. Big Ten
Heart of Dallas Jan. 1 12 p.m. ESPNU Big Ten vs. Big 12
Capital One Jan. 1 1 p.m. ABC SEC vs. Big Ten
Outback Jan. 1 1 p.m. ESPN SEC vs. Big Ten
Rose Jan. 1 5 p.m. ESPN BCS vs. BCS
Fiesta Jan. 1 8:30 p.m. ESPN BCS vs. BCS
Sugar Jan. 2 8:30 p.m. ESPN BCS vs. BCS
Orange Jan. 3 TBD ESPN BCS vs. BCS
Cotton Jan. 3 7:30 p.m. FOX SEC vs. Big 12
BBVA Compass Jan. 4  1 p.m.  ESPN  SEC vs. American
GoDaddy Jan. 5 9 p.m. ESPN MAC vs. Sun Belt
BCS National Championship Jan. 6 8:30 p.m. ESPN BCS No. 1 vs. BCS No. 2
National columnist - Zach joined the staff in 2012...and has been attempting to improve Doug and Scott's writing ability ever since (to little avail). Outside of football season, you can find him watching the San Antonio Spurs reading Game of Thrones fan theories.