Peach, Holiday among the best bowls to watch

Bo Wallace and the Ole Miss Rebels will play TCU in the Peach Bowl. (AP photo)

Bo Wallace and the Ole Miss Rebels will play TCU in the Peach Bowl. (AP photo)

Hopefully you’ll be able to get away from work during the holidays. If so, clear time to watch bowl games.

Not all of them, of course. There’s only about 3,476 bowls these days, so I don’t know anybody who’ll be able to do that.

But pick out a select few and enjoy the last remaining games of what’s been an amazing season.

Here are a few suggestions:

Boca Raton Bowl

Marshall (12-1) vs. Northern Illinois (11-2), 6 p.m. Dec. 23, ESPN

Put down the remote: Great offenses should provide plenty of points, especially if Marshall QB Rakeem Cato finds the hot hand.

Bahamas Bowl

Western Kentucky (7-5) vs. Central Michigan (7-5), noon Dec. 24, ESPN

Put down the remote: You’ve already watched “Christmas Vacation” for the 15th time this month, so give your Blu-ray player a break. Besides, it’s in the Bahamas.

Sun Bowl

Duke (9-3) vs. Arizona State (9-3), 2 p.m. Dec. 27, CBS

Put down the remote: Both of these teams just missed out playing for their conference championships, so they have plenty to prove.

Holiday Bowl

Nebraska (9-3) vs. Southern Cal (8-4), 8 p.m. Dec. 27, ESPN

Put down the remote: Bo Pelini is gone, but there should be plenty of fireworks with these offenses. USC’s Cody Kessler is an exceptional QB.

Peach Bowl

Ole Miss (9-3) vs. TCU (11-1), 12:30 p.m. Dec. 31, ESPN

Put down the remote: And go to the game at the Georgia Dome. Ole Miss’ defense will have one of its toughest tests of the season.

Outback Bowl

Wisconsin (10-3) vs. Auburn (8-4), noon Jan. 1, ESPN2

Put down the remote: High-profile coaching changes have highlighted this month for both schools, but new Auburn defensive chief Will Muschamp won’t coach in the bowl.

I didn’t include the two national semifinals because you shouldn’t need reasons to watch them. I’ll preview all of the SEC and ACC bowls games next week.

Complete bowl schedule

Saturday, Dec. 20

New Orleans Bowl: Nevada (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4), 11 a.m. (ESPN)

New Mexico Bowl: UTEP (7-5) vs. Utah State (9-4), 2:20 p.m. (ESPN), at Albuquerque

Las Vegas Bowl: Colorado State (10-2) vs. Utah (8-4), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Western Michigan (8-4) vs. Air Force (9-3), 5:45 p.m. (ESPN), at Boise

Camelia Bowl: Bowling Green (7-6) vs. South Alabama (6-6), 9:15 p.m. (ESPN), at Montgomery, Ala.

Monday, Dec. 22

Miami Beach Bowl: BYU (8-4) vs. Memphis (9-3), 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Tuesday, Dec. 23

Boca Raton Bowl: Marshall (12-1) vs. Northern Illinois (11-2), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Poinsettia Bowl: Navy (6-5) vs. San Diego State (7-5), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN), at San Diego

Wednesday, Dec. 24

Bahamas Bowl: Western Kentucky (7-5) vs. Central Michigan (7-5), Noon (ESPN)

Hawaii Bowl: Rice (7-5) vs. Fresno State (6-7), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday, Dec. 26

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Illinois (6-6) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Quick Lane Bowl: Rutgers (7-5) vs. North Carolina (6-6), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN), at Detroit

St. Petersburg Bowl: UCF (9-3) vs. N.C. State (7-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, Dec. 27

Military Bowl: Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN), at Annapolis, Md.

Sun Bowl: Duke (9-3) vs. Arizona State (9-3), 2 p.m. (CBS), at El Paso

Independence Bowl: Miami (6-6) vs. South Carolina (6-6), 4 p.m. (ESPN2), at Shreveport, La.

Pinstripe Bowl: Boston College (7-5) vs. Penn State (6-6), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN), at New York

Holiday Bowl: Nebraska (9-3) vs. Southern Cal (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN), at San Diego

Monday, Dec. 29

Liberty Bowl: West Virginia (7-5) vs. Texas A&M (7-5), 2 p.m. (ESPN), at Memphis

Russell Athletic Bowl: Clemson (9-3) vs. Oklahoma (8-4), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN), at Orlando

Texas Bowl: Texas (6-6) vs. Arkansas (6-6), 9 p.m. (ESPN), at Houston

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Music City Bowl: Notre Dame (7-5) vs. LSU (8-4), 3 p.m. (ESPN), at Nashville

Belk Bowl: Louisville (9-3) vs. Georgia (9-3), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN), at Charlotte

Fosters Farm Bowl: Stanford (7-5) vs. Maryland (7-5), 10 p.m. (ESPN), at Santa Clara, Calif.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Peach Bowl: Ole Miss (9-3) vs. TCU (11-1), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Fiesta Bowl: Boise State (11-2) vs. Arizona (10-3), 4 p.m. (ESPN)

Orange Bowl: Mississippi State (10-2) vs. Georgia Tech (10-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, Jan. 1

Outback Bowl: Wisconsin (10-3) vs. Auburn (8-4), Noon (ESPN2)

Cotton Bowl Classic: Michigan State (10-2) vs. Baylor (11-1), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Citrus Bowl: Minnesota (8-4) vs. Missouri (10-3), 1 p.m. (ABC)

Rose Bowl (Playoff semifinal): Oregon (12-1) vs. Florida State (13-0), 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Sugar Bowl (Playoff semifinal): Alabama (12-1) vs. Ohio State (12-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday, Jan. 2

Armed Forces Bowl: Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Houston (7-5), Noon (ESPN), at Fort Worth, Texas

TaxSlayer Bowl: Iowa (7-5) vs. Tennessee (6-6), 3:20 p.m. (ESPN), at Jacksonville

Alamo Bowl: UCLA (9-3) vs. Kansas State (9-3), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN)

Cactus Bowl: Oklahoma State (6-6) vs. Washington (8-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, Jan. 3

Birmingham Bowl: Florida (6-5) vs. East Carolina (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN2)

GoDaddy Bowl: Toledo (8-4) vs. Arkansas State (7-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Monday, Jan. 12

College Football Championship: Sugar Bowl winner vs. Rose Bowl winner, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN), at Arlington, Texas

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