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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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