By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor

The time is upon us for greatness.

The time for most college football fans is upon us now as the country prepares for the college football playoffs and bowl season. How many of us football junkies watched the college selection show on Sunday afternoon? I know I did to see where Michigan would land and who they would play.

How many people were glued to the television or their phones waiting to see who the final four teams would be for the national championship? I know I was. How many people thought Alabama would get in?

There will 41 bowl games in the upcoming weeks and it is a binge watching dream some of the great matchups that the playoff selection committee has for us. These games are sometimes once in a decade games that may never be played again.

The bowl games get off to a start on Saturday December 16 with the AFR Celebration Bowl at noon pitting North Carolina A&T vs Grambling State in Atlanta, Georgia.

Also on December 16:

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Troy vs. North Texas in New Orleans, Louisiana 1pm

Auto Nation Cure Bowl: Georgia State vs. WKU in Orlando, Florida at 2:30pm

Las Vegas Bowl: (25) Boise State vs. Oregon in Las Vegas, Nevada at 3:30pm

Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Colorado State vs. Marshall in Albuquerque, New Mexico at 4:30pm

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State in Montgomery, Alabama at 8pm

Tuesday December 19:

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl: Florida Atlantic vs. Akron in Boca Raton, Florida at 7pm

Wednesday December 20:

DXL Frisco Bowl: SMU vs. Louisiana Tech in Frisco, Texas at 8pm

Thursday December 21:

Bad Boys Mowers Gasparilla Bowl: FIU vs. Temple in St. Petersburg, Florida at 8pm

Friday December 22:

Bahamas Bowl: Ohio vs. UAB in Nassau, Bahamas at 12:30pm

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Wyoming in Boise, Idaho at 4pm

Saturday December 23:

Birmingham Bowl: Texas Tech vs. USF in Birmingham, Alabama at noon

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Army vs. San Diego State in Fort Worth, Texas at 3:30pm

Dollar General Bowl: Appalachian State vs. Toledo in Mobile, Alabama at 7pm

Sunday December 24:

Hawaii Bowl: Houston vs. Fresno State in Honolulu, Hawaii at 8:30pm

Tuesday December 26:

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl: West Virginia vs. Utah in Dallas, Texas at 1:30pm

Quick Lane Bowl: NIU vs. Duke in Detroit, Michigan at 5:15pm

Cactus Bowl: Kansas State vs. UCLA in Phoenix, Arizona at 9pm

Wednesday December 27:

Walk On’s Independence Bowl: Southern Miss vs. Florida State in Shreveport, Louisiana at 1:30pm

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa vs. Boston College in Bronx, New York at 5:15pm

Foster Farms Bowl: Purdue vs. Arizona in Santa Clara, California at 8:30pm

Academy Sports + outdoors Texas Bowl: Texas vs. Missouri in Houston, Texas at 9pm

Thursday December 28:

Military Bowl: Virginia vs. Navy in Annapolis, Maryland at 1:30pm

Camping World Bowl: (19) Oklahoma State vs. (22) Virginia Tech in Orlando, Florida at 5:15pm

SDCCU Holiday Bowl: (16) Michigan State vs. (18) Washington State in San Diego, California at 9pm

Valero Alamo Bowl: (15) Stanford vs. (13) TCU in San Antonia, Texas at 9pm

Friday December 29:

Belk Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest in Charlotte, North Carolina at 1pm

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Arizona State vs. (24) North Carolina State in El Paso, Texas at 3pm

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Kentucky vs. (21) Northwestern in Nashville, Tennessee at 4:30pm

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Utah State vs. New Mexico State in Tucson, Arizona at 5:30pm

Goodyear Cotton Bowl: (8) USC vs. (5) Ohio State in Arlington, Texas at 8:30pm

Saturday December 30:

Tax Slayer Bowl: (23) Mississippi State vs. Louisville in Jacksonville, Florida at noon

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Iowa State vs. (20) Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee at 12:30pm

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: (9) Penn State vs. (11) Washington in Glendale, Arizona at 4pm

Capital One Orange Bowl: (10) Miami, Florida vs. (6) Wisconsin in Miami Gardens, Florida at 8pm

Monday January 1:

Outback Bowl: Michigan vs. South Carolina in Tampa, Florida at noon

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: (7) Auburn vs. (12) UCF in Atlanta, Georgia at 12:30pm

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: (17) LSU vs. (14) Notre Dame in Orlando, Florida at 1pm

Rose Bowl: (3) Georgia vs. (2) Oklahoma in Pasadena, California at 5pm

Allstate Sugar Bowl: (4) Alabama vs. (1) Clemson

Monday January 8

College Football National Championship Game

Winner of Rose Bowl vs. Winner of Sugar Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia at 8pm

This looks to be a star studded lineup of games. Which ones are you most looking forward to?

Who will win the matchups?

Who will be the national champion this year?

Check back with the Michigan Journal for all the highlights and the results of the Michigan vs. South Carolina game.