One of the best times for college football fans is here as we near the holiday season, Bowl Games and the National Championship.

As an editor for the Michigan Journal, last year I informed my readers of what bowl games teams had been assigned to and who I thought would win them. This year I will be doing the same thing while also having my wife pick game winners also and seeing who actually picked right.

This is also open to all my readers and the one who picks the most correct will be named in the paper. Will that person be you? Email your picks to!

The games start December 15th and end January 7th with the National Championship game.

                                                                             Phillip – Spouse


December 15:

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl                   Alcorn – North Carolina
North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State
Noon ET, ABC


New Mexico Bowl

North Texas vs. Utah State                                  Utah State – Utah State

2 p.m. ET, ESPN


AutoNation Cure Bowl

Tulane vs. Louisiana                                               Tulane – Louisiana

2:30 p.m. ET, CBSSN


Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

Fresno State vs. Arizona State                               Fresno State – Arizona State

3:30 p.m. ET, ABC


Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan               Eastern Michigan – Georgia Southern

5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN


R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Middle Tennessee vs Appalachian State               App State – App State

9 p.m. ET, ESPN


December 18:

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl

UAB vs. Northern Illinois                                         UAB – UAB

7 p.m. ET, ESPN


December 19:

DXL Frisco Bowl

San Diego State vs. Ohio                                    San Diego State – San Diego State

8 p.m. ET, ESPN

December 20:

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Marshall vs. South Florida                                    Marshall – Southern Florida

8 p.m. ET, ESPN

December 21:

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

FIU vs. Toledo                                                        Toledo – Toledo

12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Western Michigan vs. BYU                                    Western Michigan – BYU

4 p.m. ET, ESPN

December 22:

Jared Birmingham Bowl

Memphis vs. Wake Forest                                      Memphis – Memphis


Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Houston vs. Army                                                    Houston – Houston

3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Dollar General Bowl

Buffalo vs. Troy                                                       Troy – Troy

7 p.m. ET, ESPN

SoFi Hawai’i Bowl

Louisiana Tech vs. Hawaii                                        Louisiana Tech – Hawaii

10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

December 26:

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Boston College vs. Boise State                            Boston College – Boston College

1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Quick Lane Bowl

Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech                                Minnesota – Minnesota

5:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

Ford Field, Detroit

Cheez-It Bowl

California vs. TCU                                            TCU – TCU

9 p.m. ET, ESPN

December 27:

Walk-On’s Independence Bowl

Temple vs. Duke                                               Temple – Duke

1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Miami vs. Wisconsin                                      Wisconsin – Wisconsin

5:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

Baylor vs. Vanderbilt                                       Vanderbilt – Baylor

9 p.m. ET, ESPN

December 28:

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Purdue vs. Auburn                                         Auburn – Auburn

1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Camping World Bowl

West Virginia vs. Syracuse                            West Virginia – West Virginia

5:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

Valero Alamo Bowl

Iowa State vs. Washington State                   Washington State – Washington State

9 p.m. ET, ESPN

December 29:

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl ******

No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 Michigan             Michigan (not a choice) – Michigan


Belk Bowl

South Carolina vs. Virginia                            Virginia – South Carolina

Noon ET, ABC

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Nevada                           Nevada – Nevada

1:15 p.m. ET, CBSSN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame           Clemson           –                 Clemson


College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma              Alabama          –                   Alabama

8 p.m. ET, ESPN

December 31:

Redbox Bowl

Michigan State vs. Oregon                             Oregon – Oregon

3 p.m. ET, Fox

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech                             Virginia Tech – Virginia Tech


AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Missouri vs. Oklahoma State                        Oklahoma State – Oklahoma State

3:45 p.m. ET, ESPN

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Northwestern vs. Utah                                    Northwestern – Utah

7 p.m. ET, FS1

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

NC State vs. Texas A&M                     NC State   –   Texas A&M

7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Stanford vs. Pittsburgh                        Pitt   –    Stanford

2 p.m. ET, CBS

January 1:

Outback Bowl

Mississippi State vs. Iowa                   Iowa   –    Iowa

Noon ET, ESPN2

VRBO Citrus Bowl

Kentucky vs. Penn State                      Kentucky – Penn State

1 p.m. ET, ABC

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

No. 11 LSU vs. No. 8 UCF                   LSU   –     LSU

1 p.m. ET, ESPN

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual

No. 9 Washington vs. No. 6 Ohio State       Ohio State :( – Ohio State :(

5 p.m. ET, ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl

No. 15 Texas vs. No. 5 Georgia                   Georgia – Georgia   

8:45 p.m. ET, ESPN

January 7:

College Football Playoff National Championship

1 Alabama vs. 2 Clemson (Phillip)               Alabama

1 Alabama vs. 2 Clemson (Tracy)               Clemson

8 p.m. ET on ESPN


These are our picks and she did not know my picks ahead of making hers. Please note, she is a more knowledgeable person about college football than I am.

Can you get more games right than us? Submit your picks by December 15 to the Michigan Journal sports email address. Enjoy the games, I know we will. Have a great holiday season. Go Blue!

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Phillip Lutz, 39, is a senior at UM-Dearborn studying Journalism. He is a lifelong Michigan Football fan with season tickets. He has a 22-year-old daughter in college, a 4-year-old son in preschool, and a 1 year old son. He worked as a staff writer for online papers including The Block M insider and the Wolverine Daily. This is his second year as editor of the Sports section. When not in the office he is a stay at home dad and student. He enjoys watching football, reading Star Wars books, and playing free fantasy football.