Let the bowls begin

Are you ready for the 35 college football bowls?
It starts Saturday.
The New Mexico Bowl gets things started Saturday at 1 p.m., matching Arizona and Nevada on ESPN. Utah State and Toledo travel to the blue turf in Boise for the Idaho Bowl – bring chips and french fries.
After this appetizer, you get a break until Dec. 20. Then there’s only three days without a bowl game on the road to the national championship January 7.
The lower divisions continue their drive for the title this weekend. Georgia Southern plays North Dakota State Friday at 8 p.m. in the FCS semifinal on ESPN2. The Division II championship matches Winston Salem State and Valdosta State Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Redskins’ quest for the playoffs continues Sunday in Cleveland, with coverage on Fox at 1 p.m. The Ravens face Denver at 1 p.m. on CBS, followed by Dallas-Pittsburgh.
The Patriots face another tough foe in primetime, hosting the 49ers on NBC Sunday night. The Bengals head to Philadelphia Thursday on the NFL network, while the Jets and Titans meet on ESPN Monday night.
Dan D’Antoni returns to Madison Square Garden Thursday, as the Lakers take on the Knicks at 8 p.m. on TNT. The Spurs visit Portland in the nightcap. Friday, ESPN offers the Celtics at Rockets at 8 p.m. followed by Grizzlies-Nuggets.
Comcast offers the Lakers’ trip to Washington Friday at 7 p.m., then the Wizards head south to face the Heat Saturday at 7 p.m.
CBS has the Hoosier state battle between Indiana and Butler Saturday at 2 p.m. The Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival matches West Virginia and Michigan Saturday at 8 p.m. Arizona hosts Florida at 10 p.m.
ESPN2 has a pair of games Saturday – with Purdue meeting Notre Dame at 4:30 p.m. Kansas State faces Gonzaga at 9 p.m.
Boston College meets New Hampshire Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
Georgetown takes on Western Carolina Saturday at noon on MASN. Mt. Saint Mary’s faces Loyola at 7:30 p.m.
There’s high school basketball Thursday on ESPN, with Archbishop Mitty against Travis at 8 p.m. Simeon plays Desoto at 9:30 p.m.
The NCAA women’s volleyball champion will be determined this weekend. Michigan plays Texas in the first semifinal at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, then Oregon meets Penn State. The final airs Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers women’s soccer between the United States and China Saturday at 7 p.m.

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