It’s the time of year to dive into the booze-filled punch bowl that is the holiday season. With 40 college football bowl games between Saturday, December 15 and Monday, January 7 there's no escaping the discussion.
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The Last Night’s Game Team
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAMES
1. If the Oscars have the most coveted swag bags, bowl games are a close second. Players cannot be paid to play in the games but they can take home some great loot valued up to $550. Gifts this year include custom cowboy hats, personalized bobbleheads and for the first time ever, a cornhole game. TOUCHDOWN IN THE GIFT DEPARTMENT
2. The top four teams in the country will play in either the Orange Bowl (Miami) or the Cotton Bowl (Dallas) on December 29. The winner of those two games will play each other in the National Championship Game on January 7. In the Orange Bowl, Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray (Oklahoma) will face the Heisman runner up, Tua Tagaviloa (Alabama). Tagovailoa will certainly have the extra motivation to bring home a win after the Heisman loss. GRIDIRON GRUDGE
3. Not all teams are invited to a bowl game. A team has to have a .500-plus record to be considered bowl eligible. The TV exposure, additional revenue and chance at a title all come with a price tag – winning. NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH
4. Quite a few players who are eligible for the NFL (National Football League) draft and aren’t playing for the big National Championship title are choosing to sit out of their bowl games. That way they can avoid potential injury and focus on the NFL draft. BUBBLE WRAP ANYONE?
5. What’s in a name? Well for bowl games, it’s big money. The committees will do just about anything to please their title sponsors including naming the game itself something odd. The most memorable bowl game names this season roll off the tongue like the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, Taxslayer Bowl, Cheez-It Bowl and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. And yes, there used to be a game called the Salad Bowl. WE WANT THE RAMEN BOWL
Want to catch one of the 40 games? Here’s the schedule
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