Complete 2017-18 College Football Bowl Game Schedule - Def Pen
Bowl Game Schedule
Jalen Hurts (Vasha Hunt, AL.com)

After one of the most controversial selections in the College Football Playoff era, the college football bowl game schedule is officially complete.

The Alabama Crimson Tide edged the Big Ten champion Ohio State Buckeyes for the final spot in the College Football Playoff and will play top-ranked Clemson Jan. 1 in the national semifinal at the Sugar Bowl.

College Football Playoff committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said the committee took into account Alabama’s full résumé in deciding the Crimson Tide were more deserving than the Buckeyes.

“We went with a one-loss Alabama team, losing in the final game to the No. 7 team in Auburn,” Hocutt said. “More damaging was the 31-point loss to Iowa. The selection committee just favored the full body of work from Alabama.”

The SEC champion Georgia Bulldogs and Big 12 champion Oklahoma Sooners will face off in the other national semifinal at the Rose Bowl.

Despite Ohio State’s playoff snub, the Buckeyes get a chance to prove they are worthy of national recognition when they face Pac 12 champion USC in the Cotton Bowl.

The full bowl game schedule is listed below.

2017-18 Bowl Game Schedule

Saturday, Dec. 16

Celebration Bowl (Noon, ABC): Grambling vs. North Carolina A&T

New Orleans Bowl (1 p.m., ESPN): Troy vs. North Texas

Cure Bowl (2:30 p.m., CBSSN): Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State

Las Vegas Bowl (3:30 p.m., ABC): Boise State vs. Oregon

New Mexico Bowl (4:30 p.m., ESPN): Marshall vs. Colorado State

Camellia Bowl (8 p.m., ESPN): Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Boca Raton Bowl (7 p.m., ESPN): Akron vs. Florida Atlantic

Wednesday, Dec. 20

Frisco Bowl (8 p.m., ESPN): Louisiana Tech vs. SMU

Thursday, Dec. 21

Gasparilla Bowl (8 p.m., ESPN): Temple vs. Florida International

Friday, Dec. 22

Bahamas Bowl (12:30 p.m., ESPN): UAB vs. Ohio

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (4 p.m., ESPN): Central Michigan vs. Wyoming

Saturday, Dec. 23

Birmingham Bowl (Noon, ESPN): Texas Tech vs. South Florida

Armed Forces Bowl (3:30 p.m., ESPN): San Diego State vs. Army

Dollar General Bowl (7 p.m., ESPN): Appalachian State vs. Toledo

Sunday, Dec. 24

Hawai’i Bowl (8:30 p.m., ESPN): Fresno State vs. Houston

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Heart of Dallas Bowl (1:30 p.m., ESPN): Utah vs. West Virginia

Quick Lane Bowl (5:15 p.m., ESPN): Duke vs. Northern Illinois

Cactus Bowl (9 p.m., ESPN): Kansas State vs. UCLA

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Independence Bowl (1:30 p.m., ESPN): Southern Mississippi vs. Florida State

New Era Pinstripe Bowl (5:15 p.m., ESPN): Iowa vs. Boston College

Foster Farms Bowl (8:30 p.m., FOX): Arizona vs. Purdue

Texas Bowl (9 p.m., ESPN): Texas vs. Missouri

Thursday, Dec. 28

Military Bowl (1:30 p.m., ESPN): Virginia vs. Navy

Camping World Bowl (5:15 p.m., ESPN): Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State

Alamo Bowl (9 p.m., ESPN): Stanford vs. TCU

Holiday Bowl (9 p.m., FOX): Washington State vs. Michigan State

Friday, Dec. 29

Belk Bowl (1 p.m., ESPN): Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M

Sun Bowl (3 p.m., CBS): North Carolina State vs. Arizona State

Music City Bowl (4:30 p.m., ESPN): Kentucky vs. Northwestern

Arizona Bowl (5:30 p.m., CBSSN): Utah State vs. New Mexico State

Cotton Bowl Classic (8:30 p.m., ESPN): No. 8 USC vs. No. 5 Ohio State

Saturday, Dec. 30

TaxSlayer Bowl (Noon, ESPN): Louisville vs. Mississippi State

Liberty Bowl (12:30 p.m., ABC): Iowa State vs. Memphis

Fiesta Bowl (4 p.m., ESPN): No. 11 Washington vs. No. 9 Penn State

Orange Bowl (8 p.m., ESPN): No. 10 Miami vs. No. 6 Wisconsin

Monday, Jan. 1

Outback Bowl (Noon, ESPN2): Michigan vs. South Carolina

Peach Bowl (12:30 p.m., ESPN): No. 12 UCF vs. No. 7 Auburn

Citrus Bowl (1 p.m., ABC): Notre Dame vs. LSU

College Football Playoff – Jan. 1

Rose Bowl (5 p.m., ESPN): No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Oklahoma

Sugar Bowl (8:45 p.m., ESPN): No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 1 Clemson

Monday, Jan. 8

College Football Playoff National Championship Game (8 p.m., ESPN)

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