It's the most wonderful time of the year.
College Football Bowl season is officially underway as Championship Saturday wrapped up and the dust has finally settled on which teams are in the College Football Playoff and where everyone else falls in its bowl game bids.
Clemson, who entered as the preseason favorites, will aim to defend their 2019 national title. They will have their work cut out for them with the likes of LSU, Ohio State or Oklahoma possibly standing in their way. Meanwhile, Alabama must settle for the Citrus Bowl as it sits on the outside looking in after Tua Tagavailoa's injury.
There are plenty of other intriguing matchups outside the College Football Playoff, too. Here is a look at the full 2019-20 college football bowl game schedule.
Jan. 13 National Championship, New Orleans (ESPN)
The winners of the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl will meet in this year's national championship game, which will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Dec. 28 Fiesta Bowl (CFP Semifinal), Glendale, Ariz. TBD (ESPN)
This year's Fiesta Bowl features a matchup of undefeated teams in No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson in what could shape up to be a classic to earn a trip to the national title game. Clemson is the reigning champion, but the Buckeyes had a legitimate case to be the No. 1 team and may have a chip on their shoulder for this game.
Dec. 28 Peach Bowl (CFP) Semifinal, Atlanta TBD (ESPN)
The LSU Tigers (13-0) enter the CFP as the No 1 ranked team and will take on Big 12 winner Oklahoma (12-1) in the Peach Bowl for a trip to the national championship game. Both teams boast Heisman Trophy candidates in QBs Joe Burrow and Jalen Hurts, but questions surrounding Oklahoma's defense will be the X-factor in this matchup.
Jan. 6 LendingTree Bowl, Mobile, Ala. 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The bowl game in Mobile, Ala. has yet another new name this year, moving from the Dollar General Bowl to the LendingTree Bowl. The matchup will feature Miami (OH) (8-5) of the MAC and the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (10-3) of the Sun Belt conference.
Jan. 4 Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, Texas 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN)
The 17th edition of the Armed Forces Bowl kicks off this year between Tulane (6-6) of the AAC against Southern Mississippi (7-5) of C-USA.
Jan. 3 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
This one is for all the potatoes. Ohio (6-6) of the MAC squares off against Nevada (7-5) of the Mountain West Conference on the blue turf field at Alberston Stadium at Boise State University.
Jan. 2 Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla. 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Gator Bowl is the sixth-oldest bowl game in the country, playing its first game in 1946. This year, it will feature Tennessee (7-5) from the SEC against Indiana (8-4) of the Big Ten.
Jan. 2 Birmingham Bowl, 3 p.m. ET (ESPN)
At one point this was known as the PapaJohns.com Bowl, but it is now sponsored by TicketSmarter and this year will host Boston College (6-6) of the ACC against AAC runner-ups Cincinnati (10-3).
Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl, New Orleans 8:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Sugar Bowl, when not part of the College Football Playoff rotation, takes the top remaining teams from the Big 12 and SEC. This year it will be Baylor (11-2) and Georgia (11-2). Baylor nearly toppled Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship while Georgia flopped against undefeated LSU in the SEC title game.
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. 5 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Rose Bowl has become a New Year's Day tradition and oldest bowl game to date, beginning in 1902. While it is not among the College Football Playoff this year, it will feature Pac-12 winner Oregon (11-2) against Big Ten runner-up Wisconsin (10-3). Oregon had on blemish too many on its record, costing them a chance at the College Football Playoff, but took away Utah's hopes in the process. Wisconsin gets the nod over Penn State despite having three losses, but hung in a tough battle with Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship.
Jan. 1 Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla. 1 p.m. (ABC)
The New Year's Day bowl game is among the oldest in the country, beginning in 1947, and is typically the appetizer to the Rose Bowl, and boy, is this a good opening act. Nick Saban and Alabama (10-2) will take on Jim Harbaugh and Michigan (9-3) in a matchup between two preseason powerhouses that fell short of expectations.
Jan. 1 Outback Bowl, Tampa, Fla. 1 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The annual New Year's Day game between a Big Ten and SEC team will feature Auburn (9-3) and Minnesota (10-2) – two teams that made some noise this year but could not quite establish themselves among the elite teams.
Dec. 31 Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, Texas 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Close out 2019 with the Alamo Bowl, which features the Utah Utes (11-2) of the Pac-12 against the University of Texas (7-5) of the SEC. Utah nearly got into the College Football Playoff and surprisingly missed a New Year's Six bowl game with its Pac-12 championship loss to Oregon.
Dec. 31 Arizona Bowl, Tuscan 4:30 p.m. ET (CBSSN)
The Arizona Bowl is relatively new, first being played in 2015 and will be the last football game to be played in the 2019 calendar year. This year's game will be between Wyoming (7-5) of the Mountain West while the Sun Belt representative will be Georgia State (7-5).
Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn. 3:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)
This historic bowl game, which was first played in Philadelphia in 1959, will feature AAC West runner-up Navy (9-2) against Kansas State (8-4) of the Big 12.
Dec. 31 Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas 2 p.m. ET (CBS)
The Sun Bowl is the second-oldest bowl game, along with the Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl, beginning in 1935. Since 2011, it has been a matchup between the Pac-12 and ACC, with this year's game featuring Florida State (6-6) against Arizona State (7-5) of the Pac-12.
Dec. 31 Belk Bowl, Charlotte, N.C. Noon ET (ESPN)
Start your countdown to 2020 with a slate of bowl games beginning with the Belk Bowl at noon on New Year's Eve. Virginia Tech (8-4) of the ACC will take on Kentucky (7-5) of the SEC.
Dec. 30 Orange Bowl, Miami Gardens, Fla. 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Florida Gators (10-2) will be playing in the Orange Bowl for the fourth time in program history and enter the game with a 3-0 record. Meanwhile, the ACC rep will be the University of Virginia (9-4), who will be playing in its first New Year's Six bowl game ever.
Dec. 30 Music City Bowl, Nashville 4 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Music City Bowl should be renamed to the Upset Bowl. There have been a handful of underdog victories since its inception in 1998, including Kentucky (+10) stunning Clemson in 2006. This year it will be Mississippi State (6-6) from the SEC playing against Louisville (7-5) of the ACC.
Dec. 30 First Responder Bowl, Dallas 12:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
There was no winner of the First Responder Bowl last year, when inclement weather forced the game to be cancelled with 5:06 remaining in the first quarter. Lightning shouldn't strike twice this year as Western Kentucky (8-4) of C-USA will play Western Michigan (7-5) of the MAC.
Dec. 30 Redbox Bowl, Santa Clara, Calif. 4 p.m. (FOX)
The Redbox Bowl, which you may remember from previous names as the Foster Farms, Fight Hunger or Emerald Bowl, has been a Big Ten vs. Pac-12 matchup since 2014. This year features Illinois (6-6), who had a major win over Wisconsin. They will be up against California (7-5), who struggled against ranked teams.
Dec. 28 Cotton Bowl, Arlington, Texas 12 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The first of the New Year's Six games will be played at noon on Dec. 28. It is the only non-College Football Playoff bowl game this year that features two at-large bids as Penn State (10-2) will go up against AAC champion Memphis (12-1). Penn State certainly had a case to make for the Rose Bowl while Memphis catapulted itself into the at-large bid, likely getting the nod over Utah.
Dec. 28 Camping World Bowl, Orlando, Fla. Noon ET (ABC)
Formerly known as the Russell Athletic Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl, the Camping World Bowl features Iowa State (7-5) from the Big 12 against Notre Dame (10-2). The Fighting Irish lost games to Georgia and Michigan, while Iowa State
Dec. 27 Cheez-It Bowl, Phoenix 10:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
In its second year as the Cheez-It Bowl, Air Force (10-2) will take on Washington State (6-6) and Mike Leach's high-octane offense.
Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl, San Diego 8 p.m. ET (FS1)
The Holiday Bowl has been played annually since 1978, and this year it features two historic programs in Big Ten representative Iowa (9-3) against USC (8-4) of the Pac-12.
Dec. 27 Texas Bowl, Houston 6:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The 14th edition of the Texas Bowl will be between Oklahoma State (8-4) of the Big 12 and SEC representative Texas A&M (7-5). All five of the Aggies' losses came against top 15 teams, including three which finished in the top five.
Dec. 27 Pinstripe Bowl, Bronx, NY 3:20 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Pinstripe Bowl debuted in 2010 a year after the new Yankee Stadium opened and is one of just two bowl games played in the northeast. It will feature two schools more known for their basketball programs, as Wake Forest (8-4) will rep the ACC and take on Michigan State (6-6) out of the Big Ten.
Dec. 27 Military Bowl, Annapolis, Md. Noon ET (ESPN)
This is the other bowl game played in the northeast at the home of Navy, who has played in this game three times. This year, however, it will be an ACC matchup against an AAC team, as UNC (6-6) takes on Temple (8-4).
Dec. 26 Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
This is the sixth edition of Detroit's new bowl game, which will be between the University of Pittsburgh (7-5) of the ACC and Eastern Michigan (6-6) of the MAC.
Dec. 26 Independence Bowl, Shreveport, La. 4 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Independence Bowl has been played since 1976, and was named as such to celebrate America's bicentennial. This year, the game game will feature the University of Miami out of the SEC vs. Louisiana Tech out of C-USA.
Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl, Honolulu 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The lone football game on Christmas Eve will feature Independent BYU (7-5) against the University of Hawaii (9-5), who lost the Mountain West Conference Championship, but will get another bowl game at their home Aloha Stadium.
Dec. 23 Gasparilla Bowl, Tampa, Fla. 2:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Gasparilla Bowl is one of two bowl games to be played in the Tampa-area, joining the Outback Bowl. This year, the Marshall (8-4) of C-USA will take on UCF (10-2) of the AAC. Marshall won the Gasparilla Bowl last year and have won its last seven bowl games in program history.
Dec. 21 New Orleans Bowl, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Well before the national championship takes center stage at the Superdome, there is the New Orleans Bowl. This year it will be between UAB (9-4) of C-USA and Appalachian State (12-1) of the Sun Belt in what could be an intriguing early bowl game matchup.
Dec. 21 Las Vegas Bowl, 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
The bowl game that replaced the California Raisin Bowl in 1991 will be hosting its final game in Sam Boyd Stadium before moving to the new Allegiant Stadium (future home of the Raiders) next year. The University of Washington (7-5) of the Pac-12 will take on Mountain West champion Boise State (12-1) in this year's matchup.
Dec. 21 Camellia Bowl, Montgomery, Ala. 5:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The FIU Panthers (6-6) from the MAC and Arkansas State (7-5) from the Sun Belt will play in the fifth edition of the Camellia Bowl.
Dec. 21 Boca Raton Bowl, 3:30 p.m ET (ABC)
Another relatively new bowl game that started in 2014, this year it will feature FAU (10-3), the winners of the C-USA East, and SMU (10-2) of the AAC.
Dec. 21 Cure Bowl, Orlando, Fla. 2:30 p.m. ET (CBSSN)
This year's game is between Georgia Southern (7-5) of the Sun Belt and Liberty (7-5). The Cure Bowl began being played in 2015 and its name is rooted to raise awareness for breast cancer and donates at least $150,000 of proceeds from the game to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Dec. 21 New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque 2 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Teams from the Conference USA and Mountain West meet on the second day of bowl season. This year's matchup will be between San Diego State (9-3) and MAC runner-up Central Michigan (8-5).
Dec. 21 Celebration Bowl, Atlanta Noon ET (ABC)
The Celebration Bowl is one of the newer bowl games which began in 2015 and annually features historically black colleges and universities. This year will be a rematch of last year's Celebration Bowl between Alcorn State (9-3) of the SWAC and North Carolina AT&T (8-3) of the MEAC.
Dec. 20 Frisco Bowl, Frisco, Tex. 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Closing out the opening bowl game doubleheader will be the Frisco Bowl, featuring Kent State (6-6) of the MAC against Utah State (7-5) of the Mountain West.
Dec. 20 Bahamas Bowl, Nassau, Bahamas 2 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The bowl season officially kicks off with the Bahamas Bowl between the University at Buffalo (7-5) of the MA C and UNC-Charlotte (7-5) of C-USA.