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The stage is now set. The pairings have been announced and we're ready for December.

Maybe this guy can win a national championship.
Maybe this guy can win a national championship.
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The College Football Playoff committee has spoken, and the playoff is set. Clemson will face Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, while Alabama meets Michigan State in the Cotton. There's very little dispute about any of this, although there's some angst about Oklahoma falling to the four seed. Regardless, everything will settle itself in a fashion which the vast majority of college football observers will deem fair and equltable.

There are some excellent games and/or storylines on tap this bowl season, now that the full slate has been revealed. In chronological order, some notes:

Georgia State will be in their first bowl game.

Arizona vs New Mexico brings back an ancient and bitter rivalry, and BYU/Utah reinstates one that hasn't been dead very long.

Appalachian State is the second team to make their first bowl appearance.

Western Kentucky takes on their former head coach as they face South Florida.

The third team to debut in the bowl season is Georgia Southern; you'll note all three newbies are Sun Belt teams.

For once, the Sun Bowl might be interesting. Miami vs the Dread Pirate? You bet.

The Pinstripe Bowl features a basketball game. That's the only explanation for Duke-Indiana.

Frank Beamer's career ends against the team geographically closest to your benevolent despot, and on the home newspaper turf of his FEPO frenemy Luke Thompson. (That's right, folks. Luke gets to cover Frank Beamer's final game.

The Quick Lane Bowl features two teams which wear maroon and gold.

Baylor makes the trip to Orlando on behalf of the Big 12, and that should be an interesting matchup with North Carolina.

The Arizona Bowl's first installment ends up being an all-Mountain West affair because it was the Mountain West with far too many teams to fill their own bowls. (Strangely, although the MW was very much down this year, that mediocrity led to far more MW teams bowl-eligible than usual.)

Les Miles vs Kliff Kingsbury. Oh, yeah.

Oregon and TCU in the Alamo Bowl could be explosive.

And then, of course, there's the CFP bowls, which you'll read plenty about elsewhere. Can Houston roll Florida State? Can Oklahoma State replicate TCU's anti-Mississippi magic from last year? Will we all mute our televisions during Ohio State/Notre Dame? (Seriously, that could be the most unbearable broadcast of the month.) And could any game possibly have more potential to put us to sleep than the Rose Bowl?

All valid questions, but none so important as which two logos will fill the end of the following table. And with that unsubtle seque, the full bowl schedule follows. (All ranks are AP Poll ranks.)

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015
AIR FORCE RESERVE CELEBRATION BOWL
Georgia Dome, Atlanta GA
11:00 AM CT
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Alcorn State
9-3, 7-2 SWAC
vs. North Carolina A&T
9-2, 7-1 MEAC
GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL
University Stadium, Albuquerque NM
1:00 PM CT
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Arizona
6-6, 3-6 P12
vs. New Mexico
7-5, 5-3 MWC
ROYAL PURPLE LAS VEGAS BOWL
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas NV
2:30 PM CT
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(rv) Brigham Young
9-3 IND
vs. (20) Utah
9-3, 6-3 P12
RAYCOM MEDIA CAMELLIA BOWL
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery AL
4:30 PM CT
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Ohio
8-4, 5-3 MAC
vs. Appalachian State
10-2, 7-1 SBC
CURE BOWL
Citrus Bowl, Orlando FL
6:00 PM CT
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San José State
5-7, 4-4 MWC
vs. Georgia State
6-6, 5-3 SBC
R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans LA
8:00 PM CT
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Louisiana Tech
8-4, 6-2 CUSA
vs. (rv) Arkansas State
9-3, 8-0 SBC
Monday, Dec 21, 2015
MIAMI BEACH BOWL
Marlins Park, Miami FL
1:30 PM CT
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(25) Western Kentucky
11-2, 8-0 CUSA
vs. (rv) South Florida
8-4, 6-2 AAC
Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015
FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
Albertsons Stadium, Boise ID
2:30 PM CT
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Akron
7-5, 5-3 MAC
vs. Utah State
6-6, 5-3 MWC
MARMOT BOCA RATON BOWL
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton FL
6:00 PM CT
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(24) Temple
10-3, 7-1 AAC
vs. (rv) Toledo
9-2, 6-2 MAC
Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015
SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION POINSETTIA BOWL
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego CA
3:30 PM CT
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Northern Illinois
8-5, 6-2 MAC
vs. Boise State
8-4, 5-3 MWC
GODADDY BOWL
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile AL
7:00 PM CT
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Georgia Southern
8-4, 6-2 SBC
vs. (rv) Bowling Green
10-3, 7-1 MAC
Thursday, Dec 24, 2015
POPEYES BAHAMAS BOWL
Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
11:00 AM CT
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Middle Tennessee State
7-5, 6-2 CUSA
vs. Western Michigan
7-5, 6-2 MAC
HAWAI'I BOWL
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu HI
7:00 PM CT
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Cincinnati
7-5, 4-4
vs. (rv) San Diego State
10-3, 8-0 MWC
Saturday, Dec 26, 2015
SAINT PETERSBURG BOWL
Tropicana Field, Saint Petersburg FL
10:00 AM CT
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Marshall
9-3, 6-2 CUSA
vs. Connecticut
6-6, 4-4 AAC
HYUNDAI SUN BOWL
Sun Bowl, El Paso TX
1:00 PM CT
CBS
Miami (FL)
8-4, 5-3 ACC
vs. (rv) Washington State
8-4, 6-3 P12
ZAXBY'S HEART OF DALLAS BOWL
Cotton Bowl, Dallas TX
1:00 PM CT
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Southern Mississippi
9-4, 7-1 CUSA
vs. Washington
6-6, 6-6, 4-5 P12
NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL
Yankee Stadium, Bronx NY
2:30 PM CT
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Duke
7-5, 4-4 ACC
vs. Indiana
6-6, 2-6 B10
CAMPING WORLD INDEPENDENCE BOWL
Independence Stadium, Shreveport LA
4:45 PM CT
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Virginia Tech
6-6, 4-4 ACC
vs. Tulsa
6-6, 3-6 AAC
FOSTER FARMS BOWL
Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara CA
8:15 PM CT
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Nebraska
5-7, 3-5 B10
vs. (rv) UCLA
8-4, 5-4 P12
Monday, Dec 28, 2015
MILITARY BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHRUP GRUMMAN
Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis MD
1:30 PM CT
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Pittsburgh
8-4, 6-2 ACC
vs. (21) Navy
9-2, 7-1 AAC
QUICK LANE BOWL
Ford Field, Detroit MI
4:00 PM CT
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Central Michigan
7-5, 6-2 MAC
vs. Minnesota
5-7, 2-6 B10
Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015
LOCKHEED MARTIN ARMED FORCES BOWL
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth TX
1:00 PM CT
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California
7-5, 4-5 P12
vs. Air Force
8-5, 6-2 MWC
RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL
Citrus Bowl, Orlando FL
4:30 PM CT
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(17) Baylor
9-3, 6-3 B12
vs. (10) North Carolina
11-2, 8-0 ACC
NOVA HOME LOANS ARIZONA BOWL
Arizona Stadium, Tucson AZ
6:30 PM CT
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Nevada
6-6, 4-4 MWC
vs. Colorado State
7-5, 5-3 MWC
ADVOCARE V100 TEXAS BOWL
NRG Stadium, Houston TX
8:00 PM CT
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(22) Louisiana State
8-3, 5-3 SEC
vs. Texas Tech
7-5, 4-5 B12
Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015
BIRMINGHAM BOWL
Legion Field, Birmingham AL
11:00 AM CT
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(rv) Memphis
9-3, 5-3 AAC
vs. Auburn
6-6, 2-6 SEC
BELK BOWL
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte NC
2:30 PM CT
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(rv) Mississippi State
8-4, 4-4 SEC
vs. NC State
7-5, 3-5 ACC
FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL
LP Field, Nashville TN
6:00 PM CT
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Louisville
7-5, 5-3 ACC
vs. Texas A&M
8-4, 4-4 SEC
HOLIDAY BOWL
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego CA
9:30 PM CT
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(23) Wisconsin
9-3, 6-2 B10
vs. (rv) USC
8-5, 6-3 P12
Thursday, Dec 31, 2015
CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL
Georgia Dome, Atlanta GA
11:00 AM CT
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(14) Houston
12-1, 7-1 AAC
vs. (9) Florida State
10-2, 6-2 ACC
CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens FL
3:00 PM CT
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(4) Oklahoma
11-1, 8-1 B12
vs. (1) Clemson
13-0, 8-0 ACC
GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC
AT&T Stadium, Arlington TX
7:00 PM CT
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(3) Michigan State
12-1, 7-1 B10
vs. (2) Alabama
12-1, 7-1 SEC
Friday, Jan 1, 2016
OUTBACK BOWL
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa FL
11:00 AM CT
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(12) Northwestern
10-2, 6-2 B10
vs. (rv) Tennessee
8-4, 5-3
BUFFALO WILD WINGS CITRUS BOWL
Citrus Bowl, Orlando FL
NOON CT
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(17) Michigan
9-3, 6-2 B10
vs. (19) Florida
10-3, 7-1 SEC
BATTLEFROG FIESTA BOWL
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale AZ
NOON CT
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(7) Ohio State
11-1, 7-1 B10
vs. (8) Notre Dame
10-2 IND
ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL
Rose Bowl, Pasadena CA
4:00 PM CT
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(6) Iowa
12-1, 8-0 B10
vs. (5) Stanford
11-2, 8-1 P12
ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans LA
7:30 PM CT
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(13) Oklahoma State
10-2, 7-2 B12
vs. (16) Mississippi
9-3, 6-2 SEC
Saturday, Jan 2, 2016
TAXSLAYER BOWL
EverBank Field, Jacksonville FL
11:00 AM CT
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Penn State
7-5, 4-4 B10
vs. (rv) Georgia
9-3, 5-3 SEC
AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL
Liberty Bowl, Memphis TN
2:20 PM CT
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Kansas State
6-6, 3-6 B12
vs. (rv) Arkansas
7-5, 5-3 SEC
VALERO ALAMO BOWL
Alamodome, San Antonio TX
5:45 PM CT
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(15) Oregon
9-3, 7-2 P12
vs. (11) Texas Christian
10-2, 7-2
MOTEL 6 CACTUS BOWL
Chase Field, Phoenix AZ
9:15 PM CT
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West Virginia
7-5, 4-5 B12
vs. Arizona State
6-6, 4-5 P12
Saturday, Jan 9, 2016
NCAA DIVISION I FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Toyota Stadium, Frisco TX
11:00 AM CT
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(3) North Dakota State
12-2, 7-1 MVFC
vs. (1) Jacksonville State
12-1, 8-0 OVC
Monday, Jan 11, 2016
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
PRESENTED BY AT&T
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale AZ
7:30 PM CT
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(2) Alabama
13-1, 7-1 SEC
vs. (1) Clemson
14-0, 8-0 ACC