2016-17 Bowl Schedule kicks off Saturday

By Kevin Kelley -

The 2016-17 Bowl Schedule kicks off on Saturday with six games, beginning with the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl at noon ET.

FBS bowl games on Saturday include the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl, Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, AutoNation Cure Bowl, and R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

This season’s bowl schedule includes a total of 42 games, including the College Football Playoff semifinals on Dec. 31, 2016 and the College Football National Championship on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
NC Central vs. Grambling State – Noon ET, ABC

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
New Mexico vs. UTSA – 2:00pm ET, ESPN

Las Vegas Bowl
Houston vs. San Diego State – 3:30pm, ABC

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Appalachian State vs. Toledo – 5:30pm ET, ESPN

AutoNation Cure Bowl
UCF vs. Arkansas State – 5:30pm ET, CBSSN

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Southern Miss vs. UL Lafayette – 9:00pm, ESPN


Comments (3)

Grambling vs. NCCU is not a “bowl” game, just a game between two 1-AA teams whose conferences don’t want any part of the 1-AA playoffs….

Actually it’s the HBCU college football national championship between the SWAC and the MEAC champions.
You’re still right about the SWAC and MEAC not wanting or are basically unable to go the playoffs.
Some teams in the SWAC play during Thanksgiving weekend during the first round of the 1-AA/FCS playoffs and the SWAC has a title game on the first Saturday in December like all the other FBS conferences do.
This prohibits them, coupled with weak scheduling within their own conferences (and D-2 games with other HBCUs) and money games by both conferences.
I’m still unsure why it’s called a bowl game either but I’m one of those guys that enjoys a great game of football no matter what division it is. At least it gives them something to play for after the mediocrity they’ve had in the playoffs and it actually crowns a champion similar to the CFP or the FCS playoffs.