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College football bowl schedule: Opening weekend — New Mexico vs. UTSA, Houston vs. SDSU, Appalachian St. vs Toledo, UCF vs. Arkansas State and Southern Miss. vs. UL Lafayette


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Bowl season is upon us!

We’ve made it through that dark time between championship weekend and bowls, and the most wonderful time of the year kicks off with five intriguing matchups.

The most enticing matchup features the Houston Cougars and the San Diego State Aztecs in the Las Vegas Bowl. Houston quarterback Greg Ward is a ton of fun to watch, and the Cougars can put up points in bunches. But San Diego State boasts running back Donnel Pumphrey, who is just 107 yards shy of Ron Dayne’s FBS career rushing record. It’ll be a lovely precursor for Northwestern basketball’s guaranteed win matchup versus Dayton.

Here’s how to watch it all:

Opening weekend bowl TV schedule

Bowl Team Location Time (ET) / TV Streaming
Bowl Team Location Time (ET) / TV Streaming
Gildan New Mexico Bowl New Mexico vs. UTSA Albuquerque, NM 2 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
Las Vegas Bowl Houston vs. San Diego State Las Vegas, NV 3:30 p.m. / ABC ESPN3
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Appalachian State vs. Toledo Montgomery, AL 5:30 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
AutoNation Cure Bowl UCF vs. Arkansas State Orlando, FL 5:30 p.m. / CBSSN
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Southern Miss vs. UL Lafayette New Orleans, LA 9 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN