Let’s Go Bowling: College Football Kicks Off the Bowl Season


Derek Fay , Writer

When December hits most people think of the holiday season. However, for the ultimate sports fan December means college football bowl season.

This year’s bowl season starts on December 15 with the Celebration Bowl at noon which features North Carolina A&T vs. Alford State. This is a one of the 40 bowl games leading up to the national championship on Jan 7.  If a team was in a conference championship game and/or has a record of at least 6-6 or 6-7, they may be asked to participate in a bowl game.

     Most bowl games have connections to the conference. For example, the Rose Bowl is determined by the winner of the PAC 12 Conference championship game and the Winner of the Big Ten Conference championship. This bowl game is known the “Granddaddy of Them All.”

    For the fan that doesn’t have a team to watch, the College football playoffs are a must watch. These games include the Cotton Bowl on Saturday Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. on ESPN with 2. Clemson vs. 3. Notre Dame, and the Orange Bowl on Saturday Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. on ESPN with 1. Alabama vs. 4. Oklahoma. Then wrapping up the bowl season is the championship on Monday Jan. 7  at 8 p.m. with the winners of the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl.

     Some other things to focus on is Heisman Winner Kyler Murray, he is a quarterback from Oklahoma University and looks to send the Crimson Tide into Waves. Another notable fact is the Virginia Tech Hokies are in a bowl game for the 26th straight season. This is the longest consecutive bowl streak in bowl history.

    Some other notable bowl games for the local schools are:

Camping World Bowl with West Virginia vs. Syracuse on Friday, Dec. 28 at 5:15 p.m. on ESPN;

Peach Bowl with Florida vs. Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 29 at noon on ESPN;                                                                                      

Sun Bowl with Stanford vs. Pittsburgh on Monday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. on CBS;

Citrus Bowl with Kentucky vs. Penn State on Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. on ABC;

Rose Bowl with Washington vs. Ohio State on Tuesday, Jan 1 at 5 p.m. on ESPN.

   So, if you’re a student that is bored and has nothing else to do, put down that Fortnite and watch the bowl games.

 Also, when you purchase the Lancer Ledger you can guess the winners of the College Football playoffs.  Just fill out the bracket and submit it to Mrs. Zona in Room 100.   The closest student to the scores with the correct winners will win a prize.