Six bowls down, 26 to go, beginning with Central Michigan against Purdue in a Boxing Day tradition: the Motor City Bowl (ESPN, 7:30 pm/ET). Prolific passers Dan LeFevour and Curtis Painter go to work at Ford Field, where CMU won the last two MAC title games along with this bowl last year. While this is a rare same-season rematch (Purdue romped 45-22 on Sept. 15), the rest of the week offers eight fresh contests.
Holiday Bowl: (Thursday, Dec. 27, ESPN, 8 pm/ET)
Arizona State is the ninth stop for nomadic coach Dennis Erickson, whose Sun Devils face Texas.
Champs Sports Bowl: (Friday, December 28, ESPN, 5 pm/ET)
In a rivalry hotter on ice than on the gridiron, senior QB Matt Ryan and Boston College look to get even with Michigan State, a 3-1 winner in the 2007 NCAA hockey final.
Texas Bowl: (Friday, Dec. 28, NFLNET, 8 pm/ET)
Anyone who picked up NFL Network for Saturday's big Patriots-Giants game gets this TCU-Houston tussle as practice for finding the channel.
Emerald Bowl: (Friday, Dec. 28, ESPN, 8:30 pm/ET)
Hard to say which will be more entertaining: the Maryland-Oregon State matchup or the always-quirky commercials for Emerald nuts.
Meineke Car Care Bowl: (Saturday, Dec. 29, ESPN, 1 pm/ET)
Connecticut and Wake Forest pull into Charlotte with sputtering offenses, which could lead to a big role for the best name in the college game, Wake kicker Sam Swank.
Liberty Bowl: (Saturday, Dec. 29, ESPN, 4:30 pm/ET)
NCAA rushing leader Kevin Smith powers Central Florida against Mississippi State.
Alamo Bowl: (Saturday, Dec. 29, ESPN, 8 pm/ET)
Joe Paterno's 500th game as Penn State head coach will be the first — and only — game in which interim coach Gary Darnell leads Texas A&M.
Independence Bowl: (Sunday, Dec. 30, ESPN, 8 pm/ET)
Nick Saban's first year at Alabama ends with the team's second-straight disappointing trip to Shreveport, Louisiana. Still beats coaching the Dolphins. He'll face Colorado coach Dan Hawkins, whose son Cody is the QB.
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