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Complete 2011 bowl lineup

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Bowl season, the self-proclaimed “most wonderful time of the year” outside of Christmas, has been a long-standing tradition in college football. And every year, like Christmas, the season gets a little longer — almost to the point where it’s too much. This season, there will be 35 bowl games including the five BCS bowls. This year’s BCS National Championship Game will be held in New Orleans.

Also, as you’ll see when you scroll down, there are no games on January 1st this year, which falls on a Sunday.

Anyway, without further delay, here is the full 2011-12 bowl lineup complete with dates, times (all ET) and conference tie-ins. Enjoy.

Sat. December 17
New Mexico Bowl (2:00 pm) — MWC vs. Pac-12
uDrove Humanitarian Bowl (5:30 pm) — MAC vs. WAC
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (9:00 pm) — Sun Belt vs. C-USA

Tues. December 20
Beef O’Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg (8:00 pm) — Big East vs. C-USA

Wed. December 21
San Diego Co. Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (8:00 pm) — MWC vs. WAC

Thurs. December 22
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas (8:00 pm) — MWC vs. Pac-12

Sat. December 24
Sheraton Hawii Bowl (8:00 pm) — WAC vs. C-USA

Mon. December 26
Advocare V100 Independence Bowl (5:00 pm) — ACC vs. MWC

Tues. December 27
Little Ceasar’s Pizza Bowl (4:30 pm) — Big Ten vs. MAC
Belk Bowl (8:00 pm) — ACC vs. Big East

Wed. December 28
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman (4:30 pm) — ACC vs. Navy (if eligible)
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (8:00 pm) — Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Thurs. December 29
Champs Sports Bowl (5:30 pm) — ACC vs. Big East
Valero Alamo Bowl (9:00 pm) — Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Fri. December 30
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (noon) — C-USA vs. BYU (if eligible)
New Era Pinstripe Bowl (3:20 pm) — Big 12 vs. Big East
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (6:40 pm) — ACC vs. SEC
Insight Bowl (10:00 pm) — Big 12 vs. Big Ten

Sat. December 31
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (noon) — Big Ten vs. Big 12
Hyundai Sun Bowl (2:00 pm) — ACC vs. Pac-12
AutoZone Liberty Bowl (3:30 pm) — C-USA vs. SEC
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (3:30 pm) — Pac-12 vs. Army (if eligible)
Chick-fil-A Bowl (7:30 pm) — ACC vs. SEC

Mon. January 2
Ticket City Bowl (noon) — Big Ten vs. C-USA
Capital One Bowl (1:00 pm) — Big Ten vs. SEC
Gator Bowl (1:00 pm) — Big Ten vs. SEC
Outback Bowl (1:00 pm) — Big Ten vs. SEC
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO (5:00 pm) — Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Tues. January 3
Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:30 pm) — SEC Champion vs. BCS

Wed. January 4
Discover Orange Bowl (8:00 pm) — ACC Champion vs. BCS

Thurs. January 5
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (8:30 pm) — Big 12 Champion vs. BCS

Fri. January 6
AT&T Cotton Bowl (8:00 pm) — Big 12 vs. SEC

Sat. January 7
BBVA Compass Bowl (1:00 pm) — Big East vs. SEC

Mon. January 9
Allstate BCS National Championship Game (8:30 pm) — BCS No.1 vs. BCS No. 2

TBD
GoDaddy.com Bowl — MAC vs. Sun Belt

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23 Responses to “Complete 2011 bowl lineup”
  1. playerbeware says: Jun 17, 2011 1:10 PM

    And they refuse to have a playoff? What jackoffs. Bowls that start in mid December? The BSC doesnt give a damn about the fans!!

  2. bertenheim says: Jun 17, 2011 1:13 PM

    How does the Compass Bowl rate a January slot?

  3. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jun 17, 2011 2:49 PM

    So is Danica Patrick going to be the grand marshall of the GoDaddy.com bowl parade?

  4. reents says: Jun 17, 2011 3:18 PM

    I like they don’t have the minor bowl games after New Years day, just 1 this time, but there is no night game on New Years Day, that’s not good, unless they did if there’s an NFL game at the time.

  5. dickroy says: Jun 17, 2011 3:45 PM

    There are enough bowl games to have a 64 team playoff tournament

  6. lakesidegator says: Jun 17, 2011 3:57 PM

    Bowl games are a college football TRADITION.
    CF playoffs are NOT. Get OVER it already.

  7. bamasucks says: Jun 17, 2011 4:21 PM

    yeah. nothing screams tradition like a BBVA Compass Bowl on January 7th.

    the bowls threw the tradition out the window when they started adding sponsors to the names of the bowls and awarded a bowl game to pretty much any and every town that wanted to host one.

  8. tigersgeaux says: Jun 17, 2011 4:42 PM

    As SouthernPatriots has written on CFT many times, the only playoff system receiving positive feedback so far by the voters–NCAA college presidents–is the one which uses the bowls as venues for the playoff games, using a rotating major bowl as the final game and all others as the quarter and semi finals. Even with a 64 team playoff the post season would not be much longer, if any, than what they propose to do this upcoming season. Bring on the playoffs.

  9. soya88 says: Jun 17, 2011 5:00 PM

    Glad there are 4 Big Ten Bowls all starting within an hour of each other on Jan 2nd. I’m going to need a remote with 4 “last channel” buttons.

  10. 808raiderinparadise says: Jun 17, 2011 8:05 PM

    SO what about USC and Ohio St. they should let them play in the “NCAA Violators Bowl” sponsored by car dealerships, tattoo artists and agents

  11. tr975 says: Jun 17, 2011 8:54 PM

    Wow, the SEC sure does leave its comfort zone when it comes to the bowl games its member teams play in, don’t they:

    BBVA Compass Bowl – Birmingham, Alabama
    Music City Bowl – Nashville, Tennessee
    Liberty, Bowl – Memphis, Tennessee
    Chick-Fil-A Bowl – Atlanta, Georgia
    Cotton Bowl – Dallas, Texas
    Sugar Bowl – New Orleans, Louisiana
    [The SEC champs get to play in this one if they don't get the BCS championship game]

    Capital One Bowl – Orlando, Florida
    Gator Bowl – Jacksonville, Florida
    Outback Bowl – Tampa, Florida

    Of course, these last three listed are the ones that feature SEC vs. Big 10 teams. I guess in order to make sure they maintain that “dominance” over Big 10 teams in bowl games, they have to keep scheduling homes games for them. Why don’t those “dominant” SEC teams come and play a Big 10 team in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Green Bay, Chicago or somewhere like that in December/January?

  12. tigersgeaux says: Jun 17, 2011 10:20 PM

    tr975: Apparently, you have not been in Wisconsin, Michigan, Massachusetts, etc. in December or January. Most teams would want to go to more temperate climates to play in a bowl game that is why they are overwhelmingly located in the South. Give a vote to players on whether they would like to play in Buffalo or in Orlando, but I guess you have not thought that out.

  13. tr975 says: Jun 17, 2011 11:29 PM

    tigersgeaux says:

    tr975: Apparently, you have not been in Wisconsin, Michigan, Massachusetts, etc. in December or January. Most teams would want to go to more temperate climates to play in a bowl game that is why they are overwhelmingly located in the South. Give a vote to players on whether they would like to play in Buffalo or in Orlando, but I guess you have not thought that out.
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    Actually, I used to live in Ohio for numerous years (and that does include the months of December and January) as well as spending one winter in upstate New York, so I understand the climate a little better than you give me credit for. And I have no idea where in the hell you came up with Massachusetts. Maybe take a look at a map sometime.

    But why are those temperate climates always in the region of the country where the SEC member teams are located? Are they afraid to go outside of their comfort zone and play a bowl game?

    OK, jackass, since you say that SEC players are weak and would vote your way and not want to play in the north during a bowl game, why not have an SEC-Big 10 bowl game in Hawaii or California? SEC would never agree to that (unless it was a national championship game) because they want all the big games they can control to be played in their own back yard.

  14. bamasucks says: Jun 18, 2011 12:13 AM

    what a stupid argument. how many bowls do Midwestern states host? how about Florida, Arizona, and California?

    it’s not the SEC’s fault that fans don’t want to spend December and January in a midwestern state.

  15. tr975 says: Jun 18, 2011 12:28 AM

    bamasucks says:

    what a stupid argument. how many bowls do Midwestern states host? how about Florida, Arizona, and California?

    it’s not the SEC’s fault that fans don’t want to spend December and January in a midwestern state.
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    That’s not the argument at all. The argument is why are all of the SEC-associated bowl games played in the south, with the one played the farthest away from “SEC territory” being Dallas, Texas, which is maybe a couple of hundred miles from SEC land, at most?

    My point concerning the SEC vs. Big 10 bowl games is that all of them are in Florida, deep in SEC land. Why are any games in which an SEC team plays a Big 10 team always located in the SEC’s territory? There are bowl games in Hawaii, California, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Phoenix, etc. with “temperate” climates where these games could be played, yet they are always played down south in SEC land. Why?

  16. tr975 says: Jun 18, 2011 12:33 AM

    bamasucks says:

    it’s not the SEC’s fault that fans don’t want to spend December and January in a midwestern state.
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    But, it is the SEC’s fault that they won’t associate themselves with any other bowl game than those played in the south. A power conference like the SEC could work a deal with a bowl game in Las Vegas, San Diego, San Antonio, Phoenix, New Mexico, etc., just as easily as scheduling those in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia. Thing is, they don’t want to. They like having the games in their own back yard, and don’t want to change that for anything.

  17. tr975 says: Jun 18, 2011 12:36 AM

    bamasucks says:

    what a stupid argument. how many bowls do Midwestern states host? how about Florida, Arizona, and California?

    it’s not the SEC’s fault that fans don’t want to spend December and January in a midwestern state.
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    Scrap the bowl game then. Let’s see an SEC team schedule a regular season game with a Big 10 opponent up north during late October or November. I am sure a Big 10 team or two would schedule a conference opponent earlier in the season so as to have an open date for the SEC team.

    Of course, we could all wish for this to happen in one hand and take a dump in the other. We all know which will be filled first.

  18. tr975 says: Jun 18, 2011 12:57 AM

    Conference bowl breakdown (by state):

    ACC – Louisiana, North Carolina, Washington DC, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Georgia

    Big East – Florida, North Carolina, New York, Alabama

    Big 10 – Michigan, Arizona, Texas, Florida, California

    Big 12 – California, Texas, New York, Arizona

    Conference USA – Louisiana, Florida, Hawaii, Texas, Tennessee

    MAC – Idaho, Michigan, Alabama

    MWC – New Mexico, California, Nevada, Louisiana

    Pac 12 – New Mexico, Nevada, California, Texas

    SEC – Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama

    Sun Belt – Louisiana, Alabama

    WAC – Idaho, California, Hawaii

    Sun Belt and WAC only get invited to 5 bowl games combined. For the remainder of the conferences, only one conference has all of its bowl games within a region only one state away from the area where its member schools are located. Care to guess which that is?

  19. bamasucks says: Jun 18, 2011 1:06 AM

    travel costs, for one thing….both for the teams and the fans. why aren’t you complaining about most,if not all, of the Pac 12’s bowl tie-ins being in Western states? but even if you were, they have the same defense. it’s cheaper on their fans and the teams to travel to those states.

    when SEC programs start refusing to play home and home series’ against the Big 10(11…12), you might have a legitimate gripe.

    i doubt that there are any teams in the SEC that can’t sleep at night because they’re afraid that they might have to go to the Midwest in Oct or Nov to play a football game.

  20. tr975 says: Jun 18, 2011 1:17 AM

    bamasucks says:

    “travel costs, for one thing….both for the teams and the fans. why aren’t you complaining about most,if not all, of the Pac 12′s bowl tie-ins being in Western states? but even if you were, they have the same defense. it’s cheaper on their fans and the teams to travel to those states.”

    Pac 12 has bowl games in New Mexico and Texas. And it is a bit more of travel to those games for most of the teams in the Pac 12 than it would be for most of the SEC teams to travel to their one bowl game outside of their territory in Texas. Let’s pick the teams in each conference which would be closest and farthest to the bowl games in Texas. In the Pac 12, the two teams would probably be Colorado and Washington. In the SEC, it would probably be LSU and South Carolina. Baton Rouge and Columbia SC are a lot closer to Dallas than Boulder or Seattle are to San Antonio. Yes, the Pac 12 has several bowl games in their region, but not all, like the SEC. That’s the point.
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    “when SEC programs start refusing to play home and home series’ against the Big 10(11…12), you might have a legitimate gripe.”

    Until they agree to home and home series in which the weather is a factor (since that is one of the largest reasons why it has been said that the SEC wants bowl games in “temperate” climates), there is a legitimate gripe.
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    “i doubt that there are any teams in the SEC that can’t sleep at night because they’re afraid that they might have to go to the Midwest in Oct or Nov to play a football game.”

    Then why don’t they schedule games in the Midwest during October and November? It would be easy to accomplish. Just move a conference game to the date that the current home and home series occupies, and move that game to the now open, later date. Problem solved.

  21. bamasucks says: Jun 18, 2011 3:01 AM

    how many Big 10 AD’s are calling SEC AD’s to schedule home and home series’?

    LSU and Oregon are currently in a home and home, UT recently had one with UCLA, Auburn had one with USC a few years ago. it’s not like the SEC is afraid to travel.

    as far as the Big 10 goes, isn’t Alabama traveling to Penn St this year? it might not be in Oct or Nov but expecting an SEC team to reschedule a conference game….just to play a Big 10 team at a certain time of the year is ridiculous.

    you make the Midwest in Oct/Nov sound like it’s Antartica or something.

  22. mdnittlion says: Jun 18, 2011 12:55 PM

    Why do they always put the majority of the Big Ten games on exactly the same time during bowl season. Big Jim the commish is a complete nimrod. Of all the things to cave on putting most of the games on during the same time seems the biggest.

  23. southernpatriots says: Jun 21, 2011 8:23 AM

    tr975:

    Family members have followed college football for over 50 years, one over 60 years. We have traveled throughout the U.S. to attend games near and far. When travel costs were much less, team travel was much more common. Nowadays, with the costs very high and oftentimes forbidable, teams do not travel inter-conference and inter-region as often. Few teams want to travel to northern climes for bowl games, most want warmer weather as a prize for their players and fans. When Michigan, Ohio State, even Notre Dame players were polled each time they chose Florida, California, Arizona, etc. for their preferences for bowls where they would spend a week enjoying their short sleeves and open air parades, etc.Nov. 20 1971 W 28-8 Baton Rouge
    Nov. 21 1970 L 0-3 South Bend

    In 1970 Notre Dame and LSU began a home on home series. The first game was played on Nov. 21 at South Bend. The weather was sleet, frozen rain, heavy winds and ice and snow everywhere.
    During the game there were white outs that the fans could not see some of the plays.

    Needless to say, the LSU players were not prepared for such weather and lost a very sloppy game 3-0. The next November (1971) the Irish came to Death Valley on a Saturday night to play. The weather was beautiful, in the low to mid 60s, slight breeze blowing, clear skies. The Irish was beaten up and down the field and the final score of 28-8 did not portray the complete dominance by LSU, who put their third string and water boys in the game so they could say they played against Notre Dame.

    The then Irish AD commented that his team would never play LSU again home on home as long as he was AD, and they did not. About 10 years later when a new AD came to ND they resumed the home on home games with LSU. Several other SEC teams playing northern teams home on home had similar experiences during the 70s and 80s. Now that the SEC is dominant in college football, they may often feel that they no longer have to capitulate.

    We are pushing for and hoping for home and home games with Michigan (our great coach’s alma mater), we have that with Oregon, we are trying it with Notre Dame again, and we understand there are talks underway with Ohio State. Few teams anywhere would like to play the SEC West, then play highly rated teams on non SEC weeks. LSU is doing that the first game of this upcoming season.

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