The games have been played. The wins have been tallied. The touchdowns have been counted. The championship trophies have been hoisted.
Now it’s time for the college football postseason to commence. College football Bowl Games have long been the time-honored holiday tradition of football extending into your holidays and your New Year. And this year is no different.
So where is everybody going bowling? Here’s a look at the full lineup of games and who’s in them. All times ET, games on ESPN unless otherwise indicated.
College Football Playoff Semifinals
New Year’s Six
2019 FBS Bowl Games
|Bahamas Bowl – Dec. 20, 2 pm
|Frisco Bowl – Dec. 20, 7:30pm**
|New Mexico Bowl – Dec. 21, 2pm
||San Diego State
|Cure Bowl – Dec. 21, 2:30pm^^
|Boca Raton Bowl – Dec. 21, 3:30pm*
|Camellia Bowl – Dec. 21, 5:30pm
|Vegas Bowl – Dec. 21, 7:30pm*
|New Orleans Bowl – Dec. 21, 9pm
|Gasparilla Bowl – Dec. 23, 2:30pm
|Hawaii Bowl – Dec. 24, 8pm
|Independence Bowl – Dec. 26, 4pm
|Quick Lane Bowl – Dec. 26, 8pm
|Military Bowl – Dec. 27, Noon
|Pinstripe Bowl – Dec. 27, 3:30pm
|Texas Bowl – Dec. 27, 6:45pm
|Holiday Bowl – Dec. 27, 8pm++
|Cheez-It Bowl – Dec. 27, 10:15pm
|Camping World Bowl – Dec. 28, Noon*
|First Responder Bowl – Dec. 30, 12:30pm
|Music City Bowl – Dec. 30, 4pm
|RedBox Bowl – Dec. 30, 4pm+
|Belk Bowl – Dec. 31, Noon
|Sun Bowl – Dec. 31, 2pm^
|Liberty Bowl – Dec. 31, 3:45pm
|Arizona Bowl – Dec. 31, 4:30pm^^
|Alamo Bowl – Dec. 31, 7:30pm
|Citrus Bowl – Jan. 1, 1pm*
|Outback Bowl – Jan. 1, 1pm
|Birmingham Bowl – Jan. 2, 3pm
|Gator Bowl – Jan. 2, 7pm
|Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Jan. 3, 3:30pm
|Armed Forces Bowl – Jan. 4, 11:30am
|LendingTree Bowl – Jan. 6, 7:30pm
^^ CBS Sports Network
Regardless as to where Georgia Southern ultimately goes bowling and ends the season, the Sun Belt Conference school’s coaching staff will be different from when it kicked off the current campaign.
GSU announced earlier in the day Tuesday that Lamar Owens has stepped down from his post as wide receivers coach. No specific reason for the abrupt decision was given.
“I want to thank Lamar for the hard work and dedication he’s put in this season,” head coach Chad Lunsford said in a statement. “We wish Coach Owens and his family nothing but the best in their future endeavors.”
Owens was in the midst of his first season with the Eagles. In a very run-heavy offense, GSU wide receivers had nine touchdown catches this season; in the two seasons prior to his arrival, receivers caught a combined 10 (six in 2018, four in 2017).
The program wrote in its release that “Dimitri Donald, a second-year graduate assistant who has worked with the receiving corps this season, will move to an on-field coaching role for the upcoming bowl game as the 10th assistant coach and Lunsford will begin the process to fill the position following the season.”
The trend sweeping the nation in collegiate athletics appears to be heading to Georgia next. The “Fair Pay to Play” movement will be coming to Georgia, following the lead of California and following similar pushes by other states around the country.
Georgia state representative Billy Mitchell will reportedly be submitting formal legislation that would seek to allow college athletes to be eligible to receive compensation for the use of their image, likeness, and name. This is the same basic principle behind the new law in the state of California which was recently signed and will go into effect beginning in 2023.
If the legislation were to pass within the state of Georgia, it would impact every college football team in the state including FBS programs at Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, and Georgia State. Other states in the southeast to begin getting the wheels in motion for a Fair Pay to Play movement include Kentucky, South Carolina, and Florida. Other states have gotten in on the fun too, including Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New York, Illinois and Nevada.
New York’s proposal went a step farther than the most common proposed legislation in the Fair Pay to Play movement by proposing universities directly share a percentage of an athletic program’s overall revenue with every student-athlete on campus.
Sadly, a fatal tragedy has struck at the FBS level of college football.
Overnight, Georgia Southern announced that its athletic department “has received a report of the death of student-athlete Jordan Wiggins.” The brief Twitter message went on to state that “our thoughts are with the student’s family, friends and classmates.”
“We will provide further information when it becomes available,” the school wrote in ending its statement.
At the moment, there are no details being reported by any media outlet and no cause of death is known for the 6-4, 265-pound true freshman offensive lineman who went to high school in Tallahassee.
Wiggins’ mom died in 2017 and he was raised by the mother of then-Godby High School offensive line coach Brandon McCray, now the head football coach at the school.
“That was like my adopted son,” McCray told the Tallahassee Democrat. “I coached with him for two years and against all his brothers for years.
“I’m still in shock. I don’t know what to think. I’ve still got a lot of his stuff here at my house. I’m just trying to be here for my mom and all our players.”
The 18-year-old Wiggins, who drew interest from Ivy League schools before he opted for the Sun Belt Conference member, was majoring in electrical engineering at GSU
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all of those affected by Wiggins’ far-too-early passing.
Sun Belt football is often referred to by fans and media members that cover the conference as the FunBelt and it both did and did not live up to that nickname on Saturday.
In case you missed it, you probably would have thought that Georgia Southern beating Coastal Carolina in triple overtime was the most notable thing about that conference clash in Statesboro but you would in fact be wrong. That’s because of a little incident in between the third and fourth quarters that was incited by the stadium sound speakers pumping out the single ‘Mo Bamba.’
The catchy tune that was meant to get everybody hyped on the field did just that, which as you can see in the video below led to both teams getting into a quasi-dance off from opposing sidelines:
Sadly the officials involved in the game didn’t have too much fun with everything and decided to penalize everybody on both teams with a personal foul. That led to several ejections on both sides after players had already picked up one of the fouls earlier in the game.
Eagles tailback Wesley Kennedy III eventually scored the game-winning touchdown in the third overtime frame to pull his team up to 3-3 on the season after a defensive battle in the second half but something says that’s not what most around the Sun Belt will remember about this one down the road.