* New Orleans Bowl, 10 a.m.: Colorado State vs. Arkansas State. Not a marquee game, but after 14 days of virtually no college football, America will be ready to watch bright and early.
* New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque, N.M., 1 p.m.: Texas-San Antonio vs. Utah State. Larry Coker’s fledgling program is eligible for bowl consideration.
* Las Vegas Bowl, 2:30 p.m.: Boise State vs. Oregon State. Good game for pre-Christmas.
* Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise, Idaho, 4:30 p.m.: Ball State vs. Nevada. Remember when the Big 12 was aligned with the Boise bowl?
* Camellia Bowl, Montgomery, Ala., 8 p.m.: Toledo vs. South Alabama. Montgomery used to host the Blue-Gray Game on Christmas Day.
* Miami Beach Bowl, 1 p.m.: Brigham Young vs. Houston. Strange bowl contract — the Mormons and South Beach.
* Boca Raton Bowl, 5 p.m.: Middle Tennessee vs. Northern Illinois. Two years ago, the Huskies were in South Florida for the Orange Bowl.
* Poinsettia Bowl, San Diego, 8:30 p.m.: Navy vs. Fresno State. San Diego is a Navy town.
* Bahamas Bowl, Nassau, Bahamas, 11 a.m.: Rice vs. Bowling Green. Somehow, college football and the Bahamas seem an odd fit.
* Hawaii Bowl, Honolulu, 7 p.m.: Florida Atlantic vs. San Diego State. Honolulu once attracted major conferences, but no longer.
* Heart of Dallas Bowl, noon: Indiana vs. North Texas. Dan McCarney’s Mean Green get a shot at a major-conference foe.
* Detroit Lions Bowl, 3:30 p.m.: North Carolina State vs. Minnesota. NFL teams do whatever they can get to get in the game-hosting business.
* St. Petersburg Bowl, 7 p.m.: Central Florida vs. Syracuse. Quite a good matchup for a game that doesn’t have much cachet.
* Military Bowl, Annapolis, Md., noon: Duke vs. East Carolina. Some bowl cities are more exciting, but none are more charming, than Annapolis.
* Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas, 1 p.m.: Louisville vs. Arizona. The stately Sun moves off its traditional New Year’s Eve date.
* Independence Bowl, Shreveport, La., 3 p.m.: Pittsburgh vs. Louisiana-Monroe. The SEC fails to fill one of its bowl slots, thanks to three teams in the major bowls.
* Pinstripe Bowl, New York, 3:30 p.m.: North Carolina vs. Northwestern. Lots of UNC and Northwestern alumni in the Big Apple.
* Holiday Bowl, San Diego, 7 p.m.: Iowa vs. Washington. Wonder if the Big 12 will miss its long-time association with the Holiday?
* Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn., 1 p.m.: TCU vs. Ole Miss. The Big 12 and SEC now are aligned in three bowls.
* Russell Athletic Bowl, Orlando, Fla., 4:30 p.m.: Notre Dame vs. Kansas State. Of all the cities that host two bowls, no No. 2 bowl is bigger than the Russell Athletic.
* Texas Bowl, Houston, 8 p.m.: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M. Should old acquaintance be forgot?
* Music City Bowl, Nashville, Tenn., 2 p.m.: Nebraska vs. Missouri. Should old acquaintance be forgot?
* Belk Bowl, Charlotte, N.C., 5:30 p.m.: Georgia Tech vs. Florida. Can you believe that the Gators didn’t make a bowl game last season?
* San Francisco Bowl, 9 p.m.: Michigan vs. Arizona State. Not a bad matchup for a game played on a baseball field?
* Peach Bowl, Atlanta, 12:30 p.m.: Marshall vs. Stanford. Part of paying the price for getting into the national semifinal rotation is this. A game matching a mid-major against a team 2,800 miles away with a limited fan base.
* Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz., 4 p.m.: UCLA vs. South Carolina. Not your traditional Fiesta, but danged interesting.
* Orange Bowl, Miami, 7:30 p.m.: Clemson vs. Michigan State. Would this game excite America?
* Capital One Bowl, Orlando, Fla., noon: Miami vs. LSU. The Cap One now takes an ACC school if the Orange Bowl goes Big Ten.
* Outback Bowl, Tampa, Fla., noon: Wisconsin vs. Georgia. One of the few bowl tie-ins that hasn’t changed — SEC vs. Big Ten in Tampa on New Year’s Day.
* Cotton Bowl, Arlington, Texas, noon: Oregon vs. Auburn. Arlington won’t be griping about this matchup.
* Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., 4 p.m.: Alabama vs. Ohio State. Pasadena is happy with its first national semifinal assignment; at least one of the teams is from the Big Ten or Pac-12.
* Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.: Florida State vs. Oklahoma. Ouch. Sooners happy to be in the Football Four, but what a test.
* Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, Texas, 11 a.m.: Texas Tech vs. SMU. An old Southwest Conference showdown in an old Southwest Conference city.
* TaxSlayer Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla., 2 p.m.: Virginia Tech vs. Mississippi State. This once was called the Gator Bowl and once had a lot more status.
* Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, 5:30 p.m.: Baylor vs. Southern Cal. Alamo now the Big 12’s top bowl, after the majors.
* Cactus Bowl, Tempe, Ariz., 9 p.m.: Texas vs. Wyoming. Pac-12 might not fill its team quota; the former Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl has slipped in status.
* Birmingham Bowl, noon: Troy vs. Cincinnati. Another bowl slot the SEC could leave unfilled.
* GoDaddy Bowl, Mobile, Ala., 8 p.m.: Akron vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. The state of Alabama now has three bowl games, with little hoping of getting Bama or Auburn any time soon.
* Championship Game, Arlington, Texas, 7:30 p.m.: Rose Bowl winner vs. Sugar Bowl winner. A national title game that should draw record ratings.