Start Planning Out Your College Football Bowl Schedule

Bowl season can be a balancing act for all of us college football fans at Vulcan Termite and Pest Control, Inc. It’s right smack in the middle of the holidays, and there are tons of games happening sometimes simultaneously on the same day. We’ve realized over our years of watching college football bowl games that right now, while we’ve got downtime, is the time to get geared up for more than two weeks of grind-iron madness.

The 2013-2014 College Football Bowl Games

rose-bowlEverything kicks off on December 21st with four bowl games, starting with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. It’s the first of 35 competitions that will either bring a team a trophy and bragging rights or a loss for the end of the season. It’s going to be a big year for Alabama. The Crimson Tide are on track to make it to the Championship game and Auburn has a good chance to participate in an SEC bowl game.

Here’s a quick run down of some of the major bowl games – when they’re happening, where they’re being played and where to watch them.

Chick-fil-A Bowl
When: 8 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 31st
Where: Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA
Who: ACC vs. SEC
Channel: ESPN

Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO
When: 5 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 1st
Where: Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA
Who: BCS vs. BCS
Channel: ESPN

Tostitos Fiesta
When: 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 1st
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ
Who: BCS vs. BCS
Channel: ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl
When: 8:30 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 2nd
Where: Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, LA
Who: BCS vs. BCS
Channel: ESPN

AT&T Cotton Bowl
When: 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 3rd
Where: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX
Who: Big 12 vs. SEC
Channel: FOX

Discover Orange Bowl
When: TBD on Jan. 3rd
Where: Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL
Who: BCS vs. BCS
Channel: ESPN

BBVA Compass Bowl
When: 1 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 5th
Where: Legion Field in Birmingham, AL
Who: SEC vs. American
Channel: ESPN

GoDaddy Bowl
When: 9 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 5th
Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL
Who: Sun Belt vs. MAC
Channel: ESPN

VIZIO BCS National Championship
When: 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 6th
Where: Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA
Who: BCS No. 1 vs. BCS No. 2
Channel: ESPN

Where to Watch the Bowl Games

We aren’t all lucky enough to live in the bowl game hometowns. The next best thing (and cheaper alternative) to planning a winter football vacation is catching the games on TV. Here are our suggestions for optimal bowl game viewing.

Sports Bar or Restaurant

On days when multiple big games are on at once, anywhere that has multiple big screens will be in high demand. That means sports bars and restaurants. Just keep in mind that people are going to be camped out for hours watching the games, so getting a table is going to be difficult if you don’t arrive well before the games are set to begin. If possible, call ahead and reserve a table, especially if you have more than four people in your group.

Best days to view: Dec. 21, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1

Have a Viewing Party

On a big game day where your favorite team is taking the field, why not invite friends over to root along with you? You’ll be able to get as loud as you want and there’s no chance of the channel being changed on the main screen.

If there’s another game going on and you have a wireless cable box, it’s time to hook up another TV. If you don’t have a second big screen, see if a friend can bring theirs over so you can have two games going at once. Just make sure to clean up during the party so pests don’t create a huge upset late in the fourth quarter at your house.


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