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Saturday College Football Schedule and Open Thread

Yeah, it’s bowl season.

NCAA Football: Independence Bowl-Tulsa vs Virginia Tech Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bowl season is here, and if you haven’t entered the Anchor of Gold Bowl Pick ‘Em, well... you still can, assuming you happened to open this before 10. (You can after that, of course, but you’ll forfeit at least one game.)

Also today: the second FCS semifinal and the Division II national championship game. You’re welcome.

Myrtle Beach Bowl: Georgia Southern vs. Ohio (10:00 AM CT, ESPN): The first game of the day is an early one! Yep, a 10 AM Central kickoff for Georgia Southern and Ohio. Ohio is 9-3, Georgia Southern is 6-6, and yet Georgia Southern is somehow favored. Also: teal turf.

Celebration Bowl: Howard vs. Florida A&M (11:00 AM CT, ABC): This game, played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, might draw the biggest crowd of the day, I guess. Also note that FAMU’s quarterback is none other than former Vanderbilt quarterback Jeremy Moussa.

Division II National Championship: Harding vs. Colorado School of Mines (12:00 PM CT, ESPNU): Division III got a first-time national champion last night in SUNY-Cortland, and Division II is guaranteed a first-time winner as well. Colorado Mines is back in the championship game after finishing as the runner-up last season; Harding is in the championship game for the first time. Harding, for those who don’t know, is a Church of Christ-affiliated school in Searcy, Arkansas, and like fellow Church of Christ school Lipscomb, does not know the plural of “Bison.”

New Orleans Bowl: Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana (1:15 PM CT, ESPN): Jacksonville State, as a new FBS team, was supposed to be ineligible, but since FBS perpetually can’t produce enough six-win teams, they get to go play in the New Orleans Bowl. Also, did you know that Rich Rodriguez is coaching at Jacksonville State?

Cure Bowl: Miami (Ohio) vs. Appalachian State (2:30 PM CT, ABC): The first of approximately ten bowl games in Orlando, and another insult to the MAC, with 11-2 Miami being a 6.5-point underdog here.

FCS Semifinal: North Dakota State at Montana (3:30 PM CT, ESPN2): A break from your bowl action, with the Dynasty (North Dakota State) traveling to Missoula, which is under something called a “freezing fog advisory.” In other words, fuck your sunny bowl games, let’s watch an FCS playoff game in weird weather.

New Mexico Bowl: New Mexico State vs. Fresno State (4:45 PM CT, ESPN): The New Mexico Bowl is often one of the best bets for a snow game, but no, unfortunately it’s going to be 50 degrees at kickoff.

LA Bowl: UCLA vs. Boise State (6:30 PM CT, ABC): I don’t know why there are multiple bowl games in L.A., either. The Rose Bowl is enough. This game isn’t even at the Rose Bowl, it’s at SoFi Stadium.

Independence Bowl: Cal vs. Texas Tech (8:15 PM CT, ESPN): What’s fun is that Texas Tech’s basketball team is playing Vanderbilt in Fort Worth at 6:30. I bet no one will be at that game. Anyway, Tom’s wife and Import’s wife can duke it out in Shreveport.