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Your 2016-17 bowl schedule Watchability Guide, sorting all 40 games into 3 groups

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We have us a college football bowl schedule now, and it's a pretty good one.

Below, a chart of all 40 2016-2017 bowl games, sorted by watchability and including TV/streaming info. That's determined by a subjective combo of competitiveness, quality, what else is on at the time, the likelihood that both teams will care, how many SEC East teams are involved (try not to watch very much SEC East), and other vague factors.

I really like the way whoever's in charge (ESPN) has gotten the order arranged. For a few recent years, lower-tier bowls kept creeping into January, costing the whole bowl calendar a sense of building toward the National Championship. Now the later in the schedule a bowl is, the more likely it is to be a big one. That's how it should be.

And that doesn't mean you should ignore the early bowls. Every bowl is pretty good, and the first two weeks include some games that will stand up just fine with the later stuff.

Here's one way of looking at it:

Watch THIS Maybe watch this This is a football game
Saturday, Dec. 17
2 New Mexico - UTSA
ESPN, WatchESPN

3:30 Houston - San Diego State
ABC, WatchESPN
5:30 App State - Toledo
ESPN, WatchESPN
Arkansas State - UCF
CBSSN
9 Southern Miss - UL-Lafayette
ESPN, WatchESPN

Monday, Dec. 19
2:30 CMU - Tulsa
ESPN, WatchESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 20
7 Memphis - WKU
ESPN, WatchESPN
Wednesday, Dec. 21
9 BYU - Wyoming
ESPN, WatchESPN
Thursday, Dec. 22
7 Colorado State - Idaho
ESPN, WatchESPN
Friday, Dec. 23
1 EMU - Old Dominion
ESPN, WatchESPN
4:30 Louisiana Tech - #25 Navy
ESPN, WatchESPN
8 Ohio - Troy
ESPN, WatchESPN
Saturday, Dec. 24
8 MTSU - Hawaii
ESPN, WatchESPN
Monday, Dec. 26
11 a.m. Miss. State - Miami (Ohio)
ESPN, WatchESPN
2:30 Boston College - Maryland
ESPN, WatchESPN
5 NC State - Vanderbilt
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Tuesday, Dec. 27
Noon Army - North Texas
ESPN, WatchESPN
3:30 #24 Temple - Wake Forest
ESPN, WatchESPN
7 Minnesota - Wash. State
ESPN, WatchESPN
10:15 Baylor - Boise State
ESPN, WatchESPN
Wednesday, Dec. 28
2 #23 Pitt - Northwestern
ESPN, WatchESPN
5:30 Miami - #16 West Virginia
ESPN, WatchESPN
8:30 Indiana - #19 Utah
Fox, Fox Sports Go
9 Kansas State - Texas A&M
ESPN, WatchESPN
Watch THIS Maybe watch this This is a football game
Thursday, Dec. 29
2 South Carolina - USF
ESPN, WatchESPN
5:30 Arkansas - #22 Virginia Tech
ESPN, WatchESPN
9 #10 Colorado - #12 OK State
ESPN, WatchESPN
Friday, Dec. 30
Noon Georgia - TCU
ESPN, WatchESPN
2 North Carolina - #18 Stanford
CBS, CBSSports.com
3:30 Nebraska - #21 Tennessee
ESPN, WatchESPN
5:30 Air Force - South Alabama
CampusInsiders.com
8 #11 FSU - #6 Michigan
ESPN, WatchESPN
Saturday, Dec. 31
11 a.m. #13 Louisville - #20 LSU
ABC, WatchESPN
Georgia Tech - Kentucky
ESPN, WatchESPN
3 #1 Alabama - #4 Washington
ESPN, WatchESPN
7 #2 Clemson - #3 Ohio State
ESPN, WatchESPN
Monday, Jan. 2
1 #15 WMU - #8 Wisconsin
ESPN, WatchESPN
Florida - Iowa
ABC, WatchESPN
5 #5 Penn State - #9 USC
ESPN, WatchESPN
8:30 #14 Auburn - #7 Oklahoma
ESPN, WatchESPN
Watch THIS Maybe watch this This is a football game
Monday, Jan. 9
Today is the National Championship, which I think you should probably watch.

I feel like I'm being overly generous to some days in there, but just about every bowl has something to offer, whether it's a team's first bowl (Old Dominion and UTSA), one of its last bowls ever (Idaho), a wild clash of styles (Minnesota-Washington State, Louisiana Tech-Navy), just two teams that happen to play entertaining games (NC State-Vanderbilt, Indiana-Utah, BYU-Wyoming), or all the really obvious good games. A good bowl schedule, top to bottom.

Except Boston College-Maryland.

I'm kidding, Boston College-Maryland.

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