It's the most wonderful time of the year for college football fans: bowl season.
The 2012 Division I Football Bowl Subdivision bowl game schedule started Dec. 15, and a bevy of games remain on tap through the Jan. 7 National Championship between Notre Dame and Alabama. The gridiron action resumes tonight, however, when SMU takes on Fresno State from Honolulu at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Michigan schools are well-represented in this year's bowl game schedule, too. Here's what to look for:
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Detroit):
- Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky
- 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 26
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (Tempe, AZ):
- Michigan State vs. TCU
- 10:15 p.m. on Dec. 29
Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL):
- Michigan vs. South Carolina
- 1 p.m. on Jan. 1
ESPN Las Vegas Dec. 22 3:30 p.m. Las Vegas Boise State 28, Washington 26
ESPN Hawaii Dec. 24 8 p.m. Honolulu SMU 43, Fresno State 10
ESPN Little Caesars Dec. 26 7:30 p.m. Detroit Central Michigan 24, Western Kentucky 21
ESPN Military Dec. 27 3 p.m. Washington, D.C. San Jose State 29, Bowling Green 20
ESPN Belk Dec. 27 6:30 p.m. Charlotte, N.C. Cincinnati 48, Duke 34
ESPN Holiday Dec. 27 9:45 p.m. San Diego Baylor 49, UCLA 26
ESPN Independence Dec. 28 2 p.m. Shreveport, La. Ohio 45, Louisiana-Monroe 14
ESPN Russell Athletic Dec. 28 5:30 p.m. Orlando, Fla. Virginia Tech 13, Rutgers 10
ESPN Texas Dec. 28 9 p.m. Houston Texas Tech 34, Minnesota 31 ESPN Armed Forces Dec. 29 11:45 a.m. Fort Worth, Texas Rice vs. Air Force ESPN Fight Hunger Dec. 29 3:15 p.m. San Francisco Arizona State vs. Navy ESPN2 Pinstripe Dec. 29 3:15 p.m. Bronx, N.Y. Syracuse vs. West Virginia ESPN Alamo Dec. 29 6:45 p.m. San Antonio Texas vs. Oregon State ESPN Buffalo Wild Wings Dec. 29 10:15 p.m. Tempe, Ariz. Michigan State vs. TCU ESPN Music City Dec. 31 Noon Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt vs. NC State ESPN Sun Dec. 31 2 p.m. El Paso, Texas Georgia Tech vs. USC CBS Liberty Dec. 31 3:30 p.m. Memphis, Tenn. Iowa State vs. Tulsa ESPN Chick-fil-A Dec. 31 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Clemson vs. LSU ESPN Heart of Dallas Jan. 1 Noon Dallas Purdue vs. Oklahoma State ESPNU Gator Jan. 1 Noon Jacksonville, Fla. Mississippi State vs. Northwestern ESPN2 Capital One Jan. 1 1 p.m. Orlando, Fla. Georgia vs. Nebraska ABC Outback Jan. 1 1 p.m. Tampa, Fla. South Carolina vs. Michigan ESPN Rose Jan. 1 5 p.m. Pasadena, Calif. Wisconsin vs. Stanford ESPN Orange Jan. 1 8:30 p.m. Miami Northern Illinois vs. Florida State ESPN Sugar Jan. 2 8:30 p.m. New Orleans Florida vs. Louisville ESPN Fiesta Jan. 3 8:30 p.m. Glendale, Ariz. Oregon vs. Kansas State ESPN Cotton Jan. 4 8 p.m. Arlington, Texas Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma FOX Compass Jan. 5 1 p.m. Birmingham, Ala. Pittsburgh vs. Mississippi ESPN GoDaddy.com Jan. 6 9 p.m. Mobile, Ala. Kent State vs. Arkansas State ESPN BCS Championship Jan. 7 8:30 p.m. Miami Notre Dame vs. Alabama ESPN
What bowl games are you looking forward to? Are you watching from home or heading out to a local bar or restaurant?