Starting in mid-December and stretching out over the subsequent 24 weeks there will be 4,535 college football bowl games played...Scratch that. I'm being informed it's something closer to over three weeks and 35 games. Come on, bowl season does sometimes feel like a never-ending run of arbitrary matchups in random locales. Of course for some these end of the season contests make all the blood, sweat and tailgating worth it.
Virginia Tech and Navy fans know what I'm talking about because for those programs, it's bowling time.
On Sunday the entire slate of bowl games was released which is when Virginia Tech learned it was headed to Orlando for a meeting with Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28 at 5:30 p.m. inside the Florida Citrus Bowl.
The following day Navy faces Arizona State in San Francisco's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Kickoff is at 4:00 p.m. ET, the location AT&T Park, otherwise known as where the San Francisco Giants play.
The Hokies (6-6) fought their way back into postseason contention by closing the regular season with two straight wins. On the other side, the Scarlett Knights (9-3) opened their campaign with nine wins in 10 games before stumbling to the finish line with consecutive losses in Big East action.
After the Midshipmen (7-4) play their most important of games - Navy faces Army this coming Saturday - they will set their sights on the Dec. 29 matchup with the Sun Devils (7-5). The Pac-12 program capped its regular season with a 41-34 triumph and rival No. 24 Arizona.
As for the Dec. 27 Military Bowl, to be played in the perfectly situated RFK Stadium, No. 24 San Jose State (10-2) will face Bowling Green (8-4).