Traveling for NCAA Football Bowl Games

December is here and that means an end to the regular College Football season.  For colleges, players, alumni, and fans of Division I Football this means it’s time for the NCAA College Football ‘Bowl Games.”

There are 130 NCAA Division I College Football Teams in the United States.  For those that may not be familiar, Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics overseen by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States.  Smaller colleges are usually classified as Division II or III.  Division I colleges, also known as D-I, comprise the major athletic powers in the college division because they have larger budgets, more advanced facilities, and more athletic scholarships.  Many of these universities have more than 30,000 currently enrolled students with a few colleges having more than 60,000 students.

Each year 80 out of the 130 teams get invited to compete in various College Bowl Games depending on their success during the season and their Conference Standings.  To get invited to play in a Bowl Game, the colleges must win at least 6 out of their twelve scheduled games during the College Football Season.  For the colleges, this is recognition for having an elite athletic football team and a reward for a year of hard work, dedication, and success.  The college coaches and players are rewarded by getting the chance to compete against another quality football team that they would not normally play against during the season.  This gives them a chance to test their skills both as individual players and as a team.  For many college senior football players, this is a final chance to showcase their skills and athletic ability for professional scouts in hopes of making it to the National Football League.

The real winners this time of year are the college students, alumni, and football fans.  NCAA College Football “Bowl Games” are held in some of the most beautiful cities across the United States.  There is even a bowl game this year in Nassau, Bahamas.  This year many loyal college alumni, current students, and fans of college football will travel to cities like Atlanta, Orlando, New Orleans, Nashville, Houston, San Antonio, Miami, and Las Vegas among others to watch their favorite teams compete.

Now is the time for college students, alumni and fans to make flight and hotel reservations.  With travel at its peak this month because of the holidays, it is imperative to make your travel plans today if you plan to attend the games in person.

Below we have listed some excellent travel companies to help you find great deals and make your travel reservations. We have also listed the College Football Bowl Game Schedule with locations, dates, and times.  Click on the images below to begin making your travel reservations for the upcoming games or for any vacations you are planning in the future.

The Sophisticated Travelers wish you safe travels and a Happy Holiday Season.

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BOWL/TITLE GAME DATE TIME SITE MATCHUP
Celebration Dec. 16 Noon Atlanta, Ga. North Carolina A&T vs. Grambling State
New Orleans Dec. 16 1 p.m. New Orleans, La. Troy vs. North Texas
Cure Dec. 16 2:30 p.m. Orlando, Fla. Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky
Las Vegas Dec. 16 3:30 p.m. Las Vegas, Nevada Boise State vs. Oregon
New Mexico Dec. 16 3:30 p.m. Albuquerque, N.M. Marshall vs. Colorado State
Camellia Dec. 16 8 p.m. Montgomery, Ala. Middle Tennessee State vs. Arkansas State
Boca Raton Dec. 19 7 p.m. Boca Raton, Fla. FAU vs. Akron
Frisco Dec. 20 8 p.m. Frisco, Texas SMU vs. LA Tech
Gasparilla Dec. 21 8 p.m. St. Petersburg, Fla. Temple vs. FIU
Bahamas Dec. 22 12:30 p.m. Nassau, Bahamas UAB vs. Ohio
Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 22 4 p.m. Boise, Idaho Wyoming vs. Central Michigan
Birmingham Dec. 23 Noon Birmingham, Ala. USF vs. Texas Tech
Armed Forces Dec. 23 3:30 p.m. Fort Worth, Texas Army vs. San Diego State
Dollar General Dec. 23 7 p.m. Mobile, Ala. Appalachian State vs. Toledo
Hawai’i Dec. 24 8:30 p.m. Honolulu, Hawai’i Fresno State vs. Houston
Heart of Dallas Dec. 26 1:20 p.m. Dallas, Texas West Virginia vs. Utah
Quick Lane Dec. 26 5:15 p.m. Detroit, Mich. Duke vs. Northern Illinois
Cactus Dec. 26 10 p.m. ET Phoenix, Ariz. UCLA vs. Kansas State
Independence Dec. 27 1:30 p.m. Shreveport, La. Florida State vs. Southern Miss
Pinstripe Dec. 27 5:15 p.m. Bronx, N.Y. Boston College vs. Iowa
Foster Farms Dec. 27 8:30 p.m. Santa Clara, Calif. Arizona vs. Purdue
Texas Dec. 27 9 p.m. Houston, Texas Texas vs. Missouri
Military Dec. 28 1:30 p.m. Annapolis, Md. Virginia vs. Navy
Camping World Dec. 28 5:15 p.m. Orlando, Fla. Oklahoma State vs. Virginia Tech
Alamo Dec. 28 9 p.m. San Antonio, Texas Stanford vs. TCU
Holiday Dec. 28 9 p.m. San Diego, Calif. Michigan State vs. Washington State
Belk Dec. 29 1 p.m. Charlotte, N.C. Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M
Sun Dec. 29 2 p.m. El Paso, Texas NC State vs. Arizona State
Music City Dec. 29 4:30 p.m. Nashville, Tenn. Kentucky vs. Northwestern
Arizona Dec. 29 5:30 p.m. Tucson, Ariz. New Mexico State vs. Utah State
Cotton Dec. 29 8:30 p.m. Arlington, Texas Ohio State vs. USC
Taxslayer Dec. 30 Noon Jacksonville, Fla. Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Liberty Dec. 30 12:30 p.m. Memphis, Tenn. Iowa State vs. Memphis
Fiesta Dec. 30 4 p.m. Glendale, Ariz. Washington vs. Penn State
Orange Dec. 30 8 p.m. Miami Gardens, Fla. Miami vs. Wisconsin
Outback Jan. 1 Noon Tampa, Fla. Michigan vs. South Carolina
Peach Jan. 1 12:30 p.m. Atlanta, Ga. Auburn vs. UCF
Citrus Jan. 1 1 p.m. Orlando, Fla. Notre Dame vs. LSU
Rose (CFP Semifinals) Jan. 1 5 p.m. Pasadena, Calif. Oklahoma vs. Georgia
Sugar (CFP Semifinals) Jan. 1 8:45 p.m. New Orleans, La. Clemson vs. Alabama
CFP National Championship Jan. 8 8 p.m. Atlanta, Ga. TBD 

*Note: All times Eastern Standard Time                                                                                             **Bowl Games Listed are per NCAA.com December 4th, 2017 as of 10 a.m..                ***Listed teams, dates, and times may be subject to change.

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