Football Bowl Games and North Carolina

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Football lovers across the country will soon be in hog heaven. The college football bowl season is here. There are 40 games this season, six of which have taken place already. Three North Carolina schools will play in coming days, and N.C. A&T State played Dec. 16, defeating Grambling State in the Celebration Bowl. If we count distant cousins in the ACC, 10 games of interest will be played up to and including Jan. 1.

Football has been popular in North Carolina at the high school, college and professional level. The first colleges to field football teams in the state were Trinity College (later Duke University), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University. Learn more at NCpedia.

You can find out more about North Carolina athletes with college or pro careers in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

So set the pizza or wings delivery on speed dial, and order up. Here’s the list of upcoming bowl games (North Carolina teams italicized/ACC underlined/North Carolina and ACC, both):

#1 Clemson v #4 Alabama                              Sugar Bowl                            Jan. 1. 8:45 p.m.

#6 Wisconsin v #10 Miami                             Orange Bowl                           Dec. 30. 8 p.m.

N.C. State v Arizona State                              Hyundai Sun Bowl                 Dec. 29. 3 p.m.

Wake Forest v Texas A&M                            Belk Bowl                               Dec. 29. 1 p.m.

Louisville v Mississippi State                        TaxSlayer Bowl                        Dec. 30. Noon

Virginia v Navy                                              Military Bowl                          Dec. 28. 1:30 p.m.

Virginia Tech v Oklahoma State                    Camping World Bowl              Dec. 28. 5:15 p.m.

Iowa v Boston College                                    Pinstripe Bowl                      Dec. 27. 5:15 p.m.

Duke v Northern Illinois                                 Quick Lane Bowl                    Dec. 26. 5:15 p.m.

Appalachian State v Toledo                           Dollar General Bowl                Dec. 23, 7 p.m.

For additional information, please call (919) 807-6389. The N.C. Sports Hall of Fame is housed in the N.C. Museum of History. NCpedia is part of the State Library of North Carolina. The Museum of History and State Library are agencies of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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