Current Bowl Schedule
There's very few pieces of the bowl schedule puzzle to fit left, so the question is where would you place the remaining games?
Let's get a few out of the way. I'll be surprised if the Chick-Fil-A bowl doesn't remain the primetime game on New Years Eve, that the Capital One bowl isn't a 1pm game on New Years Day and that the Sun Bowl isn't on New Years Eve in the afternoon. Here's what I'm thinking with the rest.
All times Eastern
Champs Sports Bowl - Friday 12/28/12 at 5:30pm - Mid-afternoon slot on ESPN that is wide open. Of the remaining games, I don't see the Pinstripe in this slot because of the preference to play their game in the early afternoon. And because of that preference...
Pinstripe Bowl - Wednesday 12/26/12 at 12pm. I think ESPN is going to stack a tripleheader on the day after Christmas. Game No. 2 is...
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl - Wednesday 12/26/12 at 3:15pm. The Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl would then follow at 6:30pm ET.
Insight Bowl - Saturday 12/29/12 at 10pm - I thought about placing this one after the Little Caesar's Bowl, but there is room after the Alamo Bowl for this one.
Beef O'Brady's Bowl - Friday 12/21/12 at 8pm - Instead of a Monday night game on Christmas Eve, ESPN will have an NFL game on 12/22 in the evening, so they won't have a bowl game at that time unless its on ESPN2. The Friday date is somewhat shaky too because of ESPN's NBA commitments.
New Mexico Bowl - Monday 12/24/12 at 4:30pm - As noted, ESPN doesn't have a Monday night game on Christmas Eve. I don't think they'll want to play this one in the evening in Albuquerque either, so they'll roll it into a doubleheader with the Hawai'i Bowl.