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Here's when all the big college football bowl games start Monday


So New Year's Day fell on a Sunday. We were all deprived of our annual college football binge to start the year. No longer! This year, the biggest bowl games start on Monday the 2nd. And after Clemson and Alabama steamrolled their way to the title game (which is Jan. 9 at 8:30 p.m. EST, by the way), we're hoping for some close games for a change. 

Here are the four big games, in chronological order (all times Eastern).

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Western Michigan wide receiver Carrington Thompson rallies the crowd during the second half of the Mid-American Conference championship NCAA college football game against Ohio, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Cotton Bowl, 1 p.m. (ESPN): Wisconsin (8) vs. Western Michigan (15)

This is the biggest bowl game in WMU history. So there's your underdog story.

Florida quarterback Austin Appleby get sacked by Florida State's DeMarcus Walker during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Florida State defeated Florida 31-13. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Outback Bowl, 1 p.m. (ABC): Iowa (unranked) vs. Florida (17)

This game takes place in Tampa. So the Gators might have just a little bit of a home-field advantage.

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Penn State's Saquon Barkley (26) is congratulated by teammate Andre Robinson after catching an18-yard pass for a touchdown during the second half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Rose Bowl, 5 p.m. (ESPN): Penn State (5) vs. Southern California (9)

Many thought PSU should have been in the playoff. USC overcame a rocky 1-3 start to surge through the rankings.

Penn State fans haven't forgotten their rankings snub.

Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson passes the ball during the first half of the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Sugar Bowl, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN): Oklahoma (7) vs. Auburn (14)

Two teams with a long history of college football dominance square off in the last non-championship college football game of the season.

Which game are you most excited for?

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