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Houston vs. San Diego State highlights first weekend of college football bowl action

Here’s how you can watch all five games on Saturday

NCAA Football: Louisville at Houston Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The first set of college football bowl games are here! Headlined by afternoon showdown between Houston and San Diego State, Saturday features a total of five contests to help you get you through the day.

Former Houston head coach Tom Herman recently bolted for the Texas job, and that leaves the newly-appointed Major Applewhite in charge of the Cougars. It’s a good thing that there isn’t too much pressure on him to win the bowl game, given the team’s circumstances and —

There’s a catch: Applewhite better win immediately. As school president Renu Khator helpfully noted last week, "The winning is defined at University of Houston as 10-2. We'll fire coaches at 8-4.” At least, that’s what the school did to Tony Levine, letting him go in 2014 near the end of a second straight eight-win season.

Oh, just kidding. The latest S&P+ projections show Houston narrowly edging out San Diego State with a 28.3-24.7 margin.

Saturday, December 17 Bowl Game Schedule

Bowl Team Location Time (ET) / TV Streaming
Bowl Team Location Time (ET) / TV Streaming
Gildan New Mexico Bowl New Mexico vs. UTSA Albuquerque, NM 2 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
Las Vegas Bowl Houston vs. San Diego State Las Vegas, NV 3:30 p.m. / ABC ESPN3
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Appalachian State vs. Toledo Montgomery, AL 5:30 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
AutoNation Cure Bowl UCF vs. Arkansas State Orlando, FL 5:30 p.m. / CBSSN
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Southern Miss vs. UL Lafayette New Orleans, LA 9 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN

For more material on every bowl game, make sure to check out SB Nation’s interactive bowl game calendar at this link!