35-game bowl schedule released; title game Jan. 9
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — College football's bowl schedule has been released for the 2011-12 season, featuring 35 games over 23 days and ending with the BCS national championship game Jan. 9 in Glendale, Ariz.
The Football Bowl Association says the bowl season will open Dec. 17 with three games — the New Mexico Bowl, the Humanitarian Bowl and the New Orleans Bowl.
The traditional bowl date of Jan. 1 will have no games since it falls on a Sunday, when the NFL plays a full schedule of games to close its regular season.
The Rose Bowl is Jan. 2, the Sugar is Jan. 3, the Orange is Jan. 4 and the Fiesta is Jan. 5.