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Full 2018-19 college football bowl schedule released

The championship logo is seen on the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium before the NCAA college football playoff championship game between Georgia and Alabama, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

It’s never too early to look forward to bowl season.

Even though it’s seven months down the road, ESPN unveiled the television schedule for the 2018-19 bowl slate on Wednesday. The festivities begin with five games on Saturday, Dec. 15 and additional games scattered throughout the following week.

Four more games will be played the following Saturday (Dec. 22) before a few days without games over the Christmas holiday. Notably, the Hawaii Bowl, which was played on Christmas Eve in 13 of the last 14 seasons, has been moved up to the 22nd.

The games resume after Christmas with the two College Football Playoff semifinals — the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl — on Saturday, Dec. 29. The other New Year’s Six bowl games will be played on Jan. 1 before the CFP title game is played the following Monday, Jan. 7.

The nine days from semifinal to title game is different than the weeklong gap from the previous two seasons, but it’s not as long as the inaugural CFP season where the semifinals were played on Dec. 31 and the title game was played on Jan. 11.

Here is the full bowl slate (all times ET, subject to change):

Saturday, Dec. 15

• Noon – Celebration Bowl (ABC)
• 2:00 – New Mexico Bowl (ESPN)
• 2:30 – Cure Bowl (CBSSN)
• 3:30 – Las Vegas Bowl (ABC)
• 5:30 – Camellia Bowl (ESPN)
• 9:00 – New Orleans Bowl (ESPN)

Tuesday, Dec. 18

• 7:00 – Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl (ESPN)

Wednesday, Dec. 19

• 8:00 – Frisco Bowl (ESPN)

Thursday, Dec. 20

• 8:00 – Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (ESPN)

Friday, Dec. 21

• 12:30 – Bahamas Bowl (ESPN)
• 4:00 – Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (ESPN)

Saturday, Dec. 22

• Noon – Birmingham Bowl (ESPN)
• 3:30 – Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (ESPN)
• 7:00 – Dollar General Bowl (ESPN)
• 10:30 – Hawaii Bowl (ESPN)

Wednesday, Dec. 26

• 1:30 – Heart of Dallas Bowl (ESPN)
• 5:15 – Quick Lane Bowl (ESPN)
• 9:00 – Cactus Bowl (ESPN)

Thursday, Dec. 27

• 1:30 – Walk-On’s Independence Bowl (ESPN)
• 5:15 – New Era Pinstripe Bowl (ESPN)
• 9:00 – Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (ESPN)

Friday, Dec. 28

• 1:30 – Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (ESPN)
• 5:15 – Camping World Bowl (ESPN)
• 9:00 – Valero Alamo Bowl (ESPN)

Saturday, Dec. 29

• Noon – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (ESPN)
• Noon – Belk Bowl (ABC)
• 4:00 or 8:00 – Cotton Bowl Classic – CFP semifinal (ESPN)
• 4:00 or 8:00 – Capital One Orange Bowl – CFP semifinal (ESPN)

Monday, Dec. 31

• Noon – Military Bowl (ESPN)
• 2:00 – Sun Bowl (CBS)
• 3:45 – Autozone Liberty Bowl (ESPN)
• 7:30 – TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (ESPN)

Tuesday, Jan. 1

• Noon – Outback Bowl (ESPN2)
• 1:00 – Citrus Bowl (ABC)
• 1:00 – PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (ESPN)
• 5:00 – Rose Bowl (ESPN)
• 8:30 – Allstate Sugar Bowl (ESPN)

Monday, Jan. 7

• 8:00 – College Football Playoff National Championship (ESPN)

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Sam Cooper is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter!

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