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ESPN to air most college football bowl games on Xbox Live

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Although Sony’s PS3 is expected to overtake the Xbox 360 sometime this year, Microsoft is not about to go down without a fight. Soon the partnership between ESPN and the Xbox 360 will take a giant step forward when the service begins to air 32 of the college football bowl games, including the five BCS. The run will culminate in the National Championship game on January 10, between Oregon and Auburn.

To access the service you will need to download the update, which debuted today, have an Xbox Live Gold membership, and be using a service provider that supports ESPN3. Along with the functionality the update will offer, you will also be able to access the College Bowl Showdown application, which will let you predict the outcome of the games. Once you have your choices locked in, you can then compete against your friends. According to Xbox.com, competitors will also be entered into a special sweepstakes, with a chance to win a trip to the ESPN headquarters or to the ESPY Awards.

The update will also bring changes to the clips and highlights in the form of a “Play All” button, as well as options to help you customize which sports you want to see highlights of.

Below is the bowl schedule courtesy of ESPN.


2010-11 College Football Bowl Schedule (all times Eastern)

Bowl Location Date/Time Network
New Mexico
Mountain West vs. WAC
Albuquerque, N.M.
University Stadium
Dec. 18
2 p.m.
ESPN
uDrove Humanitarian
MAC vs. WAC
Boise, Idaho
Bronco Stadium
Dec. 18
5:30 p.m.
ESPN
R+L Carriers New Orleans
C-USA vs. Sun Belt
New Orleans
Louisiana Superdome
Dec. 18
9 p.m.
ESPN
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg
Big East vs. C-USA
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Tropicana Field
Dec. 21
8 p.m.
ESPN
MAACO Las Vegas
Mountain West vs. Pac-10
Las Vegas
Sam Boyd Stadium
Dec. 22
8 p.m.
ESPN
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
Mountain West vs. Navy
San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium
Dec. 23
8 p.m.
ESPN
Sheraton Hawaii
C-USA vs. WAC
Honolulu
Aloha Stadium
Dec. 24
8 p.m.
ESPN
Little Caesars
Big Ten vs. MAC
Detroit
Ford Field
Dec. 26
8:30 p.m.
ESPN
AdvoCare V100 Independence
ACC vs. Mountain West
Shreveport, La.
Independence Stadium
Dec. 27
5 p.m.
TBD
Champs Sports
ACC vs. Big East
Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl
Dec. 28
6:30 p.m.
ESPN
Insight
Big Ten vs. Big 12
Tempe, Ariz.
Sun Devil Stadium
Dec. 28
10 p.m.
ESPN
EagleBank
ACC vs. C-USA
Washington, D.C.
RFK Stadium
Dec. 29
2:30 p.m.
ESPN
Texas
Big Ten vs. Big 12
Houston
Reliant Stadium
Dec. 29
6 p.m.
ESPN
Valero Alamo
Big 12 vs. Pac-10
San Antonio
Alamodome
Dec. 29
9:15 p.m.
ESPN
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
C-USA vs. Mountain West
Fort Worth, Texas
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Dec. 30
Noon
ESPN
New Era Pinstripe
Big 12 vs. Big East
Bronx, N.Y.
Yankee Stadium
Dec. 30
3:20 p.m.
ESPN
Franklin American Mortgage Music City
ACC vs. SEC
Nashville, Tenn.
LP Field
Dec. 30
6:40 p.m.
ESPN
Bridgepoint Education Holiday
Big 12 vs. Pac-10
San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium
Dec. 30
10 p.m.
ESPN
Meineke Car Care
ACC vs. Big East
Charlotte, N.C.
Bank of America Stadium
Dec. 31
Noon
ESPN
Brut Sun
ACC vs. Pac-10
El Paso, Texas
Sun Bowl
Dec. 31
2 p.m.
CBS
AutoZone Liberty
C-USA vs. SEC
Memphis, Tenn.
Liberty Bowl
Dec. 31
3:30 p.m.
ESPN
Chick-fil-A
ACC vs. SEC
Atlanta
Georgia Dome
Dec. 31
TBD
TBD
Dallas Football Classic
Big Ten vs. Big 12
Dallas
Cotton Bowl
Jan. 1
Noon
ESPNU
Outback
Big Ten vs. SEC
Tampa, Fla.
Raymond James Stadium
Jan. 1
1 p.m.
ABC
Capital One
Big Ten vs. SEC
Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl
Jan. 1
1 p.m.
ESPN
Gator
Big Ten vs. SEC
Jacksonville, Fla.
Municipal Stadium
Jan. 1
1:30 p.m.
ESPN2
Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi
BCS vs. BCS
Pasadena, Calif.
Rose Bowl
Jan. 1
4:30 p.m.
ESPN
Tostitos Fiesta
BCS vs. BCS
Glendale, Ariz.
U. of Phoenix Stadium
Jan. 1
8:30 p.m.
ESPN
Orange
BCS vs. BCS
Miami
Sun Life Stadium
Jan. 3
8 p.m.
ESPN
Allstate Sugar
BCS vs. BCS
New Orleans
Louisiana Superdome
Jan. 4
8 p.m.
ESPN
GMAC
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Mobile, Ala.
Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Jan. 6
8 p.m.
ESPN
AT&T Cotton
Big 12 vs. SEC
Arlington, Texas
Cowboys Stadium
Jan. 7
8 p.m.
FOX
Papajohns.com
Big East vs. SEC
Birmingham, Ala.
Legion Field
Jan. 8
Noon
ESPN
Kraft Fight Hunger
Pac-10 vs. WAC
San Francisco
AT&T Park
Jan. 9
9 p.m.
ESPN
Tostitos BCS National Championship Game
BCS No. 1 vs. BCS No. 2
Glendale, Ariz.
U. of Phoenix Stadium
Jan. 10
8 p.m.
ESPN

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