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Miami on center stage: Central Michigan vs Tulsa, 2016 Miami Beach Bowl: Time, live stream, TV schedule, and how to watch

The old site of the Orange Bowl hosts mid-day football with the Miami Beach Bowl

NCAA Football: Miami Beach Bowl-Brigham Young vs Memphis Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports


On the site that once housed the Orange Bowl, Marlins Park will host the 2016 Miami Beach Bowl today. This is a game that is played in Miami, but rest assured that Little Havana — the neighborhood that houses Marlins Park — is not a by-the-beach locale. But hey, Northern teams and their fans get a trip to Miami in mid-December.

This year’s game features the 9-3 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (oh so close to a great nickname, they are) and the 6-6 Central Michigan Chippewas. As I’m sure you know, I’m from Michigan, and I’ve been to Mount Pleasant — the home of Central Michigan University — many times. While MP is a nice party town, I’m sure my fellow Michiganders, and the Oklahomans who will be supporting Tulsa, will enjoy their trip down to South Florida.

Why does the name Central Michigan stick out in your brain? Probably because of this play, which gave the Chippewas a win at Oklahoma State (which referees subsequently said shouldn’t have happened)

Tulsa has a high powered offense, and could achieve an impressive record in the bowl game.

While the Miami Beach Bowl is the only Bowl Game on today, it’s not the only game on this week. Here’s how you can watch all the college football on TV for the next few days leading up to Christmas Day:

How to watch Miami Beach and other early Bowl Game

Bowl Team Location Date Time (ET) / TV Streaming
Bowl Team Location Date Time (ET) / TV Streaming
Miami Beach Bowl Central Michigan vs. Tulsa Miami, FL Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 2:30 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
Boca Raton Bowl Memphis vs. Western Kentucky Boca Raton, FL Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 7 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl BYU vs. Wyoming San Diego, CA Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 9 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Idaho vs. Colorado State Boise, ID Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 7 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion Nassau, Bahamas Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 1 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Louisiana Tech vs. (25) Navy Fort Worth, TX Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 4:30 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
Dollar General Bowl Ohio vs. Troy Mobile, AL Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 8 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
Hawai'i Bowl Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee Honolulu, HI Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 8 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN

Looking forward to any of these games? Do you wish Popeye’s would send you to the Bahamas for a week? Hop in the comments and let me know.

Happy Bowling, Canes!