If you're favorite pastime on January 1 is to plop down in front of the TV with a bunch of snacks and a couple of cold-cold ones, you're not alone. The NCAA celebrates the end of one year and beginning of a new one with a series of bowls, which culminates on New Year's Day with five big games. Whether you're here for the Outback Bowl, the Citrus Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Rose Bowl or the Sugar Bowl, you've got a full day of pigskin throwing ahead of you. Here's the best way to watch the games you want on your iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

Get the apps

Sorry cord cutters. These New Year's Day bowls are off-limits for you. That's because all but one of the college bowls are exclusive through ESPN. If you've got a cable subscription and have ESPN and ESPN2 in your package, you're good to go.

On iPhone and iPad, you'll need the WatchESPN app.

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On Apple TV, you'll need ESPN: Live Sports & Scores.

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For both apps, or to watch on your computer via, you'll need your cable subscription login credentials. If you're watching on iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, you'll be asked to authenticate your subscription by entering a code that you access via a web browser, so make sure you've got a device that you can access the internet from, like your iPhone, iPad, or computer.

The Citrus Bowl is the only game on New Year's Day in 2018 that will not air on one of ESPN's channels. It will broadcast on ABC at 1:00 PM ET. You'll need the ABC app for iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, or you can watch it on your computer at You'll need your cable login credentials to watch the Citrus Bowl from both apps or on your computer.

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Or, you could just watch it over-the-air on ABC...

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Plan your schedule

The first of the bowls starts at 12:00 PM ET and the last one starts at 8:45 PM ET, so you've got a full day ahead of you. Unfortunately, some of the games will overlap (for example, the Outback Bowl and Fiesta Bowl start one-hour apart). Luckily, ESPN on Apple TV lets you watch multiple live channels at the same time (up to four on your screen at once).

Here's a list of the games and their start times. Note that the Citrus Bowl is the only game that is not aired on ESPN. For that game, you'll need to sign in to ABC with your cable subscription.

  • Outback Bowl - Misissippi State vs. Iowa - 12:00 PM ET - ESPN 2

  • Fiesta Bowl - LSU vs. USFs - 1:00 PM ET - ESPN

  • Citrus Bowl - Kentucky vs. Penn State - 1:00 PM ET - ABC

  • Rose Bowl - Washington vs. Ohio State - 5:00 PM ET - ESPN

  • Sugar Bowl - Texas vs. Georgia - 8:45 PM ET - ESPN

What's your game day plan?

How are you planning to watch the various New Year's Day college bowls? Put your game plan in the comments!

Updated for College Bowl 2019.

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