College football bowl season continues Friday with three games before a light weekend schedule over Christmas. Eastern Michigan takes on Old Dominion in the Bahamas Bowl at 1 p.m., Louisiana Tech and No. 25 Navy meet in an intriguing Group of 5 matchup in the Armed Forces Bowl, then Troy and Ohio cap the day in the Dollar General Bowl at 8 p.m. ET.
Here’s everything you need to know about Friday’s games, including the full bowl schedule with times and TV channels.
What time are the college football bowl games on Friday?
Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion
1 p.m. ET
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Betting odds: Old Dominion -5; over/under 64
Armed Forces Bowl
Louisiana Tech vs. No. 25 Navy
4:30 p.m. ET
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Betting odds: La. Tech -7; over/under 67
Dollar General Bowl
Ohio vs. Troy
8 p.m. ET
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.
Betting odds: Troy -4; over/under 49
What TV channels are the Friday college football bowl games on?
All Friday bowl games — the Dollar General Bowl, Armed Forced Bowl and Bahamas Bowl — will be broadcast on ESPN.
How can I watch the Friday college bowl games online?
WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app will show the three Friday bowl games.
Bahamas Bowl preview: Eastern Michigan-Old Dominion
These two teams have actually met twice over the last three years. Old Dominion won both, 38-34 in 2015 and 17-3 in 2014.
Eastern Michigan has had a remarkable turnaround around under Chris Creighton and will play in its first bowl game since 1987 on Friday. And only once since 2009, before this season, had the Eagles won more than two games.
In April, students and faculty called the school’s athletic budget into question, saying it should drop football or leave the MAC and drop to FCS. Eastern Michigan quickly responded and said it had no plans to do that. If a team ever needed a bowl-eligible season, it was EMU.
On the field, Eagles QB Brogan Roback can sling it. In just nine games, he threw for 2,394 yards, 16 TDs and 6 INTs. Five receivers had at least 24 catches.
EMU’s offense outpaces its defense, ranking 58th in points scored per game (30.4) and 49th in yards per play (5.8). Defensively, they rank 78th in points per game allowed and 81st in yards per play allowed (5.9).
Old Dominion meanwhile is playing in its first bowl game since making the jump to FBS in 2014. The Monarchs offense ranks 27th in scoring offense at 36.0 points per game.
Armed Forces Bowl preview: Navy-Louisiana Tech
This is probably the most intriguing bowl game between Friday and Monday, with two strong Group of 5 programs meeting in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Wayne, Texas.
Navy sputtered down the stretch, losing to Temple in the AAC Championship Game and Army in their annual content the week after. But the Midshipmen’s option offense is still nearly impossible to defend. They average 6.4 yards per play and only punted twice in November in four games. Twice.
Louisiana Tech quietly strung together another excellent season, going 8-4 before falling to Western Kentucky in the Conference USA title game. The Bulldogs dropped three of their first four games — to Arkansas, Middle Tennessee and Texas Tech — by an average of six points per game.
Per SB Nation’s Bill Connelly’s advanced metrics, La. Tech had the eighth-best offense in the country (adjusted to opponent). It averaged 44 points per game, fifth in FBS, but the defense allowed 32.7 to rank 96th.
Dollar General Bowl preview: Troy-Ohio
Friday’s games end with a matchup of two strong defenses, Troy and Ohio.
Troy was 8-1 in mid-November, with its only defeat a 30-24 loss at Clemson in September. But the Trojans faltered down the stretch and lost to Arkansas State and Georgia Southern. They did allow just 22.0 points per game to rank 22nd in the country.
Ohio lost in the MAC Championship Game to unbeaten Western Michigan, but also boasts a strong defensive unit. Per Connelly’s metrics, their defense ranked 53rd, the offense 108th.