A lot of this could involve sitting in front on the television screen. What’s playing? Quite often there are sports events. At the very end of the holiday season and the first few days of the new year are the holy grail of college football: the championship circuit. While the football championship playoff is a pretty new concept, you’ll also have some of the most classic bowl games for enjoyment with the whole family.


The Schedule

December 31st

Hours before the ball drops on Times Square, there’s plenty of action on the gridiron, and the action will surely be intense. First off, it’s the day the top four college squads in the country show down for a place in the National Championship Game. This year, the chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix have been designated the semifinal games (#1 vs. #4 and #2 vs. #3). While yes, the games are being held on New Year’s Eve when a lot of people happen to not be at home, the games be held at 3 and 7 pm Eastern Time, ensuring that it will be before you spend the night watching the ball drop.


Besides both semifinal games, you’ll also be able to catch the Orange Bowl. While the contenders haven’t been finalized, the matchup will see the top team from the ACC take on a team either from The Big Ten, the SEC, or the Fightin’ Irish of Notre Dame.


January 2nd

On January 2nd, two of the other traditional bowl games are on the docket. For Big 12 and SEC fans, the Sugar Bowl’s going to be your game of choice as one team from each of these powerhouse conferences will be chosen to face off at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. But the big event on this day is the 103rd Rose Bowl. Held at the famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, this game sees the champions of the Pac 12 and the Big Ten conferences. But if either of these conference champions make the College Football Playoff, the number two team will then play in the Rose Bowl.


The action precluding the Rose Bowl Game is covered on national television and incredibly famous. While kickoff is at 1:30 PM Pacific Team, at 8 AM you’ll be able to enjoy the Rose Parade with breakfast. All the parade’s floats are made with flowers and have lots of music to enjoy. Watching the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl is certainly a great way to spend another day with the family.


January 9th

While everyone will already be back at work and school by the day of the National Championship Game, that won’t stop millions of households throughout the country from watching the culmination of the College Football season. Whether it will be for a late dinner on the East Coast or just about dinner time on the West, this game is a great opportunity to have a fun family night while seeing who will hold the title of the best team of the season.


The food

With college football games lasting longer and longer by the year, it’s important to have plenty of food to tide people over throughout the action. A lot of the hors d’ouevres most popular for watching sports involve chips and dips. But rest assured that there are plenty of healthy options you can make easily. Here are some examples.


Instead of buying bagged potato chips, you can easily make them at home using La Española olive oil and salt. Or just bake some kale chips with olive oil and salt. If you have cucumbers and Greek yogurt lying around, you can easily take some olive oil, lemon, and dill to make homemade tzatziki sauce to dip in vegetables or crackers. It’s a great healthy option to help keep your New Year’s resolutions in line. Olive oil’s also an integral element in marinades for the meats, especially chicken wings, you may end up using.

While olive oil may not be the first thing you think of when preparing your tailgate, it proves that it’s your ally in the kitchen no matter the occasion.