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LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The argument against bowl games is that they are relatively meaningless exhibition games designed to make money — mostly for Disney, which not only broadcasts but actually owns many of them.

Yes, but: "There's something nostalgic and fun about sitting down around the holidays and binge-watching football games between obscure teams you wouldn't have watched otherwise," writes FiveThirtyEight's Neil Paine.

Dec. 20-21:

  • Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl: Buffalo vs. Charlotte
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl: Utah State vs. Kent State
  • Celebration Bowl: Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
  • New Mexico Bowl: Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
  • Cure Bowl: Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
  • Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl: SMU vs. Florida Atlantic
  • Camellia Bowl: Florida International vs. Arkansas State
  • Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State vs. Washington
  • R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Appalachian State vs. UAB

Dec 23-26:

  • Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl: UCF vs. Marshall
  • SoFi Hawai'i Bowl: Hawai'i vs. BYU
  • Walk-On's Independence Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Miami
  • Quick Lane Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Eastern Michigan

Dec. 27:

  • Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: North Carolina vs. Temple
  • New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
  • San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl: USC vs. Iowa
  • Cheez-It Bowl: Air Force vs. Washington State

Dec. 28:

  • PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State vs. Clemson (playoff semifinal)
  • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: LSU vs. Oklahoma (playoff semifinal)
  • Camping World Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
  • Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Memphis vs. Penn State

Dec. 30:

  • SERVPRO First Responder Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
  • Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Louisville
  • Redbox Bowl: Cal vs. Illinois
  • Capital One Orange Bowl: Florida vs. Virginia

Dec. 31:

  • Belk Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky
  • Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl: Florida State vs. Arizona State
  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Navy vs. Kansas State
  • NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Wyoming vs. Georgia State
  • Valero Alamo Bowl: Utah vs. Texas

Jan. 1:

  • Vrbo Citrus Bowl: Michigan vs. Alabama
  • Outback Bowl: Minnesota vs. Auburn
  • Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual: Oregon vs. Wisconsin
  • Allstate Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Baylor

Jan. 2:

  • TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl: Boston College vs. Cincinnati
  • TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: Indiana vs. Tennessee

Jan. 3-6:

  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Ohio vs. Nevada
  • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Southern Mississippi vs. Tulane
  • LendingTree Bowl: Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

Go deeper: Championship weekend clarifies football's final four

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Parkland shooting victims' families settle suit with school district

A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida SunSentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.

Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

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The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.

2 hours ago - World

North Korea's military fires another ballistic missile into sea

A woman in Seoul, South Korea, walks past a television image if North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

North Korea's military fired at least one ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, per multiple reports.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.

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