DALLAS (October 30, 2020) — Bowl Season today announced the complete 2020-21 college football bowl schedule, which includes 37 games, beginning December 19. All games will be televised on ESPN channels, with the exception of two bowls to be seen on CBS channels.
Bowl matchups will be revealed following the regular season and conference championship games. Bowl Season culminates with the 2021 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship, scheduled to be played on Monday, January 11, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Game times will be announced at a later date.
“We are thrilled to have the Bowl Season schedule set,” said Nick Carparelli, Executive Director of Bowl Season. “It has been an exceptionally unusual year due to the pandemic. But thanks to the flexibility and cooperation of the conferences and bowl partners, we are excited to reward student-athletes. These games will be a great way to highlight the many accomplishments of teams who have persevered through a very challenging year. Their hard work is deserving of celebration, especially this year.”
The NCAA’s Division I Council announced earlier this month that it has waived bowl eligibility requirements for the 2020-21 bowl season. It has also waived the minimum number of contests required for FBS teams.
Under ordinary circumstances, teams must have a .500 record to qualify for a bowl game, but the Football Oversight Committee recommended suspending that rule for the current season due to the pandemic and the possible postponement and cancellation of regular season games.
“The sacrifice and commitment of student-athletes is always inspiring,” Carparelli said. “For the vast majority of seniors who play in bowl games, it will mark the end of their journey as football players. We’re so honored to provide them and their families the thrill of soaking it all in one last time.”
Date Bowl** Location Time (ET) TV
Dec. 19 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl Toyota Stadium (Frisco, TX) 7:00 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 21 Myrtle Beach Bowl Brooks Stadium (Conway, SC) 2:30 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 22 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Albertsons Stadium (Boise, ID) 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 22 Boca Raton Bowl FAU Stadium (Boca Raton, FL) 7:00 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 23 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, LA) 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 23 Montgomery Bowl* Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, AL) 7:00 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2
Dec. 24 New Mexico Bowl TBD (Albuquerque, NM) 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 25 Camellia Bowl Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, AL) 2:30 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 26 Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL) Noon ABC
Dec. 26 Cure Bowl Camping World Stadium (Orlando, FL) Noon ESPN
Dec. 26 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Gerald J. Ford Stadium (Dallas, TX) 3:30 p.m. ABC
Dec. 26 LendingTree Bowl Ladd-Peebles Stadium (Mobile, AL) 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 26 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Independence Stadium (Shreveport, LA) 7:00 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 26 Guaranteed Rate Bowl Chase Field (Phoenix, AZ) 10:15 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 28 Military Bowl Presented by Perspecta Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, MD) 2:30 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 29 New Era Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium (New York) 2:00 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 29 Cheez-It Bowl Camping World Stadium (Orlando, FL) 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 29 Valero Alamo Bowl Alamodome (San Antonio, TX) 9:00 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 30 Duke’s Mayo Bowl Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC) Noon ESPN
Dec. 30 TransPerfect Music City Bowl Nissan Stadium (Nashville, TN) 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 30 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic AT&T Stadium (Arlington, TX) 7:15 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 30 LA Bowl SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, CA) 10:45 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 31 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, TX) Noon ESPN
Dec. 31 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium (El Paso, TX) 2:00 p.m. CBS
Dec. 31 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Memphis, TN) 4:00 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 31 Arizona Bowl Arizona Stadium (Tucson, AZ) 4:00 p.m. CBSSN
Dec. 31 Texas Bowl NRG Stadium (Houston, TX) 8:00 p.m. ESPN
Jan. 1 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl Legion Field (Birmingham, AL) Noon ESPN2
Jan. 1 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, GA) 12:30 p.m. ESPN
Jan. 1 Vrbo Citrus Bowl Camping World Stadium (Orlando, FL) 1:00 p.m. ABC
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Game (CFP Semifinal) Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA) 5:00 p.m. ESPN
Jan. 1 Allstate Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal) Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, LA) 8:45 p.m. ESPN
Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, FL) Noon ESPN
Jan. 2 Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL) 12:30 p.m. ABC
Jan. 2 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl State Farm Stadium (Glendale, AZ) 4:00 p.m. ESPN
Jan. 2 Capital One Orange Bowl Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL) 8:00 p.m. ESPN
Jan. 11 CFP National Championship Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL) 8:00 p.m. ESPN
** All bowls subject to change
A few bowls have announced their intentions to postpone their annual games to the 2021 season due to the pandemic. Those bowls include the Bahamas Bowl, the Celebration Bowl, the Fenway Bowl, the Hawai’i Bowl, the Holiday Bowl, the Quick Lane Bowl, and the Redbox Bowl. *The Montgomery Bowl will be played as substitute of the Fenway Bowl for this season only. A decision regarding the Las Vegas Bowl will be announced in the near future.
About Bowl Season
Bowl Season is the collective coalition of the 44 bowl games played in the traditional college football postseason. Dubbed “A Celebration of College Football,” Bowl Season promotes the grand tradition of the bowl system and its enduring value to student-athletes. It also highlights the broader university and college communities, including spirit squads, marching bands, athletic staff and fans. A nonprofit, Bowl Season spotlights the distinctiveness of each of the bowl games along with their histories and traditions, celebrating the bowl experience for present and future generations.