College football bowl schedule and cancellations – The Athletic

College bowl season kicks off Dec. 19 — the same day as most conference championship games — with the Frisco Bowl, and it’s off and running from there. But bowl games are also being cancelled, 11 so far, and some teams are opting out. Track it all here.

The NCAA has waived the minimum requirements for college football teams to be bowl eligible this season, but that does not mean there will be a record number of bowl teams. That’s partly because a number of bowls have been canceled (see below), and because a number of teams are opting out of participating in a bowl due to the pandemic.

The following teams have opted out of playing in a bowl this season: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Virginia and LSU (NCAA self-administered penalty).

All times Eastern.

Monday, December 21

Myrtle Beach Bowl: Appalachian State vs. North Texas in Conway, S.C., 2:30 p.m., ESPN

Tuesday, December 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Tulane vs. Nevada in Boise, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Boca Raton Bowl: UCF vs. BYU, 7 p.m., ESPN

Wednesday, December 23

New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Montgomery Bowl: Florida Atlantic vs. Memphis in Montgomery, Ala., 7 p.m., ESPN

Thursday, December 24

New Mexico Bowl: Houston vs. Hawaii in Frisco, Texas, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Friday, December 25

Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., 2:30 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, December 26

Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa, Noon, ABC

Cure Bowl in Orlando, Noon, ESPN

First Responder Bowl: UTSA vs. TBD in Dallas, 3:30 p.m., ABC

LendingTree Bowl: Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky in Mobile, Ala., 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Independence Bowl: Army vs. TBD in Shreveport, La., 7 p.m., ESPN

Guaranteed Rate Bowl in Phoenix, 10:15 p.m., ESPN

Monday, December 28

Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md., 2:30 p.m., ESPN

Tuesday, December 29

Cheez-It Bowl in Orlando, 5:30 p.m., ESPN

Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, 9 p.m., ESPN

Wednesday, December 30

Duke’s Mayo Bowl in Charlotte, Noon, ESPN

Music City Bowl in Nashville, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Cotton Bowl in Dallas, 7:15 p.m., ESPN

Thursday, December 31

Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, Noon, ESPN

Arizona Bowl in Tucson, Ariz., 2 p.m., CBS

Liberty Bowl in Memphis, 4 p.m., ESPN

Texas Bowl in Houston, 8 p.m., ESPN

Friday, January 1

Birmingham Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., Noon, ESPN2

Peach Bowl in Atlanta, 12:30 p.m., ESPN

Citrus Bowl in Orlando, 1 p.m., ABC

Rose Bowl (CFP semifinal) in Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m., ESPN

Sugar Bowl (CFP semifinal) in New Orleans, 8:45 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, January 2

Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., Noon, ESPN

Outback Bowl in Tampa, 12:30 p.m., ABC

Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., 4 p.m., ESPN

Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla., 8 p.m., ESPN

Monday, January 11

CFP National Championship in Miami Gardens, Fla., 8 p.m., ESPN

Canceled Bowl Games

Game Original date Matchup City


Dec. 19

ESPN choice

Frisco, Texas


Dec. 29

Big Ten vs. ACC

New York


Dec. 30

MWC vs. Pac-12

Los Angeles


Dec. 31

ACC vs. Pac-12

El Paso

Las Vegas


SEC vs. Pac-12

Las Vegas



Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Santa Clara, Calif.




Nassau, Bahamas



MWC vs. AAC or C-USA




ACC vs. Pac-12

San Diego

Quick Lane


Big Ten vs. MAC






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