2020-21 college football bowl schedule, games, scores, dates, opt outs, kickoff times, cancellations


College football just wrapped up its craziest regular season ever with every conference affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in one way or another as teams saw multiple games canceled or postponed. Now, the postseason is ready to get underway 56 teams receiving assignments to 28 bowl games.

If that sounds low, that’s because 16 bowl games have already been canceled due to a multitude of reasons including various bowl-eligible teams opting out of playing. Other games like the Rose Bowl and New Mexico Bowl have moved their locations due to local health restrictions. That leaves those 28 bowls, including the two College Football Playoff semifinals and four New Year’s Six games. 

Below is the entire remaining Bowl Season schedule with dates, times and network affiliations. As with everything else related to college football this fall, all information regarding bowl games is subject to change, including whether certain games are played at all. All times Eastern

College Football Playoff

Jan. 11

National Championship

8 p.m. (ESPN) Semifinal winners

Jan. 1

Rose Bowl
Arlington, Texas

5 p.m. (ESPN)

(1) Alabama vs. (4) Notre Dame

Jan. 1

Sugar Bowl
New Orleans

8:45 p.m. (ESPN)

(2) Clemson vs. (3) Ohio State

New Year’s Six bowl games

Jan. 2


8 p.m. (ESPN)

(5) Texas A&M vs. (13) North Carolina

Jan. 2

Glendale, Ariz.

4 p.m. (ESPN)

(25) Oregon vs. (10) Iowa State

Jan. 1


Noon (ESPN)

(8) Cincinnati vs. (9) Georgia

Dec. 30

Arlington, Tex.

8 p.m. (ESPN)

(6) Oklahoma vs. (7) Florida

Other bowl games

Jan. 2 Outback
Tampa, Fla.
12:30 p.m. (ABC) Ole Miss vs. Indiana 
Jan. 2 Gator
Jacksonville, Fla.
Noon (ESPN) Kentucky vs. NC State
Jan. 1 Citrus
Orlando, Fla.
1 p.m. (ABC) Auburn vs.  Northwestern
Dec. 31 Texas
Houston, Texas
8 p.m. (ESPN) TCU vs. Arkansas
Dec. 31 Liberty
Memphis, Tenn.
4 p.m. (ESPN) West Virginia vs. Army
Dec. 31 Arizona
Tucson, Ariz.
2 p.m. (CBS) Ball State vs.  San Jose State
Dec. 31 Armed Forces
Fort Worth, Texas
Noon (ESPN)                        Mississippi State vs. Tulsa
Dec. 30 Music City
Nashville, Tenn.
4 p.m. (ESPN) Iowa vs. Missouri 
Dec. 30 Duke’s Mayo
Charlotte, N.C.
Noon (ESPN) Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin
Dec. 29 Alamo
San Antonio, Texas
9 p.m. (ESPN) Texas vs. Colorado
Dec. 29 Cheez-It
Phoenix, Ariz.
5:30 p.m. (ESPN) Miami (FL) vs. Oklahoma State
Dec. 26 LendingTree
Mobile, Ala.
3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State
Dec. 26 First Responder
Dallas, Texas
3:30 p.m. p.m. (ABC) Louisiana vs. UTSA
Dec. 26 Cure
Orlando, Fla.
TBA (ESPN) Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty
Dec. 25 Camellia
Montgomery, Ala.
2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Buffalo vs. Marshall 
Dec. 24 New Mexico
Frisco, Texas        
3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Houston vs. Hawaii
Dec. 23 Montgomery
Montgomery, Ala.
7 p.m. (ESPN) Memphis 25, FAU 10
Dec. 23 New Orleans
New Orleans
3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Georgia Southern 38, Louisiana Tech 3
Dec. 22 Boca Raton
Boca Raton, Fla.
7 p.m. (ESPN) BYU 49, UCF 23
Dec. 22 Idaho Potato
Boise, Idaho
3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Nevada 38, Tulane 27
Dec. 21 Myrtle Beach
Conway, S.C.
2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Appalachian State 56, North Texas 28

Canceled bowls (16): Bahamas, Birmingham, Celebration, Fenway, Frisco, Guaranteed Rate, Hawai’i, Holiday, Independence, LA, Las Vegas, Military, Pinstripe, Quick Lane, Redbox, Sun

Teams that opted out (22): Tennessee, South Carolina, Boise State, Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Louisville, LSU (self-imposed bowl ban), Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Washington, Washington State

Teams not placed (1): Army West Point

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