Newly-Created Celebration Bowl Kicks Off Bowl Season on December 19
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, has announced the matchups for its 13 owned-and-operated bowl games for the 2015 season. The newly-created Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl will kick off the bowl festivities on Saturday, Dec. 19, and will conclude before the New Year with the Birmingham Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
North Carolina A&T (9-2) of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Alcorn State (9-3) of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) will meet in the newly created Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 19, pitting the conference champion from these two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The game will be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, at noon on ABC.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
The 10th edition of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl will showcase New Mexico (7-5) of the Mountain West Conference vs. Arizona (6-6) of the Pac-12 Conference on Saturday, Dec. 19, from University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M. The 2 p.m. game will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
BYU (9-3) will face No. 22 Utah (9-3) of the Pac-12 Conference in the 24th annual Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, set for Saturday, Dec. 19, on ABC at 3:30 p.m. from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
The second annual Raycom Media Camellia Bowl will feature Appalachian State (10-2) of the Sun Belt Conference against Ohio (8-4) of the Mid-American Conference on Saturday, Dec. 19, from historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. The game is set for 5:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Utah State (6-6) of the Mountain West Conference will play Akron (7-5) of the Mid-American Conference in the 19th annual Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – slated for Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Radio from Boise State University’s Bronco Stadium.
Marmot Boca Raton Bowl
The second edition of the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Radio. The game will showcase Temple (10-3) of the American Athletic Conference against Toledo (9-2) of the Mid-American Conference from FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
In its second year and first as an ESPN Events owned and operated game, the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will feature Western Michigan (7-5) of the Mid-American Conference vs. Middle Tennessee (7-5) of Conference-USA on Thursday, Dec. 24, at noon on ESPN. The game is played at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau.
San Diego State (10-3) of the Mountain West Conference will play Cincinnati (7-5) of the American Athletic Conference in the Hawai‘i Bowl on Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24) for the 11th time from Hawaiian Airlines Field in Honolulu. In its 14th year, the bowl will be aired on ESPN and ESPN Radio at 8 p.m.
St. Petersburg Bowl
The eighth annual St. Petersburg Bowl will showcase UConn (6-6) of the American Athletic Conference against Marshall (9-3) of Conference-USA on Saturday, Dec. 26, at 11 a.m. The game will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
The sixth annual Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will pit Southern Miss (9-4) of Conference-USA vs. Washington (6-6) of the Pac-12 Conference on Saturday, Dec. 26, from the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park. This year’s bowl game will air on ESPN at 2:20 p.m.
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
LSU (8-3) of the Southeastern Conference will play Texas Tech (7-5) of the Big 12 in the 10th annual AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 29. The game will air at 9 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Radio from NRG Stadium in Houston.
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will showcase Air Force (8-5) of the Mountain West Conference vs. California (7-5) of the Pac-12 Conference on Tuesday, Dec. 29, on ESPN. The 13th edition of the postseason college football bowl game will kick off at 2 p.m. from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Auburn (6-6) of the Southeastern Conference will play Memphis (9-3) of the American Athletic Conference in the 10th annual Birmingham Bowl. The game will take place Wednesday, Dec. 30, at noon on ESPN and ESPN Radio from Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; 13 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Marmot Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Orlando Kickoff (Florida); Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)
AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan); DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic Presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona (Storrs, Conn.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan) and State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago)