ESPN Unveils 35-Game College Football Bowl Season Schedule for 2020-21

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ESPN Unveils 35-Game College Football Bowl Season Schedule for 2020-21

Editor’s Note (Friday, Nov. 27): the 2020 New Era Pinstripe Bowl was canceled

  • College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T Set for Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium
  • Thirteen ESPN Events Owned and Operated Bowl Games
  • Bowl Season Kicks Off Saturday, Dec. 19 with Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl

ESPN will televise a 35-game college football bowl season schedule in 2020-21, continuing its long-standing commitment to the sport. The schedule features 13 ESPN Events owned and operated games, the College Football Playoff Semifinals (Friday, Jan. 1) and the entire New Year’s Six, culminating with the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T (Monday, Jan. 11) from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Bowl Season Begins December 19
Capital One Bowl Mania kicks off Saturday, Dec. 19 with ESPN Events’ Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl from Frisco, Texas at 7 p.m. ET.

ESPN’s lineup includes the new Montgomery Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 23 (7 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2), in addition to Camellia Bowl, also in Montgomery, Ala., which will be played on Friday, Dec. 25.

The busiest day of ESPN’s bowl campaign will be Saturday, Dec. 26, when six games are scheduled across ESPN and ABC beginning at noon with the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa and the Cure Bowl in Orlando.

ESPN continues to be the industry’s home to college football’s postseason, airing 35 of the 37 bowl games that are scheduled to be played during the newly rebranded Bowl Season.

College Football Playoff Semifinals on New Year’s Day – The Rose Bowl Game and Allstate Sugar Bowl
This season’s College Football Playoff Semifinals will return to its traditional New Year’s Day date on ESPN. The Rose Bowl Game (5 p.m.) and Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:45 p.m.) will host this year’s CFP Semifinals, while the New Year’s Six’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (12:30 p.m., ESPN) is also scheduled for Jan. 1.

The New Year’s Six also features the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Dec. 30 (7:15 p.m.) and a pair of games on Saturday, Jan. 2 – the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (4 p.m.) followed by the Capital One Orange Bowl (8 p.m.), all on ESPN.

ESPN’s 2020-21 Bowl Season Schedule (Updated on Friday, Nov. 27)

Date Time (ET) Bowl Game Network
Sat, Dec 19 7 p.m. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl **
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
ESPN
Mon, Dec 21  2:30 p.m. Myrtle Beach Bowl **
Brooks Stadium, Conway, S.C.
ESPN
Tue, Dec 22 3:30 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl **
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
ESPN
  7 p.m. Boca Raton Bowl **
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla.
ESPN
Wed, Dec 23  3:30 p.m. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
ESPN
  7 p.m. Montgomery Bowl **
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.
ESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Dec 24  3:30 p.m. New Mexico Bowl **
TBD, Albuquerque, N.M.
ESPN
Fri, Dec 25  2:30 p.m. Camellia Bowl **
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.
ESPN
Sat, Dec 26  Noon Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl **
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
ABC
  Cure Bowl **
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
ESPN
  3:30 p.m. SERVPRO First Responder Bowl **
Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas
ABC
  3:30 p.m. LendingTree Bowl
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.
ESPN
  7 p.m. Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La.
ESPN
  10:15 p.m. Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Chase Field, Phoenix
ESPN
Mon, Dec 28  2:30 p.m. Military Bowl Presented by Perspecta
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.
ESPN
Tue, Dec 29  5:30 p.m. Cheez-It Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando
ESPN
  9 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
ESPN
Wed, Dec 30 Noon Duke’s Mayo Bowl
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
ESPN
  3:30 p.m. TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
ESPN
7:15 p.m. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
ESPN
  10:45 p.m. LA Bowl
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, Calif.
ESPN
Thu, Dec 31  Noon Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl **
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
ESPN
  4 p.m. AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis
ESPN
  8 p.m. Texas Bowl **
NRG Stadium, Houston
ESPN
Fri, Jan 1  Noon TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl **
Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.
ESPN2
  12:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
ESPN
  1 p.m. Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando
ABC
5 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at The Rose Bowl Game
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
ESPN
8:45 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
ESPN
Sat, Jan 2 Noon TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville
ESPN
  12:30 p.m. Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
ABC
4 p.m. PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
ESPN
8 p.m. Capital One Orange Bowl
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
ESPN
Mon, Jan 11 8 p.m. College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
ESPN

All times Eastern. Subject to change.
** ESPN Events bowl games

Note: A decision regarding the Las Vegas Bowl will be announced in the near future

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Bill Hofheimer

I oversee ESPN’s College Sports PR, while also working on ESPN soccer, Around the Horn, PTI and more. Previously oversaw communications for ESPN's Monday Night Football and NFL studio shows.
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