ESPN Events Announces Matchups for 2022-23 Bowl Season

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ESPN Events Announces Matchups for 2022-23 Bowl Season

ESPN Hosts 17 Owned and Operated College Football Bowl Games, Dec. 16-28

Note: The following release was updated to reflect the Las Vegas Bowl changing times and networks with the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 17.

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, has announced the matchups for its 17 owned and operated college football bowl games for the 2022-23 Bowl Season.

The HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl (11:30 a.m. ET, ESPN) in Nassau will kick off the schedule on Friday, Dec. 16, followed later that day by the Duluth Trading Cure Bowl (3 p.m., ESPN) in Orlando. In all, 15 of the ESPN Events bowl games will air on ESPN. On Saturday, Dec. 17, the Cricket Celebration Bowl (noon) and the New Mexico Bowl (7:30 p.m.) will air on ABC.

The Wasabi Fenway Bowl will play its inaugural game at historic Fenway Park in Boston on Dec. 17 (11 a.m., ESPN), and the EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl will be played for the first time in three years on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24 (8 p.m., ESPN). The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will also celebrate its 20th anniversary edition on Thursday, Dec. 22 (7:30 p.m., ESPN).

The entire 17-game ESPN Events bowl schedule: 

Bahamas Bowl
The HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl will be played on Friday, Dec. 16 at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN. Miami (Ohio) (Mid-American) will face UAB (Conference USA) at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. The Bahamas Bowl debuted in 2014 and is the longest-running international bowl game in college football history. 

Duluth Trading Cure Bowl
The Duluth Trading Cure Bowl, which debuted in 2015, is set for Friday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. on ESPN. UTSA (Conference USA) will play Troy (Sun Belt) at Exploria Stadium in Orlando.

Wasabi Fenway Bowl
The inaugural Wasabi Fenway Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. on ESPN. The first college football bowl game to be played at Fenway Park, the historic home of the Boston Red Sox, and the first Division 1 FBS bowl game to be contested in New England, will match Cincinnati (American Athletic Conference) against Louisville (ACC) in Boston, Mass., renewing their Keg of Nails rivalry for the first time since 2013. 

Cricket Celebration Bowl
The Cricket Celebration Bowl will be contested Saturday, Dec. 17, at noon on ABC. The annual matchup of Historically Black College and University (HBCU) conference champions, which debuted in 2015, will feature Jackson State (SWAC) against North Carolina Central (MEAC) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. 

SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl
The SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN. The 31st year of the bowl features the first scheduled meeting of Pac 12 and SEC teams in 33 years as Florida faces Oregon State at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

New Mexico Bowl
The New Mexico Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. SMU (American) and BYU (Independent) will participate in the 17th edition of the New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium in Albuquerque.

Frisco Bowl
The Frisco Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 17 at 9:15 p.m. on ESPN. The fifth installment of this bowl will match North Texas (Conference USA) against Boise State (Mountain West) at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Myrtle Beach Bowl
The Myrtle Beach Bowl is set for Monday, Dec. 19 at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN. The second edition of this bowl matches Marshall (Conference USA) against UConn (Independent) at Brooks Stadium on the campus of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
The 26th Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is slated for Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN. The game will be played at Albertsons Stadium on the campus of Boise State University and will feature Eastern Michigan (Mid-American) and San José State (Mountain West). Boca Raton Bowl
The eighth edition of the Boca Raton Bowl is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Radio. Liberty (Independent) will face Toledo (Mid-American) at FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. The 20th anniversary edition of the bowl will feature Baylor (Big 12) against Air Force (Mountain West) at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl
The Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl will be played Friday, Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN. The bowl, which debuted in 2008, will feature a matchup of Wake Forest (ACC) and Missouri (SEC) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl
The EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl will be played on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The 19th edition of the bowl will match Middle Tennessee (Conference USA) against San Diego State (Mountain West) at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus.

Camellia Bowl
The Camellia Bowl will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at noon on ESPN. The bowl game, which debuted in 2014, will match Georgia Southern (Sun Belt) against Buffalo (Mid-American) at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. 

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl
The TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 6:45 p.m. on ESPN. The 16th installment of the Birmingham Bowl will pit Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt) against East Carolina (American Athletic) at Protective Stadium.

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is set for Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 3:15 p.m. on ESPN. In the 13th edition of the bowl game, Memphis (American Athletic) will play Utah State (Mountain West) at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the SMU campus in Dallas.

TaxAct Texas Bowl
The TaxAct Texas Bowl will be played Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 9 p.m. on ESPN. In the bowl’s 17th year, Texas Tech (Big 12) will face Ole Miss (SEC) at NRG Stadium in Houston, marking the ninth year both conferences are affiliated with the Texas Bowl.

About ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of collegiate sporting events nationwide. In 2022, the 32-event schedule includes three early-season college football kickoff games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, and a college softball event, which account for approximately 400 hours of live programming, while reaching nearly 64 million viewers and attracting over 800,000 annual attendees. With satellite offices in more than 10 cities across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans. For more information, visit the official websiteFacebookTwitter or YouTube pages.

2022-23 ESPN Events College Football Bowl Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Bowl Network
Fri, Dec 16 11:30 a.m. HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl

Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium

(Nassau, Bahamas)

Miami (Ohio) vs. UAB

  3 p.m. Duluth Trading Cure Bowl

Exploria Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)

UTSA vs. Troy

Sat, Dec 17 11 a.m. Wasabi Fenway Bowl

Fenway Park (Boston, Mass.)

Cincinnati vs. Louisville

  Noon Cricket Celebration Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.)

Jackson State vs. North Carolina Central

  2:30 p.m. SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl *

Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Florida vs. Oregon State

  7:30 p.m. New Mexico Bowl *

University Stadium (Albuquerque, N.M.)


  9:15 p.m. Frisco Bowl

Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)

North Texas vs. Boise State

Mon, Dec 19 2:30 p.m. Myrtle Beach Bowl

Brooks Stadium (Conway, S.C.)

Marshall vs. UConn

Tue, Dec 20 3:30 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Albertsons Stadium (Boise, Idaho)

Eastern Michigan vs. San Jose State

  7:30 p.m. Boca Raton Bowl

FAU Stadium (Boca Raton, Fla.)

Liberty vs. Toledo

Thu, Dec. 22 7:30 p.m. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Amon G. Carter Stadium (Ft. Worth, Texas)

Baylor vs. Air Force

Fri, Dec 23 6:30 p.m. Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl

Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)

Wake Forest vs. Missouri

Sat, Dec 24 8 p.m. EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl

Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex

(Honolulu, Hawaii)

Middle Tennessee vs. San Diego State

Tue, Dec 27 Noon Camellia Bowl

Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.)

Georgia Southern vs. Buffalo

  3:15 p.m. SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Gerald J. Ford Stadium (Dallas, Texas)

Memphis vs. Utah State

  6:45 p.m. TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl

Protective Stadium (Birmingham, Ala.)

Coastal Carolina vs. East Carolina

Wed, Dec 28 9 p.m. TaxAct Texas Bowl

NRG Stadium (Houston, Texas)

Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss


All times ET

* The Las Vegas Bowl changed times and networks with the New Mexico Bowl


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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