- Las Vegas Bowl moves to 2:30 p.m. ET | 11:30 a.m. PT on ESPN
- New Mexico Bowl shifts to 7:30 p.m. ET | 5:30 p.m. MT on ABC
The Las Vegas Bowl, which will feature the Oregon State Beavers and Florida Gators at Allegiant Stadium in the first scheduled bowl matchup of Pac-12 and SEC programs in 33 years, will move to an earlier kickoff at 2:30 p.m. ET | 11:30 a.m. PT on ESPN.
The New Mexico Bowl, which will match BYU against SMU at University Stadium in Albuquerque, will move to 7:30 p.m. ET | 5:30 p.m. MT window on ABC.
The time change is a result of the Las Vegas Raiders NFL game on Sunday, Dec. 18 being flexed to an earlier time, leaving a shorter window to prepare Allegiant Stadium for the NFL game following the Las Vegas Bowl.
“The SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl and New Mexico Bowl are both owned and operated by ESPN Events, so this change is a solution that works for all parties,” said Clint Overby, Vice President, ESPN Events. “We are accustomed to flexibility and we anticipated having to maneuver our event schedules based on the possibility of the Raiders game being flexed.”
The SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl and New Mexico Bowl are part of ESPN Events’ 17-game college football schedule for the 2022 Bowl Season announced on Sunday.
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.