College football – The Athletic schedule and cancellations

The college bowl season kicks off on December 19 – the same day as most conference championship games – with the Frisco Bowl, and it starts from there. But bowl games are also being canceled, 11 so far, and some teams are declining. Follow it all here.

The NCAA has waived the minimum requirements for college football teams to be eligible to bowl next season, but that doesn’t mean there will be a record number of bowl teams. This is partly because a number of bowls have been canceled (see below), and because a number of teams have decided not to participate in a bowl due to the pandemic.

The following teams have opted out of bowl play this season: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Virginia and LSU (NCAA self-administered penalty).

All times Oriental.

Monday December 21

Myrtle Beach Bowl: Appalachian State vs. North Texas in Conway, SC, 2:30 pm, ESPN

Tuesday December 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Tulane vs. Nevada in Boise, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Boca Raton Bowl: UCF vs. BYU, 7pm, ESPN

Wednesday December 23

New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern, 3:30 pm, ESPN

Montgomery Bowl: Florida Atlantic vs. Memphis in Montgomery, Ala., 7 p.m., ESPN

Thursday December 24

New Mexico Bowl: Houston vs. Hawaii in Frisco, Texas, 3:30 pm, ESPN

Friday, December 25

Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., 2:30 p.m., ESPN

Saturday December 26

Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa, Noon, ABC

Cure Bowl in Orlando, Noon, ESPN

First Responder Bowl: UTSA vs. TBD in Dallas, 3:30 pm, ABC

LendingTree Bowl: Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky in Mobile, Ala., 3:30 pm, ESPN

Independence Bowl: Army vs. TBD in Shreveport, La., 7pm, ESPN

Guaranteed Rate Bowl in Phoenix, 10:15 p.m., ESPN

Monday December 28

Military bowl in Annapolis, Maryland, 2:30 pm, ESPN

Tuesday December 29

Cheez-It Bowl in Orlando, 5:30 p.m., ESPN

Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, 9 p.m., ESPN

Wednesday December 30

Duke’s Mayo Bowl in Charlotte, Noon, ESPN

Music City Bowl in Nashville, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Cotton Bowl in Dallas, 7:15 p.m., ESPN

Thursday December 31

Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, Noon, ESPN

Arizona Bowl in Tucson, Ariz., 2 p.m., CBS

Liberty Bowl in Memphis, 4 p.m., ESPN

Texas Bowl in Houston, 8 p.m., ESPN

Friday January 1

Birmingham Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., Noon, ESPN2

Peach Bowl in Atlanta, 12:30 p.m., ESPN

Citrus Bowl in Orlando, 1pm, ABC

Rose Bowl (CFP Semifinal) in Pasadena, California, 5:00 PM, ESPN

Sugar Bowl (CFP semifinal) in New Orleans, 8:45 PM, ESPN

Saturday January 2

Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, Noon, ESPN

Outback Bowl in Tampa, 12:30 p.m., ABC

Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., 4 p.m., ESPN

Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Florida, 8 p.m., ESPN

Monday January 11

CFP National Championship at Miami Gardens, Florida, 8 p.m., ESPN

Canceled Bowl Games

Game Original date Matchup city


December 19th

ESPN choice

Frisco, Texas


December 29

Big Ten vs. ACC

New York


December 30th

MWC vs Pac-12

Los Angeles


December 31

ACC versus Pac-12

El Paso

Las Vegas


SEC vs Pac-12

Las Vegas



Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Santa Clara, California.




Nassau, Bahamas



MWC versus AAC or C-USA




ACC versus Pac-12

San Diego

Fast Lane


Big Ten vs. MAC




AAC versus ACC


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