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
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
2 p.m. New Era Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium, New York ESPN
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