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37-game college football schedule announced for 2020-21

Bowl Season (formerly Football Bowl Association) announced its schedule for 2020-21 on Friday, with a slate of 37 games slated to begin Dec. 19.

The action begins with the Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl, scheduled for December 19 in Frisco, Texas. It’s also the same day as many conference championships, including the SEC title game.

It should also be noted that there are now two games at Montgomery this year. The new Montgomery Bowl on December 23 and the Camellia Bowl on Christmas Day, both at the Cramton Bowl.

The other two state bowls are the LendingTreeBowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile on December 26 and the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field on January 1. Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on a Friday this year.

The first Myrtle Beach Bowl, which was unlikely to take place, is scheduled for December 21. However, the Fenway Bowl, which was scheduled to take place at Fenway Park in Boston, is not included.

The Montgomery Bowl will replace the Fenway Bowl for 2020 only, according to an email statement from Bowl Season (formerly the Football Bowl Association). The Red Box Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif., and the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit have also been canceled for 2020.

Three other bowls have announced they will not take place this year due to concerns over COVID-19 travel restrictions: the Bahamas Bowl, the Hawaii Bowl and the Holiday Bowl.

College football playoff semifinal games also take place on New Year’s Day, a Friday, this season. The Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl will decide who attends the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, scheduled for Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Below is the full 2020-21 bowl schedule (all times central). Kickoff times and TV information for the Sun Bowl and Fenway Bowl (neither of which are affiliated with ESPN) will be announced at a later date.

Saturday December 19

Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl, Frisco, Texas, 6 p.m., ESPN

Monday, December 21

Myrtle Beach Bowl, Conway, SC, 1:30 p.m., ESPN

Tuesday, December 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise, Idaho, 2:30 p.m., ESPN

Boca Raton Bowl, Boca Raton, Fla., 6 p.m., ESPN

Wednesday, December 23

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, 2:30 p.m., ESPN

Montgomery Bowl, 6 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2

Thursday, December 24

New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque, 2:30 p.m., ESPN

Friday, December 25

Camellia Bowl, Montgomery, 1:30 p.m., ESPN

Saturday December 26

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl, Tampa, 11 a.m., ABC

Cure Bowl, Orlando, 11 a.m., ESPN

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, Dallas, 2:30 p.m., ABC

LendingTree Bowl, Mobile, 2:30 p.m., ESPN

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, Shreveport, LA, 6 p.m., ESPN

Guaranteed Rate Bowl, Phoenix, 9:15 p.m., ESPN

Monday, December 28

Military Bowl, Annapolis, Maryland, 1:30 p.m., ESPN

Tuesday, December 29

New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Bronx, NY, 1 p.m., ESPN

Cheez-It-Bowl, Orlando, 4:30 p.m., ESPN

Valero Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, 8 p.m., ESPN

Wednesday, December 30

Duke’s Mayo Bowl, Charlotte, NC, 11 a.m., ESPN

TransPerfect Music City Bowl, Nashville, 2:30 p.m., ESPN

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Arlington, Texas, 6:15 p.m., ESPN

LA Bowl, Inglewood, Calif., 9:45 p.m., ESPN

Thursday, December 31

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, Texas, 11 a.m., ESPN

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis, 3 p.m., ESPN

Texas Bowl, Houston, 7 p.m., ESPN

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, El Paso, time TBD, TV TBD

Arizona Bowl, Tucson, time TBD, TV TBD

Friday January 1

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl, 11 a.m., ESPN2

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta, 11:30 a.m., ESPN

Vrbo Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Noon, ABC

College Football Playoff Semifinals

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., 4 p.m., ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, 7:45 p.m., ESPN

Saturday January 2

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla., 11 a.m., ESPN

Outback Bowl, Tampa, 11:30 a.m., ABC

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Arizona, 3 p.m., ESPN

Capital One Orange Bowl, Miami Gardens, Fla., 7 p.m., ESPN

Monday January 11

College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Miami Gardens, Fla., 7 p.m., ESPN