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