Before COVID-19 there were supposed to be a record 43 postseason college football games played this season.  These are the bowl games fans not only specifically of the teams but general college football fans enjoy watching.

This year 37 games have or are scheduled to happen.

For years I've enjoyed watching the "Granddaddy of them all,"  The Rose Bowl presented by Capital One on New Year's Day.  It's now part of the College Football Playoff National Championship.

It just won't be the same this year with the game not being played in Pasadena, California but in Arlington,Texas at AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys).  #1 Alabama will take on #4 Notre Dame at 3:00 p.m. our time.  There is no Rose Bowl Parade either.

The other national semifinal will be played at the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans (home of the NFL Saints).  #2 Clemson goes up against #3 Ohio State.  Game time New Year's night is 7:00 p.m.

This year the Bowl Selection Committee did not require teams to have a winning record to participate which led to some interesting games.  A number of schools (including the University of Minnesota) said they would not participate in the bowl season citing some COVID issues during the season and a hope to keep the players and coaches in their program safe.

Here is a list of some bowl games not happening this year:

  • Redbox Bowl - San Francisco
  • Holiday Bowl- San Diego
  • Quick Lane Bowl- Detroit
  • Las Vegas Bowl
  • Bahamas Bowl-  Nassau Bahamas
  • Fenway Bowl - Fenway Park Boston was supposed to be new this year

Here is a lilst of game that have or are scheduled to happen this year.  With COVID-19 nothing is for sure in college athletics.

December 21          Myrtle Beach Bowl    Appalachian State 56    North Texas 28

December 22         Famous Idaha Potato Bowl    Nevada 38     Tulane 27

RoofClaim.co, Boca Raton Bowl   BYU 49    UCF  23

December 23          R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Georgia Southern 38 Louisiana Tech 3

Montgomery Bowl     Memphis 25 Florida Atlantic 10

December 24           New Mexico Bowl     Hawaii 28   Houston 14

December 25            Camelia Bowl         Buffalo 17  Marshall  10

December 26            SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Louisiana 31     UTSA  24

Lending Tree Bowl
Georgia State 39  Western Kentucky  21

Cure Bowl       Liberty 37 Coastal Carolina 34 (OT)

December 29            Cheez-It Bowl    Oklahoma State 37  Miami 34

Valero Alamo Bowl   Texas 55 Colorado  23
Alamodome San Antonio, Texas

December 30              Duke's Mayo Bowl  Wisconsin 42 Wake Forest 28
Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, N.C.)

Goodyear Cottom Bowl Classic
Oklahoma vs Florida  AT&T Stadium  7:00 p.m.

December 31              Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Tulsa vs Mississippi State   11:00 a.m.
Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, Tex.)

Offerpad Arizona Bowl  Ball State vs San Jose State
Arizona Stadium (Tucson, Ariz.)  1:00 p.m.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl  West Virginia vs Army
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Memphis, Tenn.) 3:00 p.m.

January 1                     Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl  Cincinnati vs Georgia  11:00 a.m.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)

Vrbo Citrus Bowl  Auburn vs Northwestern  NOON
Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)

January 2                     TaxSlayer Gator Bowl  NC State vs Kentucky  11:00 a.m.
TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, Florida)

Outback Bowl  Ole Miss vs Indiana    11:30 a.m.
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl  Oregon vs Iowa State 3:00 p.m.
State Farm Stadium (Glendale, Arizona)

Capital One Orange Bowl  7:00 p.m.
Texas A&M vs North Carolina
Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Florida)

 

Minnesota Gophers at Holiday Bowl December 2016. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld

 

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