2020 Bowl Games: Schedule, College Football Playoff teams, kickoff times, cancellations for NCAA bowl games

The wild process of college football bowl game selections has now concluded with 56 of the 127 FBS teams that were active in the 2020 season filling slots in 28 postseason contests. It all started with the announcement of the four College Football Playoff teams and continued with the release of the final CFP Rankings and the rest of the New Year's Six games.

After that, every bowl game trickled in as some teams opted out and some games were canceled until every last spot was filled. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame -- in that order -- make up the playoff field. Texas A&M and Cincinnati were among the teams disappointed not to make it in, but both are in premier New Year's Six bowl games.

Oklahoma vs. Florida in the Cotton Bowl may be the best matchup of that New Year's Six grouping, while Auburn vs. Northwestern presents an intriguing matchup in the Citrus Bowl.

Check out the complete CFP field along with the New Year's Six bowls and the rest of the bowl games below. 

College Football Playoff

Date Game / Loc. Time (TV) Matchup

Jan. 11

National Championship

8 p.m. (ESPN) Semifinal winners

Jan. 1

Rose Bowl
Arlington, Texas

5 p.m. (ESPN)

(1) Alabama vs. (4) Notre Dame

Jan. 1

Sugar Bowl
New Orleans

8:45 p.m. (ESPN)

(2) Clemson vs. (3) Ohio State

New Year's Six bowl games

Date Bowl / Location Time (TV) Matchup

Jan. 2


8 p.m. (ESPN)

(5) Texas A&M vs. (13) North Carolina

Jan. 2

Glendale, Ariz.

4 p.m. (ESPN)

(25) Oregon vs. (10) Iowa State

Jan. 1


12:30 p.m. (ESPN)

(8) Cincinnati vs. (9) Georgia

Dec. 30

Arlington, Tex.

8 p.m. (ESPN)

(6) Oklahoma vs. (7) Florida

Other bowl games

DateBowlTime (TV)Matchup
Jan. 2Outback
Tampa, Fla.
12:30 p.m. (ABC) Ole Miss vs. Indiana 
Jan. 2Gator
Jacksonville, Fla.
Noon (ESPN) Kentucky vs. NC State
Jan. 1Citrus
Orlando, Fla.
1 p.m. (ABC) Auburn vs.  Northwestern
Dec. 31Texas
Houston, Texas
8 p.m. (ESPN) TCU vs. Arkansas
Dec. 31Liberty
Memphis, Tenn.
4 p.m. (ESPN)West Virginia vs. Army
Dec. 31Arizona
Tucson, Ariz.
2 p.m. (CBS) Ball State vs.  San Jose State
Dec. 31 Armed Forces
Fort Worth, Texas
Noon (ESPN)                       
Mississippi State vs. Tulsa
Dec. 30Music City
Nashville, Tenn.
4 p.m. (ESPN) Iowa vs. Missouri 
Dec. 30Duke's Mayo
Charlotte, N.C.
Noon (ESPN) Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin
Dec. 29 Alamo
San Antonio, Texas
9 p.m. (ESPN) Texas vs. Colorado
Dec. 29Cheez-It
Phoenix, Ariz.
5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Miami (FL) vs. Oklahoma State
Dec. 26LendingTree
Mobile, Ala.
3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State
Dec. 26First Responder
Dallas, Texas
3:30 p.m. p.m. (ABC) Louisiana vs. UTSA
Dec. 26Gasparilla
Tampa, Fla.
Noon (ABC)UAB vs. TBD
Dec. 26Cure
Orlando, Fla.
TBA (ESPN)Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty
Dec. 25Camellia
Montgomery, Ala.
2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Buffalo vs. Marshall 
Dec. 24 New Mexico
Albuquerque, N.M.        
3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Houston vs. Hawaii
Dec. 23 Montgomery
Montgomery, Ala.
7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2) Memphis vs. FAU
Dec. 23 New Orleans
New Orleans
3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern
Dec. 22Boca Raton
Boca Raton, Fla.
7 p.m. (ESPN) UCF vs. BYU
Dec. 22Idaho Potato
Boise, Idaho
3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Tulane vs. Nevada
Dec. 21 Myrtle Beach
Conway, S.C.
2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Appalachian State 56, North Texas 28

Canceled bowls (16): Bahamas, Birmingham, Celebration, Fenway, Frisco, Guaranteed Rate, Hawai'i, Holiday, Independence, LA, Las Vegas, Military, Pinstripe, Quick Lane, Redbox, Sun

Teams that opted out (22): Tennessee, South Carolina, Boise State, Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Louisville, LSU (self-imposed bowl ban), Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Washington, Washington State

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sounds like it was an Iowa State vs. Indiana debate for the last at-large spot. Barta cites Iowa State's wins against Oklahoma and Texas as the reasons the Cyclones got a spot and Indiana did not.


Barta says that after the Orange Bowl, the other three games were decided by geography and "looking for matchups"


"statistics matter, but so does who is the better team" -- Gary Barta, CFP selection committee chair


Cincinnati over Coastal Carolina ... "We look at all the undefeated teams. Cincinnati won its conference championship and they played five teams above .500" cites "discipline" and "the quarterback" aka Desmond Ridder as the reasons the Bearcats got the edge. Says it was a "football judgement" that made up the gap with Coastal having one more ranked win than Cincinnati


now we've got Iowa AD Gary Barta, selection committee chair, answering questions


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