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2021 Bowl Games: Schedule, College Football Playoff teams, kickoff times, dates, NCAA top 25 rankings
The 2021-22 bowl season was set Sunday from the College Football Playoff on down
The College Football Playoff bracket, New Year's Six slate and entire 2021-22 bowl schedule are officially set as the sport moves its attention to the postseason and its much-anticipated conclusion. Cincinnati made history as the first Group of Five school to make the CFP, and it's fitting that the Bearcats' debut comes against the playoff's most familiar returning face in Alabama. They will meet in the Cotton Bowl.
Michigan, also making its first playoff appearance, will square off with Georgia in the other national semifinal. Jim Harbaugh and Kirby Smart enter this New Year's Eve showdown in the Orange Bowl coming off extremely different results in their respective conference championship games.
But bowl season's excitement extends far beyond the playoff with interesting matchups up and down the busy schedule. Everything from Ohio State and Utah in the Rose Bowl to Oregon and Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl packs plenty of intrigue, as does Marcus Freeman making his Notre Dame head coaching debut against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.
CBS Sports was with you all throughout Sunday as the College Football Playoff and bowl schedule was announced. Check out the full slate in the table below and catch up on the analysis in the live blog.
College Football Playoff
|Date||Game / Loc.||Time (TV)||Matchup|
|8 p.m. (ESPN)|| Semifinal winners|
|3:30 p.m. (ESPN)|
(1) Alabama vs. (4) Cincinnati
|7:30 p.m. (ESPN)|
(2) Michigan vs. (3) Georgia
New Year's Six bowl games
7 p.m. (ESPN)
(10) Michigan State vs. (12) Pittsburgh
1 p.m. (ESPN)
(5) Notre Dame vs. (9) Oklahoma State
5 p.m. (ESPN)
(6) Ohio State vs. (11) Utah
8:45 p.m. (ESPN)
(7) Baylor vs. (8) Ole Miss
Other 2021 bowl games
|9 p.m. (ESPN)||Kansas State (7-5) vs. LSU (6-6)|
|1 p.m. (ABC)||Iowa (10-3) vs. Kentucky (9-3)|
|Noon (ESPN2)|| Penn State (7-5) vs. Arkansas (8-4)|
|Dec. 31||Arizona |
|4:30 p.m. (Barstool)|| C. Michigan (8-4) vs. Boise State (7-5)|
|Dec. 31||Tony the Tiger Sun|
El Paso, Tex.
|12:30 p.m. (CBS)||Miami (FL) (7-5) vs. Wash. State (7-5)|
|11 a.m. (ESPN)||Wake Forest (10-3) vs. Texas A&M (8-4)|
|Dec. 30||Las Vegas|
|10:30 p.m. (ESPN)||Wisconsin (8-4) vs. Arizona State (8-4)|
|Dec. 30||Music City|
|3 p.m. (ESPN)|| Purdue (8-4) vs. Tennessee (7-5)|
|Dec. 30||Duke's Mayo|
|11:30 a.m. (ESPN)|| N. Carolina (6-6) vs. S. Carolina (6-6)|
|9:15 p.m. (ESPN) ||Oklahoma (10-2) vs. Oregon (10-3)|
|5:45 p.m. (ESPN)||Clemson (9-3) vs. Iowa State (7-5)|
|2:15 p.m. (ESPN)||Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Maryland (6-6)|
|11 a.m. (ESPN)||Virginia (6-6) vs. SMU (8-4)|
|Dec. 28|| Guaranteed Rate|
|10:15 p.m. (ESPN)||Minnesota (8-4) vs. West Virginia (6-6)|
|6:45 p.m. (ESPN)||Texas Tech (6-6) vs. Miss. State (7-5)|
|5 p.m. (FOX)||UCLA (8-4) vs. NC State (9-3)|
|Dec. 28||First Responder|
University Park, Tex.
|3:15 p.m. (ESPN)||Louisville (6-6) vs. Air Force (9-3)|
|Noon (ESPN)|| Houston (11-2) vs. Auburn 6-6)|
|2:30 p.m. (ESPN)||ECU (7-5) vs. Boston College (6-6)|
|Dec. 27||Quick Lane|
|11 a.m. (ESPN)||W. Michigan (7-5) vs. Nevada (8-4)|
|2:30 p.m. (ESPN)||Ball State (6-6) vs. Georgia State (7-5)|
|8 p.m. (ESPN)||Memphis (6-6) vs. Hawaii (6-7)|
|7:30 p.m. (ABC)||Florida (6-6) vs. UCF (8-4)|
|3:30 p.m. (ESPN)|| Miami (OH) (6-6) vs. North Texas (6-6)|
|Dec. 22||Armed Forces|
Fort Worth, Tex.
|8 p.m. (ESPN)|| Army (8-3) vs. Missouri (6-6)|
|7:30 p.m. (ESPN)||UTSA (12-1) vs. San Diego State (11-2)|
|Dec. 21||Famous Idaho Potato|
|3:30 p.m. (ESPN)||Kent State (7-6) vs. Wyoming (6-6)|
|Dec. 20||Myrtle Beach|
|2:30 p.m. (ESPN)||Tulsa (6-6) vs. Old Dominion (6-6)|
|Dec. 18|| New Orleans|
|9:15 p.m. (ESPN)|| Marshall (7-5) vs. Louisiana (12-1)|
|7:30 p.m. (ABC)||Utah State (10-3) vs. Oregon State (7-5)|
|5:45 p.m. (ESPN)|| E. Michigan (7-5) vs. Liberty (7-5)|
|3:30 p.m. (ABC)||BYU (10-2) vs. UAB (8-4)|
|Dec. 18||New Mexico|
|2:15 p.m. (ESPN)||UTEP (7-5) vs. Fresno State (9-3)|
|Dec. 18||Boca Raton |
Boca Raton, Fla.
|11 a.m. (ESPN)||W. Kentucky (8-5) vs. App. State (10-3)|
|Dec. 17||Cure |
|6 p.m. (ESPN2)||N. Illinois (9-4) vs. C. Carolina (10-2)|
|Dec. 17||Bahamas |
|Noon (ESPN)||Middle Tenn. (6-6) vs. Toledo (7-5)|
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🚨OFFICIAL: @ArmyWP_Football will take on @MizzouFootball in the @ArmedForcesBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/ZeoEzXHZnK— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @AF_Football will take on @UofLFootball in the @FRBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/0pWp23jw7b— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @KStateFB will take on @LSUfootball in the @TexasBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/Jheh3vpeys— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @BoilerFootball will take on @Vol_Football in the @MusicCityBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/xh605pb8gz— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @RazorbackFB will take on @PennStateFball in the @outbackbowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/DIXeD6ACt0— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @UCF_Football will take on @GatorsFB in the @GasparillaBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/4zVNVCWY6c— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @UHCougarFB will take on @AuburnFootball in the @Birmingham_Bowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/vPWMLILoNA— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @UNCFootball will take on @GamecockFB in the @DukesMayoBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/2qwcaoOJXo— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @WakeFB will take on @AggieFootball in the @taxslayerbowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/4QSOOE6gAY— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @TexasTechFB will take on @HailStateFB in the @AZOLibertyBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/rpZuCySfH0— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
Right now it seems the SEC has a couple of games that it wants to confirm officially before we can finalize their matchups. These are, of course, some of the premiere games in the bowl calendar scheduled within a few days of the College Football Playoff semifinals.
Virginia-SMU in Fenway Park at 11 a.m. is a bowl game
🚨OFFICIAL: @WVUfootball will take on @GopherFootball in the @RateBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/TXOcXhoHbI— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @BeaverFootball will take on @USUFootball in the @LABowlGame 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/wIkr1rScJh— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @RaginCajunsFB will take on @HerdFB in the @NewOrleansBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/Wo6wNlYBWY— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @CycloneFB will take on @ClemsonFB in the @CheezItBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/l5Wx46iybN— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
We're close to having the entire bowl picture filled out. The ACC just announced its entire slate and I think we're just waiting on a few SEC and Big Ten decisions before the pieces fall into place.
Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest in the Gator Bowl is a rematch of a Belk Bowl showdown between these two teams that saw the Demon Deacons win 55-52 against an Aggies team that was led by then-interim coach Jeff Banks. I've frequently pointed to that win against an SEC opponent as one of the great pieces of evidence that Dave Clawson was building something special in Winston-Salem. The Aggies has an interim coach, sure, but the once the game got going the level of compete from both teams was high. And Wake Forest found a way to win.
This will be a fun matchup -- at least for those who appreciate teams that have overachieved by playing with ruthless defense. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops played at Iowa back when Kirk Ferentz was the offensive line coach. But these teams have never met before. Would imagine both fan bases appreciate the warm weather location as well. Could be a really fun game.
🚨OFFICIAL: @UKFootball will take on @HawkeyeFootball in the @CitrusBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/ZnsnPZwH6P— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
Fighting to meet expectations
UCLA can get to nine wins for the first time since 2014 with a win, and NC State can get to 10 wins for the first time since 2002. Both teams have had their moments this season, but there's been some disappointment as well considering the expectations entering the season. Feels kind of like the winner of this one will end the season having met expectations, whereas the loser will look back with a bunch of "what ifs."
🚨OFFICIAL: @UCLAFootball will take on @PackFootball in the @HolidayBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/ishKrtFLRD— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @UVAFootball will take on @SMU_Football in the @FenwayBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/iM7HLsz9aA— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @HokiesFB will take on @TerpsFootball in the @PinstripeBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/iFSSJxsf9C— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @WSUCougarFB will take on @CanesFootball in the @TonyTheTigerSB 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/fb04uI97SV— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @BCFootball will take on @ECUPiratesFB in the @MilitaryBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/ZY2vA5NTlj— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
🚨OFFICIAL: @UAB_FB will take on @BYUfootball in the @IndyBowl 🚨#BowlSeason pic.twitter.com/qWuWF6abjS— Bowl Season (@BowlSeason) December 5, 2021
NC State and UCLA in the Holiday Bowl feels like it could be a top-five bowl by the time Tom Fornelli ranks each game at the end of the postseason. Gut says that one could go off the rails.