College football bowl games: 2019-20 selections, schedule

By Brian Wilmer -

The college football bowl games for 2019-20 will be announced today, including the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six selections and schedule.

Below we will live blog the bowl games and pairings as they are announced. The College Football Playoff Semifinals are expected to be announced first at 12:15pm ET on ESPN.

Bowl games hosting the College Football Playoff Semifinals this season are the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., and the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Then at 3:00pm ET, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee will announce the New Year’s Six bowl game pairings. Those four games include the Goodyear Cotton Bowl (Arlington, Texas), Capital One Orange Bowl (Miami, Fla.), Rose Bowl Game (Pasadena, Calif.), and Allstate Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, La.).

This season’s College Football National Championship will be played at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.

For the complete list of games with date, time, and TV, check out our College Football Bowl Schedule and our College Football Playoff Schedule.


(most recent updates first)

4:45pm:  That should — I think — put a bow on this year’s bowl schedule. Thanks for following along today, and remember to keep us bookmarked here at FBSchedules for all of your postseason scheduling needs. As always, we appreciate your support!

4:34pm:  Tennessee definitely got its wish. No further commentary:

4:32pm:  Tennessee apparently got its wish:

4:30pm:  At least one of the SEC bowls is official, finally:

4:18pm:  Well, we were done. Now certain schools have caused this:

4:03pm:  To finish off our friend Jason’s tweet a bit ago, the Birmingham Bowl:

4:00pm:  Ohio vs. Nevada will be the battle for all the spuds in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

3:59pm:  The First Responder Bowl is in:

3:55pm:  Boise State and Washington to the Las Vegas Bowl. Chris Petersen against the Broncos in his final game was the obvious outcome here. Also:

3:52pm:  Thanks to Nick in the comments for calling my attention to this:

3:50pm:  Our good friend Jon Schaeffer sends this along:

3:48pm:  Pittsburgh and Eastern Michigan will be your QuickLane Bowl matchup in Detroit.

3:46pm:  We love SIDs here at FBSchedules, so here’s an announcement from one of our favorites:

3:45pm:  Tulane’s heading to Fort Worth:

3:44pm:  The corrected Camellia Bowl matchup:

3:41pm:  Three more:

Cheez-It:  Air Force vs. Washington State
Alamo:  Utah vs. Texas
Texas:  Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

3:40pm:  Billy Napier’s Cajuns now know their destination:

3:38pm:  Two more:

Military:  Temple vs. North Carolina
Independence:  Miami (FL) vs. Louisiana Tech

3:34pm:  Three announcements, and a correction:

Arizona:  Georgia State (hi again, Kevin!) vs. Wyoming
Liberty:  Navy vs. Kansas State
Sun:  Florida State vs. Arizona State

3:32pm:  San Diego will host USC and Iowa in the Holiday Bowl.

3:23pm:  Not an FBS bowl, but I owe Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T some love for their trip to the Celebration Bowl, featuring the champions of the two HBCU conferences in FCS.

3:20pm:  Wake Forest and Michigan State will take their talents to Yankee Stadium for the Pinstripe Bowl.

3:17pm:  This is going to be a fun one:

3:14pm:  Your New Year’s Six, in a handy lineup:

Peach: LSU vs Oklahoma
Fiesta: Ohio State vs Clemson
Rose: Oregon vs Wisconsin
Orange: Florida vs Virginia
Cotton: Penn State vs Memphis
Sugar: Georgia vs Baylor

3:11pm:  The flood gates are open. Here are more matchups:

Birmingham:  Boston College-Cincinnati
Gator:  Kentucky-Indiana
Camping World:  Notre Dame-Iowa State
Belk:  Mississippi State-Virginia Tech
Outback:  Auburn-Minnesota

3:09pm:  The Music City Bowl should have little problem selling tickets; Tennessee and Louisville will be its combatants.

3:07pm:  Alabama and Michigan will compose the Citrus Bowl matchup, per McMurphy.

3:06pm:  #9 Florida and #24 Virginia will appear in the Orange Bowl (Dec. 30, 8:00, ESPN).

3:05pm:  #5 Georgia and #7 Baylor will do battle in the Allstate Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1, 8:45, ESPN).

3:04pm:  McMurphy announces the following matchups:

Gasparilla:  UCF-Marshall
Boca Raton:  SMU-FAU
Cotton:  Penn State-Memphis
Cure:  Liberty-Georgia Southern

3:02pm:  #6 Oregon and #8 Wisconsin head to the Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 5:00, ESPN).

3:01pm:  Appalachian State, as expected, heads to the New Orleans Bowl off its Sun Belt championship victory yesterday. They will face UAB, sayeth Brett McMurphy:

2:26pm:  While we sit here waiting for ESPN to finally reveal to us teams 5-25, here’s this:

12:30pm:  ESPN indicates the remainder of the rankings from teams 5-25 will be released at 3:00 (Eastern). We’ll have those here, and will continue to provide bowl updates as we have them throughout the afternoon.

12:19pm:  The bracket is as follows:

#4 Oklahoma (12-1) vs. #1 LSU (13-0) – 4:00pm ET, December 28, ESPN
#3 Clemson (13-0) vs. #2 Ohio State (13-0) – 8:00pm, December 28, ESPN

Stadium’s Brett McMurphy indicates LSU-Oklahoma will be the Peach Bowl, with Ohio State-Clemson the Fiesta.

12:16pm:  The pairings were due one minute ago. We’re in a commercial at the moment, so it should — hopefully — be any minute now. They’re probably on set browbeating David Pollack into admitting that he likes stats.

10:00am (Eastern):  We have six bids confirmed, out of 78. This from Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, whom we’ll cite quite a bit as the day wears on:

Comments (5)

Navy is #23 right now at 9-2. What if they lose to a subpar Army team this year? Will the CFP rankings change? Not fair for them to keep that ranking. I hope they lose just to see how they decide. In my opinion, Army vs. Navy needs to kickoff the regular season in week 0, not a week after the season ends.

Needs to change. It was so tacky they played in the AAC Championship game a few years ago before their REGULAR SEASON had finished.

See, I love the pageantry of Army-Navy, especially as the son and nephew of two sailors. That said, you’ve got a fair point. There needs to be a way to not lose the special feel around that game (and the occasional snowstorm in which it’s played), while still accounting for final season rankings.

I feel bad for Toledo the only Bowl Eligible team at 6-6 not to go to a bowl game. Next year there will be three more bowl games.

I’m surprised they didn’t get in over Eastern Michigan (6-6) who they beat head to head in same conference. Toledo May have declined a bid.