College football bowl schedule for 2021-22 released

By Kevin Kelley -

The College Football Bowl Schedule for the 2021-22 season has officially been released by Bowl Season, which represents college football’s 44 postseason games.

With 43 games including the College Football National Championship for Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams, 84 teams will play in a postseason game in 2021-22, which is 65% of the FBS.

The ESPN family of networks will televise 40 of the 44 contests this season. CBS and FOX/FOX Sports 1 will televise one contest each, while two other unannounced games will likely be televised by FOX/FS1 and CBS Sports Network.

The 2021-22 bowl season kicks off on Friday, Dec. 17 with two games. The Bahamas Bowl is first at 12:00pm ET on ESPN, and it’s followed by the Cure Bowl at 6:00pm ET on ESPN2.

The first full day of the bowl season is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 18. Seven bowl games are scheduled for that day, beginning with the Boca Raton Bowl at 11:00am ET on ESPN.

The Hawaii Bowl is set for Christmas Eve again this season and will be televised by ESPN at 8:00pm ET. Christmas Day features the Camellia Bowl at 2:30pm ET, also on ESPN.

On New Year’s Eve, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, the two College Football Playoff semifinal games will take place. Hosts this season are the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Kickoff for the semifinals will be 3:30pm ET and 7:30pm ET, with the exact order announced after the pairings are set in December.

Five bowl games are slated for New Year’s Day this season, beginning with the Outback Bowl at 12:00pm ET on ESPN2 and the Vrbo Citrus Bowl at 1:00pm ET on ABC. Those contests will be followed by three New Year’s Six contests — PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (1:00pm ET, ESPN), Rose Bowl Game (5:00pm ET, ESPN), and Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:45pm ET, ESPN).

The College Football National Championship concludes the college football season on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. The two playoff semifinal winners will meet at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., and the game will be televised by ESPN at 8:00pm ET.

College Football Bowl Schedule

Comments (11)

Kevin, the Hawaii Bowl will not be played at Aloha Stadium. Aloha Stadium has been condemned and has seen its last football game. The game will be played at either Ching Stadium in Honolulu or War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.

Hey Kevin, have you written any articles with regard to ESPN’s role in establishing bowl games, or what the process is to set one up? As they are broadcasting over 90% of the bowl games (40 of the 44), that might be interesting how that comes about.

I am interested in the Bowl Games that ESPN actually manages as well as broadcasts.

The Celebration Bowl is included with those 44, so minus the national championship, that means there will be 84 FBS (86 total) teams in bowl games this year.

Wow, and that’s out of what, 126 fbs teams? Never realized that many teams made it to the post season.

Any insight on when we’ll get dates for the last 3? Does the Redbox still exist, and where will it be played?