College football bowl schedule for 2024-25 season released

By Kevin Kelley -

The College Football Bowl Schedule for the 2024-25 season has officially been released, which includes a total of 47 postseason games.

With 46 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) games including the new College Football Playoff first-round games and the College Football National Championship, 82 teams will play in a postseason game in 2024-25, which is 62% of the FBS.

The ESPN family of networks will televise 42 of the 47 contests this season, including the FCS Celebration Bowl. CBS, FOX, and The CW will televise one contest each, while two first-round playoff games will be broadcast by TNT.

“We’re thrilled to announce the full slate for all 44 bowl games next season,” said Nick Carparelli, executive director of Bowl Season. “Unveiling the bowl schedule is one of the highlights on our calendar as it brings us one step closer to this annual celebration of college football. Bowl Season will be here before we know it and we can’t wait.”

Bowl game action this season will kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2024 with two games. The Cricket Celebration Bowl is first at 12:00pm ET on ABC, and the day concludes with the Camellia Bowl at 9:00pm ET on ESPN.

The annual Army-Navy Game, which is slated for the same day on Saturday, Dec. 14, will not be affected by the early kickoff of the bowl schedule. Army-Navy will kickoff at 3:00pm ET on CBS.

Six bowl games are slated for Tuesday, Dec. 17 through Friday, Dec. 20 before the College Football Playoff begins. The Boca Raton Bowl and Scooter’s Coffee Frisco Bowl are set for Tuesday, LA Bowl hosted by Gronk is set for Wednesday, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Thursday, and StaffDNA Cure Bowl and Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl on Friday.

The inaugural 12-team College Football Playoff, which was finalized on Wednesday, begins on Friday, Dec. 20 with a First Round game at 8:00pm ET and it will be televised live by ABC and ESPN.

CFP First Round action continues on Saturday, Dec. 21 with three games, beginning at noon ET and continuing at 4:00pm ET on TNT. Both games on TNT will be sublicensed from ESPN. Then at 8:00pm ET, the final First Round contest will kickoff on ABC and ESPN.

All First Round action will be played at the home stadium of the higher seeded team. Those teams and sites will be announced on Selection Sunday (Dec. 8).

The EasyPost Hawaii Bowl returns to Christmas Eve this season (Tuesday, Dec. 24) and will be televised by ESPN at 8:00pm ET.

The College Football Playoff quarterfinals begin on New Year’s Eve (Tuesday, Dec. 31) with the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. The game will be televised by ESPN at 7:30pm ET.

Quarterfinal round action continues on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2025, with games at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Ga. (1:00pm ET, ESPN), Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, Calif. (5:00pm ET, ESPN), and Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La. (8:45pm ET, ESPN).

The College Football Playoff Semifinals this season will be played on consecutive weeknights in January. The Capital One Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla., is up first on Thursday, Jan. 9, followed by the Goodyear Cotton Bowl on Friday, Jan. 10. Both games will be televised by ESPN at 7:30pm ET.

The College Football National Championship concludes the college football season on Monday, Jan. 20, 2025. The two playoff semifinal winners will meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and the game will be televised by ESPN at 7:30pm ET.

Check out the complete bowl schedule for the 2024-25 football season at the link below:

College Football Bowl Schedule

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When you want to rock and roll
Get on up it’s the Citrus Bowl

-A poem written by Samphia Dringus

I like how the bowl season is starting earlier than normal and how we have more post New Years bowls. January 20th is a bit late for the national championship but that’s the new normal.

Well a lot depends on how the calendar lies out on certain years, I have seen the first bowl game anywhere from December 12th to December 15th depending on the calendar so really not starting that much earlier just how it laid out. But stretching it out really could end up hurting them especially when a lot of attention is shifted to NFL Playoffs.

Likely it will involve negotiations between teams and bowls, even more than usual, and won’t be as simple as that article claims.

Example: When the Independence Bowl wanted a Pac-12 team in 2023, they followed the selection order, and the Pac-12 team they chose had to go to Shreveport whether they wanted to or not. In 2024, if a former Pac-12 team really doesn’t want to go to Shreveport, they can say, “Nah, pick someone else, we’d rather play in LA or Vegas or Phoenix.” The bowls will have to negotiate; they can’t force former Pac-12 teams to do anything.

Is there a typo where Army is listed as a possible selection for the Boca Raton and Cure bowls? Given the schedule, atleast for this reason, that is not an option

The Holiday Bowl always seems to be an out of sync Bowl. Every time the Bowl schedule is announced the Holiday Bowl does not have a date. Their date seems to be announced around the beginning of the season in late July early August.

FOX telecasts the Holiday Bowl. CBS telecasts the Sun Bowl, and it is always announced the same time all other Bowls are announced.

Holiday Bowl has always picked a date after Dec. 25 and before Jan. 1. They probably want Dec. 27 this year, but they have to get Fox to agree to the date.