College football bowl schedule: Two Friday games kickoff 2021-22 slate

By Kevin Kelley -

The College Football Bowl Schedule for the 2021-22 season is set to kickoff on Friday with two games on the ESPN networks.

Bowl game action begins on Friday, Dec. 17 with the Bahamas Bowl at 12:00pm ET on ESPN. The game will feature the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders of Conference USA taking on the Toledo Rockets of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) at Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas.

The Tailgreeter Cure Bowl is set to kickoff early Friday evening at 6:00pm ET on ESPN2. The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers of the Sun Belt Conference will battle the Northern Illinois Huskies of the MAC in that matchup at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

Seven bowl games are slated to be played on Saturday, Dec. 18. The Boca Raton Bowl is up first at 11:00am ET. Below is the full schedule of bowl games for Friday, Dec. 17 and Saturday, Dec. 18 (all times Eastern):

FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2021

Bahamas Bowl
Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo – 12pm, ESPN

Tailgreeter Cure Bowl
NIU vs. Coastal Carolina – 6pm, ESPN2

SATURDAY, DEC. 18, 2021 Boca Raton Bowl
WKU vs. Appalachian State – 11am, ESPN

Cricket Celebration Bowl
SC State vs. Jackson State – 12pm, ABC

PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl
Fresno State vs. UTEP – 2:15pm, ESPN

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
UAB vs. (13) BYU – 3:30pm, ABC

LendingTree Bowl
Liberty vs. Eastern Michigan – 5:45pm, ESPN

Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl
Oregon State vs. Utah State – 7:30pm, ABC

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
(23) Louisiana vs. Marshall – 9:15pm, ESPN

For a full analysis of the Friday and Saturday games, check out Amy’s College football bowl schedule: 2021 breakdown, Part I – Dec. 17-18.

New Year’s Eve, which is on Friday, Dec. 31 this year, features the two College Football Playoff Semifinals. Hosts in 2021 are the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will face the No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at 3:30pm ET, while the Capital One Orange Bowl will feature a matchup between the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines and the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs at 7:30pm ET, both on ESPN.

Five bowl games are scheduled for New Year’s Day, including three New Year’s Six games — PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (Oklahoma State vs. Notre Dame), Rose Bowl Game (Ohio State vs. Utah), and Allstate Sugar Bowl (Baylor vs. Ole Miss). The Outback Bowl (Arkansas vs. Penn State) and Vrbo Citrus Bowl (Iowa vs. Kentucky) are also slated for New Year’s Day.

The winners of Alabama-Cincinnati and Michigan-Georgia will meet in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. The game will be televised by ESPN at 8:00pm ET.

Below is the complete schedule of College Football Playoff Semifinals and New Year’s Six games for the 2021 season. See the links below that for the complete bowl schedule.


Goodyear Cotton Bowl
Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 | 3:30pm ET, ESPN
(4) Cincinnati vs. (1) Alabama
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX
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Capital One Orange Bowl
Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 | 7:30pm ET, ESPN
(3) Georgia vs. (2) Michigan
Hard Rock Stadium – Miami Gardens, FL
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CFP National Championship
Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 – 8pm ET, ESPN
Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
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Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 | 7pm ET, ESPN
(10) Michigan State vs. (12) Pitt
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Ga.
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PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 | 1pm ET, ESPN
(5) Notre Dame vs. (9) Oklahoma State
State Farm Stadium – Glendale, Ariz.
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Rose Bowl Game
Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 | 5pm ET, ESPN
(6) Ohio State vs. (11) Utah
Rose Bowl Stadium – Pasadena, CA
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Allstate Sugar Bowl
Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 | 8:30pm ET, ESPN
(7) Baylor vs. (8) Ole Miss
Caesars Superdome – New Orleans, LA
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