New Year’s Day bowl games 2021: Schedule, matchups, TV

By Kevin Kelley -

The New Year’s Day bowl games 2021 schedule features four contests, including the two College Football Playoff Semifinal games.

The college football bowl schedule on New Year’s Day kicks off at noon ET with the ninth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs of the SEC taking on the eighth-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats of the American in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The game will be televised by ESPN.

One hour later at 1:00pm ET, the Auburn Tigers of the SEC face the 14th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats of the Big Ten in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. The game will be televised nationally by ABC.

The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game follows at 4:00pm ET on ESPN. The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the fourth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in that contest, which was moved from Pasadena, Calif., to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Year’s Day action concludes with the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl at 8:00pm ET on ESPN. The second-ranked Clemson Tigers play the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in that contest at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

The 2020 college football season comes to a conclusion on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, with the College Football Playoff National Championship. The two semifinal game winners will square off at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., and the contest will be televised by ESPN at 8:00pm ET.


Friday, Jan. 1, 2021

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
(9) Georgia vs. (8) Cincinnati
12:00pm ET | ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, GA

Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Auburn vs. (14) Northwestern
1:00pm ET | ABC
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, FL

Rose Bowl Game
(4) Notre Dame vs. (1) Alabama
4:00pm ET | ESPN
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX

Allstate Sugar Bowl
(3) Ohio State vs. (2) Clemson
8:00pm ET | ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, LA

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