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Bowl Games 2021-22: Complete Schedule of Matchups

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVDecember 5, 2021

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After a limited postseason last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic and shortened schedules, bowl season is back in a big way with 43 games on tap, including the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 10.

Most eyes will be on the national semifinals, with No. 1 Alabama facing No. 4 Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl and No. 2 Michigan facing No. 3 Georgia in the Orange Bowl on New Year's Eve.

After several repeat entrants in recent seasons, with Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma filling a large portion of playoff spots, there is some refreshing new blood in this year's championship field with Michigan and Cincinnati making their first appearances. 

There is also a long list of interesting matchups, including top programs competing in New Year's Six bowls, smaller teams trying to prove they belong and elite talents trying to showcase their ability on the national stage.

Here is the full schedule of games for the 2021-22 bowl season.  


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Friday, Dec. 17

Bahamas Bowl

Middle Tennessee State vs. Toledo

Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas (12 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Cure Bowl

Northern Illinois vs. Coastal Carolina

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla. (6 p.m. ET on ESPN2)


Saturday, Dec. 18

Boca Raton Bowl

Western Kentucky vs. Appalachian State

FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla. (11 a.m. ET on ESPN)


Celebration Bowl

South Carolina State vs. Jackson State

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta (12 p.m. ET on ABC)


New Mexico Bowl

Fresno State vs. UTEP

Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, N.M. (2:15 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Independence Bowl

BYU vs. UAB

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La. (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC)


LendingTree Bowl

Liberty vs. Eastern Michigan

Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala. (5:45 p.m. ET on ESPN)


LA Bowl

Utah State vs. Oregon State

SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, Calif. (7:30 p.m. ET on ABC)


New Orleans Bowl

Marshall vs. Louisiana

Caesars Superdome, New Orleans (9:15 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Monday, Dec. 20

Myrtle Beach Bowl

Old Dominion vs. Tulsa

Brooks Stadium, Conway, S.C. (2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Tuesday, Dec. 21

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Kent State vs. Wyoming

Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho (3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Frisco Bowl

UTSA vs. San Diego State

Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Wednesday, Dec. 22

Armed Forces Bowl

Army vs. Missouri

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas (8 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Thursday, Dec. 23

Gasparilla Bowl

Florida vs. UCF

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. (7 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Frisco Football Classic

North Texas vs. Miami (Ohio)

Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas (ESPN)


Friday, Dec. 24

Hawai'i Bowl

Memphis vs. Hawai'i

Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex, Honolulu (8 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Saturday, Dec. 25

Camellia Bowl

Georgia State vs. Ball State

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala. (2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Monday, Dec. 27

Quick Lane Bowl

Nevada vs. Western Michigan

Ford Field, Detroit (11 a.m. ET on ESPN)


Military Bowl

East Carolina vs. Boston College

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md. (2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Tuesday, Dec. 28

Birmingham Bowl

Auburn vs. Houston

Protective Stadium, Birmingham, Ala. (12 p.m. ET on ESPN)


First Responder Bowl

Air Force vs. Louisville

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas (3:15 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Liberty Bowl

Texas Tech vs. Mississippi State

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tenn. (6:45 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Holiday Bowl

North Carolina State vs. UCLA

Petco Park, San Diego (8 p.m. ET on Fox)


Guaranteed Rate Bowl 

West Virginia vs. Minnesota

Chase Field, Phoenix (10:15 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Wednesday, Dec. 29

Fenway Bowl

SMU vs. Virginia

Fenway Park, Boston (11 a.m. ET on ESPN)


Pinstripe Bowl

Maryland vs. Virginia Tech

Yankee Stadium, New York (2:15 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Cheez-It Bowl

Clemson vs. Iowa State

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla. (5:45 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Alamo Bowl

Oklahoma vs. Oregon

Alamodome, San Antonio (9:15 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Thursday, Dec. 30

Duke's Mayo Bowl

North Carolina vs. South Carolina

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C. (11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN)


Music City Bowl

Tennessee vs. Purdue

Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. (3 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Peach Bowl 

Pittsburgh vs. Michigan State

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta (7 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Las Vegas Bowl

Wisconsin vs. Arizona State

Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas (10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Friday, Dec. 31

Orange Bowl

Michigan vs. Georgia

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla. (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Cotton Bowl Classic

Alabama vs. Cincinnati

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas (3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Gator Bowl

Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest

TIAA Bank Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla. (11 a.m. ET on ESPN)


Sun Bowl

Washington State vs. Miami (FL)

Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas (12 p.m. ET on CBS)


Arizona Bowl

Central Michigan vs. Boise State

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Ariz. (2 p.m. ET on Barstool Sports)


Saturday, Jan. 1

Outback Bowl

Penn State vs. Arkansas

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. (12 p.m. ET on ESPN2)


Citrus Bowl

Iowa vs. Kentucky

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla. (1 p.m. ET on ABC)


Fiesta Bowl

Oklahoma State vs. Notre Dame

State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz. (1 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Rose Bowl

Ohio State vs. Utah

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. (5 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Sugar Bowl

Ole Miss vs. Baylor

Caesars Superdome, New Orleans (8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Tuesday, Jan. 4

Texas Bowl

LSU vs. Kansas State

NRG Stadium, Houston (9 p.m. ET on ESPN)


Monday, Jan. 10

College Football Playoff National Championship

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis (8 p.m. ET on ESPN). 

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