The COVID-19 pandemic has forced FBS administrators to make a number of alterations for the 2020 college football season, but fans can count on plenty of bowl games this winter.
Officials released the full bowl schedule, which features 37 games including the College Football Playoff.
The postseason gets underway Dec. 19 with the Frisco Bowl and concludes Jan. 11 with the CFP National Championship:
Here's the schedule for the highly anticipated New Year's Six matchups:
Wednesday, Dec. 30
Cotton Bowl Classic; AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas (ESPN)
Thursday, Jan. 1
Peach Bowl; Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta (ESPN)
Rose Bowl*; Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California (ESPN)
Sugar Bowl*; Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans (ESPN)
*the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl serve as the College Football Playoff semifinals
Friday, Jan. 2
Orange Bowl; Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida (ESPN)
Fiesta Bowl; State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona (ESPN)
Monday, Jan. 11
CFP National Championship; Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida (ESPN)
The Athletic's Stewart Mandel noted there will be little turnaround time between the end of the regular season and the start of the bowl slate. Regular-season play concludes Dec. 12, with conference championships the following week.
Six wins has been the requirement for a team to achieve bowl eligibility in the past. Reaching that threshold will be difficult for a number of teams after conferences amended their schedules because of the pandemic.
The Big Ten, for example, is limiting its member schools to eight conference games. Games that are canceled for COVID-19-related reasons won't be rescheduled, nor can a team substitute in a new opponent. Nebraska and Wisconsin.
As a result, four or five victories could be enough to constitute a winning season.
To address this dilemma, the NCAA's Division I Council waived requirements tied to wins and overall games played. As a result, every single team in FBS will be eligible for a postseason bowl, but only 72 spots will obviously be up for grabs.
Fans have had the Associated Press Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll to provide the usual snapshot into where the best teams in the country stand. The uneven start dates for individual conferences, however, has meant that No. 1 Clemson has already played five more games than No. 3 Ohio State. Oregon sits 14th in the AP Poll and 15th in the Coaches Poll despite having not already played yet.
The first official rankings from the CFP selection committee won't arrive until Nov. 24.