Mobile version. Acronyms are explained below. All times Eastern and PM, except where obvious. As of 01/11/2021 09:29:58 PM -0800.
|Myrtle Beach Bowl||Dec. 21||Conway, SC||2:30||ESPN||C-USA/MAC/Sun Belt||C-USA/MAC/Sun Belt||North Texas*||14||Appalachian State*||41|
|Potato Bowl||Dec. 22||Boise, ID||3:30||ESPN||MAC||MWC||Tulane*||29||Nevada*||23|
|Boca Raton Bowl||Dec. 22||Boca Raton, FL||7:00||ESPN||AAC/C-USA/MAC/MWC/Sun Belt||AAC/C-USA/MAC/MWC/Sun Belt||Central Florida*||35||Brigham Young*||45|
|New Orleans Bowl||Dec. 23||New Orleans, LA||3:30||ESPN||C-USA||Sun Belt||Louisiana Tech*||10||Georgia Southern*||24|
|Montgomery Bowl||Dec. 23||Montgomery, AL||7:00||ESPN||ACC||AAC||Memphis*||28||Florida Atlantic*||10|
|New Mexico Bowl||Dec. 24||Frisco, TX||3:30||ESPN||AAC/C-USA/MWC||AAC/C-USA/MWC||Hawaii*||21||Houston*||35|
|Camellia Bowl||Dec. 25||Montgomery, AL||2:30||ESPN||MAC||Sun Belt||Buffalo||35||Marshall||34|
|First Responder Bowl||Dec. 26||Dallas, TX||3:30||ABC||AAC/Big 12/ACC||AAC/Big 12/ACC||Texas-San Antonio*||17||Louisiana*||28|
|LendingTree Bowl||Dec. 26||Mobile, AL||3:30||ESPN||MAC||Sun Belt||Western Kentucky*||24||Georgia State*||21|
|Cure Bowl||Dec. 26||Orlando, FL||7:30||ESPN||AAC/MAC/Sun Belt||AAC/MAC/Sun Belt||Liberty*||13||Coastal Carolina**||35|
|Cheez-It Bowl||Dec. 29||Orlando, FL||5:30||ABC||ACC||Big 12 #2||Miami*||13||Oklahoma State*||27|
|Alamo Bowl||Dec. 29||San Antonio, TX||9:00||ESPN||Big 12 #1||Pac-12||Texas*||31||Colorado**||24|
|Mayo Bowl||Dec. 30||Charlotte, NC||12:00||ESPN||ACC||Big Ten/SEC||Wake Forest**||13||Wisconsin*||38|
|Cotton Bowl||Dec. 30||Arlington, TX||8:00||ESPN||CFP (At-large)||CFP (At-large)||Oklahoma**||24||Florida**||21|
|Armed Forces Bowl||Dec. 31||Fort Worth, TX||12:00||ESPN||AAC||Big 12 #6/C-USA||Tulsa*||28||Mississippi State*||21|
|Arizona Bowl||Dec. 31||Tuscon, AZ||2:00||CBS||MWC||MAC||San Jose State**||31||Ball State*||24|
|Liberty Bowl||Dec. 31||Memphis, TN||4:00||ESPN||Big 12 #4||SEC||West Virginia*||10||Army*||28|
|Peach Bowl||Jan. 1||Atlanta, GA||12:00||ESPN||CFP (At-large)||CFP (At-large)||Cincinnati**||21||Georgia**||18|
|Citrus Bowl||Jan. 1||Orlando, FL||1:00||ABC||Big Ten #1||SEC #1||Northwestern*||17||Auburn**||13|
|Rose? Bowl||Jan. 1||Arlington, TX||4:00||ESPN||CFP Semi-final||CFP Semi-final||Alabama (#1)*||51||Notre Dame (#4)*||31|
|Sugar Bowl||Jan. 1||New Orleans, LA||8:00||ESPN||CFP Semi-final||CFP Semi-final||Clemson (#2)*||42||Ohio State (#3)*||38|
|Gator Bowl||Jan. 2||Jacksonville, FL||12:00||ESPN||ACC||SEC||North Carolina State*||28||Kentucky*||24|
|Outback Bowl||Jan. 2||Tampa, FL||12:30||ABC||Big Ten/ACC||SEC||Indiana**||45||Mississippi**||42|
|Fiesta Bowl||Jan. 2||Glendale, AZ||4:00||ESPN||CFP (At-large)||CFP (At-large)||Oregon**||24||Iowa State*||28|
|Orange Bowl||Jan. 2||Miami Gardens, FL||8:00||ESPN||CFP (ACC)||CFP (SEC/Big Ten/ND)||North Carolina**||28||Texas A&M**||27|
|CFP Championship Game||Jan. 11||Miami Gardens, FL||8:00||ESPN||Rose? Bowl Winner||Sugar Bowl Winner||Alabama||51||Ohio State||48|
Teams 6-6 or better that need at-large bids: All teams, except for the following known opt-outs/bans: Louisiana State, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Southern Methodist, Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, San Diego State, California-Los Angeles, Utah, Washington, Southern California, Pennsylvania State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Michigan State, Maryland, Boise State.
Overall: 13-13 (50%)
Scores: 2-50 (4%)
?=at-large because some conference couldn't fill its bids
* = Accepted invitation
** = Predicted correctly
A team in bold indicates that I predicted the winner correctly
A team in italics means that team won the game, but was not who I picked
A bold score means that I actually managed to pick the score correctly
1: Team meets one of the exception criteria, see the blurb about bylaw 18.7.2 below.
Past years: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | Index
|Conference||Teams||Eligible||Teams With Bids|
For 2020, the above table includes teams that were announced to a bid but whose bowl game was subsequently canceled.
The introduction of the College Football Playoff in the 2014-2015 season changed a bunch of stuff. Below is a quick guide to the process and links to sources of information.
The College Football Playoff is a new system that includes a
rotating set of six bowl games (the Peach, Cotton, Rose, Fiesta, Sugar,
and Orange) plus a championship game. Each year, two of the games will host
semi-final games, which will be seeded according to a committee. The winners of
those games will meet in the championship game. The rotation of the games is as
such for the semi-finals:
2014, 2017, 2020, 2023: Rose and Sugar
2015, 2018, 2021, 2024: Orange and Cotton
2016, 2019, 2022, 2025: Fiesta and Peach
When those games aren't hosting national semi-finals, they will be the home for conference champions and other teams not selected for the semi-finals. The default matchups are:
Rose: Big Ten #1 vs. Pac-12 #1
Sugar: SEC #1 vs. Big 12 #1
Orange: Highest-ranked ACC vs. the highest-ranked available team from the SEC, Big Ten, or Notre Dame
Cotton, Fiesta, and Peach: At-large selections or the "top team" from the Group of Five (which consists of the non-autobid conferences (the American, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt). These bowls can also host the Big Ten or SEC champions if they are not in the playoff when the Rose or Sugar bowls are part of the playoff.
1. Notre Dame can only appear twice as an at-large
2. If the ACC faces a rematch in the Orange Bowl, then the Orange can select the highest ranked available opponent (according to the committee) and the spurned team is placed elsewhere in the framework.
3. If a conference's champion is selected for the play-off, then the next highest ranked team from that conference assumes the berth, except in the Big 12, where the conference runner-up gets it.
Future championship game sites:
2021: Indianapolis, IN
2022: Inglewood, CA
2023: Houston, TX
"ACC #1" means "the first ACC team after the CFP selection process", not "the ACC champion".
Overall eligibility: The 2016-2017 NCAA Division I Manual (warning, PDF) bylaw 18.7.2 governs Division I FBS football eligibility. The NCAA defines a "deserving team" as a team with an equal number of wins and losses, i.e, a record of 6-6 and better against FBS opponents. For the purposes of this record, a team is also allowed to count one FCS win as well. Note that it is no longer a requirement that all above .500 teams are selected before 6-6 teams. For 2013, the NCAA added what one might call the "UCLA and Georgia Tech" rule which basically boils down to: a) winning your conference title game makes you a "deserving team" and b) losing your title game does not affect your "deserving team" status.
In addition to deserving teams, bylaw 18.7.2 also spells out
what will happen if there are not enough bowl eligible teams for the 40 bowl
games. Note that these criteria apply in order, and a particular bowl game may
use a team from this "pool" once every four years (effective 8/2012).
1. The "counting 1 FCS win" rule only applies if the FCS team in question uses 90% of available scholarships out of 63 (so 56.7 scholarships, as FCS allows partial scholarships), so the first criteria is that any FCS school counts for the 1-win.
2. Teams that finished 6-6 with two FCS wins. For 2019, there are no teams that meet this criterion.
3. Teams that finished 6-7 (this used to be the "UCLA rule" but conference championships can no longer make a team ineligible for a bowl).
5. Teams that are reclassifying to FBS and have a 6-6 record. There are no reclassifying teams for 2019.
6. Teams in the top 5 of the APR and with a 5-7 record. This year, those teams are Northwestern, Air Force, Vanderbilt, Navy, and Duke.
All "deserving team" requirements are
waived for 2020.
A new cycle began in 2020, which was of course immediately
disrupted. Many of these changes are described
here, and others are pieced together from various other sources.
The 2020-2025 ACC bowl agreements were announced in 2020 and pretty much abandon any sort of ranking criteria completely. The most important thing is that if the ACC's opponent in the Orange Bowl is from the Big Ten, it will also get a team in the Outback Bowl (I assume in place of the Big Ten).
The Big Ten selection process has its own page. The Citrus Bowl will pick an ACC team if the ACC faces a Big Ten team in the Orange Bowl (see below).
The Big 12 selection order.
The Pac-12 bowl selection order, on page 139.
The SEC bowl selection order. Note that of the "pool of six", the Liberty is the first off if there's not enough teams.
The American bowl lineup on page 15.
The Mountain West bowl lineup. Note that the MWC is a backup for the Cheez-It Bowl, but if used the Cheez-It Bowl gets to pick right after the Las Vegas Bowl. However, the Redbox Bowl backup slot is filled only after all the other MWC bowls are filled.
The MAC bowl lineup on page 14. This article from 2014 also talks about them a bit. The MAC is also a secondary for any ESPN owned and operated bowl games.
The Sun Belt bowl lineup on page 21.
The Conference USA bowl lineup, page 168.
As far as independents other than Notre Dame go: so far I've found statements saying BYU is eligible for "ESPN-affiliated bowls" and not much else.
Games not played in 2020:
|Las Vegas Bowl||Paradise, NV||SEC/Big Ten||Pac-12 #3||Pre-emptively canceled|
|Frisco Bowl||Dec. 19||Frisco, TX||4:00||ESPN||MAC/AAC/C-USA/MWC||MAC/AAC/C-USA/MWC||Pre-emptively canceled|
|Bahamas Bowl||Dec. 20||Nassau, Bahamas||2:00||ESPN||Pre-emptively canceled|
|Hawaii Bowl||Dec. 24||Honolulu, HI||8:00||ESPN||Pre-emptively canceled|
|Gasparilla Bowl||Dec. 26||Tampa, FL||12:00||ABC||AAC/SEC/ACC||AAC/SEC/ACC||Alabama-Birmingham*||South Carolina*|
|Quick Lane Bowl||Dec. 26||Detroit, MI||8:00||ESPN||Big Ten||Pre-emptively canceled|
|Guaranteed Rate Bowl||Dec. 26||Phoenix, AZ||10:15||ESPN||Big Ten||Big 12 #5||Canceled due to not enough teams|
|Independence Bowl||Dec. 26||Shreveport, LA||7:00||ESPN||Pac-12||Army||Canceled due to not enough teams|
|Pinstripe Bowl||Dec. 27||New York, NY||3:20||ESPN||ACC||Big Ten||Pre-emptively canceled|
|Holiday Bowl||Dec. 27||San Diego, CA||8:00||FS1||ACC||Pac-12||Pre-emptively canceled|
|Military Bowl||Dec. 28||Annapolis, MD||2:30||ESPN||ACC||AAC||Canceled due to not enough teams|
|Redbox Bowl||Dec. 30||Santa Clara, CA||4:00||FOX||Big Ten||Pre-emptively canceled|
|LA Bowl||Dec. 30||Ingelwood, CA||10:45||ESPN||Pac-12 #5||MWC #1||Replaced by Montgomery Bowl|
|Music City Bowl||Dec. 30||Nashville, TN||3:30||ESPN||Big Ten||SEC||Iowa*||Missouri*|
|Sun Bowl||Dec. 31||El Paso, TX||2:00||CBS||ACC||Pac-12 #4||Pre-emptively canceled|
|Texas Bowl||Dec. 31||Houston, TX||8:00||ESPN||Big 12 #3||SEC||Texas Christian* (35)||Arkansas* (34)|
|Birmingham Bowl||Jan. 1||Birmingham, AL||12:00||ESPN2||AAC/SEC/ACC||AAC/SEC/ACC||Canceled due to not enough teams|
Schedule sources: Matt Sarz, conference media guides (see above), and individual bowl websites.