ESPN Announces College Football Championships Broadcast Schedule

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The 2021 college football season is still very young, but ESPN has already planned its coverage of the sport’s “post season.”

A press release distributed Wednesday announced it will air seven conference championship games between Dec. 3 and 4. The conference championship games will be for the Pac-12, Big 12, MAC, Sunbelt Conference, American Athletic Conference, Southwest Athletic Conference, and Atlantic Coast Conference.

Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET Dec. 3 on ABC and ESPN Radio with coverage of the PAC-12 championship. The other six championships will air throughout the day Dec. 4, starting with the Big 12 and MAC championships at noon. The Big 12 Championship is scheduled to air live on ABC and ESPN Radio while the MAC Championship is scheduled to air on ESPN.

Coverage continues at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN with the Sun Belt Conference Championship. The AAC Champion will be crowned in that conference’s championship game at 4 p.m. ET on ABC.

Kickoff for the SWAC Championship is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The day winds down at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN Radio with coverage of the ACC Championship.

The full Dec. 3-4 CFB Conference Championship Schedule is noted below.

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Fri, Dec 38 p.m.Pac-12 Championship Game
(Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas, Nev.)
ABC/ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec 4NoonDr Pepper Big 12 Championship Game
(AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas)
ABC/ESPN Radio
 Rocket Mortgage MAC Championship Game
(Ford Field – Detroit, Mich.)
ESPN
3:30 p.m.Sun Belt Conference Championship Game
(Campus Site TBD)
ESPN
4 p.m.American Athletic Conference Championship Game
(Campus Site TBD)
ABC
 SWAC Championship Game
(Campus Site TBD)
ESPN2
8 p.m.Subway ACC Championship Game
(Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, N.C.)
ABC/ESPN Radio

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ESPN To Air Annual Heisman Trophy Ceremony Tuesday

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The Heisman Trophy ceremony is now only days away.

This year’s ceremony will take place Tuesday live from ESPN’s Bristol, CT studios. The network is scheduled to broadcast the ceremony live at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Chris Fowler will anchor the one-hour broadcast. Reporter Maria Taylor will provide additional commentary from this year’s finalists — Alabama Quarterback Mac Jones, Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, Alabama Wide Receiver DeVonta Smith, and Florida QB Kyle Trask. Analysts and former Heisman Trophy winners Desmond Howard (1991) and Tim Tebow (2007) will provide additional commentary remotely.

Leading up to Tuesday night’s ceremony, ESPN’s digital and social platforms will stream The Heisman Show presented by Nissan. The half-hour stream is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET. Christine Williamson and Harry Lyles. Jr. will co-anchor the stream.

ESPN has been the exclusive home of the Heisman Trophy ceremony since 1994.

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Mercari Texas Bowl Cancelled

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Less than a week after getting a new title sponsor, the Texas Bowl is now a no-go

The Mercari Texas Bowl will not happen this year. ESPN made the announcement Tuesday through a press release. According to information provided by ESPN, the cancellation — now the 16th on the year — is due to “an increased number of positive COVID-19 tests and other circumstances within the TCU football team.”

This year’s Texas Bowl was scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 31 on ESPN from NRG stadium. It was going to feature a matchup of TCU and Arkansas.

Texas Bowl Executive Director David Fletcher addressed the cancellation in a prepared statement.

“While we are disappointed in canceling this year’s game, we look forward to hosting both the Texas Kickoff and Texas Bowl next season,” said Fletcher. “We appreciate everyone’s support, including our new title sponsor, Mercari.”

Refunds are available for all ticketholders through the outlets through which they purchased tickets.

Tuesday’s announcement is now the fifth this month as well as being the 16th this season. The Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl was cancelled Dec. 23.

The list of bowl games cancelled is noted below.

  1. Bahamas Bowl (C-USA vs. MAC)
  2. Celebration Bowl (MEAC vs. SWAC)
  3. Fenway Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  4. Hawaii Bowl (AAC vs. Mountain West)
  5. Holiday Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  6. Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12 vs. SEC)
  7. Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
  8. Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
  9. Quick Lane Bowl (ACC, Big Ten, MAC)
  10. Redbox Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
  11. Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  12. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (AAC vs. WAC)
  13. Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl (SEC vs. AAC)
  14. Perspecta Military Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  15. Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl (SEC vs. C-USA)
  16. Mercari Texas Bowl (Big 12 vs. SEC)

The remaining schedule for Capital One Bowl Mania is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Event/CommentatorsNetwork
Tue, Dec. 295:30 p.m.Cheez-It Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Miami
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
 9 p.m.Valero Alamo Bowl
Texas vs. Colorado
Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Kris Budden
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Trevor Matich
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Wed, Dec. 30NoonDuke’s Mayo Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin
Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, N.C.
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Marty Smith
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
 4 p.m.TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Iowa vs. Missouri
Nissan Stadium – Nashville, Tenn.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Thu, Dec. 31NoonLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl*
Tulsa vs. Mississippi State
Amon G. Carter Stadium – Fort Worth, Texas
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
 4 p.m.AutoZone Liberty Bowl
West Virginia vs. Tennessee
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Memphis, Tenn.
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
Radio: Jay Alter, Brad Edwards
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
 1 p.m.Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Auburn vs. Northwestern
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Paul Carcaterra
ABC
Fri, Jan. 1NoonTaxSlayer Gator Bowl
N.C. State vs. Kentucky
TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, Fla.
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Lericia Harris
ESPN
Sat, Jan. 212:30 p.m.Outback Bowl
Ole Miss vs. Indiana
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
ABC
    

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Nominees Announced For ‘The Home Depot College Football Awards’

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And the nominees are….

ESPN officials announced the nominees Tuesday, for the network’s annual Home Depot College Football Awards. the nominees for each category are noted below.

The Home Depot College Football Awards Finalists

NCFAA awards announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards:

Chuck Bednarik Award
College Defensive Player of the Year  
Zaven Collins, Tulsa (Jr.)
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame (Sr.) Patrick Surtain II, Alabama (Jr.)
Biletnikoff Award
Outstanding Receiver
Elijah Moore, Ole Miss (Jr.)
Kyle Pitts, Florida (Jr.)
DeVonta Smith, Alabama (Sr.)
Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
Nation’s Outstanding Placekicker  
Jose Borregales, Miami (Sr.)
Jake Oldroyd, BYU (So.)
Will Reichard, Alabama (So.)
Ray Guy Award
College Punter of the Year  
Jake Camarda, Georgia (Jr.)
Pressley Harvin III, Georgia Tech (Sr.)
Lou Hedley, Miami (Jr.)
Maxwell Award
College Player of the Year  
Mac Jones, Alabama (Jr.)
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (Jr.)
DeVonta Smith, Alabama (Sr.)
Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award
Nation’s Best Quarterback  
Mac Jones, Alabama (Jr.)
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (Jr.)
Kyle Trask, Florida (Sr.)
Outland Trophy
Nation’s Most Outstanding Interior Lineman  
Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame (Gr.)
Alex Leatherwood, Alabama (Sr.)
Daviyon Nixon, Iowa (Jr.)
Paycom Jim Thorpe Award
Nation’s Best Defensive Back  
Richie Grant, UCF (Sr.)
Trevon Moehrig, TCU (Jr.)
Patrick Surtain II, Alabama (Jr.)
Doak Walker Award
Nation’s Premier Running Back  
Travis Etienne, Clemson (Sr.)
Breece Hall, Iowa State (So.)
Najee Harris, Alabama (Sr.)

Additional honors recognized during The Home Depot College Football Awards:

The Home Depot Coach of the YearWinner announced January 5
William V. Campbell Trophy Presented By Mazda
Scholar-Athlete
Full list of finalists available here.
Disney Spirit Award
Most Inspirational Player or Team
Darien Rencher, Clemson (Sr.)
The Allstate AFCA Good Works TeamFull list of team members available here.
Walter Camp All America Team Full team announced on January 7.
John Mackey Award
Outstanding Tight End
Charlie Kolar, Iowa State (Jr.)
Kyle Pitts, Florida (Jr.)
Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M (So.)
Rimington Trophy
Outstanding Center
Landon Dickerson, Alabama (Sr.)
Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa (So.)
Josh Myers, Ohio State (Jr.)
Wuerffel Trophy
Community Service
Sam Ehlinger, Texas (Sr.)
Teton Saltes, New Mexico (Sr.)
Shai Werts, Georgia Southern (Sr.)  

 Other awards given this postseason:

Broyles Award
Assistant Coach of the Year
Marcus Freeman, Cincinnati
Jeff Grimes, BYU
Mike Hankwitz, Northwestern
Steve Sarkisian, Alabama
Kane Wommack, Indiana 
Burlsworth Trophy
College football’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on
Dax Milne, BYU (Jr.)
Grant Morgan, Arkansas (Sr.)
Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt (Sr.)

The Home Depot College Football Awards is scheduled to broadcast at 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 7 on ESPN. The 90-minute broadcast will honor the accomplishments of some of the game’s top student-athletes.

Chris Fowler will anchor the broadcast. Reporter Holly Rowe will provide additional stories and commentary for the program.

Pete Derzis, ESPN Senior Vice President of College Sports Programming and Events said in a prepared statement, the upcoming broadcast will not feature a live audience, but stressed that will not lessen the program’s content.

The Home Depot College Football Awards will continue to be what they have always been, and that is a celebration of elite performances in college football,” said Derzis.  “While the award show will look different this year due to COVID-19, the spirit of the show remains the same. We look forward to honoring the stellar performances produced by these student-athletes this season.”

National College Football Awards Association President Mark Wolpert added to Derzis’ statements with his own comments.

“With all of the challenges faced in the 2020 season, we are looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate the game, its players, coaches and the amazing performances that have taken place,” said Wolpert. “This season’s award show will truly be a recognition of not only the top players, but more importantly the incredible efforts involved in making this season possible.”

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Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl Cancelled

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Yet another of 2020’s scheduled college football bowl games has been cancelled.

ESPN announced late Tuesday, that the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl has been cancelled. The game is now the fourth bowl game cancelled this month and 15th this season. The game, which was scheduled to take place at noon Saturday, was to feature a matchup between South Carolina and the University of Alabama Birmingham.

According to a press release distributed by ESPN, the cancellation happened due to “an increased number of COVID-19 cases.” The bowl game is one of 17 total that is owned and operated by ESPN and ESPN Events.

Scott Glaser, Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl Executive Director, addressed the cancellation in a prepared statement.

“The current environment has presented many challenges,” said Glaser. “We looked into a number of options for UAB, but ultimately could not identify any opportunities for them to play at this time. We are appreciative of the many supporters in the community, including our new title sponsor – Union Home Mortgage, and look forward to staging the game in 2021.”

According to information in the noted press release, ticket refunds are available through Etix. Refunds can take up to five business days to process, depending on the banking institution.

The Military Bowl was the latest bowl game cancellation, coming Monday. The game is not owned and operated by ESPN and ESPN Events. According to information about the cancellation, it was due to a lack of teams to play in the bowl.

Tulsa, which fell to Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game, and Virginia Tech were originally believed to be the potential opponents for the game, but the Hokies opted out. The Golden Hurricane meanwhile will now play in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 31 against Mississippi State.

The list of bowl games cancelled is noted below.

  1. Bahamas Bowl (C-USA vs. MAC)
  2. Celebration Bowl (MEAC vs. SWAC)
  3. Fenway Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  4. Hawaii Bowl (AAC vs. Mountain West)
  5. Holiday Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  6. Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12 vs. SEC)
  7. Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
  8. Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
  9. Quick Lane Bowl (ACC, Big Ten, MAC)
  10. Redbox Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
  11. Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  12. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (AAC vs. WAC)
  13. Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl (SEC vs. AAC)
  14. Perspecta Military Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  15. Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl (SEC vs. C-USA)

ESPN’s Capital One Bowl Mania schedule is underway. The month-long schedule is in its third day. Appalachian State defeated North Texas in the schedule’s opening game, the inaugural Myrtle Beach Bowl, Monday.

Nevada defeated Tulane 38-27 Tuesday in the first of two games, in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. BYU defeat UCF 49-23 in the Boca Raton Bowl, the second of the day’s games.

Bowl action continues today with another double header. Up first is the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at 3 p.m., featuring a matchup of Louisiana tech and Georgia Southern. Coverage is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN Deportes/ESPN Radio.

Memphis and Florida Atlantic are set to face off in the day’s second game, the Montgomery Bowl, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

The remaining schedule for Capital One Bowl Mania is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Event/CommentatorsNetwork
Wed, Dec. 233 p.m.R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern
Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, La.
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
7 p.m.Montgomery Bowl*
Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic
Cramton Bowl – Montgomery, Ala.
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Lauren Sisler
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Thu, Dec. 243:30 p.m.New Mexico Bowl*
Hawai‘i vs. Houston
Toyota Stadium – Frisco, Texas
John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia, Kris Budden
Radio: Kevin Winter, Craig Haubert
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Fri, Dec. 252:30 p.m.Camellia Bowl*
Marshall vs. Buffalo
Cramton Bowl – Montgomery, Ala.
Bill Roth, Dustin Fox, Lauren Sisler
ESPN
Sat, Dec. 26NoonUnion Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl*
South Carolina vs. UAB
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
ABC / ESPN Deportes
3:30 p.m.SERVPRO First Responder Bowl*
Louisiana vs. UTSA
Gerald J. Ford Stadium – Dallas, Texas
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Quint Kessenich
ABC / ESPN Deportes
 LendingTree Bowl
Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State
Ladd-Peebles Stadium – Mobile, Ala.
Mike Couzens, Jay Walker, Dawn Davenport
ESPN
7:30 p.m.FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl*
Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Alex Chappell
ESPN
Tue, Dec. 295:30 p.m.Cheez-It Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Miami
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
9 p.m.Valero Alamo Bowl
Texas vs. Colorado
Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Kris Budden
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Trevor Matich
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Wed, Dec. 30NoonDuke’s Mayo Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin
Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, N.C.
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Marty Smith
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
4 p.m.TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Iowa vs. Missouri
Nissan Stadium – Nashville, Tenn.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Thu, Dec. 31NoonLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl*
Tulsa vs. Mississippi State
Amon G. Carter Stadium – Fort Worth, Texas
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
4 p.m.AutoZone Liberty Bowl
West Virginia vs. Tennessee
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Memphis, Tenn.
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
Radio: Jay Alter, Brad Edwards
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
8 p.m.Mercari Texas Bowl*
Arkansas vs. TCU
NRG Stadium – Houston
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Fri, Jan. 11 p.m.Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Auburn vs. Northwestern
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Paul Carcaterra
ABC
Sat, Jan. 2NoonTaxSlayer Gator Bowl
N.C. State vs. Kentucky
TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, Fla.
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Lericia Harris
ESPN
12:30 p.m.Outback Bowl
Ole Miss vs. Indiana
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
ABC

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ESPN Announces ‘Capital One Bowl Mania’ Broadcast Schedule

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It is officially time to go bowling.

The 2020-21 college football season’s bowl schedule, dubbed Capital One Bowl Mania, opens at 2:30 p.m. ET today. The inaugural Myrtle Beach Bowl opens this season’s bowl schedule on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Appalachian State and North Texas will face off in this afternoon’s bowl, with the broadcast team of Eric Mac Lain, Ryan McGee, and Marty Smith on the call.

The month-long schedule culminates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T on Jan. 11. The College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T is scheduled to take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL.

While Capital One Bowl Mania will feature 27 bowl games, 13 bowl games had been cancelled as of Sunday. Among those games cancelled were bowls, such as the Cricket Celebration Bowl, Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl, and Holiday Bowl. The list of bowl games cancelled is noted below.

  1. Bahamas Bowl (C-USA vs. MAC)
  2. Celebration Bowl (MEAC vs. SWAC)
  3. Fenway Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  4. Hawaii Bowl (AAC vs. Mountain West)
  5. Holiday Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  6. Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12 vs. SEC)
  7. Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
  8. Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
  9. Quick Lane Bowl (ACC, Big Ten, MAC)
  10. Redbox Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
  11. Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  12. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (AAC vs. WAC)
  13. Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl (SEC vs. AAC)

This year’s Capital One Bowl Mania schedule is noted below.

ESPN’s 2020-21 Bowl Season Schedule (excluding NY6 Bowls)

DateTime (ET)Event/CommentatorsNetwork
Mon, Dec. 212:30 p.m.Myrtle Beach Bowl*
Appalachian State vs. North Texas
Brooks Stadium – Conway, S.C.
Courtney Lyle, Eric Mac Lain, Ryan McGee/Marty Smith
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Tue, Dec. 223:30 p.m.Famous Idaho Potato Bowl*
Tulane vs. Nevada
Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium – Boise, Idaho
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Taylor Davis
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
7 p.m.RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl*
UCF vs. BYU
Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium – Boca Raton, Fla.
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Lericia Harris
Radio: Chris Carlin, Craig Haubert
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Wed, Dec. 233 p.m.R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern
Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, La.
Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
7 p.m.Montgomery Bowl*
Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic
Cramton Bowl – Montgomery, Ala.
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Lauren Sisler
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Thu, Dec. 243:30 p.m.New Mexico Bowl*
Hawai‘i vs. Houston
Toyota Stadium – Frisco, Texas
John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia, Kris Budden
Radio: Kevin Winter, Craig Haubert
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Fri, Dec. 252:30 p.m.Camellia Bowl*
Marshall vs. Buffalo
Cramton Bowl – Montgomery, Ala.
Bill Roth, Dustin Fox, Lauren Sisler
ESPN
Sat, Dec. 26NoonUnion Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl*
South Carolina vs. UAB
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
ABC / ESPN Deportes
3:30 p.m.SERVPRO First Responder Bowl*
Louisiana vs. UTSA
Gerald J. Ford Stadium – Dallas, Texas
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Quint Kessenich
ABC / ESPN Deportes
 LendingTree Bowl
Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State
Ladd-Peebles Stadium – Mobile, Ala.
Mike Couzens, Jay Walker, Dawn Davenport
ESPN
7:30 p.m.FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl*
Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Alex Chappell
ESPN
Tue, Dec. 295:30 p.m.Cheez-It Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Miami
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
9 p.m.Valero Alamo Bowl
Texas vs. Colorado
Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Kris Budden
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Trevor Matich
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Wed, Dec. 30NoonDuke’s Mayo Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin
Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, N.C.
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Marty Smith
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
4 p.m.TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Iowa vs. Missouri
Nissan Stadium – Nashville, Tenn.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Thu, Dec. 31NoonLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl*
Tulsa vs. Mississippi State
Amon G. Carter Stadium – Fort Worth, Texas
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN / ESPN Deportes
4 p.m.AutoZone Liberty Bowl
West Virginia vs. Tennessee
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Memphis, Tenn.
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
Radio: Jay Alter, Brad Edwards
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
8 p.m.Mercari Texas Bowl*
Arkansas vs. TCU
NRG Stadium – Houston
Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
ESPN and ESPN Radio / ESPN Deportes
Fri, Jan. 11 p.m.Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Auburn vs. Northwestern
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Fla.
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Paul Carcaterra
ABC
Sat, Jan. 2NoonTaxSlayer Gator Bowl
N.C. State vs. Kentucky
TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, Fla.
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Lericia Harris
ESPN
12:30 p.m.Outback Bowl
Ole Miss vs. Indiana
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
ABC

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Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl Cancelled

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To quote Queen: “Another one bites the dust.”

ESPN Events has cancelled yet another of the bowl games that it owns and operates. The network announced Sunday, it has cancelled the Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl. This year would have been the 15th year the bowl was played.

Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl Executive Director Mark Meadows said in a prepared statement, the cancellation was due to the continuing trend of teams opting out of the “bowl season” for the 2020-21 college football season.

“We have made the difficult decision to cancel the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl,” said Meadows. “As the inventory of available teams lessened, our ability to stage the game was compromised. We will direct our focus to next year’s bowl, and look forward to staging the game in the 2021 season.”

The Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl was scheduled to take place Jan. 1 at Legion Field. It is now the 13th bowl game canceled this season and third this month. The current list of cancelled games is noted below.

  1. Bahamas Bowl (C-USA vs. MAC)
  2. Celebration Bowl (MEAC vs. SWAC)
  3. Fenway Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  4. Hawaii Bowl (AAC vs. Mountain West)
  5. Holiday Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  6. Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12 vs. SEC)
  7. Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
  8. Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
  9. Quick Lane Bowl (ACC, Big Ten, MAC)
  10. Redbox Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
  11. Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  12. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (AAC vs. WAC)
  13. Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl (SEC vs. AAC)

Early this week, it was announced that the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl — another bowl owned and operated by ESPN Events — was canceled.

According to information provided to the media, the cancellation happened as a result of COVID-19 restrictions enacted in the Southern Methodist University (SMU) football program.

As a result of the game’s cancellation, SMU’s planned opponent, the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) will now play in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. The game is scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 26 on ABC. UTSA’s opponent for the game will be announced in the coming days.

Clint Overby, Vide President of ESPN Events, shared disappointment at the announcement, and offered consolation to audiences and fans in a prepared statement.

“While we are disappointed in having to cancel the game, our top priority is the health and safety of all parties involved,” said Overby. “We wish SMU, their student-athletes, coaches and administrators well during this time.”

Fans who bought tickets for the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl will receive full refunds automatically. Refunds could take as much as five business days to receive.

Tuesday’s announcement was the second this month involving cancellation of one of this season’s bowl schedule. The cancellation of the Las Vegas Bowl was announced early this month due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The game was scheduled to be the first college football bowl game to ever take place in the recently constructed Allegiant Stadium, which is the home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. It was set to feature a matchup of teams from the Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Las Vegas Bowl Executive Director John Saccenti was quoted at the time as saying he hoped the bowl would be able to be played next season.

“Unfortunately we will have to wait another year to present the Las Vegas Bowl in its new home,” said Saccenti. “This was a difficult decision but the right one considering that our game was founded nearly three decades ago to help drive tourism to the Entertainment Capital of the World during the month of December. We are looking forward to making our bowl week bigger and better than ever in 2021.”

Larry Scott, Pac-12 Commissioner shared Saccenti’s hopes for next year’s Las Vegas Bowl in his own comments.

“The Pac-12 is disappointed for our teams and fans that the Las Vegas Bowl has been forced to cancel this year’s game,” said Scott. “We look forward to next year’s game, which promises to be a fantastic national stage in one of the world’s best football stadiums, to showcase Pac-12 football.”

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey also expressed his disappointment at the announcement.

“We are disappointed the Las Vegas Bowl has been cancelled for the 2020 football season and will miss the opportunity for SEC student-athletes to experience an exciting new venue,” said Sankey. “We have no doubt the Las Vegas Bowl will be a great part of the future SEC bowl lineup and look forward to our partnership in the years ahead.”

The 2019 Las Vegas Bowl featured a matchup of the Washington Huskies and then No. 19 Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium. Washington won the game 38-7.

The Las Vegas Bowl and Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl are two of 17 total bowl games that are owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

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ESPN Announces CFP Selection Show, Companion Broadcast Schedule

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The 2021 college football playoff picture will be set today.

The college football playoff selection committee will meet today to determine the field for the games leading up to the championship. ESPN will have full coverage of the field’s selection with the College Football Playoff Selection Show Presented by AT&T at noon ET. The show will simulcast on ESPNU.

The four-hour program will feature not only the reveal of the field for this year’s college football playoffs, but the field for the New Year’s Six matchups, too. The College Football Playoffs participants are expected to be revealed at 12:15 p.m. while the teams in the wo remaining games are expected for their reveal at 2:20 p.m. ET.

Rece Davis will anchor the broadcast. It marks the seventh consecutive year that Davis has hosted the program. Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway, Jesse Palmer, and David Pollack will join Davis on set with additional commentary. Chris Fowler, Booger McFarland, Greg McElroy and Jim Mora are among the additional guest personalities who will provide even more commentary.

ESPN will have reporters Chris Low, Marty Smith, Jen Lada, and Gene Wojciechowski embedded with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Ohio State respectively as each team awaits the announcement of their placement in the playoffs. CFP Insider Heather Dinich will join the broadcast from her home studio.

Sunday’s coverage continues after the selection show starting at 4 p.m. with Championship Drive Presented by Capital One. The three-hour broadcast continues the discussion on the playoff and bowl picture for the 2020-21 college football season.

Kevin Connors will anchor the broadcast. Tom Luginbill, Rod Gilmore, McElroy and Mora will join Connors for the broadcast. An even broadcast will follow the afternoon show at 8:30 p.m. ET., with Matt Barrie hosting the late edition. Analysts Desmond Howard, Andre Ware, Todd McShay, and McElroy will join Barrie for the airing.

Championship Drive: Countdown to the Playoff Presented by AT&T 5G launches things at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN. Kevin Negandhi will host alongside analysts Mark Sanchez, Dan Orlovsky, Mora, Galloway, Palmer, Fowler, and McFarland.

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ESPN’s ‘CGD’ Broadcast To Air Live From Charlotte Saturday

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ESPN’s flagship college football show will come live from North Carolina’s “Queen City” this weekend.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will air Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon ET live on ESPN and ESPNU from Bank of America Stadium, the home of the Carolina Panthers for its weekly broadcast. Saturday’s show will preview the 2020 ACC Championship between No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson.

One of the biggest topics on the day will likely be Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly’s comments today that the team might not play in the College Football Championship if the families of the players are not permitted to attend. Kelly’s comments have created a firestorm throughout the college football world.

Rece Davis will anchor Saturday’s broadcast. The team of Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Maria Taylor and Chris “The Bear” Fallica will join Davis for the broadcast. Lee Corso will join the broadcast live remotely from his home.

The ACC Championship is just one of the games set for Saturday’s day-long series of games that the group will preview. No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 7 Iowa State will face off in the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship Game at noon. After wo weeks off the field, the now No. 6 ranked Cincinnati Bearcats will face Tulsa for the American Athletic Conference Championship at 8 p.m. on ABC.

The current schedule for Saturday’s games is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Game/TalentNetwork
Fri, Dec 187:30 p.m.Rocket Mortgage MAC Championship: Ball State vs. Buffalo
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Katie George
ESPN
8 p.m.Pac-12 Championship Game: Oregon at No. 15 USC
Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec 19NoonDr Pepper Big 12 Championship: No. 11 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Iowa State
TV: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Allison Williams
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
ABC/ESPN Radio
No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee
Bob Wischusen, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Florida State at Wake Forest
Chris Cotter, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
ACC Network
3:30 p.m.Ole Miss at LSU
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
No. 25 Missouri at Mississippi State
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network Alternate
4 p.m.ACC Championship Game: No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 2 Notre Dame
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ABC/ESPN Radio
7 p.m.Stanford at UCLA
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Taylor McGregor
ESPN
8 p.m.American Championship: No. 24 Tulsa at No. 8 Cincinnati
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
ABC
10:30 p.m.Arizona State at Oregon State
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN

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Texas Bowl Gets New Sponsor

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ESPN Events’ Texas Bowl has a new title sponsor.

Mercari has signed on as the game’s title sponsor. The announcement was made Tuesday by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment and ESPN. The Texas Bowl features a matchup of teams from Big 12 and Southeastern Conference (SEC).

According to information about the company on its official website, Mercari, Inc. is a Japanese e-commerce company. Its app allows people to buy and sell their products through an online marketplace.

Mercari USA CEO John Lagerling commented on the company’s addition to the Texas Bowl in a prepared statement.

“Mercari is thrilled to serve as the title sponsor of the Mercari Texas Bowl in Houston, Texas” the statement reads. “This has been a challenging year for many Americans, and Mercari is committed to supporting the needs of everyone who loves and contributes to our marketplace. At its core, Mercari is about connecting people and we are looking forward to bringing football fans around the country together to enjoy the storied tradition of this iconic game.”

Texas Bowl Executive Director David Fletcher shared Lagerling’s enthusiasm for the new partnership between the Texas Bowl and Mercari, Inc.

“We are excited to welcome Mercari as the new title sponsor of the Texas Bowl,” said Fletcher. “The Mercari Texas Bowl has become one of the biggest college football events in the country through a strong partnership with the Big 12, SEC and many great supporters in the Houston community. We are thrilled to add a partner in Mercari, one of the most exciting new brands and e-commerce platforms in the U.S., to further elevate the event and the experience.

Founded in 2003, the Texas Bowl has generated approximately $30 million for the Houston area economy each year, according to information about Mercari’s addition as the bowl game’s title sponsor.

Texas A&M defeated Oklahoma State 24-21 in the 2019 Texas Bowl. The game was one of the top five most-attended bowl games for the fourth consecutive year and one of 2019’s most-watched bowl games.

This year’s Texas Bowl is scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 31 on ESPN from NRG stadium.

Tuesday’s announcement is the second this month of a bowl game signing a new title sponsor. Cricket Wireless was announced as the title sponsor for the 2021 MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff.

Tiffany Baehman, Cricket Wireless Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, was quoted in a prepared statement as expressing her pleasure at expanding the company’s partnership with ESPN and ESPN Events.

“At Cricket, we’re all about creating a meaningful connection with our customers and within the communities where we operate,” the statement reads. “Our extended relationship with ESPN allows us to continue to introduce our brand to HBCU students, alumni and fans. It also means that we can help amplify the rich culture and legacy of HBCUs, and the positive impact they have within the Black community.”

John Grant, MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff and Celebration Bowl Executive Director, shared Beahman’s pleasure about the announcements.

“We are delighted to have Cricket Wireless as the title sponsor of both our football kickoff and bowl games,” said Grant. “These events provide valuable diversity to the sports offerings in the city of Atlanta. This relationship reflects our mutual passion for and appreciation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the valuable contributions they make to our nation. We look forward to working together and building world-class events in a world-class city.”

Played annually in September between teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), the game is an early-season game between two HBCU teams. The 2021 MEAC/SWAC Challenge is scheduled to take place Sept. 5, 2021 at Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta, GA.

Cricket, which has served as the title sponsor for the Celebration Bowl since 2018, announced in October that it has renewed with ESPN and ESPN Events as the bowl game’s title sponsor through 2023.

This year’s Celebration Bowl and MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff were cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both are currently expected to return in 2021.

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