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College Football Playoff Highlights 2015-16 Bowl Schedule

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  • College Football Playoff Semifinals on New Year’s Eve and National Championship on Jan. 11
  • Every Game of the New Year’s Six on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  • Begins Dec. 19: ABC/ESPN: 39 Games; ESPN Radio 29 Games; ESPN Deportes 20 Games
  • Capital One Bowl Mania Contest Returns

The College Football Playoff featuring No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl (4 p.m. ET) and No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (8 p.m.) on New Year’s Eve, with the winners playing in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T (8:30 p.m.) on January 11, highlights ESPN’s 2015-16 39-game bowl schedule.

New Year’s Six
ESPN’s exclusive telecast of the College Football Playoff includes the entire New Year’s Six, four premier bowls in addition to the semifinals and national championship:

  • 18 Houston vs. No. 9 Florida State in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl
  • 8 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Ohio State in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl
  • 6 Stanford vs. No. 5 Iowa in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
  • 16 Oklahoma State vs. No. 12 Ole Miss in the Allstate Sugar Bowl

Each game of the New Year’s Six will be televised on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and broadcast on ESPN Radio.

New Year’s Six Coverage Schedule

Date Time Game, Matchup and Commentators Networks
Thu, Dec. 31 Noon Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl:
No. 18 Houston vs. No. 9 Florida State
TV: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill
Radio: Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti, Allison Williams
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
4 p.m. Capital One Orange Bowl:
No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 Clemson
TV: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
8 p.m. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic:
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Alabama
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox
Radio: Brad Sham, Danny Kanell, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio Radio
Fri, Jan 1 1 p.m. BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl:
No. 8 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Ohio State
TV: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Todd McShay
Radio: Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
5 p.m. Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual:
No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 5 Iowa
TV: Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor
Radio: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
8:30 p.m. Allstate Sugar Bowl:
No. 16 Oklahoma State vs. No. 12 Ole Miss
TV: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

 

National Championship Presented by AT&T

Date Time Game and Commentators Networks
Mon, Jan 11 8:30 p.m. National Championship Presented by AT&T
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox, Tom Rinaldi
Radio: Mike Tirico, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe, Joe Schad, Bill Lemmonier
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio

 

ESPN’s 2015-16 Bowl Schedule

ESPN’s 2015-16 bowl schedule begins on Saturday, Dec. 19. Coverage Highlights:

  • ESPN will televise 34 games, ESPN Deportes airs a record 20 games, ABC has three games and ESPN2 with two games
  • ESPN Radio will broadcast 29 games
  • ESPN/ABC will cover all 13 ESPN Events owned-and-operated bowl games:
    • Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 19
    • Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 19
    • Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 19
    • Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 19
    • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 22
    • Marmot Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 22
    • Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 24
    • Hawai’i Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 24
    • Petersburg Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 26
    • Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 26
    • AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 29
    • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 29
    • Birmingham Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 30

2015-16 ESPN/ABC Bowl Coverage Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game, Matchup and Commentators Network(s)
Sat, Dec. 19 Noon
Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl:

Alcorn State at North Carolina A&T
Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Tiffany Greene
ABC
2 p.m.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl:
Arizona vs. New Mexico
TV: Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Drew Goodman and TBD
ESPN and ESPN Radio
3:30 p.m.
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl:
BYU vs. No. 22 Utah
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor
ABC and ESPN Deportes
5:30 p.m.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl:
Ohio vs. Appalachian State
TV: Dave Neal, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: TBD, Cole Cubelic, Dawn Davenport
ESPN and ESPN Radio
9 p.m.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl:

Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech
TV: Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec. 21 2:30 p.m.
Miami Beach Bowl:
Western Kentucky vs. South Florida
Dave Lamont, Desmond Howard, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Tue, Dec. 22 3:30 p.m.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:
Akron vs. Utah State
TV: Mark Neely, Mike Bellotti, Kevin Weidl
Radio: TBD
ESPN and ESPN Radio
7 p.m.
Marmot Boca Raton Bowl:
Toledo vs. No. 24 Temple
TV: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
Radio: Dave Lamont, John Congemi, Brett McMurphy
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 23 4:30 p.m.
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl:
Boise State vs. Northern Illinois
TV: Beth Mowins, David Diaz-Infante, Shelley Smith
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN and ESPN Radio
8 p.m.
GoDaddy Bowl:
Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green
Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge
ESPN
Thu, Dec. 24 Noon
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl:
Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan
Steve Levy, Mack Brown, Mark May, Kaylee Hartung
ESPN
8 p.m.
Hawai’i Bowl:
San Diego State vs. Cincinnati
TV: Adam Amin, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
Radio: TBD, Mike Golic Sr., Mike Golic, Jr.
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec. 26 11 a.m.
St. Petersburg Bowl:

Connecticut vs. Marshall
TV: Tom Hart, Anthony Becht, Tiffany Greene
Radio: TBD, Rene Ingoglia, Brett McMurphy
ESPN and ESPN Radio
2:20 p.m.
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl:

Washington vs. Southern Mississippi
Mike Corey, Ahmad Brooks, Kayce Smith
ESPN
3:30 p.m.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl:
Indiana vs. Duke
TV: Rece Davis, Danny Kanell, Joey Galloway, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: TBD
ABC and ESPN Radio
5:45 p.m.
Camping World Independence Bowl:

Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech
Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley, Jane Slater
ESPN and ESPN Deportes
9:15 p.m.
Foster Farms Bowl:
UCLA vs. Nebraska
TV: Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Shelley Smith
Radio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec. 28 2:30 p.m.
Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman:

Pittsburgh vs. No. 21 Navy
TV: Eamon McAnaney,Rocky Boiman, Quint Kessenich
Radio:  TBD, Mike Golic Sr., Mike Golic, Jr.
ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN Radio
5 p.m.
Quick Lane Bowl:

Central Michigan vs. Minnesota
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith
ESPN2
Tue, Dec. 29 2 p.m.
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl:

California vs. Air Force
Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti, Allison Williams
ESPN
5:30 p.m.
Russell Athletic Bowl:

No. 10 North Carolina vs. No. 17 Baylor
TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio:  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
9 p.m.
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl:

No. 20 LSU vs. Texas Tech
TV: Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Maria Taylor
Radio: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 30 Noon
Birmingham Bowl:

Auburn vs. Memphis
TV: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
ESPN and ESPN Radio
3:30 p.m.
Belk Bowl:

NC State vs. Mississippi State
TV: Clay Matvick, John Congemi, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Taylor Zarzour, Charles Arbuckle, and Quint Kessenich
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio
7 p.m.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl:

Texas A&M vs. Louisville
TV: Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio
10:30 p.m.
Holiday Bowl:

No. 25 USC vs. Wisconsin
TV: Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan
Radio: Drew Goodman and TBD
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio
Fri, Jan 1 Noon
Outback Bowl:

No. 13 Northwestern vs. No. 23 Tennessee
TV: Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN2
1 p.m.
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl:

No. 14 Michigan vs. No. 19 Florida
TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
Radio: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra
ABC and ESPN Radio
Sat, Jan 2 Noon
TaxSlayer Bowl:

Penn State vs. Georgia
TV: Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Tiffany Greene
Radio: Eamon McAnaney, John Congemi,
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
3:20 p.m.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl:

Kansas State vs. Arkansas
TV: Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Kevin Weidl
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
6:45 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl:
No. 15 Oregon vs. No. 11 TCU
TV: Dave Flemming, Mack Brown, Allison Williams
Radio: Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
10:15 p.m. Motel 6 Cactus Bowl:
West Virginia vs. Arizona State
TV: Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Kayce Smith
Radio: Drew Goodman, David Diaz-Infante, Olivia Harlan
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio


Every bowl game on ESPN, ABC and ESPN2 will also be streamed live through WatchESPN, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Capital One Bowl Mania Contest
College football fans can compete to win $1 million and a trip to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship in Tampa, FL by entering the Capital One Bowl Mania contest on ESPN.com. Fans can choose to pick the winner of 42 college football bowl games straight up or ranked by confidence 1 through 42. Picks need to be made only once to compete against friends, family and other football fans.

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; Derek.Volner@ESPN.com and @DerekVolner