College football's 2019-20 bowl schedule will have 17 games between the semifinals and national title game
By Ralph D. Russo
May 23, 2019 | 5:50 PM
College football’s bowl season will begin on a Friday this season, and several minor bowls have been pushed back on the calendar to fill 15 days between the College Football Playoff semifinals and national championship game.
ESPN on Thursday released a schedule for 35 bowl games to appear on its networks in December and January.
In recent years, bowl season has begun on a Saturday before Christmas with several games. This season, bowls will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, with the Bahamas Bowl. The Frisco Bowl is later that day.
The CFP semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 28, in the Fiesta and Peach bowls, with the championship game not taking place until 16 days later: Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Seventeen games will be played in between, including 15 on ESPN-affiliated networks. That includes five games after New Year’s Day — which has only four games on the schedule — and before the national title game, including lower-tier games such as the Birmingham Bowl (Jan. 2), Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Jan. 3), Armed Forces Bowl (Jan. 4) and Mobile Alabama Bowl (Jan. 6).