2015-16 college football bowl games TV schedule

College Football Playoff 2015-16 Ryan Berenz

College Football Playoff 2015-16

So it seems that College Football Playoff thing actually lived up to the hype.

In the inaugural four-team playoff to determine college football’s national champion back in January, the 13-member selection committee took some heat for choosing Ohio State as the fourth entrant over equally deserving TCU. But the Buckeyes bucked conventional wisdom and upset No. 1 Alabama 42-35 in the Sugar Bowl semifinal, then handed it to No. 2 Oregon 42-20 in the title game. The selection committee looked like geniuses, the playoff was a phenomenal success and the championship game became the highest-rated program in the history of cable TV.

What will the College Football Playoff do for an encore? The parade of bowl games begins Dec. 19, but the games that really matter start on New Year’s Eve with playoff semifinals on ESPN: No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 Clemson in the Orange Bowl (4pm ET) followed by No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl (8pm ET). The National Championship game is Jan. 11 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., also on ESPN.

2015-16 College Football Bowl Game Highlights
Saturday, Dec. 26
Hyundai Sun Bowl, CBS
Camping World Independence Bowl, ESPN
Thursday, Dec. 31
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, ESPN
Friday, Jan. 1
Outback Bowl, ESPN2
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, ABC
Fiesta Bowl, ESPN
Rose Bowl, ESPN
Allstate Sugar Bowl, ESPN
Saturday, Jan. 2
Valero Alamo Bowl, ESPN
College Football Playoff
Thursday, Dec. 31
Semifinal: Goodyear Cotton Bowl, ESPN
Semifinal: Capital One Orange Bowl, ESPN
Monday, Jan. 11
National Championship (Glendale, Ariz.), ESPN

Full bowl schedules from ESPN below:

ESPN’s 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

 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.

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