With the institution of the College Football Playoff, several other changes are coming for college football next season. One of these changes, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, is to the bowl game calendar.
McMurphy is reporting that the Outback and Capital One bowls will be the only two bowl games not affiliated with the College Football Playoff that will be played on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.
In total, there will be eight bowl games played on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 combined. There were ten total games played on those days last season.
The Peach, Fiesta and Orange bowls, in that order, will be played on New Year's Eve. Exact times have not yet been arranged.
For New Year’s Day, the Outback and Capital One Bowls will take up the day’s two early slots “between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.” The Cotton Bowl is also scheduled for Jan. 1 before the two semifinal bowls – the Rose and Sugar – are played at night.
A record 39 bowl games will be played next season.
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