Game Date Tickets Match-Up
New Mexico
Albuquerque
$1,050,000
12/15/18
2:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

MWC vs. CUSA

Cure Bowl
Orlando, FL
$751,115
12/15/18
2:30pm
CBSSN
Tickets

American vs. Sun Belt

Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
$2,760,000
12/15/18
3:30pm
ABC
Tickets

MWC vs. PAC-12

Camellia
Montgomery, AL
$250,000
12/15/18
5:30pm
ESPN
Tickets

MAC vs. Sun Belt

New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
$925,000
12/15/18
9:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

Sun Belt vs. CUSA

Boca Raton
Boca Raton, FL
$1,000,000
12/18/18
7:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

American/Conference USA/MAC

Frisco
Frisco, TX
$750,000
12/19/18
8:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

American vs. at-large

2 Gasparilla
Tampa, FL
$1,133,735
12/20/18
8:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

American vs. CUSA

Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas
$225,000
12/21/18
12:30pm
ESPN
Tickets

CUSA vs. MAC

Famous Idaho Potato
Boise, ID
$950,000
12/21/18
4:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

MAC vs. MWC

Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
$1,650,000
12/22/18
12:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

American vs. SEC

Armed Forces
Ft. Worth, TX
$900,000
12/22/18
3:30pm
ESPN
Tickets

Big 12 vs. American

Dollar General
Mobile, AL
$1,500,000
12/22/18
7:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

MAC vs. Sun Belt

Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
$1,000,000
12/22/18
10:30pm
ESPN
Tickets

CUSA vs. MWC

6 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Dallas, TX
$1,867,000
12/26/18
1:30pm
ESPN
Tickets

Big Ten vs. CUSA

Quick Lane Bowl
Detroit, MI
$750,000
12/26/18
5:15pm
ESPN
Tickets

ACC vs. Big Ten

5 Cheez-It
Phoenix, AZ
$1,037,118
12/26/18
9:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

Big 12 vs. PAC-12

Independence
Shreveport, LA
$1,248,280
12/27/18
1:30pm
ESPN
Tickets

ACC vs. SEC

Pinstripe
Bronx, NY
$4,300,000
12/27/18
5:15pm
ESPN
Tickets

ACC vs. Big Ten

Texas
Houston, TX
$6,300,000
12/27/18
9:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

Big 12 vs. SEC

Music City
Nashville, TN
$5,650,000
12/28/18
1:30pm
ESPN
Tickets

ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC

Camping World
Orlando, FL
$5,800,000 (unverified)
12/28/18
5:15pm
ESPN
Tickets

ACC vs. Big 12

Arizona
Tucson, AZ
$412,920
12/28/18
5:30pm
CBSSN
Tickets

Sun Belt vs. MWC

Alamo
San Antonio, TX
$7,975,000
12/28/18
9:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

Big 12 vs. PAC-12

Belk
Charlotte, NC
$4,505,556
12/29/18
12:00pm
ABC
Tickets

ACC vs. SEC

1 Peach
Atlanta, GA
Playoff Revenue Pool
12/29/18
12:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

at-large vs. at-large

Cotton - Playoff Semifinal
Arlington, TX
Playoff Revenue Pool
12/29/18
4:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

Playoff 1 vs. 4 or 2 vs. 3 (4pm or 8pm)

Orange - Playoff Semifinal
Miami, FL
Playoff Revenue Pool
12/29/18
8:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

Playoff 1 vs. 4 or 2 vs. 3 (4pm or 8pm)

Military
Annapolis, MD
$2,066,990
12/31/18
12:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

ACC vs. American

Sun
El Paso, TX
$3,447,568
12/31/18
2:00pm
CBS
Tickets

ACC vs. PAC-12

4 San Francisco
Santa Clara, CA
$3,600,000
12/31/18
3:00pm
Fox
Tickets

Big Ten vs. PAC-12

Liberty
Memphis, TN
$4,294,681
12/31/18
3:45pm
ABC
Tickets

Big 12 vs. SEC

Holiday
San Diego, CA
$6,326,258
12/31/18
7:00pm
FS1
Tickets

Big Ten vs. PAC-12

3 Gator Bowl
Jacksonville, FL
$3,168,292
12/31/18
7:30pm
ESPN
Tickets

ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC

Outback
Tampa, FL
$6,350,000
01/01/19
12:00pm
ESPN-2
Tickets

Big Ten vs. SEC

1 Fiesta
Glendale, AZ
Playoff Revenue Pool
01/01/19
1:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

at-large vs. at-large

Citrus
Orlando, FL
$8,550,000
01/01/19
1:00pm
ABC
Tickets

Big Ten vs. SEC

1 Rose
Pasadena, CA
Playoff Revenue Pool
01/01/19
5:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

Big Ten vs. PAC-12

1 Sugar
New Orleans, LA
Playoff Revenue Pool
01/01/19
8:30pm
ESPN
Tickets

Big 12 vs. SEC

CFP Championship
Santa Clara, CA
Playoff Revenue Pool
01/07/19
8:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

1/4 winner vs. 2/3 winner

About the Data

  • 1 The highest-ranked champion from a Group of Five conference (American, CUSA, MAC, MWC, Sun Belt) is guaranteed one berth in one of these four major bowls slotted by the playoff committee
  • 2 Gasparilla Bowl moves from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa
  • 3 TaxSlayer Bowl reverts back to Gator Bowl
  • 4 Foster Farms Bowl reverts back to San Francisco Bowl
  • 5 Cactus Bowl becomes Cheez-It Bowl.
  • 6 Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl becomes SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
  • Notre Dame is eligible for all ACC bowls as long as its overall record is within one win/loss of the bowl-eligible ACC schools

Additional Information

Payouts

Amounts shown are actual 2017-2018 (updated 8/19/18) total payouts per information available from the NCAA. Conferences have different methods by which bowl money is divided among its membership and participating teams. Some bowl agreements call for higher payouts to one conference than the other, depending on such factors as which is the "host" conference.

Total postseason payout decreased from $181,845,519 in the 2016 bowl season to $95,529,361 in 2017. If you include the College Football Playoff Distribution Policy explained below, the total payout was $560,594,435 (a $62,005,598 decrease from 2016). The final year of the BCS (2013) generated $309,900,000.

Playoff Revenue Distribution Policy

1) Each conference will receive $300,000 for each of its schools when the school's football team meets the NCAA's APR for participation in a post-season football game. Each independent institution will also receive the $300,000 when its football team meets that standard.

(2) Each of the 10 conferences will also receive a base amount. For conferences that have contracts for their champions to participate in the Orange, Rose or Sugar Bowl, the base combined with the full academic performance pool will be approximately $54 million for each conference. The five conferences that do not have contracts for their champions to participate in the Orange, Rose or Sugar Bowls will receive approximately $81.32 million in aggregate (full academic pool plus base), which the conferences will distribute as they choose. Notre Dame will receive a payment of $2.65 million if it meets the APR standard; the other three independents will share $928,503.

(3) A conference will receive $6 million for each team that is selected for the semifinal games. There will be no additional distribution to conferences whose teams qualify for the national championship game. A conference will receive $4 million for each team that plays in a non-playoff bowl under the arrangement (in 2017-18, the Cotton, Fiesta and Peach Bowls).

(4) Each conference whose team participates in a playoff semifinal, Cotton, Fiesta or Peach Bowl, or in the national championship game will receive $2.25 million to cover expenses for each game.

Additionally, certain conferences in the Football Championship Subdivision conferences will receive $2.53 million in aggregate.

New Bowl Games

The NCAA in June of 2018 approved 3 new bowl games for 2020. Locations were not specified, but expectations are that Chicago and Myrtle Beach are virtual locks for two of those games.

Bowl Ineligible Teams

Mississippi (NCAA Probation)