Game Date Tickets Match-Up
2 Camellia
Montgomery, AL
$300,000
12/19/20
12:00pm
Time, TV TBA
Tickets

MAC vs. Sun Belt

1 Cotton
Arlington, TX
Playoff Revenue Pool
12/30/20
8:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

Playoff Committee Places Teams

Sun
El Paso, TX
#4,550,000
12/31/20
2:00pm
CBS
Tickets

PAC-12 vs. ACC

Citrus
Orlando, FL
$8,224,578
01/01/21
1:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

Big Ten vs. SEC

Outback
Tampa, FL
$6,400,000
01/01/21
1:00pm
ESPN-2
Tickets

SEC vs. Big Ten

1 Peach
Atlanta, GA
Playoff Revenue Pool
01/01/21
4:00pm
ESPN or ABC
Tickets

Playoff Committee Places Teams

Rose - Playoff Semifinal
Pasadena, CA
Playoff Revenue Pool
01/01/21
5:00pm
ESPN or ABC
Tickets

CFP Playoff
#1 vs. #4, or #2 vs. #3

Sugar - Playoff Semifinal
New Orleans, LA
Playoff Revenue Pool
01/01/21
8:45pm
ESPN
Tickets

CFP Playoff
#1 vs. #4, or #2 vs. #3

1 Fiesta
Glendale, AZ
Playoff Revenue Pool
01/02/21
2:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

Playoff Committee Places Teams

 

1 Orange
Miami, FL
Playoff Revenue Pool
01/02/21
8:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

Playoff Committee Places Teams

CFP Championship
Miami, FL
Playoff Revenue Pool
01/11/21
8:00pm
ESPN
Tickets

Sugar winner vs. Rose winner

About the Data

  • Times shown are Eastern Time Zone.
  • 1 The highest-ranked champion from a Group of Five conference is guaranteed one berth in one of these four major bowls slotted by the playoff committee. For 2020, the eligible conferences are the American, CUSA, and Sun Belt.
  • 2 The Camellia Bowl date is posted on its website. However, many of the conference championship games are scheduled for the weekend of December 18 and 19 with the College Football Playoff committee announcing the Final Four and New Year's Six bowls on Sunday, December 20.
  • Notre Dame is playing a full ACC slate in 2020. Thus, the Irish have the same bowl and playoff eligibility as any other ACC team.

Additional Information

Payouts

Information from the 2019-2020 bowl games had not been released as of September 4, 2020. Amounts shown are actual 2018-2019 (updated 12/9/19) 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 increased to 185,541,894 in 2018 from $95,529,361 in 2017 for a difference of $90,012,134. Most of the difference came from an additional Rose Bowl payout of $76,239,890 and additionalĀ  Sugar Bowl payout of $10,500,000.

If you include the College Football Playoff Distribution Policy explained below, the total payout was $647,975,001 in 2018 for an increase of $87,380,566 over the $560,594,435 total payout in 2017. Again, the bulk of the difference came from the additional payouts from the Rose and Sugar Bowls.

The 2016 payout was $622,600,033.

The final year of the BCS (2013) generated $309,900,000.

Playoff Revenue Distribution Policy

The following estimates of the CFP revenue distribution are based on preliminary calculations for the 2019-2020 season and are only approximate projections of potential revenue distribution from each component: As of September 4, 2020, no information has been provided for 2020-2021 policy.

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 $300,000 when its football team meets that standard.

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 $66 million for each conference. The five conferences that do not have contacts for their champions to participate in the Orange, Rose or Sugar Bowls will receive approximately $90 million in aggregate (full academic pool plus base), which the conferences will distribute as they choose. Notre Dame will receive a payment of $3.19 million if it meets the APR standard; the other three independents will share $1.56 million.

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.

Each conference whose team participates in a playoff semifinal, Cotton, Fiesta, or Peach Bowl, or in the national championship game will receive $2.43 million to cover expenses for each game.

Additionally, certain conferences in the Football Championship Subdivision will receive $2.7 million in aggregate.

New Bowl Games

We were supposed to have three new bowls in 2020, but as of September 4, 2020 we have no idea about anything other than those bowls published above, most of which are all administered by the College Football Playoff Committee.

The Los Angeles Bowl (first selection from the Mountain West against a Pac-12 team). The Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park opens in 2020 and will also host the 2023 College Football Playoff title game. The MWC's 19-year tie-in with the Las Vegas Bowl ended after last season.

The Myrtle Beach Bowl, created by ESPN, will feature teams from Conference USA, the Mid-American and Sun Belt. Each conference will play four times between 2020-25.

The Fenway Bowl at Fenway Park in Boston will feature teams from the American Conference and the ACC.

Defunct Bowl Game

The RedBox Bowl will no longer be played. It was formerly known as the San Francisco Bowl (2002-2003), the Emerald Bowl (2004-2009), and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (2010-2013). From 2002-2013, the game was played at AT&T Park. It then became the Foster Farms Bowl in 2014 when the game moved to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara (new '49ers Stadium). In 2018, Redbox became the title sponsor.

Games Canceled For 2020

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Hawaii and Bahamas Bowls have been canceled by ESPN Events. The games, which are typically played pre-Christmas each season, are two of the 17 bowls owned by ESPN.