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The 2021-22 NCAA football bowl games are a series of college football bowl games scheduled to complete the 2021 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The games will begin on December 17, 2021, and, aside from the all-star games scheduled to follow, will conclude with the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship played on January 10, 2022.

Schedule[]

The schedule for the 2021–22 bowl games is below. All times are EST (UTC−5). Note that Division II bowls and Division III bowls are not included here. The bowl schedule was released on May 27, 2021.

Conferences listed in the Affiliations column reflect agreements between bowl organizers and athletic conferences, often referred to as "tie-ins". These are subject to change, due to bowl eligibility and other considerations.

College Football Playoff and National Championship Game[]

The College Football Playoff system is used to determine a national championship of Division I FBS college football. A 13-member committee of experts will rank the top 25 teams in the nation after each of the last seven weeks of the regular season. The top four teams in the final ranking will be seeded in a single-elimination semifinal round, with the winners advancing to the National Championship game.

The semifinal games for the 2021 season are the Cotton Bowl Classic and the Orange Bowl. Both are scheduled for December 31, 2021, as part of a yearly rotation of three pairs of two bowls, commonly referred to as the New Year's Six bowl games. The winners will advance to the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship, scheduled for January 10, 2022.

Date Game Site Teams Affiliations
Dec. 30 Peach Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta, Georgia

Pittsburgh Panthers (11-2)

Ole Miss Rebels (10-2)

ACC

SEC

Dec. 31 Cotton Bowl Classic

(Playoff Semifinal Game)

AT&T Stadium

Arlington, Texas

No. 2 Michigan Wolverines (12-1)

No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys (12-1)

Big Ten

Big 12

Orange Bowl

(Playoff Semifinal Game)

Hard Rock Stadium

Miami Gardens, Florida

No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs (13-0)

No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats (13-0)

SEC

American

Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl State Farm Stadium

Glendale, Arizona

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-1)

Michigan State Spartans (10-2)

Independent

Big Ten

Rose Bowl Rose Bowl

Pasadena, California

Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2)

Utah Utes (9-3)

Big Ten

Pac-12

Sugar Bowl Caesars Superdome

New Orleans, Louisiana

Alabama Crimson Tide (11-2)

Baylor Bears (10-3)

SEC

Big 12

Jan. 10 College Football Playoff National Championship

(Cotton Bowl Winner vs. Orange Bowl Winner)

Lucas Oil Stadium

Indianapolis, Indiana

No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs (14-0)

No. 2 Michigan Wolverines (13-1)

SEC

Big Ten

Non CFP bowl games[]

Two bowls, which had originally planned to debut during the 2020–21 bowl season but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are due to debut during the 2021–22 bowl season; the Fenway Bowl (Boston, Massachusetts) and the LA Bowl (Inglewood, California). The Montgomery Bowl, played as a substitute for the Fenway Bowl, is not due to return. The San Francisco Bowl, formerly the Redbox Bowl, was cancelled for a second straight season when organizers could not come to terms with all parties involved with the game.

Date Game Site Teams Affiliations
Dec. 17 Bahamas Bowl Thomas Robinson Stadium

Nassau, Bahamas

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (6-6)

Toledo Rockets (7-5)

C-USA

MAC

Cure Bowl Camping World Stadium

Orlando, Florida

Georgia State Panthers (7-5)

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (6-6)

Sun Belt

American

Dec. 18 Boca Raton Bowl FAU Stadium

Boca Raton, Florida

Old Dominion Monarchs (6-6)

Wyoming Cowboys (6-6)

C-USA

MWC

New Mexico Bowl University Stadium

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Fresno State Bulldogs (9-3)

UAB Blazers (8-4)

MWC

C-USA

Independence Bowl Independence Stadium

Shreveport, Louisiana

UTSA Roadrunners (11-2)

BYU Cougars (10-2)

C-USA

Independent

LendingTree Bowl Ladd-Peebles Stadium

Mobile, Alabama

Eastern Michigan Eagles (7-5)

Appalachian State Mountaineers (10-3)

MAC

Sun Belt

LA Bowl SoFi Stadium

Inglewood, California

San Diego State Aztecs (12-1)

Washington State Cougars (7-5)

MWC

Pac-12

New Orleans Bowl Caesars Superdome

New Orleans, Louisiana

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (10-2)

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (9-4)

Sun Belt

C-USA

Dec. 20 Myrtle Beach Bowl Brooks Stadium

Conway, South Carolina

Miami RedHawks (6-6)

UTEP Miners (7-5)

MAC

C-USA

Dec. 21 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Albertsons Stadium

Boise, Idaho

Nevada Wolf Pack (8-4)

Kent State Golden Flashes (7-6)

MWC

MAC

Frisco Bowl Toyota Stadium

Frisco, Texas

Boise State Broncos (7-5)

Ball State Cardinals (6-6)

MWC

MAC

Dec. 22 Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium

Fort Worth, Texas

Army Black Knights (9-3)

Marshall Thundering Herd (7-5)

Independent

C-USA

Dec. 23 Gasparilla Bowl Raymond James Stadium

Tampa, Florida

Virginia Tech Hokies (6-6)

Florida Gators (6-6)

ACC

SEC

Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex

Honolulu, Hawaii

Memphis Tigers (6-6)

Utah State Aggies (9-4)

American

MWC

Dec. 25 Camellia Bowl Cramton Bowl

Montgomery, Alabama

Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (12-1)

Western Michigan Broncos (7-5)

Sun Belt

MAC

Dec. 27 Quick Lane Bowl Ford Field

Detroit, Michigan

Liberty Flames (7-5)

Northern Illinois Huskies (9-4)

Independent

MAC

Military Bowl Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Annapolis, Maryland

East Carolina Pirates (7-5)

Boston College Eagles (6-6)

American

ACC

Dec. 28 Birmingham Bowl Protective Stadium

Birmingham, Alabama

Houston Cougars (11-2)

LSU Tigers (6-6)

American

SEC

First Responder Bowl Gerald J. Ford Stadium

University Park, Texas

UCF Knights (8-4)

South Carolina Gamecocks (6-6)

American

SEC

Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

Memphis, Tennessee

Missouri Tigers (6-6)

West Virginia Mountaineers (6-6)

SEC

Big 12

Holiday Bowl Petco Park

San Diego, California

Virginia Cavaliers (6-6)

UCLA Bruins (8-4)

ACC

Pac-12

Guaranteed Rate Bowl Chase Field

Phoenix, Arizona

Maryland Terrapins (6-6)

Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-6)

Big Ten

Big 12

Dec. 29 Fenway Bowl Fenway Park

Boston, Massachusetts

Louisville Cardinals (6-6)

SMU Mustangs (8-4)

ACC

American

Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium

The Bronx, New York

Miami Hurricanes (7-5)

Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-4)

ACC

Big Ten

Cheez-It Bowl Camping World Stadium

Orlando, Florida

Iowa State Cyclones (7-5)

Clemson Tigers (9-3)

Big 12

ACC

Alamo Bowl Alamodome

San Antonio, Texas

Oklahoma Sooners (10-2)

Oregon Ducks (10-3)

Big 12

Pac-12

Dec. 30 Duke's Mayo Bowl Bank of American Stadium

Charlotte, North Carolina

Auburn Tigers (6-6)

NC State Wolfpack (9-3)

SEC

ACC

Music City Bowl Nissan Stadium

Nashville, Tennessee

Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-5)

Purdue Boilermakers (8-4)

SEC

Big Ten

Las Vegas Bowl Allegiant Stadium

Paradise, Nevada

Arizona State Sun Devils (8-4)

Penn State Nittany Lions (7-5)

Pac-12

Big Ten

Dec. 31 Gator Bowl TIAA Bank Field

Jacksonville, Florida

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-3)

Arkansas Razorbacks (8-4)

ACC

SEC

Sun Bowl Sun Bowl

El Paso, Texas

North Carolina Tar Heels (6-6)

Oregon State Beavers (7-5)

ACC

Pac-12

Arizona Bowl Arizona Stadium

Tucson, Arizona

Air Force Falcons (9-3)

Central Michigan Chippewas (8-4)

MWC

MAC

Jan. 1 Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium

Tampa, Florida

Texas A&M Aggies (8-4)

Wisconsin Badgers (8-4)

SEC

Big Ten

Citrus Bowl Camping World Stadium

Orlando, Florida

Iowa Hawkeyes (10-3)

Kentucky Wildcats (9-3)

Big Ten

SEC

Jan. 4 Texas Bowl NRG Stadium

Houston, Texas

Kansas State Wildcats (7-5)

Tennessee Volunteers (7-5)

Big 12

SEC

FCS Bowl game[]

The Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) has one bowl game. The FCS also has a postseason bracket tournament that culminates in the 2022 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game.

Date Game Site Participants Affiliations
Dec. 18 Celebration Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta, Georgia

South Carolina State Bulldogs (6-5)

Jackson State (11-1)

MEAC

SEAC

All-star games[]

Each of these games features college seniors, or players whose college football eligibility is ending, who are individually invited by game organizers. These games are scheduled to follow the team-competitive bowls, to allow players selected from bowl teams to participate. The all-star games may include some players from non-FBS programs.

A new all-star game, the HBCU Legacy Bowl, was announced in March 2021.

Date Game Site Participants
Jan. 15 Hula Bowl Bounce House

Orlando, Florida

Team Aina

Team Kai

Jan. 22 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Rose Bowl

Pasadena, California

National

American

Feb. 3 East-West Shrine Bowl Allegiant Stadium

Paradise, Nevada

East Team

West Team

Feb. 5 Senior Bowl Hancock Whitney Stadium

Mobile, Alabama

National

American

Feb. 19 HBCU Legacy Bowl Yulman Stadium

New Orleans, Louisiana

Team selections[]

Generally, a team must have at least six wins to be considered bowl eligible, with at least five of those wins being against FBS opponents. The College Football Playoff semi-final games are determined based on the top four seeds in the playoff committee's final rankings. The remainder of the bowl eligible teams are selected by each respective bowl based on conference tie-ins, order of selection, match-up considerations, and other factors.

Bowl-eligible teams[]

  • ACC (10): Boston College, Clemson, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
  • American (7): Cincinnati, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, UCF, Tulsa
  • Big Ten (9): Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin
  • Big 12 (7): Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, West Virginia
  • C-USA (8): Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, UAB, UTEP, UTSA, Western Kentucky
  • MAC (8): Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan
  • Mountain West (7): Air Force, Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State, Utah State, Wyoming
  • Pac-12 (6): Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Washington State
  • SEC (13): Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M
  • Sun Belt (4): Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Louisiana
  • Independent (4): Army, BYU, Liberty, Notre Dame

Number of bowl berths available: 82

Number of bowl-eligible teams: 83

Bowl-eligible team that did not receive a berth[]

As there were more bowl-eligible teams than there were bowl berths available, one team that was bowl-eligible (North Texas, 6-6) did not receive an invitation.

Bowl-ineligble teams[]

  • ACC (4): Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Syracuse
  • American (4): Navy, South Florida, Temple, Tulane
  • Big Ten (5): Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Northwestern, Rutgers
  • Big 12 (3): Kansas, TCU, Texas
  • C-USA (6): Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Louisiana Tech, Rice, Southern Miss
  • MAC (4): Akron, Buffalo, Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Mountain West (5): Colorado State, Hawaii, New Mexico, San Jose State, UNLV
  • Pac-12 (6): Arizona, California, Colorado, Stanford, USC, Washington
  • SEC (1): Vanderbilt
  • Sun Belt (6): Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama, Texas State, Troy
  • Independent (3): New Mexico State, UConn, UMass

Number of bowl-ineligible teams: 47

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