Mark your calendars: ESPN announces times and dates for 35 bowl games in 2018-19


The bulk of the college football postseason now has a time, date and network in a nice May surprise for those looking to plan ahead.

ESPN announced on Wednesday afternoon their slate of coverage options and dates for 35 bowl games the network will televise in 2018, from the Celebration Bowl all the way through the College Football Playoff. Most notable? The festivities of bowl season start on December 15th and there are, sadly, no Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve games. The College Football Playoff semifinals are slated for Dec. 29th as previously announced and title game is set for January 7th.

From the release, the full set of games controlled by ESPN  are as follows:

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Dec. 15 Noon Celebration Bowl ABC
  2 p.m. Gildan New Mexico Bowl ESPN
  3:30 p.m. Las Vegas Bowl ABC
  5:30 p.m. Raycom Media Camellia Bowl ESPN
  9 p.m. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl ESPN
Tue, Dec. 18 7 p.m. Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl ESPN
Wed, Dec. 19 8 p.m. Frisco Bowl ESPN
Thu, Dec. 20 8 p.m. Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl ESPN
Fri, Dec. 21 12:30 p.m. Bahamas Bowl ESPN
  4 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl ESPN
Sat, Dec. 22 Noon Birmingham Bowl ESPN
  3:30 p.m. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl ESPN
  7 p.m. Dollar General Bowl ESPN
  10:30 p.m. Hawai’i Bowl ESPN
Wed, Dec. 26 1:30 p.m. Heart of Dallas Bowl ESPN
  5:15 p.m. Quick Lane Bowl ESPN
  9 p.m. Cactus Bowl ESPN
Thu, Dec. 27 1:30 p.m. Walk-On’s Independence Bowl ESPN
  5:15 p.m. New Era Pinstripe Bowl ESPN
  9 p.m. Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl ESPN
Fri, Dec. 28 1:30 p.m. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl ESPN
  5:15 p.m. Camping World Bowl ESPN
  9 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl ESPN
Sat, Dec. 29 Noon Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl ESPN
  Noon Belk Bowl ABC
  4 or 8 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl ESPN
  4 or 8 p.m. College Football Playoff  Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic ESPN
Mon, Dec. 31 Noon Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman ESPN
  3:45 p.m. AutoZone Liberty Bowl ESPN
  7:30 p.m. TaxSlayer Gator Bowl ESPN
Tue, Jan 1 Noon Outback Bowl ESPN2
  1 p.m. Citrus Bowl ABC
  1 p.m. PlayStation Fiesta Bowl ESPN
  5 p.m. Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual ESPN
  8:30 p.m. Allstate Sugar Bowl ESPN
Mon, Jan. 7 8 p.m. College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T ESPN

Note that this does not include a handful of other bowl games which are on other networks, such as the Sun Bowl that typically airs New Year’s Eve on CBS or the Foster Farms Bowl on one of the Fox networks.

Still, the above list does cover the bulk of games on the slate in one of the most joyous times of the college football season.