Three New Bowls Approved, Pushes Total to 42 in 2015

By Kevin Kelley -

According to a report by ESPN, the NCAA has approved three new bowl games for the 2015 season. The bowls will be hosted in Tucson, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Orlando, Florida.

That brings the total number of bowl games to 42 for the 2015-16 season, including the College Football Championship Game. Since two of the teams play twice, a total of 82 teams will be needed to fill all of the bowl and playoff positions.

With 127 teams (Charlotte is FBS transitional), that means 64.5% of the FBS will play in a bowl or playoff game after the culmination of the 2015 season.

There could have been 43 bowl games this season, but organizers of a bowl game in Little Rock, Arkansas reportedly withdrew their bid. That bowl would have pitted the American vs. the Sun Belt.

Below are the three new bowls and details for each, per ESPN:

Austin, Texas
Matchup: American vs. Sun Belt
Site: Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (tentative)

Orlando, Florida (AutoNation Cure Bowl)
Matchup: American vs. Sun Belt
Site: Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium
Date: Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015

Tucson, Arizona
Matchup: C-USA vs. MWC
Backup Conference: MAC
Site: Arizona Stadium
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, CBSSN

2015-16 Bowl Schedule

Update: The Austin Bowl has decided to wait an additional season before starting. Therefore, there will be 41 bowls in 2015-16.

  1. calcagno3
    May 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Might I suggest calling the bowl in Austin the Amy’s Ice Cream Bowl? Nothing says tolerating a frivolous collegian bowl than free ice cream!

  2. james
    May 6, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    less games or we will have teams with 5-7 record playing in bowl games

  3. Phil B
    May 6, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I really don’t understand why people complain that we have to many bowls. You are not forced to watch. Why would you not want a couple more games in December? South Alabama and Bowling Green put on a show in the Camellia Bowl last year. I will watch as many college football games as I can. Don’t watch if you don’t want too.

    • Hawaii and PSU Dave
      May 7, 2015 at 1:24 am

      Phil, I would have to concur. It’s all optional.

    • Day
      May 9, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      There are more bowls cause there are more teams going to FBS & conferences are growing. If there was no money in the bowls then they would stop producing them. I to will watch any bowl that is on TV if I have the time, they are fun & last year was a great bowl season.

    • Chase Callaway
      December 2, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      Western Kentucky and Central Michigan in the Popeyes Bahamas bowl was literally one of the best games ever in history

  4. Michael Howland
    May 7, 2015 at 10:48 am

    My uconn huskies could get in with a losing record lol.

    • Lost in Va.
      May 8, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Same for West Point, Ga. State, Colorado, SMU, Iowa St., Southern Miss, Kent St….

  5. Evan
    May 7, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I’m not really sure why there’s a third Orlando bowl. Miami now has three (you could probably get rid of one of their new ones), Tampa Bay has 2, Jacksonville only has 1. Arizona now has three, and yet LA still only has one. I don’t know why there are bowl games in Detroit, Bay Area, Washington DC.
    In these new bowls, it’s hard to say that the stadiums will be more than half-full. I think that any bowl that doesn’t have an average attendance of at least half the normal stadium size in the next four years should be extinguished.

    • Paul B
      May 7, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Poo poo to you. Let’s let these young men have a fun trip and get to represent their school for one more game. Bowl game isn’t for you. I agree with Phil and Hawaii and PSU Dave, don’t like it don’t watch. I for one will watch every single game I can. I hate when college football ends.

    • Connor
      November 12, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Paul its a bussiness trip not a free trip to disneyland with all do respect I know iv’e plaved not to uptight but by no means too loose they are there to win not to enjoy the weather

  6. Ken
    May 11, 2015 at 11:14 am

    It’s all about the destination. I’d go to San Antonio, Arizona, Florida, over LA. Who came up with the snow bowl in NYC??? Get those tourists to spend money, and enjoy themselves!!!

  7. Dirk
    May 11, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Los Angeles should add another bowl game pitting a PAC 12 or MWC Team vs an at Large Team, and 5-7 records by teams should not go to a bowl game. To avoid that 5-7 record, schedule an FCS school to open the season, and if you can’t beat them, then that school shouldn’t go to a bowl?

  8. Jacob
    May 14, 2015 at 3:58 am

    More teams are coming to the FBS and conferences are getting bigger. I don’t have a problem with putting 3 more bowl games in. They had some pretty exciting games last December.

  9. barbara
    June 8, 2015 at 9:51 am

    i agree with most of you on here, THE MORE COLLEGE GAMES THE BETTER I LIKE IT, and if you don’t like it then DON’T WATCH IT!!!! I hate it when college season is over but enjoy the pro games also but when all football is over then tv is over, nothing on until baseball season starts!!!!

  10. SEC Writer
    June 8, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I enjoy watching ANY college football during the holiday months. My only request would be that 5-7 teams with ALL 5 wins over FBS teams get into Bowl games over 5-7 teams with wins over FCS teams. Other that that, sign me up for more games.

  11. Me
    October 11, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    When will there be a Bowl in Flushing, NY?

  12. Gabe
    October 17, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Bring the Pac-12 out east to play a ACC/SEC team

  13. Bigg3469
    November 12, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    The Austin Bowl should be sponsored by either Dickey’s BBQ Pit restaurant or Stubb’s BBQ, & the Tuscon Bowl should be sponsored by either Bashas Supermarkets, Arizona Iced Tea Golden Corral Buffet or Cracker Barrel Restaurants.

  14. Milam Frank
    November 29, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    How about a toilet bowl for the two worst teams playing on January so the winner would start 2016 as undefeated

  15. Josh Carlton
    December 6, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Why use 2 bowl games to decide who goes to the BCS. This does nuttin but cut other respective teams short. I understand the playoffs, but c’mon. Instead of using a bowl game make the top 4 play the week after the season ends, that way those two bowl games will be open fer teams deserving of them

    • Baby'G
      December 30, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      They should do it similar too the NFL or since it’s College the teams record should put them there because OU always want too beat everyone and never loose when its your erra and your time you should be there let’s go Clemson Tigers the big 10 Needs two more teams too be the big 12 and get teams that are top contenders so OU won’t be able to just just run over them and that’s all i have too say about that.

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