2015-16 Bowl Schedule Announcements

By Brian Wilmer -

The 2015-16 bowl schedule is set to be announced today, including the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six games.

Below we will live blog the games and pairings as they are announced. For the complete list of games, check out our Bowl Schedule.


12:39pm (Eastern)
The two playoff games are in, with both games on ESPN on 12/31:
Capital One Orange Bowl – (1) Clemson vs. (4) Oklahoma
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic – (2) Alabama vs. (3) Michigan State

Some additional updates:
GoDaddy Bowl – Bowling Green vs. Georgia Southern
Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl (Nassau, Bahamas) – Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee

Here’s a pretty large domino:
Allstate Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA) – Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss

To very little surprise, Navy will play in the Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman. Their opponent will be announced later today. Also, Cincinnati is headed to the Hawaii Bowl.

BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall will coach his final game for the Cougars in the Las Vegas Bowl. No opponent has been announced. Also announced:

Appalachian State – Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Arkansas State – R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (likely to face Louisiana Tech)

USF will participate in the Miami Beach Bowl. Their rumored opponent is Western Kentucky. There’s quite a bit of intrigue behind that one, if it happens. Also, Stanford will head to the Rose Bowl, where they will face a Big Ten opponent (Iowa?).

On the Rose Bowl front…

The earlier mention of USF-Western Kentucky in the Miami Beach Bowl is now official, per ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

The Sun Belt announced a moment ago that Georgia State will play in the AutoNation Cure Bowl. The other Sun Belt teams (Arkansas State, Georgia Southern and Appalachian State) have already been referenced.

Appalachian State will face Ohio in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

We told you earlier that Stanford and Iowa will face off in the Rose Bowl, and that Oklahoma State will face Ole Miss in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Those matchups were just announced by ESPN.

Ohio State and Notre Dame will play in the Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl. Houston and Florida State will play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Also, the matchup of Louisiana Tech and Arkansas State we mentioned earlier in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl is now official.

Tulsa will play in the Camping World Independence Bowl against a to-be-named opponent.

Miami will play in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, ESPN reports.

A number of announcements coming now. Washington State will face Miami in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. North Carolina will play in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will feature Air Force. Southern Miss will play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

UConn and Marshall will play in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

Toledo and Temple will play in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl.

Two more:
Northern Illinois and Boise State will face off in the Poinsettia Bowl, while Texas Tech goes to the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl.

Louisville gets one of the shorter roadies of the postseason. They will play in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Charlotte’s Belk Bowl will feature Mississippi State and NC State. Duke will play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Northwestern and Tennessee will travel to the Outback Bowl.

The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl is complete – Texas A&M vs. Louisville.

Tulsa’s opponent in the Camping World Independence Bowl will be Virginia Tech.

Pitt and Navy will finalize the Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman.

As someone mentioned earlier in the comments section, Florida and Michigan will go in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.

Memphis will play in the Birmingham Bowl, likely against Auburn.

TCU and Oregon are confirmed for the Valero Alamo Bowl. If you like offense, there’s your game.

USC will play in the National University Holiday Bowl. UCLA is in the Foster Farms Bowl.

The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl is set – BYU vs. Utah. Lots of heat to that one.

Baylor and North Carolina will finalize the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Central Michigan and Minnesota will fill out the Quick Lane Bowl. New Mexico will play in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Akron and Utah State will play in the Famous Potato Bowl.

Duke’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl opponent will be Indiana. Kansas State will play in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

The long-rumored UCLA/Nebraska matchup in the Foster Farms Bowl is set.

The National University Holiday Bowl is done – USC vs. Wisconsin.

San Diego State will be Cincinnati’s Hawai’i Bowl opponent.

It’s apparently going to be Kansas State and Arkansas in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

The Motel 6 Cactus Bowl will be leaving the light on for Arizona State. Also, Texas Tech’s Texas Bowl opponent will be LSU.

West Virginia will lace them up against Arizona State in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.

As someone here suggested earlier, Penn State will indeed play in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Georgia.

Washington will play Southern Miss in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Cal will play Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl.

Georgia State’s AutoNation Cure Bowl foe will be San Jose State.

Arizona and New Mexico will participate in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

As the carousel slowly grinds to a close, it looks as though Nevada and Colorado State will play in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl. Stand by for confirmation.

That’ll bring the afternoon to a close. Thanks for reading along, commenting, refreshing and spending your Sunday afternoon with us. To find out the time, date and network for your favorite team, check our Bowl Schedule. To insult me interact with me, click the handy little button below!

  1. Sam
    December 6, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    When will the rest of the bowl announcements be made? Im wanting to know where the Florida Gators will be playing

  2. Robb Geesen
    December 6, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    What teams at 5-7 get to play in the blue Tidy Bowl??

  3. kelly
    December 6, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    I am anxiously waiting to hear about Arizona State. Several predictions but them playing in DFW. My daughter is in the band at ASU, but we live in Ft Worth. A local bowl game would be AMAZING!

  4. Tim
    December 6, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Please give WKU a better team than south florida.Come on there only 11-2.

    • Joey
      December 6, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Dude, you haven’t seen USF play. And it’s ready made intrigue with WKU’s old star QB and head coach Willie Taggert coaching the Bulls. They have an NFL ready RB in Marlon Mack, the offense skill positions are young and took a few games to gel.

    • Dan Ochman
      December 6, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      USF started 1-3 before their young team got their bearings. Went 7-1 after that so not a pushover by any means.

  5. shirley nale
    December 6, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    where is iu going to play and who

  6. carolyn
    December 6, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Where is TCU playing?

  7. Andrew
    December 6, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Is Arkansas to the Liberty Bowl a lock pretty much?

  8. Jenn
    December 6, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Does anybody know where Mississippi State or Penn State will be this year? Anxiously awaiting these announcements!!

  9. Debra
    December 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Is Tennessee heading to the Outback bowl?

  10. Brian Wilmer
    December 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Many of the non-listed games are still unofficial. I promise to get you all the updates as I get them. Thanks for reading!

    • Jenn
      December 6, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Could you explain how the bowl games are decided? Do teams get to pick out of a couple options based on their rankings/records?

    • Brian Wilmer
      December 6, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Somewhat. The entire process is really confusing. When you see bowl projection sites, and they mention “No. 8 SEC” or whatever, that’s not the eighth-ranked team in the conference, it’s the eighth pick of eligible teams from the conference. Bowls tend to pick what they think will be the matchup that draws the most money, as one might imagine, and then other games are left to select from the remaining options. That’s the best — and shortest — explanation I can offer. :)

    • Jenn
      December 6, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Thank you, Brian. That is very helpful :)

  11. Bill Stewart
    December 6, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    temple? boca raton or orlando?

  12. Tim Tyrell-Smith (@TimsStrategy)
    December 6, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Hoping the Aztecs don’t fly to Hawaii (bad turf and long travel) and don’t play Cincy. Was looking for a different match-up after going 10-3 (8-0 in MWC).

  13. joe
    December 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    tennesse to the outback bowl, penn state to the taxpayer bowl mississippi state to the belk bowl,arkansas to the liberty bowl, tcu to the alamo bowl,

  14. Jordan
    December 6, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Wanting to know where Memphis and Tennessee will play

    • Ryan
      December 6, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Memphis is most likely headed to the Birmingham bowl vs auburn. Tennessee should be going to the music city bowl vs nc state

  15. Evan
    December 6, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    We might get Utah vs BYU in Las Vegas Bowl

  16. Eric
    December 6, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    What bowl will the Miami hurricanes play in

  17. A
    December 6, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    What about Akron?

  18. Filly
    December 6, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    What about Utah??

  19. Frank
    December 6, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Any idea where Akron is going?

  20. Dustin
    December 6, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    So, how about Washington?

    How about the 5-7 teams?

  21. daniel
    December 6, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    What about Georgia and Georgia state and the Arizona bowl

    • Brian Wilmer
      December 6, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Georgia: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Penn State
      Georgia State: Cure Bowl (opponent TBD)
      Arizona Bowl: TBD

  22. Shirlena Dobrich
    December 6, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Does anyone know about the Nevada wolfpack?

  23. John
    December 6, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    There’s a problem here…..only two teams haven’t been announced, and both would be going to the Arizona Bowl. But those two teams are Colorado State and Nevada…..both in the Mountain West. Unless they want two teams from the same conference competing, somebody needs to make a switch.

    • Brian Wilmer
      December 6, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      I think people are okay with that because they didn’t play during the regular season. Also, Campus Insiders is involved with both the Mountain West and that bowl game, as the great Matt Sarzyniak pointed out on Twitter.

  24. V
    December 6, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Any word on CSU Rams?

  25. Kevin
    December 6, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    This isn’t the first time a league has two teams in the same bowl. Nebraska and Oklahoma both went to the Orange Bowl in 1979 as members of the old Big 8. In that case, they had also played in the regular season also.

  26. Dan
    December 7, 2015 at 10:38 am

    My Predictions:

    Arizona 39-32
    BYU 22-14
    Appalachian State 31-17
    Georgia State 27-24 OT
    Louisiana Tech 38-24
    Western Kentucky 24-20
    Utah State 33-27
    Toledo 20-10
    NIU 37-24
    Georgia Southern 27-20
    Middle Tennessee 37-31 OT
    Cincinnati 31-27
    Marshall 41-30
    Washington State 28-13
    Washington 26-6
    Indiana 23-13
    Virginia Tech 24-17
    Nebraska 34-30
    Navy 30-27
    Minnesota 35-31
    California 28-24
    Baylor 33-30
    Colorado State 21-14
    Texas Tech 31-28
    Auburn 31-20
    Mississippi State 38-30
    Louisville 24-19
    USC 30-13
    Houston 34-24
    Tennessee 17-13
    Florida 27-23 (OH YEAH!)
    Ohio State 44-37
    Stanford 27-17
    Oklahoma State 36-24
    Georgia 24-7
    Arkansas 38-14
    Oregon 45-40
    West Virginia 35-21


    Oklahoma 35-34
    Alabama 42-23

    National Championship:

    Alabama 34-10

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