The 2016-17 College Football Bowl Schedule has officially been released by the Football Bowl Association. The FBA represents college football’s 41 postseason games.
With 41 total games including the College Football National Championship, 80 teams will play in a postseason game in 2016-17, which is 63% of the FBS.
The 2016-17 bowl season kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 17 with five FBS bowl games – Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl, AutoNation Cure Bowl, Raycom Media Camellia, and R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. In addition, teams from the MEAC and SWAC will meet in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.
On New Year’s Eve, the two College Football Playoff semifinal games will take place. Hosts this season are the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl. The two games will be televised by ESPN at 3pm and 7pm ET, with the exact order and matchups to be determined on Dec. 4.
With New Year’s Day falling on a Sunday this season, games typically played that day are set for Monday, Jan. 2. Those games include the Outback Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Rose Bowl Game, and Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The College Football National Championship Game concludes the college football season on Monday, Jan. 9, 2016 at 8:30pm. ET. The two playoff semifinal winners will meet at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Two bowl games, the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl and the Foster Farms Bowl, currently do not have dates set. The schedules will be updated after those dates are announced.