2014 – 2015 College Football Bowl Schedule

College football will have its first playoff to name a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Champion.  The new playoff system will feature the top four teams, two semifinals played in bowl games and a championship game between the semifinals’ winners.  Yesterday the teams in the playoffs were revealed.  They are No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Florida State and No. 4 Ohio State. 

The playoff system is better, but just like its predecessors, there is controversy over the teams participating. The week prior to the College Football Playoffs final ranking, Texas Christian University (TCU) was ranked No. 3.  In their last game of the season, they beat Iowa State 55-3.  Surely the Horned Frogs would stay at No. 3 after winning their final game, right?  Not.  The College Football Playoff Committee was not impressed.  They were excited by Ohio State beating a ranked opponent (Wisconsin) 59 – 0 in the Big Ten Conference Championship game.  So, the Buckeyes are in and TCU is out.  To complicate it further, TCU is not No. 5, but No. 6 behind Baylor whom they lost to seven weeks ago.

In my opinion, the problem is not the final rankings.  The problem is that TCU had been ranked higher than Baylor and they went from No. 5 to No 3. above an undefeated Florida State in Week 15.  Basically, the committee corrected this in their final ranking.  The playoff system is not perfect, but it is an improvement of the computer generated teams of the BCS era.

Here is the 2014 – 2015 College Football Bowl Schedule.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Nevada vs. UL Lafayette
New Orleans, LA
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Sat., Dec. 20
11:00 a.m. ET
ESPN
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Utah State vs. UTEP
Albuquerque, NM
University Stadium
Sat., Dec. 20
2:20 p.m. ET
ESPN
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
(22) Utah vs. Colorado State
Las Vegas, NV
Sam Boyd Stadium
Sat., Dec. 20
3:30 p.m. ET
ABC
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Western Michigan vs. Air Force
Boise, ID
Bronco Stadium
Sat., Dec. 20
5:45 p.m. ET
ESPN
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
South Alabama vs. Bowling Green
Montgomery, AL
Cramton Bowl
Sat., Dec. 20
9:15 p.m. ET
ESPN
Miami Beach Bowl
BYU vs. Memphis
Miami, FL
Marlins Park
Mon., Dec. 22
2:00 p.m. ET
ESPN
Boca Raton Bowl
Marshall vs. Northern Illinois
Boca Raton, FL
FAU Stadium
Tue., Dec. 23
6:00 p.m. ET
ESPN
San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl
Navy vs. San Diego State
San Diego, CA
Qualcomm Stadium
Tue., Dec. 23
9:30 p.m. ET
ESPN
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
Central Michigan vs. WKU
Nassau, Bahamas
Thomas Robinson Stadium
Wed., Dec. 24
Noon ET
ESPN
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Fresno State vs. Rice
Honolulu, HI
Aloha Stadium
Wed., Dec. 24
8:00 p.m. ET
ESPN
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech
Dallas, TX
Cotton Bowl Stadium
Fri., Dec. 26
1:00 p.m. ET
ESPN
Quick Lane Bowl
Rutgers vs. North Carolina
Detroit, MI
Ford Field
Fri., Dec. 26
4:30 p.m. ET
ESPN
Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl
NC State vs. UCF
St. Petersburg, FL
Tropicana Field
Fri., Dec. 26
8:00 p.m. ET
ESPN
Military Bowl
Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech
Annapolis, MD
Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium
Sat., Dec. 27
1:00 p.m. ET
ESPN
Hyundai Sun Bowl
(15) Arizona State vs. Duke
El Paso, TX
Sun Bowl Stadium
Sat., Dec. 27
2:00 p.m. ET
CBS
Duck Commander Independence Bowl
Miami, FL vs. South Carolina
Shreveport, LA
Independence Stadium
Sat., Dec. 27
3:30 p.m. ET
ABC
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Boston College vs. Penn State
Bronx, NY
Yankee Stadium
Sat., Dec. 27
4:30 p.m. ET
ESPN
National University Holiday Bowl
Nebraska vs. (24) USC
San Diego, CA
Qualcomm Stadium
Sat., Dec. 27
8:00 p.m. ET
ESPN
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Texas A&M vs. West Virginia
Memphis, TN
Liberty Bowl
Mon., Dec. 29
2:00 p.m. ET
ESPN
Russell Athletic Bowl
(17) Clemson vs. Oklahoma
Orlando, FL
Florida Citrus Bowl
Mon., Dec. 29
5:30 p.m. ET
ESPN
AdvoCare Texas Bowl
Arkansas vs. Texas
Houston, TX
NRG Stadium
Mon., Dec. 29
9:00 p.m. ET
ESPN
Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl
Notre Dame vs. (23) LSU
Nashville, TN
LP Field
Tue., Dec. 30
3:00 p.m. ET
ESPN
Belk Bowl
(13) Georgia vs. (21) Louisville
Charlotte, NC
Bank of America Stadium
Tue., Dec. 30
6:30 p.m. ET
ESPN
Foster Farms Bowl
Maryland vs. Stanford
Santa Clara, CA
Levi’s Stadium
Tue., Dec. 30
10:00 p.m. ET
ESPN
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
(9) Ole Miss vs. (6) TCU
Atlanta, GA
Georgia Dome
Wed., Dec. 31
12:30 p.m. ET
ESPN
Vizio Fiesta Bowl
(20) Boise State vs. (10) Arizona
Glendale, AZ
U. of Phoenix Stadium
Wed., Dec. 31
4:00 p.m. ET
ESPN
Capital One Orange Bowl
(7) Mississippi St. vs. (12) Georgia Tech
Miami Gardens, FL
Sun Life Stadium
Wed., Dec. 31
8:00 p.m. ET
ESPN
Outback Bowl
(19) Auburn vs. (18) Wisconsin
Tampa, FL
Raymond James Stadium
Thu., Jan. 1
Noon ET
ESPN2
Goodyear Cotton Bowl
(8) Michigan State vs. (5) Baylor
Arlington, TX
AT&T Stadium
Thu., Jan. 1
12:30 p.m. ET
ESPN
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
(25) Minnesota vs. (16) Missouri
Orlando, FL
Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium
Thu., Jan. 1
1:00 p.m. ET
ABC
Rose Bowl Game (COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEMIFINAL)
(2) Oregon vs. (3) Florida State
Pasadena, CA
Rose Bowl
Thu., Jan. 1
4:30 p.m. ET
ESPN
Allstate Sugar Bowl (COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEMIFINAL)
(1) Alabama vs. (4) Ohio State
New Orleans, LA
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Thu., Jan. 1
8:30 p.m. ET
ESPN
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Houston vs. Pittsburgh
Fort Worth, TX
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Fri., Jan. 2
Noon ET
ESPN
TaxSlayer Bowl
Iowa vs. Tennessee
Jacksonville, FL
EverBank Field
Fri., Jan. 2
3:20 p.m. ET
ESPN
Valero Alamo Bowl
(11) Kansas State vs. (14) UCLA
San Antonio, TX
Alamodome
Fri., Jan. 2
6:45 p.m. ET
ESPN
TicketCity Cactus Bowl
Washington vs. Oklahoma State
Tempe, AZ
Sun Devil Stadium
Fri., Jan. 2
10:15 p.m. ET
ESPN
Birmingham Bowl
East Carolina vs. Florida
Birmingham, AL
Legion Field
Sat., Jan. 3
Noon ET
ESPN
GoDaddy Bowl
Toledo vs. Arkansas State
Mobile, AL
Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Sun., Jan. 4
9:00 p.m. ET
ESPN
COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Semifinal Winner vs. Semifinal Winner
Arlington, TX
AT&T Stadium
Mon., Jan. 12
8:30 p.m. ET
ESPN

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Posted on December 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm

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