College football fans across the US have been waiting, and the fall of 2020 just got a bit brighter for all. Yesterday, Bowl Season, a non-profit organization that spotlights the collective coalition of student-athletes and the 44 bowl games played in college football postseason, announced the 2020-21 bowl schedule. Despite a challenging year, Bowl Season will be “A Celebration of College Football” as 37 out of 44 games are scheduled to be played. Bowl Season will culminate with the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 11, 2021, in Miami, Florida.
“We are thrilled to have the Bowl Season schedule set,” said Nick Carparelli, Executive Director of Bowl Season. “It has been an exceptionally unusual year due to the pandemic. But thanks to the flexibility and cooperation of the conferences and bowl partners, we are excited to reward student-athletes. These games will be a great way to highlight the many accomplishments of teams who have persevered through a very challenging year. Their hard work is deserving of celebration, especially this year.”
Bowl Season itself is also celebrating this year, and for good reason. Formerly known as the four-decade-old Football Bowl Association, Bowl Season announced its new name and brand identity last week. Although College football and Bowl games are as old of a tradition in the U.S. as apple pie, this is the first year an organization has been able to provide a platform to promote all bowl games within the same space. This feat took nine months to accomplish and wasn’t easy, especially during a pandemic.
And speaking of the pandemic, even though players will be hitting the field to compete, the bowl games may not look or run the way they did pre-Covid 19. As expected, bowl partners will be working together to maintain strict Covid safety protocols for each game. The health and well-being of student-athletes, staff, media, and fans will be the number one priority. Depending on state regulations, fans may or may not be permitted in the stands. Travel time for teams, as well as the length of stay in a city and pre-game events, may be lessened or canceled. Despite these changes, Caparelli promises that each bowl game will provide the same excitement, intense competition, and rivalry fodder that fans are used to!
The 2020-2021 Bowl Season schedule is as follows: