College Football Bowl Games 2019-20: How to Watch, Live Stream, Pairings and Dates

Four months since it began in August, the college football season is at its climax.

Forty bowl games and the small matter of the College Football Playoff championship game are all that remains of the season.

It all kicks off on Friday, when Buffalo takes on Charlotte in the Bahamas Bowl, while Utah State and Kent State collide in the Frisco Bowl.

Eight days later, the two CFP semifinals will determine who out of LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Clemson will compete for the national title on January 13.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the 40 bowl games.

When does the bowl season begin?

After a two-week break, college football returns on December 20, with the first two bowl games of the season.

Buffalo takes on Charlotte in the Bahamas Bowl, while Utah State and Kent State collide in the Frisco Bowl.

After a jam-packed week of action, the main event rolls into town on December 28 with the two College Football Playoff semifinals. As shown by this graphic provided by Statista, LSU enters the CFP as the No. 1-ranked side and takes on No. 4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia, while No. 2 Ohio State faces No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.

The bowl season continues until January 6, with the CFP National Championship Game schedule for Monday, January 13.

College Football Playoff Ranking Week 15
LSU will to the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 ranked team in the country. Statista

Which teams play in the New Year's Six bowl games?

As has been the case since the CFP's inception in 2014, the two semifinals account for a third of the traditional New Year's Six bowl games.

The remaining four bowl games of the New Year's Six are the Cotton Bowl Classic on December 28, the Orange Bowl two days later and the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl scheduled for January 1. No. 17 Memphis takes on No. 10 Penn State in the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas, while No. 9 Florida faces No. 24 Virginia in the Orange Bowl in Miami.

No. 6 Oregon plays No. 8 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, while No. 5 Georgia takes on No. 7 Baylor in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana.

TV coverage

Coverage of the bowl games will be split across ESPN channels, ABC, FOX Sports and CBS.

ESPN will carry both CFP semifinals and the CFP Championship Game.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via each broadcaster's digital platforms and app as well as via fuboTV—aside for games on ESPN and ABC—and DirecTV.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the 40 bowl games.

TV schedule (All times ET)

Friday, December 20

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl: Buffalo vs. Charlotte—2 p.m. ESPN, Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau Bahamas

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl: Utah State vs. Kent State—7:30 p.m. ESPN2, Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas

Saturday, December 21

New Mexico Bowl: Central Michigan vs. San Diego State—2 p.m. ESPN, Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cure Bowl: Liberty vs. Georgia Southern—2:30 p.m. CBSSN, Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl: SMU vs. Florida Atlantic—3:30 p.m. ABC, FAU Football Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida

Joe Burrow, LSU Tigers
Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Texas A&M Aggies at Tiger Stadium on November 30 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sean Gardner/Getty

Camelia Bowl: Florida International vs. Arkansas State—5:30 p.m. ESPN, Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State vs. Washington—7:30 p.m. ABC, Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Appalachian State vs. UAB—9 p.m. ESPN, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Monday, December 23

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl: UCF vs. Marshall—2:30 p.m. ESPN, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Tuesday, December 24

SOFI Hawai'i Bowl: Hawai'i vs. BYU—8 p.m. ESPN, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawai'i

Thursday, December 26

Walk-On's Independence Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)—4 p.m. ESPN, Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

Quick Lane Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Eastern Michigan—8 p.m. ESPN, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Friday, December 27

Military Bowl Presented by Northrup Grumman: North Carolina vs. Temple—12 p.m. ESPN Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Michigan State vs. Wake Forest—3:20 p.m. ESPN, Yankee Stadium, New York

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M—6:45 p.m. ESPN, NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl: USC vs. Iowa—8 p.m. FS1, SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, California

Cheez-It Bowl: Air Force vs. Washington State—10:15 p.m. ESPN, Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona

Saturday, December 28

Camping World Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Iowa State—12 p.m. ABC, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Memphis vs. Penn State—12 p.m. ESPN, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, CFP National Semifinal: LSU vs. Oklahoma—4 p.m. ESPN, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, CFP National Semifinal: Clemson vs. Ohio State—8 p.m. ESPN, State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Ryan Day, Ohio State Buckeyes
Ryan Day and the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after winning the Big Ten Championship against the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 7 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Justin Casterline/Getty

Monday, December 30

ServPro First Responders Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan—12:30 p.m. ESPN, Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Louisville—4 p.m. ESPN, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Redbox Bowl: California vs. Illinois—4 p.m. FOX, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Capital One Orange Bowl: Florida vs. Virginia—8 p.m. ESPN,
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida

Tuesday, December 31

Belk Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky—12 p.m. ESPN, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl: Florida State vs. Arizona State—2 p.m. CBS, Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Navy vs. Kansas State—3:45 p.m. ESPN, Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tennessee

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Wyoming vs. Georgia State—4:30 p.m. CBSSN, Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona

Valero Alamo Bowl: Utah vs. Texas—7:30 p.m. ESPN, Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

Wednesday, January 1

Outback Bowl: Minnesota vs. Auburn—1 p.m. ESPN, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

VRBO Citrus Bowl: Michigan vs. Alabama—1 p.m. ABC, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Northwestern Mutual Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Wisconsin—5 p.m. ESPN, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Baylor—8:45 p.m. ESPN, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Trevor Lawrence, Clemson Tigers
Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 30 in Columbia, South Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty

Thursday, January 2

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl: Boston College vs. Cincinnati—3 p.m. ESPN, Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama

Taxslayer Gator Bowl: Indiana vs. Tennessee—7 p.m. ESPN
TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Friday, January 3

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Ohio vs. Nevada—3:30 p.m. ESPN, Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho

Saturday, January 4

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Southern Mississippi vs. Tulane—11:30 a.m. ESPN, Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

Monday, January 6

LendingTree Bowl: Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)—8 p.m. ESPN, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama

Monday, January 13

CFP National Championship: Winner of LSU/Oklahoma vs. Winner of Ohio State/Clemson—8 p.m. ESPN, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana