2021 Bowl Games: Schedule, College Football Playoff teams, kickoff times, dates, NCAA top 25 rankings – CBSSports.com

2021 Bowl Games: Schedule, College Football Playoff teams, kickoff times, dates, NCAA top 25 rankings – CBSSports.com
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The College Football Playoff bracket, New Year’s Six slate and entire 2021-22 bowl schedule are officially set as the sport moves its attention to the postseason and its much-anticipated conclusion. Cincinnati made history as the first Group of Five school to make the CFP, and it’s fitting that the Bearcats’ debut comes against the playoff’s most familiar returning face in Alabama. They will meet in the Cotton Bowl.

Michigan, also making its first playoff appearance, will square off with Georgia in the other national semifinal. Jim Harbaugh and Kirby Smart enter this New Year’s Eve showdown in the Orange Bowl coming off extremely different results in their respective conference championship games. 

But bowl season’s excitement extends far beyond the playoff with interesting matchups up and down the busy schedule. Everything from Ohio State and Utah in the Rose Bowl to Oregon and Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl packs plenty of intrigue, as does Marcus Freeman making his Notre Dame head coaching debut against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl. 

CBS Sports was with you all throughout Sunday as the College Football Playoff and bowl schedule was announced. Check out the full slate in the table below and catch up on the analysis in the live blog. 

College Football Playoff

Jan. 10

National Championship
Indianapolis

8 p.m. (ESPN) Semifinal winners

Dec. 31

Cotton Bowl
Arlington, Texas

3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

(1) Alabama vs. (4) Cincinnati

Dec. 31

Orange Bowl
Miami Gardens, Fla.

7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

(2) Michigan vs. (3) Georgia

New Year’s Six bowl games

Dec. 30

Peach
Atlanta

7 p.m. (ESPN)

(10) Michigan State vs. (12) Pittsburgh

Jan. 1

Fiesta
Glendale, Ariz.

1 p.m. (ESPN)

(5) Notre Dame vs. (9) Oklahoma State

Jan. 1

Rose
Pasadena, Calif.

5 p.m. (ESPN)

(6) Ohio State vs. (11) Utah

Jan. 1

Sugar
New Orleans

8:45 p.m. (ESPN)

(7) Baylor vs. (8) Ole Miss

Other 2021 bowl games

Jan. 4 Texas Bowl
Houston
9 p.m. (ESPN) Kansas State (7-5) vs. LSU (6-6)                          
Jan. 1 Citrus
Orlando, Fla.
1 p.m. (ABC) Iowa (10-3) vs. Kentucky (9-3)
Jan. 1 Outback
Tampa, Fla.
Noon (ESPN2) Penn State (7-5) vs. Arkansas (8-4)
Dec. 31 Tony the Tiger
El Paso, Tex.
12:30 p.m. (CBS) Miami (FL) (7-5) vs. Wash. State (7-5)
Dec. 31 Arizona

Tucson, Ariz.

4:30 p.m. (Barstool) C. Michigan (8-4) vs. Boise State (7-5)
Dec. 31 TaxSlayer
Jacksonville, Fla.
11 a.m. (ESPN) Wake Forest (10-3) vs. Texas A&M (8-4)
Dec. 30 Las Vegas
Las Vegas
10:30 p.m. (ESPN) Wisconsin (8-4) vs. Arizona State (8-4)
Dec. 30 Music City
Nashville
3 p.m. (ESPN) Purdue (8-4) vs. Tennessee (7-5)
Dec. 30 Duke’s Mayo
Charlotte
11:30 a.m. (ESPN) N. Carolina (6-6) vs. S. Carolina (6-6)
Dec. 29 Alamo
San Antonio
9:15 p.m. (ESPN)                        Oklahoma (10-2) vs. Oregon (10-3)
Dec. 29   Cheez-It
Orlando, Fla.
5:45 p.m. (ESPN) Clemson (9-3) vs. Iowa State (7-5)
Dec. 29 Pinstripe
New York
2:15 p.m. (ESPN) Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Maryland (6-6)
Dec. 29 Fenway
Boston
11 a.m. (ESPN) Virginia (6-6) vs. SMU (8-4)
Dec. 28 Guaranteed Rate
Phoenix
10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Minnesota (8-4) vs. West Virginia (6-6)
Dec. 28 Liberty
Memphis
6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Texas Tech (6-6) vs. Miss. State (7-5)
Dec. 28 Holiday
San Diego
5 p.m. (FOX) UCLA (8-4) vs. NC State (9-3)
Dec. 28 First Responder
University Park, Tex.
3:15 p.m. (ESPN) Louisville (6-6) vs. Air Force (9-3)
Dec. 28 Birmingham
Birmingham, Ala.
Noon (ESPN) Houston (11-2) vs. Auburn 6-6)
Dec. 27 Military
Annapolis, Md.
2:30 p.m. (ESPN) ECU (7-5) vs. Boston College (6-6)           
Dec. 27 Quick Lane
Detroit
11 a.m. (ESPN) W. Michigan (7-5) vs. Nevada (8-4)
Dec. 25 Camellia
Montgomery, Ala.
2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Ball State (6-6) vs. Georgia State (7-5)
Dec. 24 Hawai’i
Honolulu, Hawai‘i
8 p.m. (ESPN) Memphis (6-6) vs. Hawaii (6-7)
Dec. 23 Gasparilla
Tampa
7:30 p.m. (ABC) Florida (6-6) vs. UCF (8-4)
Dec. 23

Frisco Classic
Frisco, Tex.

3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Miami (OH) (6-6) vs. North Texas (6-6)
Dec. 22 Armed Forces
Fort Worth, Tex.
8 p.m. (ESPN) Army (8-3) vs. Missouri (6-6)
Dec. 21 Frisco
Frisco, Tex.
7:30 p.m. (ESPN) UTSA (12-1) vs. San Diego State (11-2)
Dec. 21 Famous Idaho Potato
Boise, Idaho        
3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Kent State (7-6) vs. Wyoming (6-6)
Dec. 20 Myrtle Beach
Conway, S.C.
2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Tulsa (6-6) vs. Old Dominion (6-6)
Dec. 18 New Orleans
New Orleans
9:15 p.m. (ESPN) Marshall (7-5) vs. Louisiana (12-1)
Dec. 18 L.A.
Los Angeles
7:30 p.m. (ABC) Utah State (10-3) vs. Oregon State (7-5) 
Dec. 18 LendingTree
Mobile, Ala.
5:45 p.m. (ESPN) E. Michigan (7-5) vs. Liberty (7-5)
Dec. 18 Independence
Shreveport, La.
3:30 p.m. (ABC) BYU (10-2) vs. UAB (8-4)
Dec. 18 New Mexico
Albuquerque, N.M.
2:15 p.m. (ESPN) UTEP (7-5) vs. Fresno State (9-3)
Dec. 18 Boca Raton

Boca Raton, Fla.

11 a.m. (ESPN) W. Kentucky (8-5) vs. App. State (10-3)
Dec. 17 Cure

Orlando, Fla.

6 p.m. (ESPN2) N. Illinois (9-4) vs. C. Carolina (10-2)
Dec. 17 Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Noon (ESPN) Middle Tenn. (6-6) vs. Toledo (7-5)