The following will be the schedule for the college bowl games involving Group of Five schools.
As expected, Memphis was the ranked the top Group of Five school and will play in the New Year’s Six Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas against Penn State on Dec. 28.
A total of 22 bowl games will involve Group of Five schools including eight against Power 5 conference foes. Comparing to last year, there were just 19 bowl games involving G5 teams with just six involving contests against the Power 5. Note that both seasons had a total of 40 bowls–including the College Football Playoff National Title game.
See the full schedule below:
Bahamas Bowl: Charlotte vs. Buffalo (2:00 PM ET) (ESPN)
Frisco Bowl: Kent State vs. Utah State (7:30 PM ET) (ESPN2)
New Mexico Bowl: San Diego State vs. Central Michigan (2:00 PM ET) (ESPN)
Cure Bowl: Liberty vs. Georgia Southern (2:30 PM ET) (CBSSN)
Boca Raton Bowl: FAU vs. SMU (3:30 PM ET) (ABC)
Camellia Bowl: FIU vs. Arkansas State (5:30 PM ET) (ESPN)
Las Vegas Bowl: Washington vs. Boise State (7:30 PM ET) (ABC)
New Orleans Bowl: UAB vs. Appalachian State (9:00 PM ET) (ESPN)
Gasparilla Bowl: Marshall vs. UCF (2:30 PM ET) (ESPN)
Hawaii Bowl: BYU vs. Hawaii (8:00 PM ET) (ESPN)
Independence Bowl: Miami (FL) vs. Louisiana Tech (4:00 PM ET) (ESPN)
Quick Lane Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Eastern Michigan (8:00 PM ET) (ESPN)
Military Bowl: North Carolina vs. Temple (Noon ET) (ESPN)
Cheez-It Bowl: Air Force vs. Washington State (10:15 PM ET) (ESPN)
Cotton Bowl Classic: Memphis vs Penn State (Noon ET) (ESPN)
First Responder Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan (12:30 PM ET) (ESPN)
Liberty Bowl: Navy vs. Kansas State (3:45 PM ET) (ESPN)
Arizona Bowl: Wyoming vs. Georgia State (4:30 PM ET) (CBSSN)
Birmingham Bowl: Boston College vs. Cincinnati (3:00 PM ET) (ESPN)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Ohio vs. Nevada (3:30 PM ET) (ESPN)
Armed Forces Bowl: Tulane vs. Southern Miss (11:30 AM ET) (ESPN)
Lending Tree Bowl: Louisiana vs. Miami (OH) (7:30 PM ET) (ESPN)
The following are the bowl teams were bowl eligible by Group of Five conference.
American Athletic Conference (7): Cincinnati Bearcats, Memphis Tigers, Navy Midshipmen, SMU Mustangs, Temple Owls, Tulane Green Wave, UCF Knights
Conference USA (8): Charlotte 49ers, Florida Atlantic Owls, Florida International (FIU) Golden Panthers, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Marshall Thundering Herd, North Texas Mean Green, Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, UAB Blazers
FBS Independents (2): BYU Cougars, Liberty Flames
Mid-American Conference (8): Buffalo Bulls, Central Michigan Chippewas, Eastern Michigan Eagles, Kent State Golden Flashes, Miami (OH) RedHawks, Northern Illinois Huskies, Ohio Bobcats, Toledo Rockets, Western Michigan Broncos
Mountain West Conference (7): Boise State Broncos, Fresno State Bulldogs, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, Nevada Wolf Pack, San Diego State Aztecs, Utah State Aggies, Wyoming Cowboys
Sun Belt Conference (5): Appalachian State Mountaineers, Arkansas State Red Wolves, Georgia State Panthers, Georgia Southern Eagles, Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns,
Those in italics were bowl eligible but were not selected for a bowl game. This includes only Toledo as the only G5 and FBS team that was bowl eligible but did not get selected.
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football in the western half of the United States– the Big Sky Conference and Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.
Reach him at this email or click below: