2022-23 College Bowl Games for Group of Five Schools

A total of 43 bowl games, including the College Football Playoff semi-finals and championship, are scheduled to take place beginning Dec. 16 with the Bahamas Bowl and ending Jan. 2 with the Cotton Bowl for the Group of Five and on Jan. 9th for the College Football Playoff National Championship game in Los Angeles. Of the 43 bowls, 21 of the bowls will include at least one team from the Group of Five conferences/independents.

The New Year’s Six spot for the Group of Five went to AAC Conference winner Tulane, who will play the Pac-12’s USC in the Cotton Bowl as the last bowl game for the Group of Five squads this year. That is one of five bowl games that will match a G5 squad against a Power Five opponent.

The other four contests include the LA Bowl with Mountain West champion Fresno State playing the Pac-12’s Washington State, the Fenway Bowl with AAC’s Cincinnati playing Louisville, the Armed Forces Bowl that pits another MWC squad Air Force against the Big 12’s Baylor, and the Military Bowl that has the AAC’s UCF playing the ACC’s Duke.

Two G5 conference titlists will meet in the Cure Bowl as the Sun Belt champions Troy will play the Conference USA winner UTSA. Both of those squads were also ranked in the final College Football Playoff rankings as well.

The other G5 league winner in the MAC’s Toledo will play Liberty in the Baco Raton Bowl.

See the list of all the bowl games that involve a Group of Five squad below with the time and television network:

Friday, Dec. 16

Bahamas Bowl

Miami (Ohio) vs. UAB

Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium; Nassau, Bahamas (11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN)

Cure Bowl

Troy vs. UTSA

Exploria Stadium; Orlando, Florida (3 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Saturday, Dec. 17

Fenway Bowl

Cincinnati vs. Louisville

Fenway Park; Boston (11 a.m. ET on ESPN)

New Mexico Bowl


University Stadium; Albuquerque, New Mexico (2:15 p.m. ET on ESPN)

LA Bowl

Fresno State vs. Washington State

SoFi Stadium; Inglewood, California (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC)

LendingTree Bowl

Southern Mississippi vs. Rice

Hancock Whitney Stadium; Mobile, Alabama (5:45 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Frisco Bowl

Boise State vs. North Texas

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas (9:15 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Monday, Dec. 19

Myrtle Beach Bowl

UConn vs. Marshall

Brooks Stadium; Conway, South Carolina (2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Tuesday, Dec. 20

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

San Jose State vs. Eastern Michigan

Albertsons Stadium; Boise, Idaho (3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Boca Raton Bowl

Toledo vs. Liberty

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Florida (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Wednesday, Dec. 21

New Orleans Bowl

South Alabama vs. Western Kentucky

Caesars Superdome; New Orleans (9 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Thursday, Dec. 22

Armed Forces Bowl

Air Force vs. Baylor

Amon G. Carter Stadium; Fort Worth, Texas (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Friday, Dec. 23

Independence Bowl

Houston vs. Louisiana

Independence Stadium; Shreveport, Louisiana (3 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Saturday, Dec. 24

Hawai’i Bowl

Middle Tennessee State vs. San Diego State

Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex; Honolulu (8 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Monday, Dec. 26

Camellia Bowl

Georgia Southern vs. Buffalo

Cramton Bowl; Montgomery, Alabama (noon ET on ESPN)

Quick Lane Bowl

New Mexico State vs. Bowling Green

Ford Field; Detroit (2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Tuesday, Dec. 27

First Responder Bowl

Utah State vs. Memphis

Gerald J. Ford Stadium; Dallas (3:15 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Birmingham Bowl

East Carolina vs. Coastal Carolina

Protective Stadium; Birmingham, Alabama (6:45 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Wednesday, Dec. 28

Military Bowl

Duke vs. UCF

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium; Annapolis, Maryland (2 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Friday. Dec. 30

Arizona Bowl

Ohio vs. Wyoming

Arizona Stadium; Tucson, Arizona (4:30 p.m. ET on Barstool)

Monday, Jan. 2

Cotton Bowl

USC vs. Tulane

AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas (1 p.m. ET on ESPN)