ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, has determined the date, time and network for each of the company’s 13 owned and operated bowl games for the 2015 season, including possible bowl destinations for the BYU football program.
ESPN and BYU previously announced the Cougars have accepted an invitation to play in either the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl or the Hawai’i Bowl following the 2015 football season if bowl eligible and not selected to participate in the College Football Playoff.
Four bowls on Saturday, Dec. 19 kick off ESPN Event’s bowl season – Celebration Bowl, Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, and Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. All 13 ESPN Events bowls will be aired on ESPN with the exception of the newly created Celebration Bowl and the Las Vegas Bowl, both to be broadcast on ABC on opening day of the bowl season.
Overall, the ESPN family of networks – including ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC – will offer live television coverage of 39 games, including the national semifinals on Dec. 31 and the national championship game.
The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl is set for Saturday, Dec. 19, on ABC at 3:30 p.m. The 24th annual game will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas featuring BYU or a Mountain West school against the sixth pick from the Pac-12 Conference.
The Hawai‘i Bowl will be played on Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24) for the 11th time from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. In its 14th year, the bowl will be aired on ESPN at 8 p.m. and pits teams from the American Athletic Conference against the Mountain West Conference or BYU.
The complete college football bowl schedule for 2015-16 was also unveiled on Tuesday. The 2015-16 college football postseason will begin with five bowl games on Sat., Dec. 19 and will include a record-setting number of matchups involving schools from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences.
In all, 41 postseason games will be played, with 40 of those contests coming in a 2-week window between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2, 2016. New additions to the schedule this season are the Arizona Bowl (Tucson, Ariz.) and the AutoNation Cure Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)
The second College Football Playoff National Championship Game will wrap up the collegiate schedule on Mon., Jan. 11, 2016, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Select the following link to see the complete postseason schedule, with dates, kickoff times, conference matchups and television partners.