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2019 College Bowl Season: Full TV schedule – Networks, Times, All announcers through 1/13 title game

ESPN has all key games including championship series; CBS does three and Fox has two

College Football Bowl Schedule covering 2019-20

Full Bowl schedule for your referencing convenience.

ESPN has a preponderance of the telecasts including the championship series. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will be the lead broadcast team. If you seek an alternative, many of the major bowls including the entire championship series are on radio. Herbie does do one game (Las Vegas Bowl) with Bob Wischusen who has more spunk and spontaneity than Fowler. Let’s hope Bob won’t be as obsequious as Fowler and challenge Herbie’s garrulous Pulpit. 

UPDATE: Covering the Clemson win over Ohio State, there was the expected on social media. Twitter was filled with comments of condemnation strongly suggesting that as an Ohio State man, Kirk should have recused himself from the telecast. Herbstreit talked endlessly on the telecast, spewing lots of nothings. It was so overbearing that an hour after the game I couldn’t remember one thing of substance that Herbstreit said. (12.29.19)

CBS is in the act with the Sun Bowl on its over-the-air network and the Arizona and Cure Bowls over its cable network.

I like the fact that ESPN is sprinkling the infield going deep into its roster to divvy up its talent assignments through the bowl season. 

Rod Gilmore, an attorney by trade who played collegiately at Stanford, is underrated. He speaks German fluently. Maybe we’ll learn the word for touchdown in German.

Fox also televises a couple bowl games, the Holiday Bowl on FS1 with screeching Gus Johnson and the Redbox Bowl on the main network with Sleepy Joe Davis.

Jake Baskin has a thumbnail on Mark Jones below the schedule

Bahamas Bowl

Dec. 20, ESPN at 2 p.m. ET

Buffalo vs. Charlotte

Steve Levy, Greg McElroy


Frisco Bowl

Dec. 20, ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Utah State vs. Kent State

Anish Shroff, John Congemi


Celebration Bowl

Dec. 21, ABC at 12 Noon ET

Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T

Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek


New Mexico Bowl

Dec. 21, ESPN at 2 p.m. ET

Central Michigan vs. San Diego State

Dave Neal, DJ Shockley


Cure Bowl

Dec. 21, CBS Sports Network at 2:30 p.m. ET

Liberty vs. Georgia Southern

Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor


Boca Raton Bowl

Dec. 21, ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET

SMU vs. Florida Atlantic

Dave LaMont, Rene Ingoglia


Camellia Bowl

Dec. 21, ESPN at 5:30 p.m. ET

FIU vs. Arkansas State

Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb


Las Vegas Bowl

Dec. 21, ABC at 7:30 p.m. ET

Boise State vs. Washington

Bob Wischusen, Kirk Herbstreit


New Orleans Bowl

Dec. 21, ESPN at 9 p.m. ET

Appalachian State vs. UAB

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman


Gasparilla Bowl

Dec. 23, ESPN at 2:30 p.m. ET

UCF vs. Marshall

Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer


Hawaii Bowl

Dec. 24, ESPN at 8 p.m. ET

Hawaii vs. BYU

Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore


Independence Bowl

Dec. 26, ESPN at 4 p.m. ET

Louisiana Tech vs. Miami

Wes Durham, Roddy Jones


Quick Lane Bowl

Dec. 26, ESPN at 8 p.m. ET

Pittsburgh vs. Eastern Michigan

Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia


Military Bowl

Dec. 27, ESPN at Noon ET

North Carolina vs. Temple

Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison 


Pinstripe Bowl

Dec. 27, ESPN at 3:20 p.m. ET

Michigan State vs. Wake Forest

Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck


Texas Bowl

Dec. 27, ESPN at 6:45 p.m. ET

Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Kevin Brown, Andre Ware


Holiday Bowl

Dec. 27, FS1 at 8 p.m. ET

USC vs. Iowa

Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt


Cheez-It Bowl

Dec. 27, ESPN at 10:15 p.m. ET

Air Force vs. Washington State

Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf


Camping World Bowl

Dec. 28, ABC at Noon ET

Notre Dame vs. Iowa State

Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky


First Responder Bowl

Dec. 30, ESPN at 12:30 p.m. ET

Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan

Dave Neal, DJ Shockley


Music City Bowl

Dec. 30, ESPN at 4 p.m. ET

Mississippi State vs. Louisville

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers


Redbox Bowl

Dec. 30, FOX at 4 p.m. ET

California vs. Illinois

Joe Davis, Brock Huard


Belk Bowl

Dec. 31, ESPN at Noon ET

Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman


Sun Bowl

Dec. 31, CBS at 2 p.m. ET

Florida State vs. Arizona State

Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson


Liberty Bowl

Dec. 31, ESPN at 3:45 p.m. ET

Navy vs. Kansas State

Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer


Arizona Bowl

Dec. 31, CBS Sports Network at 4:30 p.m. ET

Wyoming vs. Georgia State

Rich Waltz, Aaron Murray


Alamo Bowl

Dec. 31, ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET

Utah vs. Texas

Dave Flemming, Louis Riddick


Citrus Bowl

Jan. 1, ABC at 1 p.m. ET

Michigan vs. Alabama

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy


Outback Bowl

Jan. 1, ESPN at 1 p.m. ET

Minnesota vs. Auburn

Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore


Birmingham Bowl

Jan. 2, ESPN at 3 p.m. ET

Boston College vs. Cincinnati

Kevin Brown, Andre Ware


Gator Bowl

Jan. 2, ESPN at 7 p.m. ET

Indiana vs. Tennessee

Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck


Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Jan. 3, ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET

Ohio vs. Nevada

Anish Shroff, John Congemi,


Armed Forces Bowl

Jan. 4, ESPN at 11:30 a.m. ET

Southern Miss vs. Tulane

Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich


Mobile Alabama Bowl

Jan. 6, ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET

Louisiana vs. Miami (Ohio)

Dave LaMont, Gene Chizik


Cotton Bowl

Dec. 28, ESPN at Noon ET

Penn State vs. Memphis

Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek


Orange Bowl

Dec. 30, ESPN at 8 p.m. ET

Florida vs. Virginia

Steve Levy, Brian Griese


Rose Bowl

Jan. 1, ESPN at 5 p.m. ET

Oregon vs. Wisconsin

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit


Sugar Bowl

Jan. 1, ESPN at 8:45 p.m. ET

Georgia vs. Baylor

Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge


College Football Playoff


Fiesta Bowl (Semifinal)

Dec. 28, ESPN, 4 or 8 p.m. ET

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit


Peach Bowl (Semifinal)

Dec. 28, ESPN, 4 or 8 p.m. ET

No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma

Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge


National Championship

Jan. 13, ESPN at 8 p.m. ET

Fiesta Bowl Winner vs. Peach Bowl Winner

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit


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Mark Jones has the call of the Celebration Bowl, the annual game between the champions of Division I’s two conferences composed of historically black colleges, as well as the Cotton Bowl Classic between Penn State and Memphis. Former Oklahoma star Dusty Dvoracek will be alongside him for both games, Former Howard quarterback and Maryland State Representative Jay Walker joins the booth for the former event.

Jones, 58, is one of the many Canadians to make a career in sports media south of the border, having first joined ESPN in 1990 after moving down from sister network TSN. An all-conference basketball player at York University in Toronto, he has spent almost three decades as a host, anchor, and play-by-play announcer for many different sports on the Worldwide Leader, mainly football and basketball, but also gymnastics and speed skating in his early years with the network.

Jones has had a regular play-by-play schedule on ESPN and ABC’s college football coverage every year since 1991. He has been part of their main Saturday rotation for the last six seasons, and was the voice of College Football Saturday Primetime on ESPN2 for eight years before that. He is currently ESPN’s #2 NBA announcer behind Mike Breen.

Jones’ older brother, Paul, also starred in basketball at York University and is now a radio commentator for the Toronto Raptors.

David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

Jake Baskin

Jake Baskin is a graduate of Dean College who majored in sports broadcasting. He does play-by-play for Northeast Sports Network and previously wrote about hockey for various SB Nation blogs. He loves the history and evolution of sports broadcasting and dreams of being a national-level announcer.

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Michael Green
4 years ago

Well, I don’t think Joe Davis is sleepy! But, that said, I see him more on baseball, and like him. Of course, maybe he’s sleepy because he’s listening to Gus Johnson and can’t get any rest!