2019-2020 College Football Bowl Ties, Affiliations For Each Conference

2019-2020 College Football Bowl Ties, Affiliations For Each Conference

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2019-2020 College Football Bowl Ties, Affiliations For Each Conference

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All the 2019-2020 college football bowl ties, tie-ins and affiliations by conference.


2019-2020 College Football Playoff, New Year’s Six Bowl Ties, Affiliations

– The top four teams ranked by the College Football Playoff selection committee will be slotted in the semifinals: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, both on December 28th, 2019.

– The two winners to play in the College Football Playoff National Championship in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 13th, 2020.

– The highest-ranked conference champion from the American Athletic, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt will automatically get one spot in either the College Football Playoff, Capital One Orange Bowl, or the GoodYear Cotton Bowl.

– The Rose Bowl will be the Big Ten vs. Pac-12 no matter what. The champion of each league goes here if not in the College Football Playoff.

– The Sugar Bowl will be the SEC vs. Big 12 no matter what. The champion of each league goes here if not in the College Football Playoff.

– The ACC champion goes to the Capital One Orange Bowl unless it’s in the College Football Playoff, in which case the next-highest ranked ACC team will get in against the highest-ranked available Big Ten or SEC team, or Notre Dame.

American Athletic Bowl Ties, Affiliations

Highest-ranked champion from the AAC, C-USA, MAC, MW & Sun Belt will play in a New Year’s Six bowl.

The American Athletic Conference doesn’t have a true pecking order. The bowl matchups are based on best possible games and geography.

– Jared Birmingham Bowl vs. SEC
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparillia Bowl vs. Conference USA
– Hawaii Bowl vs. BYU or Mountain West
Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman vs. ACC
Cheribundi Tart Cherry Bowl vs. Conference USA
AutoNation Cure Bowl vs. Sun Belt
– Frisco Bowl vs. At-Large

The American Athletic has secondary partnerships with the AutoZone Liberty and Walk-On’s Independence, to fill if the main affiliations can’t fill their slots.

ACC Bowl Ties, Affiliations

Notre Dame is eligible for any ACC bowl tie-in as long as it’s within one game of the team eligible for the slot.

The ACC Champion goes to the Orange Bowl unless it makes the College Football Playoff, in which case the next-highest ranked ACC team in the final College Football Playoff rankings will get in.

1. College Football Playoff Semifinal: If Selected
2. Capital One Orange Bowl vs. New Year’s Six

First Tier

Camping World Bowl vs. Big 12
Citrus Bowl (if top possible team is higher-ranked than SEC or Big Ten team) vs. SEC or Big Ten
Belk Bowl vs. SEC
Hyundai Sun Bowl vs. Pac-12
New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Big Ten
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl vs. SEC
OR TaxSlayer Bowl vs. SEC

– ACC and Big Ten combine in the Music City and TaxSlayer, with each getting three appearances in six years. The ACC played in the Music City in 2015 and the TaxSlayer in 2016, 2017 & 2018. It’s almost certainly going to be in the Music City, but can still play in the TaxSlayer.

Second Tier

Walk-On’s Independence Bowl vs. SEC
Military Bowl vs. American Athletic
Quick Lane Bowl vs. Big Ten
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
Conditional if American Athletic or Conference USA can’t fill the spot.
Birmingham Bowl
Conditional if American Athletic or SEC can’t fill the spot.

Big Ten Bowl Ties, Affiliations

A Big Ten team will be in the Rose Bowl – it’ll be the champion if not in the College Football Playoff.

College Football Playoff Semifinal: If Selected

1. Rose Bowl vs. Pac-12

2. Citrus Bowl vs. ACC or SEC
– Agreement for Citrus is for five different teams in six years, so no Penn State, Minnesota or Michigan, if possible.

3. Outback Bowl vs. SEC
– Agreement is for five different teams in six years, so no Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan or Northwestern, if possible.

4. San Diego Country Credit Union Holiday Bowl vs. Pac-12
– Agreement is for five different teams in six years, so no Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern or Wisconsin, if possible.

5. TaxSlayer Bowl vs. SEC OR
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl vs. SEC

– ACC and Big Ten combine in the Music City and TaxSlayer, with each getting three appearances in six years. The Big Ten played in TaxSlayer in 2015 and the Music City in 2016, 2017 & 2018. It’s almost certainly going to be in the TaxSlayer, but no Iowa or Penn State, if possible.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. ACC
– It’s not official, but the bowl would prefer to have eight different teams in eight years, so no Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State or Wisconsin, if possible.

Redbox Bowl vs. Pac-12
– Agreement is for five different teams in six years, so no Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska or Purdue, if possible.

Quick Lane Bowl vs. ACC

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl vs. Mountain West
– Agreement for three SERVPRO First Responders and three Armed Forces bowls in six years. The Big Ten hasn’t been in the Armed Force Bowl since 2014. The Big 12 is contracted to play in the SERVPRO First Responders in 2019.

Big 12 Bowl Ties, Affiliations

A Big 12 team will be in the Sugar Bowl vs. the SEC – it’ll be the champion if not in the College Football Playoff. There can’t be a Big 12 team this year in the Rose Bowl.

College Football Playoff Semifinal: If Selected

1. Sugar Bowl vs. SEC
2. Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Pac-12
3. Camping World Bowl vs. ACC
4. Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl vs. SEC
5. AutoZone Liberty Bowl vs. SEC
6. Cheez-It Bowl vs. Pac-12
7. SERVPRO First Responders Bowl vs. Conference USA

Conference USA Bowl Ties, Affiliations

Highest-ranked champion from the AAC, C-USA, MAC, MW & Sun Belt will play in a New Year’s Six bowl.

No set order for Conference USA bowls. Champion will choose which bowl it wants to attend.

– Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla vs. American Athletic
Bahamas Bowl vs. MAC
Gildan New Mexico Bowl vs. Mountain West
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl vs. Sun Belt
SERVPRO First Responders Bowl vs. Big 12

Secondary Agreements
 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl
Conditional if ACC or SEC can’t fill a spot.

 DXL Frisco Bowl
Conditional if American Athletic or MAC can’t fill a spot.
OR Hawaii Bowl vs. BYU

Independent Bowl Ties, Affiliations

Army, Liberty, New Mexico State, and UMass don’t have direct bowl ties or affiliations.

BYU vs. American Athletic or Mountain West, Hawaii Bowl

Notre Dame can take one of the ACC’s bowl spots – if it’s not in the College Football Playoff – but it must be within one overall win over the available ACC team with the best overall record.

MAC Bowl Ties, Affiliations

Highest-ranked champion from the AAC, C-USA, MAC, MW & Sun Belt will play in a New Year’s Six bowl.

The MAC doesn’t have a true pecking order. The bowls matchups are based on best possible games and geography.

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Bowl vs. American Athletic
Dollar General Bowl vs. Sun Belt
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. Mountain West
Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl vs. Conference USA
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl vs. Sun Belt

Quick Lane Bowl
Conditional if ACC or Big Ten can’t fill a spot.

Mountain West Bowl Ties, Affiliations

Highest-ranked champion from the AAC, C-USA, MAC, MW & Sun Belt will play in a New Year’s Six bowl.

The Mountain West doesn’t have a true pecking order after the Las Vegas. The bowl matchups are based on best possible games and geography.

1. Las Vegas vs. Pac-12

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. MAC
Gildan New Mexico Bowl vs. Conference USA
Hawai’i Bowl vs. BYU or American Athletic
– Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl vs. Big Ten
NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl vs. Sun Belt
Cheez-It Bowl Conditional for MW if bowl can’t fill a spot.

Pac-12 Bowl Ties, Affiliations

A Pac-12 team will be in the Rose Bowl – it’ll be the champion if not in the College Football Playoff.

College Football Playoff Semifinal: If Selected

1. Rose Bowl vs. Big Ten
2. Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Big 12
3. San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl vs. Big Ten
4. Redbox Bowl vs. Big Ten
5. Hyundai Sun Bowl vs. ACC
6. Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl vs. Mountain West
7. Cheez-It Bowl vs. Big 12

SEC Bowl Ties, Affiliations

An SEC team will be in the Sugar Bowl vs. the Big 12 – it’ll be the champion if not in the College Football Playoff.

College Football Playoff Semifinal: If Selected

1. Sugar Bowl vs. Big 12

2. Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl vs. Big Ten or ACC

The SEC will assign teams to the respective bowls in this pool.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl vs. Big 12
Belk Bowl vs. ACC
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl vs. ACC or Big Ten (most likely the ACC)
Outback Bowl vs. Big Ten
TaxSlayer Bowl vs. ACC or Big Ten (most likely the Big Ten)
Texas Bowl vs. Big 12

Second Tier

Jared Birmingham Bowl vs. American Athletic
 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl vs. ACC

Sun Belt Bowl Ties, Affiliations

Highest-ranked champion from the AAC, C-USA, MAC, MW & Sun Belt will play in a New Year’s Six bowl.

The Sun Belt doesn’t have a true pecking order after the champion goes to the New Orleans Bowl. The bowl matchups are based on best possible games and geography.

1.  R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl vs. Mountain West

– Dollar General Bowl vs. MAC
– Raycom Media Camellia Bowl vs. MAC
– AutoNation Cure Bowl vs. American Athletic
– NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl vs. Mountain West

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