Sugar Bowl moved to December 31 to avoid conflict with NFL game

The Sugar Bowl was moved from its usual prime-time location until noon EST on Dec. 31 to avoid a conflict with an NFL game on Monday night.

The bowl schedule for the upcoming season was released on Thursday.

Games begin Dec. 16 with the Bahamas Bowl and Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and conclude with the College Football Playoff Championship on Jan. 9 at NFL Stadium in Englewood, Calif.

The CFP semi-finals will take place on December 31, a Saturday, at the Peach and Fiesta bowls.

With January 1 falling on a Sunday, matches usually played on New Year’s Day were moved to January 2, when the national holiday is observed. The move to Monday, Jan. 2 is common in college football to avoid conflict with the NFL.

But ESPN found itself with a conflict that day: The NFL scheduled the last game of the regular season for that night, which forced a relocation by the New Orleans-based Sugar Bowl on the schedule. .

The Rose Bowl is scheduled for a start at 5 p.m. EST on January 2 on ESPN and will precede the Bills’ game against the Bengals.

The last time the Sugar Bowl was played before Jan. 1 was in 1995, in a Dec. 31 game between Virginia Tech and Texas.

The Orange Bowl will be played on the night of December 30 and the Cotton Bowl will also be played on January 2, with a scheduled kickoff at 1 p.m. EST.


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