Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban with the trophy after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

College football bowl schedule 2018-19: Matchups, dates and how to watch

The college football bowl season kicks off Dec. 15 — with five games leading the charge — and culminates with the National Championship on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.

The College Football Playoff semifinal games will take place on Dec. 29, with Clemson playing Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl and Alabama taking on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. There will also be five bowl games on the schedule during New Year’s Day and six on New Year’s Eve.

Overall, there will be 40 bowl games in the next month and a half. The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Southeastern Conference lead the way with 11 teams represented in the games. The Big Ten Conference will have nine teams represented in bowls.

Read on for a look at the College Football Playoff schedule (in eastern time).

Goodyear Cotton Bowl

Clemson captured another ACC championship as it looks to get back to the title game.

Clemson captured another ACC championship as it looks to get back to the title game. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

Date: December 29

Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Time: 4 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: No. 2 Clemson (13-0, 8-0) vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0)

Capital One Orange Bowl

Nick Saban and Alabama look to claim another national championship.

Nick Saban and Alabama look to claim another national championship. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Date: December 29

Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

Time: 8 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: No. 1 Alabama (13-0, 8-0) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1, 8-1)

College Football National Championship

Date: January 7, 2019

Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.

Time: 8 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Cotton Bowl winner vs. Orange Bowl winner

Read on for a look at the rest of the college football bowl schedule below.

New Mexico Bowl

Date: December 15

Location: Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, N.M.

Time: 2 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Utah State (10-2, 7-1) vs. North Texas (9-3, 5-3)

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Tulane will play in their first bowl game since the 2013 season.

Tulane will play in their first bowl game since the 2013 season. (A.J. Sisco/The Advocate via AP)

Date: December 15

Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Watch: CBS Sports Network

Teams: Tulane (6-6, 5-3) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (7-6, 5-3)

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

Arizona State is looking for its first bowl win since 2014. The team lost in the Sun Bowl last year.

Arizona State is looking for its first bowl win since 2014. The team lost in the Sun Bowl last year. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Date: December 15

Location: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Watch: ABC

Teams: Arizona State (7-5, 5-4) vs. Fresno State (11-2, 7-1)

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Date: December 15

Location: Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Eastern Michigan (7-5, 5-3) vs. Georgia Southern (9-3, 6-2)

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Date: December 15

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.

Time: 9 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Appalachian State (10-2, 7-1) vs. Middle Tennessee (8-5, 7-1)

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl

UAB is back in its second straight bowl game. The team disbanded after the 2014 season.

UAB is back in its second straight bowl game. The team disbanded after the 2014 season.

Date: December 18

Location: Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla.

Time: 7 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: UAB (10-3, 7-1) vs. Northern Illinois (8-5, 6-2)

DXL Frisco Bowl

Date: December 19

Location: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas

Time: 8 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Ohio (8-4, 6-2) vs. San Diego State (7-5, 4-4)

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Marshall is riding a six-game bowl winning streak heading into the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.

Marshall is riding a six-game bowl winning streak heading into the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.

Date: December 20

Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

Time: 8 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: South Florida (7-5, 3-5) vs. Marshall (8-4, 6-2)

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

Date: December 21

Location: Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Toledo (7-5, 5-3) vs. Florida International (8-4, 6-2)

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

BYU is playing in its third bowl game under head coach Kalani Sitake.

BYU is playing in its third bowl game under head coach Kalani Sitake. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Date: December 21

Location: Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho

Time: 4 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Western Michigan (7-5, 5-3) vs. BYU (6-6)

Birmingham Bowl

Memphis is looking to end the season on a high note after being stunned in the American Athletic Conference title game.

Memphis is looking to end the season on a high note after being stunned in the American Athletic Conference title game. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Date: December 22

Location: Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.

Time: 12 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Memphis (8-5, 5-3) vs. Wake Forest (6-6, 3-5)

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Date: December 22

Location: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Houston (8-4, 5-3) vs. Army (9-2)

Dollar General Bowl

Date: December 22

Location: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.

Time: 7 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Troy (9-3, 7-1) vs. Buffalo (10-3, 7-1)

Hawaii Bowl

Date: December 22

Location: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

Time: 10:30 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Hawaii (8-5, 5-3) vs. Louisiana Tech (7-5, 5-3)

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Boston College has only one bowl victory under head coach Steve Addazio.

Boston College has only one bowl victory under head coach Steve Addazio. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Date: December 26

Location: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Boston College (7-5, 4-4) vs. Boise State (10-3, 7-1)

Quick Lane Bowl

Georgia Tech will appear in their first bowl game since the 2016 season.

Georgia Tech will appear in their first bowl game since the 2016 season. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Date: December 26

Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.

Time: 5:15 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Georgia Tech (7-5, 5-3) vs. Minnesota (6-6, 3-6)

Cheez-It Bowl

Date: December 26

Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, Ariz.

Time: 9 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: California (7-5, 4-5) vs. TCU (6-6, 4-5)

Walk-On’s Independence Bowl

Date: December 27

Location: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Temple (8-4, 7-1) vs. Duke (7-5, 3-5)

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Though Miami didn't have a stellar season, the Hurricanes continue their streak of bowl appearances. This year will be their sixth.

Though Miami didn't have a stellar season, the Hurricanes continue their streak of bowl appearances. This year will be their sixth. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Date: December 27

Location: Yankee Stadium, New York, N.Y.

Time: 5:15 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Miami (FL) (7-5, 4-4) vs. Wisconsin (7-5, 5-4)

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

Date: December 27

Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Time: 9 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Baylor (6-6, 4-5) vs. Vanderbilt (6-6, 3-5)

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Purdue will be going to their second straight bowl appearance under head coach Jeff Brohm.

Purdue will be going to their second straight bowl appearance under head coach Jeff Brohm. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Date: December 28

Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Purdue (6-6, 5-4) vs. Auburn (7-5, 3-5)

Camping World Bowl

Syracuse tallied nine wins in 2018 and will appear in its first bowl game since 2013. The team hasn't lost a bowl game since 2004.

Syracuse tallied nine wins in 2018 and will appear in its first bowl game since 2013. The team hasn't lost a bowl game since 2004. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Date: December 28

Location: Camping World, Stadium, Orlando, Fla.

Time: 5:15 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Syracuse (9-3, 6-2) vs. West Virginia (8-3, 6-3)

Valero Alamo Bowl

Washington State will be looking to snap a two-game bowl losing streak.

Washington State will be looking to snap a two-game bowl losing streak. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Date: December 28

Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

Time: 9 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Washington State (10-2, 7-2) vs. Iowa State (8-4, 6-3)

NOVA Home Loans Bowl

Date: December 28

Location: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Ariz.

Time: 1:15 p.m.

Watch: CBS Sports Network

Teams: Arkansas State (8-4, 5-3) vs. Nevada (7-5, 5-3)

Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl

Michigan will be in their fourth straight bowl game under Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines have lost their last two.

Michigan will be in their fourth straight bowl game under Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines have lost their last two. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Date: December 29

Location: Mercedes-Benz, Atlanta, Ga.

Time: 12 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Florida (9-3, 5-3) vs. Michigan (10-2, 8-1)

Belk Bowl

Date: December 29

Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.

Time: 12 p.m.

Watch: ABC

Teams: Virginia (7-5, 4-4) vs. South Carolina (7-5, 4-4)

Redbox Bowl

Date: December 31

Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.

Time: 3 p.m.

Watch: FOX

Teams: Michigan State (7-5, 5-4) vs. Oregon (8-4, 5-4)

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman

Virginia Tech will make their 26th straight bowl appearance this year.

Virginia Tech will make their 26th straight bowl appearance this year. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Date: December 31

Location: Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.

Time: 12 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Cincinnati (10-2, 6-2) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6, 4-4)

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Date: December 31

Location: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tenn.

Time: 3:45 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Missouri (8-4, 4-4) vs. Oklahoma State (6-6, 3-6)

San Diego County Credit Holiday Bowl

Date: December 31

Location: SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, Calif.

Time: 7 p.m.

Watch: FS1

Teams: Utah (9-4, 6-3) vs. Northwestern (8-5, 8-1)

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

It will be five straight bowl appearances for NC State this year. The team has won three of their last four bowl games.

It will be five straight bowl appearances for NC State this year. The team has won three of their last four bowl games. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Date: December 31

Location: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: N.C. State (9-3, 5-3) vs. Texas A&M (8-4, 5-3)

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Date: December 31

Location: Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas

Time: 2 p.m.

Watch: CBS

Teams: Pittsburgh (7-6, 6-2) vs. Stanford (8-4, 6-3)

Outback Bowl

Date: January 1, 2019

Location: Raymond James, Tampa, Fla.

Time: 12 p.m.

Watch: ESPN2

Teams: Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4) vs. Iowa (8-4, 5-4)

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

Central Florida is on a 25-game winning streak, but will not have a shot at a national championship.

Central Florida is on a 25-game winning streak, but will not have a shot at a national championship. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Date: January 1, 2019

Location: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

Time: 1 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: LSU (9-3, 5-3) vs. Central Florida (12-0, 8-0)

Citrus Bowl

Date: January 1, 2019

Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.

Time: 1 p.m.

Watch: ABC

Teams: Penn State (9-3, 6-3) vs. Kentucky (9-3, 5-3)

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual

Ohio State won the Big Ten title, but will have to settle for a Rose Bowl appearance instead.

Ohio State won the Big Ten title, but will have to settle for a Rose Bowl appearance instead. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Date: January 1, 2019

Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.

Time: 5 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Washington (10-3, 7-2) vs. Ohio State (12-1, 8-1)

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Date: January 1, 2019

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.

Time: 8:45 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Teams: Texas (9-4, 7-2) vs. Georgia (11-2, 7-1)