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Who is playing the Fiesta Bowl this year? Teams, date, New Year’s 6 bowls match schedule

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The Fiesta Bowl celebrates its golden anniversary on January 2, 2021, but it will be a quiet celebration.

A year ago, the Fiesta Bowl hosted the college football playoff semi-final between Ohio State and Clemson. This season, he’s back in his normal New Years bowl role, lowering the marquee nature of his match. Due to the rise of COVID-19 in Arizona during the winter months, Fiesta Bowl 2021 will also be played without fans.

Some bowl projections, including those of Sporting News, consider the Fiesta Bowl a likely landing point for the Big Ten vs. Pac-12 game that typically takes place in the Rose Bowl, which is a national semi-final this season. In the absence of any projected Pac-12 teams in the PSC realm, the Fiesta Bowl is expected to make the most of this conference while probably settling for one who is seen as Ohio State’s little brother in the Big Ten of this year.

Here you’ll find the information you need to watch the Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2021, as well as what to expect from the teams chosen to play in the game.

When does the Fiesta Bowl 2021 take place?

  • Dated: January 2
  • Time: 4 p.m. ET
  • TV broadcast: ESPN
  • Location: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

The 2021 Fiesta Bowl marks the game’s 50th game since its inception in 1971. The game has always been played in the Phoenix metro area, and it has been held in Glendale at State Farm Stadium since 2007.

Who is playing at the 2021 Fiesta Bowl?

The final standings for the season college football playoffs will be released on December 20 at noon ET. That’s when the 2021 Fiesta Bowl attendees will be announced.

Fiesta Bowl Screenings

Bill Bender of Sporting News screened earlier this week as the Fiesta Bowl will feature USC vs. Indiana. With the Rose Bowl one of the CFP’s semi-finals this season, the USC-Indiana game would have allowed for a strong Big Ten Bowl game against Pac-12 at a different location. However, USC opted out of a bowling game, announcing this after losing to Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship.

Northwestern’s performance against Ohio State in the Big Ten title game could also count towards the Big Ten team chosen for that game.

Fiesta Bowl Odds

Sporting News will have Fiesta Bowl odds when they become available.

Where is the Fiesta Bowl being played in 2021?

As usual, the Fiesta Bowl is played in the greater Phoenix area, and like every year since 2007, it’s at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

With the increase in COVID-19 cases in Arizona, it was announced in early December that there would be no fans at the Fiesta Bowl. This matches the recent order that prevented fans from attending NFL Arizona Cardinals games.

2021 Six Bowl New Years Calendar

All of this year’s New Years Six Bowl games are televised on ESPN.

Dated bowl Match Time (ET)
December 30 Cotton bowl To be determined 7:15 p.m.
January 1st Fishing bowl To be determined 12:30 p.m.
January 1st Rose bowl (1) Alabama vs. (4) Notre Dame 5:00 p.m.
January 1st Sugar (2) Clemson v (3) Ohio State 8:45 p.m.
January 2 Party bowl To be determined 4:00 p.m.
January 2 Orange bowl To be determined 20:00


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