football-fbs flag

NCAA.com | December 3, 2021

College football: Waiver approved for replacement bowl game

Replacement Bowl Game

The Division I Football Oversight Committee on Thursday approved a request to waive the April 1 bowl game certification application deadline.  The waiver allows a replacement game to be developed for the 2021 bowl season.

Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference and the Mountain West Conference made the request to provide flexibility in the system and use two previously approved spots to create a one-time contest. To provide this opportunity, a waiver of the April 1 bowl certification application deadline was required. The conferences plan to partner with ESPN Events to develop a game consistent with other postseason bowl experiences.

"We are always looking for opportunities for student-athletes to participate, and we felt this was one that fit within the construct," said Sandy Barbour, chair of the Division I Football Oversight Committee and director of athletics at Penn State.

When certification closed for the current bowl season, conferences had established commitments for 42 bowl games with 84 teams. However, this summer, the San Francisco Bowl alerted the NCAA and its two partner conferences, the Big Ten and Pac-12, that it would not conduct a game this year. Consequently, entering the 2021-22 season, the system anticipated 41 games with 82 teams needed to fill all of the available bowl spots.

Hawaii, which finished the season 6-7, will join the 83 teams that had qualified to compete in a bowl game. Hawaii is an alternate ahead of any 5-7 teams because it participated in 13 regular-season contests and finished the season with six wins that count toward meeting the definition of a "deserving team."

Matthew Stafford's Georgia career: College football stats, highlights, records

Here's a complete breakdown of Matthew Stafford's college career at Georgia.
READ MORE

HBCU football championship history

Here is the history of every HBCU conference championship across FCS and DII levels.
READ MORE

Ja'Marr Chase's LSU career: College football stats, highlights, records

Here's everything you need to know about Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase's college career.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners