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2020-21 bowl officiating assignments

Football Zebras is obtaining the officiating assignments to the 2020-21 bowl games and reporting them here.

In a normal year, the Power Five conferences receive five bowls, other conferences receive three, with a fourth assignment rotated annually. Several bowls scheduled for this season have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For the tables listed below, all times are Eastern, and the conference that assigns the officials for each game is listed in italics. Crew assignments will be added as we receive them, although some conferences will only release crew information on the day of the game. Of course, any game is subject to cancelation, and we will include officials that earned bowl games that were canceled when those are known. Additionally, assignments may change due to testing and precautionary measures.

The following symbols appear for on-field officials:

  • indicates officials that are currently in the NFL development pool, either by appearing on the preseason development roster or by working a college all-star game since 2018.
  • worked a New Year’s 6 bowl game or the National Championship in 2019-20.
  • worked in the Alliance of American Football (2019) and/or the XFL (2020).

Playoff games

Friday, Jan. 1

Rose Bowl Game (College Football Playoff semifinal)

⁴Notre Dame vs. ¹Alabama
LocationAT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Time/network5 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsBig Ten
RJohn O’Neill 
UBrad Hudak 
HRic Hinkamper
LJeff Szink
FSteve Thielen 
STodd Ransom
BRobert Smith
CGreg Nelson 

Sugar Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal)

³Ohio State vs. ²Clemson
LocationMercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Time/network8:45 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsBig 12
RDavid Alvarez
URob Richeson
HAndy Warner 
LKelly Deterding
FJason Ledet  
SLo Van Pham  
BLyndon Nixon
CMarvel July
AlternateMichael Vandervelde
ReplayRichard Lourmiet
CommunicatorPaul Verna

Monday, Jan. 11

National Championship Game

³Ohio State vs. ¹Alabama
LocationHard Rock Stadium, Miami
Time/network8 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsBig 12
RBrandon Cruse   
UMarlow Fitzgerald 
HGeorge Gusman
LDerek Anderson  
FScott Gaines 
SFulton Carson
BDonnie Aultman 
CDan Scanlan 
AlternateTuta Salaam

New Year’s Six

Wednesday, Dec. 30

Cotton Bowl Classic

Oklahoma vs. Florida
LocationAT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Time/network7:15 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsPac-12
RChris Coyte 
UMatthew Jordan
HRod Ammari 
LDale Keller   
FSteve Currie
SJeff Dahle
BJohn Morton
CChris Wiggins

Friday, Jan. 1

Peach Bowl

Cincinnati vs. Georgia
LocationMercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Time/network12:30 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsACC
RJeff Flanagan 
UTom Laverty
HTracy Lynch
LSteve Matarante
FMilton Britton  
SMike McCarthy
BMichael Griffith 
CLarry Saunders 
AlternateBrian McGready
ReplayRusty Acree
CommunicatorJack McElwee

Saturday, Jan. 2

Fiesta Bowl

Oregon vs. Iowa State
LocationState Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Time/network4 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsSEC
RDavid Smith
URuss Pulley
HRandall Kizer
LChad Lorance  
FAllan Nicholson
SSean Petty
BDax Hill
CChris Garner

Orange Bowl

Texas A&M vs. North Carolina
LocationHard Rock Stadium, Miami
Time/network8 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsBig Ten
RLarry Smith  
UKen Zelmanski
HRudy Studd
LSergio DeHoyos
FPhil Hicks
SGaylon Williams
BKevin Schwarzel 
CMike Stumberg
AlternateJeff Noggle [Ron Snodgrass (R) and Kole Knueppel (H) were originally assigned to Orange Bowl]
ReplayJim Kemerling
CommunicatorMike Conlin

First week bowls

Monday, Dec. 21

Myrtle Beach Bowl

Appalachian State vs. North Texas
LocationBrooks Stadium, Conway, S.C.
Time/network2:30 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsAmerican Athletic
RLuke Richmond
UJeff Akers
HBaron Ballester 
LDan Bush
FBen Vasconcells
SJames Bryant
BPeter Buchanan
CJames Jones

Tuesday, Dec. 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Nevada vs. Tulane
LocationAlbertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Time/network3:30 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsPac-12
RSteve Strimling 
UBrian Hay
HBob Day
LSteve Kovac
FTodd Migchelbrink
SGary Reed
BJohn Morton
CMichael Marsh

Boca Raton Bowl

Central Florida vs. Brigham Young
LocationFAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla.
Time/network7 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsMAC
RTim O’Dey
UTim Gover
HB.J. Henry
LDorsey Skinner
FMonte Tilgner
SRyan Gannon
BBob Stinson
CDan Novak
AlternateReggie Berry
ReplayGerry Bram
CommunicatorJohn Sullivan

Wednesday, Dec. 23

New Orleans Bowl

Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern
LocationMercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Time/network3 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsAmerican Athletic
RCharles Lamertina
UBill Lampkin
HAdam Loudin
LLance Thompson
FJames Reif
SMatt Waldron
BVictor Firth
CJoe Clarkson
AlternateMichael Prowell
ReplayRick Jackson
CommunicatorJim Downey

Montgomery Bowl

Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic
LocationCramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.
Time/network7 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsSun Belt
RMarshall Lewis
UMark Baynes
HMike Boles
LDion Quinn
FClay Brownlee
SBrett Toney
BLance Bobbitt
CWilliam Bonet

Thursday, Dec. 24

New Mexico Bowl

Hawaii vs. Houston
LocationToyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
Time/network3:30 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsConference USA
RChris Bynum
UChad Craig
HGary Calip
LJosh Fath
FChris Cockrell
SJon Bullock
BChris Scott
CToby Johnson

Friday, Dec. 25

Camellia Bowl

Marshall vs. Buffalo
LocationCramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.
Time/network2:30 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsAmerican Athletic
REdwin Lee
UHilbert Byers
HTodd Riddick
LStephen Ray 
FGlenn Crowther
SRyan Robinson
BChris Bikowski
CMark Mobra
AlternateSean McKinnie
ReplayAlex Vaughn
CommunicatorKevin Collins

Saturday, Dec. 26

First Responder Bowl

Louisiana vs. Texas-San Antonio
LocationGerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas
Time/network3:30 p.m. ABC
OfficialsACC
RRiley Johnson
UMark Wilson
HBrian Perry 
LPete Beratta
FHarry Tyson
SMike Safrit
BScott Prewitt
CJon Baden
AlternateTee Jones
ReplayMike Webster
CommunicatorMike Shepard

LendingTree Bowl

Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State
LocationLadd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.
Time/network3:30 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsMWC
RMike Cuttone
UDavid Williams
HJeff Hutcheon
LJohn Kilmer
FRobert Asel
SSteve Heiman
BBobby Lynn
CIan Malepeai

Cure Bowl

Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina
LocationCamping World Stadium, Orlando
Time/network7:30 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsMAC
RRon Hudson
URyan McClelland
HJeff Johnson
LJohn Swartz
FJohn Masterson
SNicole Randolph
BJosh Dascher
CRich Edwards
AlternateDave Siegle
ReplayDon Bondy
CommunicatorDennis Jackson

Second week bowls

Tuesday, Dec. 29

Cheez-It Bowl

Oklahoma State vs. Miami
LocationCamping World Stadium, Orlando
Time/network5:30 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsSEC
RSteve Marlowe
URodney Lawary
HMichael Shirey
LMickey Bryson
FWes Brooker
SRob Skelton 
BMichael Watson
CJason McArthur

Alamo Bowl

Texas vs. Colorado
LocationAlamodome, San Antonio
Time/network9 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsSEC
RMarc Curles
UPaul Myers
HRalph Green
LMichael Taylor
FAndy Britton
SJesse Dupuy
BMartin Hankins 
CMike Block

Wednesday, Dec. 30

Duke’s Mayo Bowl

Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin
LocationBank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.
Time/networkNoon ESPN
OfficialsSEC
RJames Carter  
UStan Weihe
HRyan Hagan
LWalter Flowers
FPhill Davenport
SGlen Fucik  
BTom Fimmen
CScott Walker

New Year’s Weekend

Thursday, Dec. 31

Armed Forces Bowl

Tulsa vs. Mississippi State
LocationAmon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Time/networkNoon ESPN
OfficialsBig Ten
RJeff Servinski
UEd Feaster   
HDan Richard
LBrett Bergman 
FTim Maguire 
SLaShell Nelson  
BMike Brown
CBrett Durbin

Arizona Bowl

Ball State vs. San Jose State
LocationArizona Stadium, Tucson, Ariz.
Time/network2 p.m. CBSSN
OfficialsConference USA
RJoe Lehring
UStephen Marshall
HJerry Harris
LHugo Cruz
FAntonio Smith
SDustin Drawhorn
BTom Healey
CJoel Moenkhoff

Liberty Bowl

West Virginia vs. Army
LocationLiberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tenn.
Time/network4 p.m. ESPN
OfficialsACC
RStuart Mullins 
UTerrence Ramsey
HKavin McGrath
LKirk Lewis
FConnor Clougherty
SJim Corpora
BPat Ryan 
CJeff Tomlin
AlternateScott Held
ReplayTom DeJoseph
CommunicatorBruce Palmer

Friday, Jan. 1

Citrus Bowl

Auburn vs. Northwestern
LocationCamping World Stadium, Orlando
Time/network1 p.m. ABC
OfficialsACC
RJerry Magallanes
UMike Morton  
HSteve Clein
LDeon Lawrence
FRyan Flynn
STony Tarantini
BJacques Hooper 
CSean Geraghty
AlternateHans Wittelsberger
ReplayPeter Vaas
CommunicatorCaz Kosciolek

Saturday, Jan. 2

Gator Bowl

North Carolina State vs. Kentucky
LocationTIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville
Time/networkNoon ESPN
OfficialsBig Ten
RReggie Smith  
UBob Colosimo
HBruce Keeling
LKris Van Meter
FGrady Smith
SLamont Simpson
BDennis Morris
CJason Nickleby

Outback Bowl

Ole Miss vs. Indiana
LocationRaymond James Stadium, Tampa
Time/network12:30 p.m. ABC
OfficialsACC
RGary Patterson
UTroy Riley
HTroy Gray
LTim Graham 
FKip Johnson
SBuzz Wilborn
BBarry Hendon
CJim Slayton
AlternateAdam Savoie
ReplayJoe Rider
CommunicatorRick Page

Canceled bowls

Canceled after start of bowl season

Gasparilla Bowl

South Carolina vs. Alabama-Birmingham
LocationRaymond James Stadium, Tampa
Time/networkABC
OfficialsBig Ten
RLarry Smith  
UMike Pilarski
HRobin DeLorenzo  
LRudy Studd
FRaymond Daniel 
SFrank Steratore  
BJeff Latkiewicz
CGreg Blum
AlternateKyle DeBuse

Music City Bowl

Iowa vs. Missouri
LocationNissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
Time/networkESPN
OfficialsBig 12
RScott Campbell  
URick Podraza
HAl Green 
LJay Bilbo
FGabe DeLeon 
SCorey Luxner
BBrian Ernest
CBrian Alos
AlternateKevin Hassell
ReplayDon Kapral
CommunicatorGary Brown

Frisco Bowl

Southern Methodist vs. Texas-San Antonio
LocationToyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
Time/networkESPN2
OfficialsMountain West
RSteve Baron
URico Orsot
HMatt Burks
LCarlos Owens
FKirk Wisnewski
STom Bessant
BRobert Lewis
CAbram Anaya
AlternateCal McNeill
ReplayRonnie Ford
CommunicatorBill Stimmel

Independence Bowl

Army vs. —
LocationIndependence Stadium, Shreveport, La.
Time/networkESPN
OfficialsBig 12
RKevin Mar 
USheldon Davis
HDoug Moore
LMark Estermyer
FEd Vinzant
SMarc Graves
BTerry Jones
CChris Tallent 
AlternateRick Smith
ReplayTim England
CommunicatorBob Bahne

Texas Bowl

Arkansas vs. Texas Christian
LocationNRG Stadium, Houston
Time/networkESPN
Officials

Canceled prior to start of bowl season

To our best knowledge, officials were not assigned to the following bowls:

  • Bahamas Bowl
  • Celebration Bowl
  • Fenway Bowl (will be played as the Montgomery Bowl this year only)
  • Hawaiʻi Bowl
  • Holiday Bowl
  • LA Bowl
  • Las Vegas Bowl
  • Pinstripe Bowl
  • Quick Lane Bowl
  • Redbox Bowl
  • Sun Bowl

Ben Austro
Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

5 thoughts on “2020-21 bowl officiating assignments

  1. Pac 12 has the Cotton Bowl. Chris Coyte is the Referee and Rod Ammari is the Head Linesman. I believe the date of the game is the 30th not the 28th.

  2. Yo, the national championship game is being held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL.. not New Orleans.

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