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2023-24 bowl officiating assignments

Officiating crew conference assignments for the 2023-24 bowl games.

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Football Zebras is obtaining the officiating assignments to the 2023-24 bowl games and reporting them here.

Bowls are distributed to the conferences in a manner than an officiating crew is not from one of the participating team’s conferences. The Power 5 conferences work at least 5 bowls each (including all the New Year’s Six and the National Championship). The Group of 5 conferences work 3 bowls each, with one conference getting a fourth bowl. The National Championship game is officiated by the conference that does not have a school in the playoffs, and this year the ACC gets the officiating honors.

Each conference has its own criteria for determining the officials assigned to a bowl game. In some cases, a conference will consider its championship game to be equivalent to a bowl assignment, and not give those officials another postseason game.

For the tables listed below, all times are Eastern, and the conference that assigns the officials for each game is listed in italics. To minimize errors in the listings, names are as they were printed on the media flipcards this season, which we hope did not introduce new errors. The following symbols are placed next to the names of the officials and (new this year) the replay crew, and the criteria for those symbols is listed at the bottom of the post.

  • 2022-23 New Year’s Six or National Championship Game official
  • 2022-23 bowl game official
  • MDP Mackie Development Program official, the NFL’s development and training pipeline
  • PRO XFL or USFL official (2020-22)
  • CC 2023 conference championship official

Playoff games

Monday, Jan. 1

Rose Bowl Game (College Football Playoff semifinal)

4Alabama vs. 1Michigan

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. | 5 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Big 12
R Michael Vandervelde  PRO
U Robert Richeson  MDP PRO
H Andy Warner  MDP PRO CC
L Keith Garmond 
F Gabriel DeLeon  MDP PRO
S Fulton Carson  CC
B Daniel Young  MDP CC
C Chris Tallent 
Alternate Tuta Salaam
Replay Mark Marsden 
Communicator Buddy Gingras 

Sugar Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal)

3Texas vs. 2Washington

Caesars Superdome, New Orleans | 8:45 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Big Ten
R Ron Snodgrass 
U Ed Feaster  MDP
H Ric Hinkamper
L James Wharrie  PRO
F Kyle DeBuse 
S Matt Kukar
B Jake Kemp  MDP PRO
C Bryan Banks MDP PRO
Alternate Mark Kluczynski
Replay Brian Smith
Communicator Mike Conlin 

Monday, Jan. 8

National Championship Game

Alabama/Michigan vs. Texas/Washington

NRG Stadium, Houston | 7:30 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials ACC
R Marcus Woods MDP
U Danny Worrell 
H Troy Gray
L Deon Lawrence 
F Wayne Rundell 
S Michael McCarthy 
B Michael Griffith  MDP PRO CC
C Larry Saunders
Alternate Michael Roche
Replay Mark McAnaney 
Communicator Jeff Roberson

New Year’s Six

Friday, Dec. 29

Cotton Bowl Classic

Missouri vs. Ohio State

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas | 8 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Big 12
R Derek Anderson  MDP PRO CC
U Michael Henderson CC
H Matt Burks 
L Kelly Deterding  CC
F Scott Gaines  CC
S Mario Seneca 
B Donnie Aultman 
C Marvel July PRO CC
Alternate Steve Baron
Replay Brad Van Vark 
Communicator Gerry Austin Jr.

Saturday, Dec. 30

Peach Bowl

Ole Miss vs. Penn State

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta | Noon ESPN ESPN+

Officials Pac-12
R Mike McCabe  CC
U Matthew Jordan 
H Darryl Johnson 
L Matt Dornan  MDP CC
F Kevin Kieser 
S Dion Spenard 
B Steve Hudson 
C Ty Druse  CC
Alternate Matthew Richards
Replay Jim LaBorde 
Communicator Jeff Yock

Orange Bowl

Georgia vs. Florida State

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami | 4 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Big Ten
R Greg Blum
U Brad Hudak  PRO
H BJ Henry 
L Sergio DeHoyos 
F Lamont Simpson
S Joel Clay
B Dennis Morris 
C Gregory Nelson 
Alternate Robert Smith, Jr.
Replay Thomas Kissinger 
Communicator Matt Aloisio 

Monday, Jan. 1

Fiesta Bowl

Liberty vs. Oregon

State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz. | 1 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials SEC
R Steve Marlowe  PRO
U Walt Hill MDP
H Ralph Green PRO
L Chad Lorance 
F Phillip Davenport PRO
S Justin Larrew MDP PRO
B Tom Fimmen
C Marc Curles
Alternate Daniel Gautreaux
Replay David Almand 
Communicator Tyrone Anderson

Opening weekend bowls

Saturday, Dec. 16

Myrtle Beach Bowl

Georgia Southern vs. Ohio

Brooks Stadium, Conway, S.C. | 11 a.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Mountain West
R Patrick Foy 
U Austin Wright PRO
H Joe Stahmer 
L John Kilmer 
F Kenny Wilson
S Duane Moku
B Christopher Bailey
C Jace Carlson
Alternate Mike Cuttone
Replay Bill Stimmel CC
Communicator Rod McClain

Celebration Bowl

Howard vs. Florida A&M

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta | Noon ABC ESPN+

Officials Mountain West
R Christian Watson 
U Rico Orsot 
H Tony Wright
L Carlos Owens MDP
F Tito Smith
S Tom Bessant 
B Courtney Brown MDP
C Scott Johnson
Alternate Matt Binford
Replay Bill Scott 
Communicator Lewis Metevia

New Orleans Bowl

Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana

Caesars Superdome, New Orleans | 2:15 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials American Athletic
R Steven Anderson
U Tony Barrial 
H Jeff Pruitt
L Colin Gaynor 
F Ben Vasconcells 
S Ryan Robinson
B Matt Hill 
C Mark Mobra
Alternate Jeff Muha
Replay Jonathan Schwanback
Communicator Don Guidry

Cure Bowl

Miami (Ohio) vs. Appalachian State

Exploria Stadium, Orlando | 3:30 p.m. ABC ESPN+

Officials Conference USA
R Rory Bernard
U Stephen Marshall 
H Bob Pritchett
L Stephen Henley 
F Clarence Cotton
S Maurice Pierre PRO
B Terry Woodford
C Greg Mitchell
Alternate Hugo Cruz
Replay Jim Campbell 
Communicator Bryan Liles 

New Mexico Bowl

New Mexico State vs. Fresno State

University Stadium, Albuquerque, N.M. | 5:45 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Sun Belt
R Marshall Lewis
U Stanford Jackson
H Elijah Ajayi
L Matthew Loughren
F Grant Jackson 
S Keythric Merriweather
B Charles Daugherty
C Joshua Tucker
Alternate Jason Simpson
Replay Terry Walters 
Communicator Louis Hilliard, Jr.

LA Bowl

UCLA vs. Boise State

SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, Calif. | 7:30 p.m. ABC ESPN+

Officials ACC
R Gary Patterson 
U Michael Prowell
H Josiah Ford MDP PRO
L Jim Casey
F Harry Tyson 
S Aaron Hochuli
B Ken Bushey
C Charles Lamertina 
Alternate Jeff Flanagan
Replay Tom McCreesh 
Communicator Rick Page 

Independence Bowl

California vs. Texas Tech

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La. | 9:15 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials ACC
R Jerry Magallanes
U Troy Riley
H Michael Kelley 
L Peter Beratta
F Michael Cullin
S Jerry Walter
B Frederick Dimpfel  PRO
C Art Brown
Alternate Mike DeFee
Replay Thomas Considine 
Communicator Carlos Guzman

First week bowls

Monday, Dec. 18

Famous Toastery Bowl

Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion

Jerry Richardson Stadium, Charlotte, N.C. | 2:30 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials MAC
R Andrew Speciale
U John Hanneke 
H Marc Shield 
L Michael Williams 
F Brad Brunet
S Brett Henninger 
B William Foltz
C Dan Novak 
Alternate Matt Packowski
Replay Andrew McGrath PRO
Communicator Jason Boykin

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Frisco Bowl

Texas-San Antonio vs. Marshall

Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas | 9 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Conference USA
R Rodney Burnette 
U Curnelius Amick
H Jeff Mikus 
L Jonathan May 
F Lark Jones 
S Jonathan Bullock
B Byron Adams
C Dan Lewis
Alternate Jerry Harris
Replay Rodney Johnstone
Communicator Don Mosca

Thursday, Dec. 21

Boca Raton Bowl

Southern Florida vs. Syracuse

FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla. | 8 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Sun Belt
R Trennis Livingston 
U Mark Baynes
H Stuart Slaughter 
L Travis Muhammad 
F Brandon Harris
S Fred Wiedower
B Wayne Johnson
C Dustin Whitehead 
Alternate Jordan Sharp
Replay Chris Rape 
Communicator Colin Backert

Friday, Dec. 22

Gasparilla Bowl

Georgia Tech vs. Central Florida

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa | 6:30 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Pac-12
R Cravonne Barrett  MDP PRO
U Brad Robinson 
H Rich Troyer 
L Bob Day 
F Todd Migchelbrink 
S JB Garza 
B Antony Little 
C Toby Johnson MDP
Alternate Anthony Little
Replay Jerry Meyerhoff 
Communicator Dave Pieczynski 

Saturday, Dec. 23

Camellia Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala. | Noon ESPN ESPN+

Officials American Athletic
R Kevin Randall
U Brandon Wood CC
H Joshua Whittington
L Lance Thompson
F Glen Wilson
S Dustin Drawhorn 
B James Sima
C Joe Clarkson 
Alternate Michael Kennedy
Replay James Schaefer 
Communicator Rod Whittier

Birmingham Bowl

Duke vs. Troy

Protective Stadium, Birmingham, Ala. | Noon ABC ESPN+

Officials Mountain West
R Nolan Dumas
U David Williams
H George Shoup 
L Justin Gragg 
F Mark Brull
S Danny Hoeft 
B Brian Wirfel 
C Charlie Hurd 
Alternate Kevin Kiley

Armed Forces Bowl

James Madison vs. Air Force

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas | 3:30 p.m. ABC ESPN+

Officials American Athletic
R Nate Black 
U Anthony Gibson
H Graig Reed
L James Bryant
F Jonathan Zenquis
S Martine Jones 
B Chris Scott
C Josh Larson 
Alternate Darryl DeBerry
Replay Michael Stevens
Communicator Wayne Pollard 

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Georgia State vs. Utah State

Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho | 3:30 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials MAC
R Jeremy Valentine 
U William Steinke 
H Michael Lowenberg
L Samuel Mattaway
F Pat Dolphin
S Jen Berke
B Damon Wilcox 
C Anthony Romano
Alternate David Middleton
Replay Keith Zirbel
Communicator Dennis Jackson

68 Ventures Bowl

South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan

Hancock Whitney Stadium, Mobile, Ala. | 7 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Mountain West
R Cal McNeill 
U John Schindler
H Greg Downum 
L Steve Hoslett 
F Trey Castleberry 
S Keith Claiborne 
B Michael Aaronian 
C Ian Malepeai 
Alternate Ken Ray
Replay Deven Nash
Communicator Eric Dumatrait

Las Vegas Bowl

Utah vs. Northwestern

Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas | 7:30 p.m. ABC ESPN+

Officials Big 12
R Kevin Boitman 
U Sheldon Davis 
H Cat Conti  MDP PRO
L David Young 
F Ed Vinzant 
S James Murphy
B Lyndon Nixon
C Corey Long 
Alternate Quentin Givens
Replay Dee Anderson 
Communicator Terry Porter 

Hawaiʻi Bowl

Coastal Carolina vs. San Jose State

Clarence T. C. Ching Athletics Complex, Honolulu | 10:30 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials MAC
R Greg Sujack
U Bob Holcomb
H Matthew Griebel 
L Gary Jagodzinski
F Kendal Smith  PRO
S Scott MacDonald 
B Devin Aller 
C Kendall Gant 
Alternate Gary Schildmeyer
Replay Don Bondy
Communicator Ken Myers 

Second week bowls

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl

Bowling Green vs. Minnesota

Ford Field, Detroit | 2 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials American Athletic
R Tim Rich
U Bill Lamkin 
H Braden Cox
L Keegan Ashbee
F DJ Hynes
S Sean McKinnie
B Ryan Pike
C John Dostal
Alternate Josh Rusack
Replay Mark Larson
Communicator Steve Hazle

First Responder Bowl

Texas State vs. Rice

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, University Park, Texas | 5:30 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Conference USA
R Ed Ardito
U DJ Johnson
H Matthew Mount
L Derrick Ralser 
F Leroy Jones Jr.
S Adrian Carson 
B Andy Lebo 
C Tyrone Fort II
Alternate Garrett Dickerson
Replay Todd Rath
Communicator Justin Lucas

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Kansas vs. UNLV

Chase Field, Phoenix | 9 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials ACC
R Timothy Hedgepeth MDP
U Tom Laverty
H Dan Harrington 
L Jim Slayton 
F Jake Dishaw
S Milton Britton PRO
B Pat Ryan 
C Ryan Wingers
Alternate Rick Santilli
Replay John Busch
Communicator Bill Hanlon 

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Military Bowl

Virginia Tech vs. Tulane

Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md. | 2 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Sun Belt
R Jeremy Parker 
U Ryan Aulds 
H Richard Godfrey
L Jonathan Eubanks 
F Charles Green
S Brandon Kirkland 
B Jimmy Colwell 
C Anthony Hayes 
Alternate Lewis Lawhorn
Replay Steve Joest
Communicator Bryan Beckering 

Duke’s Mayo Bowl

North Carolina vs. West Virginia

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C. | 5:30 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Big Ten
R Jerry McGinn
U Ryan McClellan 
H Kristopher Loving Sr.
L Vincent Winters 
F Raymond Daniel  MDP PRO
S Steven Verbridge 
B Jeff Latkiewicz
C Francisco Villar  MDP PRO
Alternate Brent Durbin
Replay Ken Koester 

Holiday Bowl

Louisville vs. USC

Petco Park, San Diego | 8 p.m. Fox

Officials SEC
R Lee Hedrick
U Stan Weihe
H Randall Kizer 
L Chris Snuggs
F Albert Bryant
S Victor Sanchez 
B Ron Turner PRO
C Andy Faust
Alternate Jeremiah Harris
Replay Ken Switzer
Communicator Jamie Williams

Texas Bowl

Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma State

NRG Stadium, Houston | 9 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Big Ten
R Chris Coyte  PRO
U James Shaw III 
H Kris Van Meter 
L Rudy Studd MDP
F Ryan Gannon 
S Gaylon Williams 
B Michael Elliott 
C Ron Kay
Alternate Will McCoy
Replay David Witvoet 
Communicator Rick Nelson 

Thursday, Dec. 28

Fenway Bowl

Southern Methodist vs. Boston College

Fenway Park, Boston | 11 a.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Big 12
R Kevin Mar 
U Marlow Fitzgerald 
H John Braun 
L Darren Deckard  PRO
F Robert Asel 
S Rick Ockey 
B Terry Jones
C Dan Scanlan  MDP PRO
Alternate Bradford Edwards
Replay Gene Semko 
Communicator Tony Bates 

Pinstripe Bowl

Rutgers vs. Miami (Fla.)

Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, N.Y. | 2:15 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Pac-12
R Justin Elliott
U Bryan Hay 
H Kirk Mattison  CC
L Jonathan Stabile 
F Brad Glenn 
S Karina Tovar  MDP PRO
B David Ross  PRO
C Michael Marsh 
Alternate Steven Steichen
Replay Jim Northcott 
Communicator Melissa Barlow

Pop-Tarts Bowl

North Carolina State vs. Kansas State

Camping World Stadium, Orlando | 5:45 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials Big Ten
R Larry Smith  MDP PRO
U Ken Zelmanski 
H Ryan MacDonald 
L Jeff Meslow
F Nicole Randolph  MDP PRO
S Grady Smith
B Kevin Schwarzel 
C Mike Stumberg
Alternate Kole Knueppel
Replay Tom Herbert 
Communicator Dennis Lipski

Alamo Bowl

Arizona vs. Oklahoma

Alamodome, San Antonio | 9:15 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials SEC
R David Smith PRO
U Rodney Lawary 
H Stephen Ray  MDP PRO
L Chuck Rice 
F Allan Nicholson
S Brandon Spencer
B Brett Toney  PRO
C Joel Moenkhoff
Alternate Carl Gioia
Replay Jon Bible 
Communicator Blake Parks 

New Year’s weekend

Friday, Dec. 29

Gator Bowl

Clemson vs. Kentucky

Everbank Stadium, Jacksonville | Noon ESPN ESPN+

Officials Pac-12
R John Love 
U Roscoe Meisenheimer 
H Harold Mitchell
L Tim Messuri 
F Michael Hall 
S Shane Anderson 
B Justin Nelson  MDP PRO
C Jason Gant
Alternate Chris Wiggins
Replay Dan Antonietti 
Communicator Steve Kovac

Sun Bowl

Oregon State vs. Notre Dame

Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas | 2 p.m. CBS PARAMOUNT+

Officials SEC
R Scott Walker
U Tom Quick 
H Chad Green  MDP PRO
L Michael Shirey 
F Scotty Melancon 
S Bryan Murphy
B Dax Hill 
C Brian Davis 
Alternate Peter Buchanan
Replay Jordan Craddock 
Communicator Dan Moore

Liberty Bowl

Memphis vs. Iowa State

Simmon Bank Liberty Stadium, Memphis | 3:30 p.m. ESPN ESPN+

Officials SEC
R Matt Loeffler  MDP
U Brent Sowell 
H Jake Weatherford
L Mickey Bryson 
F Raymond Tate III  PRO
S Jesse Dupuy 
B Paul Schardein 
C Jason McArthur 
Alternate Ken Williamson
Replay John Allmond
Communicator Bryan Greenwood

Music City Bowl

Auburn vs. Maryland

Nissan Stadium, Nashville | 8 p.m. ABC ESPN+

Officials Big 12
R David Alvarez
U Rick Podraza 
H Rick Smith
L Mark Estermyer
F Joseph Martinez PRO
S Mark Graves 
B Brian Ernest 
C Abram Anaya
Alternate Hank Johns
Replay Richard Brown  CC
Communicator Alex Vaughn CC

Saturday, Dec. 30

Arizona Bowl

Toledo vs. Wyoming

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Ariz. | Noon  CW  Barstool

Officials Sun Belt
R Ted Pitts 
U Trenton Crawford 
H Brett Denton
L Terry Allgeier 
F Jordan Holland 
S Major Sosebee
B Rob Vonckx
C Lonnie Brickman
Alternate Scott Broadway
Replay Marty Abezetian
Communicator Eric Pollard

ReliaQuest Bowl

Wisconsin vs. LSU

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa | 2 p.m. ESPN2 ESPN+

Officials Pac-12
R Mark Duddy 
U Michael Stephens 
H John Fallman 
L Jeff Hutcheon 
F Shane Standley 
S Bernie Hulscher
B Joe Johnston  MDP PRO
C Dwayne Johnson 
Alternate Jeff Dahle
Replay Terry Leyden 
Communicator Scott Countryman 

Citrus Bowl

Iowa vs. Tennessee

Camping World Stadium, Orlando | 4 p.m. ABC ESPN+

Officials ACC
R Jeff Heaser  PRO
U Sean Geraghty 
H Arthur Hardin 
L Alex Amaya
F Hugh Brown
S Tony Tarantini 
B Scott Prewitt
C Anthony Calabrese
Alternate Kirk Lewis
Replay Rimas Kozica 
Communicator Patrick McAnaney

Symbol criteria

Participation symbols are placed after the on-field officials (excluding alternates) and the replay staff, and the following criteria apply:

Officials that were assigned alternates from last year’s bowls are not marked with a star.

The Mackie Development Program run by the NFL is a development program which the league uses as a hiring pool. Officials will attend meetings and shadow NFL officials during OTAs, training camps, and preseason games. The MDP also assigns officials to college invitational all-star games — Hula Bowl, Senior Bowl, Shrine Bowl, and the Legacy Bowl — for evaluation purposes. Officials marked in these tables must have been in the preseason program or worked a college invitational game in the last 3 years. The NFL did not provide a list for 2023 development officials, as they have in previous years, but we have included those that worked the 2023 invitational games.

The rosters of the spring pro leagues (plus XFL coordinator Marvel July) for the XFL 2020 and 2023 and the USFL 2022-23 are included, but officials who only worked the 2019 AAF are not included as of this year.

Conference championship assignments are indicated for non-alternate officials at the end of the 2023 season.

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)

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