ESPN Events has officially changed the kick-off time and television network for the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl and New Mexico Bowl, it was announced Monday.
The SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl, being played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, was originally scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 17, 2022 on ABC.
The following day, December 18, the Las Vegas Raiders were scheduled to take on the New England Patriots at Allegiant Stadium in a Sunday Night Football matchup, with kickoff scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC. However, the NFL moved the Patriots-Raiders game from that point to 4:05 p.m. ET.
As a result of this change, the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl cannot be held at 7:30 p.m. ET due to the time it takes Allegiant Stadium to convert the stadium from a collegiate setup to an NFL competition. Problems include that the stadium uses natural grass for college games and artificial grass for NFL games.
The Las Vegas Bowl matchup featuring the Florida Gators and Oregon State Beavers will now occupy the previously scheduled time and network of the New Mexico Bowl, which was 2:15 p.m. ET on ESPN. The New Mexico Bowl featuring the SMU Mustangs and BYU Cougars will now begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on ABC.
ESPN Events first announced the possibility of this change two weeks ago.
SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl
Saturday, December 17th, 2022 | 2:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Florida vs. (14) Oregon State
Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas, NV
New Mexico bowl
Saturday, December 17th, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
SMU vs. BYU
University Stadium – Albuquerque, NM
“The SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl and New Mexico Bowl are both owned and operated by ESPN Events, so this change is a solution that works for all parties,” said Clint Overby, vice president of ESPN Events. “We’re used to flexibility and anticipated having to maneuver our event schedules according to the possibility of flexing the Raiders game.”
The remainder of the 2022-23 college football bowl schedule, just set Sunday, remains unchanged. The bowl season officially begins on Friday, December 16, 2022 with the Bahamas Bowl at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN. The Miami (Ohio) RedHawks take on the UAB Blazers in this matchup.
The College Football Playoffs semifinals are scheduled for New Year’s Eve, Saturday December 31, 2022. In the first duel, the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines will take on the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona at 4:00 p.m. ET.
In the second College Football Playoff Semifinals at 8:00 p.m. ET, the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs will meet the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Both semi-final games will be televised by ESPN.
The semifinal winners will meet in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 9, 2023 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The game will be televised by ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET.