Sports fans won’t want to miss a second of the action when Orlando hosts five college football bowl games — including the Cheez-It Bowl and Vrbo Citrus Bowl — through Jan. 15, 2022.


Already the Theme Park Capital of the World, Orlando is making a serious play to be recognized as the country’s college football capital with five NCAA bowl games taking place here through Jan. 15, 2022. Here’s your guide to all the action, which includes the Tailgreeter Cure Bowl, Cheez-It Bowl, Vrbo Citrus Bowl, SPIRAL Tropical Bowl and the Hula Bowl, plus suggestions for experiencing Orlando like a champion while you’re here. Hut … hut … hike!

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2021-22 NCAA Bowl Games in Orlando

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Marking the most NCAA bowl games hosted by Orlando in a single season, these games give you the opportunity to see top college players at Camping World Stadium and Exploria Stadium in downtown Orlando, as well as the University of Central Florida (UCF) Bounce House Stadium east of downtown.

Tailgreeter Cure Bowl (Dec. 17, 2021)

More than a game, the Tailgreeter Cure Bowl helps to raise funds for cancer research — $3.88 million since 2015 — putting Orlando at the center of some of the world’s greatest advancements in that field. Much of that money has stayed local, too, with more than $1 million going to Dr. Annette Khaled, professor at the UCF College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and head of the medical school’s cancer research division. In addition to serving a great cause, this game will be televised on ESPN.

  • Matchup: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers vs. Northern Illinois Huskies
  • Location: Exploria Stadium
  • Kickoff: 6 p.m.
Cheez-It Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando (Courtesy Florida Citrus Sports)

Cheez-It Bowl (Dec. 29, 2021)

Now in its 32nd year, the Cheez-It Bowl features top teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12, with the No. 19 Clemson Tigers (9-3, 6-2 ACC) facing off against the Iowa State Cyclones (7-5, 5-4 Big 12) in 2021. What’s more, it will mark the first time these teams have ever played each other! Part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the matchup will be televised on ESPN.

  • Matchup: Clemson Tigers (No. 19) vs. Iowa State Cyclones
  • Location: Camping World Stadium
  • Kickoff: 5:45 p.m.
Vrbo Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando (Courtesy Florida Citrus Sports)

Vrbo Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1, 2022)

Meeting for the first time, the Big Ten Conference’s Iowa Hawkeyes (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) and the Southeastern Conference’s (SEC’s) Kentucky Wildcats (9-3, 5-3 SEC) will take the field for the 2022 Vrbo Citrus Bowl. Airing on ABC, this is the seventh-oldest collegiate bowl game in the country, having started in 1947 as the Tangerine Bowl. It is also part of the NCAA Division 1 FBS football season.

  • Matchup: Kentucky Wildcats (No. 22) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (No. 15)
  • Location: Camping World Stadium
  • Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Hula Bowl (Jan. 15, 2022)

For the first time ever, the Hula Bowl will take place in Orlando instead of Hawaii, moving to the home of one of Florida’s most exciting football teams, the UCF Knights! Player invitations for this NCAA all-star game, which will be televised on CBS, are determined by the Hula Bowl Selection Committee based on the athletes’ potential to make a professional football team roster, providing an action-packed preview of future NFL stars.

  • Matchup: Top College Football Players
  • Location: UCF Bounce House Stadium
  • Kickoff: 12 p.m.
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Camping World Stadium in Downtown Orlando

SPIRAL Tropical Bowl (Jan. 15, 2022)

One of the country’s most unique college bowl games, and streaming exclusively online by FloSports, the SPIRAL Tropical Bowl serves as an all-star game for NCAA Division 1 FBS football, showcasing top college seniors for the benefit of NFL scouts, GMs and fans. More than 350 past players have gone on to NFL stardom, making it a must-watch for anyone who wants a sneak peek at the future of pro play.

  • Matchup: Top College Football Seniors
  • Location: Camping World Stadium
  • Kickoff: 4 p.m.

Vacation Like a Champion During NCAA Bowl Month in Orlando

Between world-famous theme parks and attractions, acclaimed dining, incredible resorts, and outdoor adventures, among other reasons to visit — including plenty of recent additions — you won’t lack for other things to do if you’re coming to Orlando for one or more NCAA bowl games this winter!

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Orlando World Center Marriott

If you’re coming to Orlando from colder climes, you’ll also be glad to know that our hotels and resorts have amazing pools — and most boast heated water in case the weather’s chilly during your stay! You’ll find plenty of extras, too, such as waterslides, underwater sound systems, lazy rivers and sandy beaches. Some even have their own onsite water parks! Most importantly, all are prioritizing your safety with robust sanitization measures.

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Of course, there’s no better way to celebrate a big win (or dull the pain of a loss) than feasting like royalty, which you can do in style at thousands of restaurants throughout the area. With so many choices, you’re sure to find the perfect meal — especially when you factor in our celebrity chefs, homegrown culinary heroes and ample farm-to-table freshness.

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The Edison at Disney Springs®, Part of Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando

What else do you like to do while you’re on vacation? You’ll find it in Orlando! Electric nightlife (including breweries and wineries), sensational shopping, uplifting arts and culture, rich diversity, wild ecotourism, unique neighborhoods, and much more is waiting for you every time you visit, and we can’t wait for it to experience all of it.

In short, no matter who you’re rooting for in this year’s bowl games, you’re going to win in Orlando. Make your plans and secure your tickets today!


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