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 Cheez-It® Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium (pictured) — through Jan. 21, 2023.

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. 21, 2023 — plus the chance to see future NCAA stars play at an invitation-only matchup featuring star high school athletes from across the country. Here’s your guide to all the action, which includes the Cure Bowl, Cheez-It® Bowl, Cheez-It® Citrus Bowl, Hula Bowl, SPIRAL Tropical Bowl and the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, plus suggestions for experiencing Orlando like a champion while you’re here.

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2022-23 NCAA Bowl Games in Orlando

These NCAA 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) FBC Mortgage Stadium east of downtown.

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2022 Duluth Trading Cure Bowl (Dec. 16, 2022)

The Sun Belt Champion No. 24 Troy Trojans (11-2 Overall, 7-1 Sun Belt) and Conference USA Champion No. 25 UTSA Roadrunners (11-2 Overall, 8-0 C-USA) will both make their bowl debut in the Sunshine State in 2022. More than a game, the Duluth Trading 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: Troy Trojans (No. 24) vs. USTA Roadrunners (No. 25)
  • Location: Exploria Stadium
  • Kickoff: 3 p.m.
Cheez-It Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium
The Field Is Prepped for the 2022 Cheez-It® Bowl, Presented by Florida Citrus Sports

2022 Cheez-It® Bowl (Dec. 29, 2022)

Now in its 33rd year, the 2022 Cheez-It® Bowl features top teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12, with the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles (9-3 Overall, 5-3 ACC) facing off against the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners (6-6 Overall, 3-6 Big 12) in 2022. Part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the matchup will be televised on ESPN.

  • Matchup: Florida State Seminoles (No. 2) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (No. 8)
  • Location: Camping World Stadium
  • Kickoff: 5:30 p.m.
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Camping World Stadium

2023 Cheez-It® Citrus Bowl (Jan. 2, 2023)

The Southeastern Conference’s No. 2 LSU Tigers (9-4 Overall, 6-2 SEC West) and the Big Ten Conference’s No. 1 Purdue Boilermakers (8-5 Overall, 6-3 Big Ten West) will take the field for the 2023 Cheez-It® 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: LSU Tigers (No. 2) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (No. 1)
  • Location: Camping World Stadium
  • Kickoff: 1 p.m.

2023 Hula Bowl (Jan. 14, 2023)

The Hula Bowl returns to Orlando in 2023, in the home of one of Florida’s most exciting college 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: FBC Mortgage Stadium at UCF
  • Kickoff: 12 p.m.

2023 SPIRAL Tropical Bowl (Jan. 21, 2023)

One of the country’s most unique college bowl games, and streaming exclusively online by Varsity Sports Network, 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.

2023 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl (Feb. 2 – 5, 2023)

Now in its 17th year, the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl is the largest invitation-only youth and high school football event in the world, showcasing top athletic talent from across the country. Hundreds of alumni, including Cam Newton and Eli Manning, have gone on to play for top-ranked college and NFL teams. See tomorrow’s stars in action right here at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

  • Matchup: Top High School Football Players
  • Location: Camping World Stadium
  • Kickoff: Varies by Date

Vacation Like a Champion During NCAA Bowl Season 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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Lazy River At Holiday Inn Club Vacations® At Orange Lake Resort

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.

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Celebrate a Big Win at Chroma and More Orlando Restaurants (Courtesy Tavistock Restaurant Collection)

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, MICHELIN Guide dining and ample farm-to-table freshness.

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Get Outside and Explore Orlando on a Kayak

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 you 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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