Sugar Bowl gets primetime kickoff _lowres

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops holds up the Allstate Sugar Bowl trophy as his players celebrate a 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in January in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Game times for six 2014 bowl games to be televised by ESPN on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day — including the Allstate Sugar Bowl, one of this year’s College Football Playoff semifinal games, were announced Wednesday.

The Sugar Bowl will have a primetime kickoff of 7:30 p.m. Jan. 1 from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, ESPN announced. That game will follow the first semifinal, which will kick off in the Rose Bowl at 4 p.m.

The winners of the two semifinal games, which will be chosen by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, will meet in the first CFP championship on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas.

All told, ESPN will televise six games in two days, in what the network is calling the “New Year’s Six,” on Dec. 31.

The Peach Bowl will play at 11:30 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, followed by the Fiesta Bowl at 3 p.m. and Orange Bowl at 7 p.m.

On New Year’s Day, the Cotton Bowl will kick off at 11:30 a.m. with the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl following at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.

The Peach, Fiesta, Orange and Cotton bowls are all part of the CFP rotation and will get to host semifinal games in the 2015 and ’16 seasons.

The Orange and Cotton bowls will get semifinals in 2015 with the Peach and Fiesta getting their turns in 2016.

‘The New Year’s Six’

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Peach Bowl, 11:30 a.m.

Fiesta Bowl, 3 p.m.

Orange Bowl, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1

Cotton Bowl, 11:30 a.m.

Rose Bowl, 4 p.m.

Allstate Sugar Bowl, 7:30 p.m.