Submitted by podizz on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 10:21
- The BCS National Championship Game is the final bowl game of the annual Bowl Championship Series to determine the national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.
- The game's location rotates among the sites of the BCS bowls. The title sponsor of the BCS National Championship Game each year will be the same as that of the bowl game in that year's host location.
Submitted by podizz on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 10:11
- The Rose Bowl Game has been played on January 1 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California for 95 years. When New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, the game is then played on the following Monday.
- The Rose Bowl is nicknamed "The Granddaddy of Them All" because it is the oldest bowl game.
- It was first played in 1902, and continuously since 1916.
- Originally titled the "Tournament East-West football game," the first Rose Bowl was played on January 1, 1902, starting the tradition of New Year's Day bowl games.
Submitted by podizz on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 09:57
- The Fiesta Bowl, now sponsored by Frito-Lay and named with their Tostitos brand, is played annually at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
- Between its origination in 1971 and 2006, the game was hosted in Tempe, Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium.
- The Fiesta Bowl was born from the WAC's frustrated attempts to obtain bowl invitations for its champions.
- On January 1, 2007, the undefeated Boise State Broncos won by defeating the Oklahoma Sooners 43–42 in overtime.
Submitted by podizz on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 09:50
- The Orange Bowl is played at LandShark Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
- Its current full name is the FedEx Orange Bowl; FedEx has sponsored the event since 1989.
- The Orange Bowl has been played annually since 1935.
- In 1932, George E. Hussey, official greeter of Miami, organized the first Palm Festival Game, predecessor of the Orange Bowl. With Miami suffering from both the Great Depression and the preceding Florida land bust, Hussey and other Miamians sought to help its economy by organizing a game similar to Pasadena's Rose Bowl.
Submitted by podizz on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 09:34
- The Sugar Bowl is played in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- The Sugar Bowl has been played annually since December 2, 1934, and celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.
- Along with the Orange Bowl and Sun Bowl, the Sugar Bowl is the second-oldest bowl game in the country, behind the Rose Bowl.
- In New Orleans, Louisiana, the idea of a New Year's Day football game was first presented in 1927 by Colonel James M. Thomson, publisher of the New Orleans Item, and Sports Editor Fred Digby.
Submitted by podizz on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 09:18
- The GMAC Bowl has been played annually at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama since 1999.
- From 1999 to 2009, it pitted a Conference USA team against a team from either the Mid-American Conference or the Western Athletic Conference.
- For the game to be played in 2010 the ACC was to participate in the bowl as its ninth bowl tie-in, replacing the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, in the conference's postseason lineup, but the ACC failed to have sufficient bowl-eligible teams to fill the slot.
Submitted by podizz on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 09:14
- The Hawaiʻi Bowl has been played annually at Aloha Stadium in ʻAiea, Hawaiʻi, a suburb of Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu since 2002.
- The game matches teams from either Conference USA or the Pac-10 vs. WAC member schools.
- The Hawaii Bowl succeeds the Poi Bowl (1936-1939), Pineapple Bowl (1940-1941, 1947-1952), Aloha Bowl (1982-2000) and the Oʻahu Bowl (1998-2000) as bowl games played in Hawaiʻi.
Submitted by podizz on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 09:11
- The Humanitarian Bowl has been played annually at Bronco Stadium on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, since 1997.
- The game currently matches a team from the Mountain West Conference with one from the Western Athletic Conference, typically the conference champion.
- It is the longest running cold weather bowl game currently in operation.
- The payout is $750,000, but teams are required to provide a corporate sponsor, purchase a minimum number of tickets, and stay at a selected hotel for a minimum stay.
Submitted by podizz on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 09:05
- The St. Petersburg Bowl made its debut in 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, the home of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays, and featured teams from the Big East Conference and Conference USA.
- In the event one of the conferences would not have enough teams bowl eligible, the Sun Belt Conference, provided they have enough teams eligible, are eligible to send a team in 2008 and 2009.
- December 20, 2008 South Florida 41 Memphis 14
- December 19, 2009 Rutgers vs. UCF