2001–02 NCAA football bowl games
|2001–02 NCAA football bowl games|
Number of bowl games per state.
|Number of bowls||25|
|Bowl games||December 18, 2001 – |
January 3, 2002
|National Championship||Rose Bowl|
|Location of Championship||Rose Bowl Stadium |
A total of 25 team-competitive games were played—starting on December 18, 2001, and ending on January 3, 2002—with participation by 50 bowl-eligible teams. North Texas entered the New Orleans Bowl with a losing record of 5–6; they were able to play in a bowl game by being co-champions of the Sun Belt Conference, having compiled a 5–1 conference record. An additional five all-star games were played, ending with the Hula Bowl on February 2, 2002. One bowl game was established for the 2001–02 season, the New Orleans Bowl. The number of bowl games remained static from the previous season due to the dissolution of the Aloha Bowl after 19 seasons.
The below table lists top teams (per polls taken after the completion of the regular season and any conference championship games), their win-loss records (prior to bowl games), and the bowls they later played in. The AP column represents rankings per the AP Poll, while the BCS column represents the Bowl Championship Series rankings.
denotes a BCS bowl game
|Jan 1||4:30 PM||Fiesta Bowl||Sun Devil Stadium
|Oregon 38, Colorado 16|
|8:30 PM||Sugar Bowl||Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
|LSU 47, Illinois 34|
|Jan 2||8:00 PM||Orange Bowl||Pro Player Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
|Florida 56, Maryland 23|
|Jan 3||8:00 PM||Rose Bowl||Rose Bowl
|Miami 37, Nebraska 14|
|Date||Game||Winning Team||Losing Team||Venue||City|
|January 12, 2002||Paradise Bowl||West All-Stars||33||Utah-Colorado All-Stars||30||Hansen Stadium||St. George, Utah|
|January 12, 2002||East–West Shrine Game||West Team||21||East Team||13||SBC Park||San Francisco, California|
|January 26, 2002||Gridiron Classic||Team Florida||42||Team USA||13||Citrus Bowl||Orlando, Florida|
|January 26, 2002||Senior Bowl||South Team||41||North Team||26||Ladd–Peebles Stadium||Mobile, Alabama|
|February 2, 2002||Hula Bowl||South||45||North||28||War Memorial Stadium||Wailuku, Hawaii|
- Senior Bowl
- Game MVP: Antwaan Randle El (Indiana Hoosiers)
- Other notable players: David Carr, Ryan Sims, Patrick Ramsey, LeCharles Bentley, Javon Walker
- North coach: Mike Holmgren (Seattle Seahawks)
- South coach: Dave McGinnis (Arizona Cardinals)
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