2002–03 NCAA football bowl games
The 2002–03 NCAA football bowl games were a series of 28 post-season games (including the Bowl Championship Series) played in December 2002 and January 2003 for Division I-A football teams and their all-stars. The post-season began with the New Orleans Bowl on December 17, 2002, and concluded on February 1, 2003, with the season-ending Hula Bowl.
|2002–03 NCAA football bowl games|
|Number of bowls||28|
|Bowl games||December 17, 2002 – |
January 3, 2003
|National Championship||2003 Fiesta Bowl|
|Location of Championship||Sun Devil Stadium,|
|Champions||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|Bowl Challenge Cup winner||Big Ten|
A new record of 28 team-competitive bowls, and two all-star games, were played, including the inaugural Continental Tire Bowl, Hawaii Bowl and San Francisco Bowl. To fill the 56 available team-competitive bowl slots, a total of three teams with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games—all three had a .500 (6–6) season.
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
ineligible for bowl play due to NCAA sanctions
|Date||Game||Winning Team||Losing Team||Venue||City|
|January 11, 2003||East–West Shrine Game||East Team||20||West Team||17||SBC Park||San Francisco, California|
|January 18, 2003||Senior Bowl||North Team||17||South Team||0||Ladd–Peebles Stadium||Mobile, Alabama|
|January 25, 2003||Gridiron Classic||Team USA||20||Team Florida||17||Citrus Bowl||Orlando, Florida|
|January 25, 2003||Paradise Bowl||Midwest All-Stars||36||West All-Stars||31||Hansen Stadium||St. George, Utah|
|February 1, 2003||Hula Bowl||South (Aina)||27||North (Kai)||24||War Memorial Stadium||Wailuku, Hawaii|
- "Bowl Challenge Cup standings". 2003-01-05. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
- "The AP Top 25". The Times. Shreveport, Louisiana. December 9, 2002. p. 18. Retrieved December 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
- "BCS Standings". The Times. Shreveport, Louisiana. December 9, 2002. p. 18. Retrieved December 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
- "FBS (I-A) Schedule - 2002 (Bowls)". Retrieved 2016-12-11.