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
Season2002
Number of bowls28
All-star games5
Bowl gamesDecember 17, 2002 –
January 3, 2003
National Championship2003 Fiesta Bowl
Location of ChampionshipSun Devil Stadium,
Tempe, Arizona
ChampionsOhio State Buckeyes
Bowl Challenge Cup winnerBig Ten[1]
Bowl record by conference
Conference Bowls Record Final AP Poll
Big 12 8 5–3 (0.625) 4
ACC 7 4–3 (0.571) 4
Big Ten 7 5–2 (0.714) 4
Pac-10 7 2–5 (0.286) 2
SEC 7 3–4 (0.429) 3
Big East 5 3–2 (0.600) 4
Conference USA 5 2–3 (0.400) 1
Mountain West 3 0–3 (0.000) 0
WAC 3 2–1 (0.667) 1
MAC 2 1–1 (0.500) 1
Sun Belt 1 1–0 (1.000) 0
Independents 1 0–1 (0.000) 1

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.

Poll rankingsEdit

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,[2] while the BCS column represents the Bowl Championship Series rankings.[3]

AP BCS Team W–L Bowl
1
1
Miami Hurricanes
12–0
Fiesta Bowl  
2
2
Ohio State Buckeyes
13–0
Fiesta Bowl  
3
5
Iowa Hawkeyes
11–1
Orange Bowl  
4
3
Georgia Bulldogs
12–1
Sugar Bowl  
5
4
USC Trojans
10–2
Orange Bowl  
6
8
Kansas State Wildcats
10–2
Holiday Bowl
7
6
Washington State Cougars
10–2
Rose Bowl  
8
7
Oklahoma Sooners
11–2
Rose Bowl  
9
10
Texas Longhorns
10–2
Cotton Bowl Classic
10
12
Penn State Nittany Lions
9–3
Capital One Bowl
11
9
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
10–2
Gator Bowl
12
11
Michigan Wolverines
9–3
Outback Bowl
13
Alabama Crimson Tide
10–3
none  
14
13
Colorado Buffaloes
9–4
Alamo Bowl
15
15
West Virginia Mountaineers
9–3
Continental Tire Bowl
16
14
Florida State Seminoles
9–4
Sugar Bowl  
17
NC State Wolfpack
10–3
Gator Bowl
18
Boise State Broncos
11–1
Humanitarian Bowl
19
Auburn Tigers
8–4
Capital One Bowl
20
Maryland Terrapins
10–3
Peach Bowl
21
Virginia Tech Hokies
9–4
San Francisco Bowl
22
Florida Gators
8–4
Outback Bowl
23
Colorado State Rams
10–3
Liberty Bowl
24
Pittsburgh Panthers
8–4
Insight Bowl
25
Arkansas Razorbacks
9–4
Music City Bowl

  denotes a BCS bowl game
  ineligible for bowl play due to NCAA sanctions

ScheduleEdit

Non BCS Contests[4]
Date Game Site Time
(US EST)
TV Matchup
(pre-game record)
AP
pre-game
rank
USA Today
pre-game
rank
12/17 New Orleans Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
7:00 PM ESPN2 North Texas 24 (7–5),
Cincinnati 19 (7–6)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/18 GMAC Bowl Ladd–Peebles Stadium
Mobile, Alabama
8:00 PM ESPN Marshall 38 (10–2),
Louisville 15 (7–5)
NR
NR
#24
NR
12/23 Tangerine Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Florida
6:30 PM ESPN Texas Tech 55 (8–5),
Clemson 15 (7–5)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/25 Las Vegas Bowl Sam Boyd Stadium
Whitney, Nevada
4:30 PM ESPN UCLA 27 (7–5),
New Mexico 13 (7–6)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/25 Hawai'i Bowl Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, Hawaii
8:00 PM ESPN Tulane 36 (7–5),
Hawaii 28 (10–3)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/26 Motor City Bowl Ford Field
Detroit, Michigan
5:00 PM ESPN Boston College 51 (8–4),
Toledo 25 (9–4)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/26 Insight Bowl Bank One Ballpark
Phoenix, Arizona
8:30 PM ESPN Pittsburgh 38 (8–4),
Oregon State 13 (8–4)
#24
NR
#23
NR
12/27 Houston Bowl Reliant Stadium
Houston, Texas
2:30 PM ESPN Oklahoma State 33 (7–4),
Southern Miss 23 (7–4)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/27 Independence Bowl Independence Stadium
Shreveport, Louisiana
5:30 PM ESPN Ole Miss 27 (6–6),
Nebraska 23 (7–6)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/27 Holiday Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, California
8:00 PM ESPN Kansas State 34 (10–2),
Arizona State 27 (8–5)
#6
NR
#6
NR
12/28 Continental Tire Bowl Ericsson Stadium
Charlotte, North Carolina
12:00 PM ESPN Virginia 48 (8–5),
West Virginia 22 (9–3)
NR
#15
NR
#13
12/28 Alamo Bowl Alamodome
San Antonio, Texas
8:00 PM ESPN Wisconsin 31 (7–6),
Colorado 28 (9–4) (OT)
NR
#14
NR
#14
12/30 Music City Bowl LP Field
Nashville, Tennessee
2:00 PM ESPN Minnesota 29 (7–5),
Arkansas 14 (9–4)
NR
#25
NR
NR
12/30 Seattle Bowl Qwest Field
Seattle, Washington
5:00 PM ESPN Wake Forest 38 (6–6),
Oregon 14 (7–5)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/31 Humanitarian Bowl Bronco Stadium
Boise, Idaho
12:00 PM ESPN Boise State 34 (11–1),
Iowa State 16 (7–6)
#18
NR
#15
NR
12/31 Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium
El Paso, Texas
2:00 PM CBS Purdue 34 (6–6),
Washington 24 (7–5)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/31 Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, Tennessee
2:30 PM ESPN TCU 17 (9–2),
Colorado State 3 (10–3)
NR
#23
NR
#21
12/31 Silicon Valley Classic Spartan Stadium
San Jose, California
3:30 PM ESPN2 Fresno State 30 (8–5),
Georgia Tech 21 (7–5)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/31 Peach Bowl Georgia Dome
Atlanta, Georgia
7:30 PM ESPN Maryland 30 (10–3),
Tennessee 3 (8–4)
#20
NR
#18
NR
12/31 San Francisco Bowl Pacific Bell Park
San Francisco, California
8:30 PM ESPN2 Virginia Tech 20 (9–4),
Air Force 13 (8–4)
#21
NR
#19
NR
1/1 Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
11:00 AM ESPN Michigan 38 (9–3),
Florida 30 (8–4)
#12
#22
#11
#20
1/1 Cotton Bowl Classic Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
11:00 AM FOX Texas 35 (10–2),
LSU 20 (8–4)
#9
NR
#9
#25
1/1 Gator Bowl Alltel Stadium
Jacksonville, Florida
12:30 PM NBC NC State 28 (10–3),
Notre Dame 6 (10–2)
#17
#11
#17
#12
1/1 Capital One Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Florida
1:00 PM ABC Auburn 13 (8–4),
Penn State 9 (9–3)
#19
#10
#22
#10
Bowl Championship Series[4]
Date Game Site Time
(US EST)
TV Matchup AP rank BCS rank
1/1 Rose Bowl Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
4:30 PM ABC Oklahoma 34 (11–2) (Big 12 Champion),
Washington State 14 (10–2) (Pac-10 co-Champ)
#8
#7
#7
#6
1/1 Sugar Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
8:30 PM ABC Georgia 26 (12–1) (SEC Champion),
Florida State 13 (9–4) (ACC Champion)
#4
#16
#3
#14
1/2 Orange Bowl Pro Player Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
8 PM ABC USC 38 (10–2) (Pac-10 co-Champion),
Iowa 17 (11–1) (Big Ten co-Champion)
#5
#3
#4
#5
1/3 Fiesta Bowl (BCS National Championship Game) Sun Devil Stadium
Tempe, Arizona
8 PM ABC Ohio State 31 (13–0) (Big Ten co-Champion),
Miami 24 (12–0) (Big East Champion)
#2
#1
#2
#1

All-star gamesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bowl Challenge Cup standings". 2003-01-05. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  2. ^ "The AP Top 25". The Times. Shreveport, Louisiana. December 9, 2002. p. 18. Retrieved December 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "BCS Standings". The Times. Shreveport, Louisiana. December 9, 2002. p. 18. Retrieved December 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b "FBS (I-A) Schedule - 2002 (Bowls)". Retrieved 2016-12-11.