Bowl Challenge Cup

The Bowl Challenge Cup is a competition among NCAA college football conferences in the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly called Division I-A, based on win-loss records in the bowl games that take place annually during December and January. The winner is the conference that has the highest winning percentage, among conferences with a minimum of three teams appearing in bowl games.

Bowl Challenge Cup
Given forBest college football bowl record among Division I Football Bowl Subdivision conferences.
CountryUnited States
Presented byESPN
History
First award2002–03
Most winsMountain West (4)
Most recentSEC (2019–20)

The Challenge was created in 2002 by ESPN,[1] who also occasionally refers to it as the "Bowl Cup Challenge" when promoting it.[2] Originally sponsored by Cooper Tire,[3] ESPN went several years without a sponsor; since the 2015–16 bowl season, Progressive has been the sponsor.

ParticipantsEdit

The ten Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) conferences that compete in the Bowl Challenge Cup are:

Power Five

Group of Five

Former conferences that competed in the Bowl Challenge Cup were:

ResultsEdit

Bowl Challenge Cup champions
Bowl season Conference Record Win %
2002–03 Big Ten 5–2[4] .714
2003–04 ACC 5–1[5] .833
2004–05 Mountain West 2–1[5] .667
2005–06 ACC and Big 12 (tied) 5–3[5] .625
2006–07 Big East 5–0[5] 1.000
2007–08 Mountain West 4–1[1] .800
2008–09 Pac-10 5–0[6] 1.000
2009–10 Mountain West 4–1[1] .800
2010–11 Mountain West 4–1[7] .800
2011–12 C-USA and MAC (tied) 4–1 .800
2012–13 Conference USA 4–1 .800
2013–14 SEC 7–3 .700
2014–15 Conference USA 4–1 .800
2015–16 SEC 9–2 .818
2016–17 ACC 9–3 .750
2017–18 Big Ten 7–1 .875
2018–19 Conference USA 4–2 .667
2019–20 SEC 8–2 .800
Number of Bowl Challenge Cup championships
Conference Times Championships
Mountain West 4 2004–05, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11
Conference USA (C-USA) 3​12 2011–12(2), 2012–13, 2014–15, 2018–19
Southeastern (SEC) 3 2013–14, 2015–16, 2019–20
Atlantic Coast (ACC) 2​12 2003–04, 2005–06(1), 2016–17
Big Ten 2 2002–03, 2017–18
American (Big East to 2013) 1 2006–07
Pac-12 (Pacific-10 to 2010) 1 2008–09
Mid-American (MAC) 12 2011–12(2)
Big 12 12 2005–06(1)
Sun Belt 0
^(1) Tied for 2005–06 championship

^(2) Tied for 2011–12 championship

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Mountain West Posts Top Bowl Win Percentage Among FBS Subdivision Conferences
  2. ^ http://www.espn.com/college-football/insider/story/_/id/18274312/espn-football-power-index-predicts-which-conference-win-bowl-season
  3. ^ "Cooper Tire's Ultimate Bowl Tour Invites Football Fans to Go for the Big Score" (Press release). PR Newswire. August 1, 2004. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  4. ^ Bowl Challenge Cup 2002-03
  5. ^ a b c d 2007 Bowl Challenge Cup standings
  6. ^ 2008 Bowl Challenge Cup Standings
  7. ^ Mountain West wins Bowl Challenge Cup