List of college bowl games

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The following is a list of current, defunct, and proposed college football bowl games. Three bowl games are currently part of the College Football Playoff, a selection system that creates bowl matchups involving four of the top-ranked teams in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). There are also a number of other college football postseason invitationals, as well as several all-star games.

The Rose Bowl Game, played at Rose Bowl stadium (shown), is the oldest currently operating bowl game—first played in 1902, it has been played annually since 1916.

For nearly a century, bowl games were the purview of only the very best teams, but a steady proliferation of new bowl games required more teams, with 70 participating teams by the 2010–11 bowl season, then 80 participating teams by the 2015–16 bowl season. As a result, the NCAA has steadily reduced the criteria for bowl eligibility. Teams with a non-winning record (6–6) were allowed starting in 2010. Requirements were further reduced to allow teams with outright losing records (5–7) to be invited since 2012, with the team with the best Academic Progress Rate score (among teams with 5–7 records) to be chosen first.[1] While inviting teams without winning records to bowl games has become more commonplace, there were several losing teams who played in bowl games before the noted changes in bowl eligibility: 1946 Gator Bowl, South Carolina (2–3–3); 1963 Sun Bowl, SMU (4–6); 1970 Tangerine Bowl, William & Mary (5–6); and the 2001 New Orleans Bowl, North Texas (5–6).[2] For the 2016–17 bowl season, 25% of the bowl participants (20 teams) did not have a winning record.

The tables below (College Football Playoff games, Other current Division I FBS bowl games) reflect changes for the 2021–22 bowl season.

Bowl games are not limited to the Bowl Subdivision; teams in the three lower divisions of the NCAA—the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II, and Division III—are also allowed to participate in bowl games. The playoff structure in those three divisions discourages most high-caliber teams from participating in bowl games, as teams would rather contest for their division's national championship than play in a bowl game. The same basic guidelines for bowl eligibility apply for those contests. As of 2017, one bowl game (the Celebration Bowl) exists for FCS, four bowls serve Division II, and ten exist for teams in Division III (not including the Stagg Bowl, which is the name for the NCAA Division III Football Championship game).

Past and present community college bowl games, not sanctioned by the NCAA, are also listed.

College Football Playoff gamesEdit

Six major bowl games, known as the New Year's Six, rotate the hosting of the two semifinal games which determine the teams that play in the final College Football Playoff National Championship game.[3] The New Year's Six includes six of the ten oldest bowl games (missing the Sun, Gator, Citrus and Liberty bowls), continuing their original history of pitting the very best teams in the country against each other. These six games focus on the top 12 teams in the rankings, with only five teams ranked lower than 12th (all five were still ranked in the top 20) having ever played in the New Year's Six since the College Football Playoff system was inaugurated.

Name First
(Permanent Seating)
City Most Recent
Per Team
(+ Revenue Pool)[4]
Previous Name(s)[5]
Rose Bowl Game 1902

(annual since 1916)
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California* $4,000,000 Capital One Tournament East-West football game; Rose Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by: AT&T^, Sony PlayStation 2^, Citi^, Vizio^, Northwestern Mutual^
Orange Bowl 1935 Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida $6,000,000
(as semifinal)
Capital One Orange Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl, Discover Orange Bowl
Sugar Bowl 1935 Caesars Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana $4,000,000 Allstate Sugar Bowl, USF&G Sugar Bowl, Nokia Sugar Bowl
Cotton Bowl Classic 1937 AT&T Stadium
Arlington, Texas $6,000,000
(as semifinal)
Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Mobil Cotton Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic, SBC Cotton Bowl Classic
Peach Bowl 1968 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia $4,000,000 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl
Fiesta Bowl 1971 State Farm Stadium
Glendale, Arizona $4,000,000 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Sunkist Fiesta Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, IBM OS/2 Fiesta Bowl, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Vizio Fiesta Bowl, BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl

^ The Rose Bowl did not add a sponsor to its name until the 1998 season. Unlike other bowls, which give the sponsor's name precedence ahead of the bowl's name (effectively changing the title of the game), the Rose Bowl adds the sponsor as "presented by", after the words Rose Bowl.
* Two-time move due to World War II travel restrictions after the attack on Pearl Harbor as well as the COVID-19 pandemic moving the 2021 game to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
† One-time move due to damage to the Superdome from Hurricane Katrina.

Other current Division I FBS bowl gamesEdit

Besides the six bowl games that are part of the College Football Playoff, there are a number of other postseason invitationals. Generally, two conferences will agree to send teams of a particular standing to a game beforehand. For instance, the Rose Bowl traditionally features the Big Ten and Pac-12 conference champions. Generally, the payout to the participating teams in a bowl game is closely correlated to its prestige. By comparison, each of the former BCS bowls (including the national championship game) had a payout of $18 million.

Name Season
(Permanent Seating)
City Total Payout
Title Sponsor(s)[5] Previous Name(s)[5]
Sun Bowl 1935 Sun Bowl Stadium
El Paso, Texas $3,447,568 Tony the Tiger[a] Sun Bowl, John Hancock Sun Bowl, John Hancock Bowl, Norwest Bank Sun Bowl, Norwest Corporation Sun Bowl, Wells Fargo Sun Bowl, Vitalis Sun Bowl, Brut Sun Bowl, Hyundai Sun Bowl
Gator Bowl 1945 TIAA Bank Field
Jacksonville, Florida $3,168,292 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, Mazda Gator Bowl, Outback Gator Bowl, Toyota Gator Bowl, Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, Progressive Gator Bowl, Gator Bowl, TaxSlayer Bowl
Citrus Bowl 1946 Camping World Stadium
Orlando, Florida $8,550,000 Vrbo Tangerine Bowl, Florida Citrus Bowl, CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl, Florida Citrus Bowl, Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, Citrus Bowl presented by Overton's
Liberty Bowl 1959 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, Tennessee $4,294,681 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, St. Jude Liberty Bowl, AXA Liberty Bowl
Independence Bowl 1976 Independence Stadium
Shreveport, Louisiana $1,248,280 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, Poulan Independence Bowl, Poulan Weed Eater Independence Bowl, Sanford Independence Bowl, MainStay Independence Bowl, PetroSun Independence Bowl, AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, AdvoCare V100 Bowl, Duck Commander Independence Bowl, Camping World Independence Bowl, Walk-On's Independence Bowl
Holiday Bowl 1978 Petco Park
San Diego, California $6,326,258 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, Sea World Holiday Bowl, Thrifty Car Rental Holiday Bowl, Plymouth Holiday Bowl, Culligan Holiday Bowl, Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, National University Holiday Bowl, National Funding Holiday Bowl
Tampa Bay Bowl 1986 Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida $6,350,000 None Hall of Fame Bowl, Outback Bowl
Guaranteed Rate Bowl 1989 Chase Field
Phoenix, Arizona $1,037,118 Guaranteed Rate Copper Bowl, Domino's Pizza Copper Bowl, Weiser Lock Copper Bowl, Bowl, Insight Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, TicketCity Cactus Bowl, Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, Cheez-It Bowl[b]
Cheez-It Bowl 1990 Camping World Stadium
Orlando, Florida $5,800,000 Cheez-It[b] Sunshine Classic, Blockbuster Bowl, Carquest Bowl, MicronPC Bowl, Bowl, Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl, Mazda Tangerine Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl, Camping World Bowl
Las Vegas Bowl 1992 Allegiant Stadium
Paradise, Nevada $2,760,000 SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl, EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl, Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl, Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl, Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl, MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl presented by GEICO, Mitsubishi Las Vegas Bowl
Alamo Bowl 1993 Alamodome
San Antonio, Texas $7,975,000 Valero Builders Square Alamo Bowl, Sylvania Alamo Bowl, Alamo Bowl Presented By MasterCard, MasterCard Alamo Bowl, Alamo Bowl
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 1997 Albertsons Stadium
Boise, Idaho $950,000 Idaho Potato Commission[c] Sports Humanitarian Bowl, Humanitarian Bowl, Humanitarian Bowl, MPC Computers Bowl, Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, uDrove Humanitarian Bowl
Music City Bowl 1998 Nissan Stadium
Nashville, Tennessee $5,650,000 TransPerfect Music City Bowl, American General Music City Bowl, Music City Bowl, Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
LendingTree Bowl 1999 Hancock Whitney Stadium
Mobile, Alabama $1,500,000 LendingTree Mobile Alabama Bowl, GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl, GMAC Bowl, Bowl, GoDaddy Bowl, Dollar General Bowl
New Orleans Bowl 2001 Caesars Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana $925,000 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Wyndham New Orleans Bowl
San Francisco Bowl 2002 TBD TBD TBD TBD San Francisco Bowl, Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, Emerald Bowl, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Fight Hunger Bowl, Foster Farms Bowl, Redbox Bowl
Hawaii Bowl 2002 Clarence T. C. Ching Athletics Complex
Honolulu, Hawaii $1,000,000 EasyPost ConAgra Foods Hawai'i Bowl, Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl, SoFi Hawai'i Bowl
Duke's Mayo Bowl 2002 Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, North Carolina $4,505,556 Duke's Mayonnaise Queen City Bowl, Continental Tire Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Belk Bowl
Armed Forces Bowl 2003 Amon G. Carter Stadium
Fort Worth, Texas $900,000 Lockheed Martin PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl, Fort Worth Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Texas Bowl 2006 NRG Stadium
Houston, Texas $6,300,000 TaxAct Texas Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl, Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, Mercari Texas Bowl
Birmingham Bowl 2006 Protective Stadium
Birmingham, Alabama $1,650,000 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl, Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl, Jared Birmingham Bowl
New Mexico Bowl 2006 University Stadium
Albuquerque, New Mexico $1,050,000 PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl, Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Military Bowl 2008 Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Annapolis, Maryland $2,066,990 Peraton Congressional Bowl, EagleBank Bowl, Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Gasparilla Bowl 2008 Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida $1,133,735 Union Home Mortgage St. Petersburg Bowl, magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl, Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl, Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl, Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
Pinstripe Bowl 2010 Yankee Stadium
Bronx, New York $4,300,000 New Era None previous
First Responder Bowl 2010 Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Dallas, Texas $1,667,000 Servpro Dallas Football Classic, TicketCity Bowl, Heart of Dallas Bowl presented by PlainsCapital Bank, Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl
Bahamas Bowl 2014 Thomas Robinson Stadium
Nassau, Bahamas $225,000 HomeTown Lenders Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl
Boca Raton Bowl 2014 FAU Stadium
Boca Raton, Florida $1,000,000 Boca Raton Bowl, Marmot Boca Raton Bowl, Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl
Camellia Bowl 2014 Cramton Bowl
Montgomery, Alabama $250,000 TaxAct Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, Camillia Bowl
Quick Lane Bowl 2014 Ford Field
Detroit, Michigan $750,000 Ford Motor Company[d] de facto replacement for Little Caesars Pizza Bowl which ran from 1997 to 2013
Cure Bowl 2015 Exploria Stadium
Orlando, Florida $573,125 Tailgreeter AutoNation Cure Bowl, FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl
Arizona Bowl 2015 Arizona Stadium
Tucson, Arizona $412,920 Barstool Sports NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, Offerpad Arizona Bowl
Frisco Bowl 2017 Toyota Stadium
Frisco, Texas $750,000 Tropical Smoothie Cafe de facto replacement for the Miami Beach Bowl, which was sold to ESPN Events and relocated to Frisco, Texas.

DXL Frisco Bowl
Myrtle Beach Bowl 2020 Brooks Stadium
Conway, South Carolina TBD None None previous
Fenway Bowl 2021 Fenway Park
Boston, Massachusetts TBD Wasabi None previous
LA Bowl 2021 SoFi Stadium
Inglewood, California TBD Jimmy Kimmel None previous
  1. ^ Advertising character for Frosted Flakes, a cereal brand produced by Kellogg's.
  2. ^ a b Cheez-It is a brand of cheese crackers produced by Kellogg's.
  3. ^ "Famous Idaho Potato" is an advertising slogan and trademark of the Idaho Potato Commission.
  4. ^ Quick Lane is Ford's brand name for its dealers' express service business.

Non-FBS bowl gamesEdit

Division I FCS bowlsEdit

Name First
(Permanent Seating)
City Most Recent
Per Team
(+ Revenue Pool)
Title Sponsor Previous Name(s)
Celebration Bowl
(HBCU National Championship)
2015 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia $1,000,000 Cricket Wireless Pelican Bowl (1972–75)
Heritage Bowl (1991–99)
Legacy Bowl (proposed 2010)
Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl

Division II bowlsEdit

NOTE: These games are similar to the National Invitation Tournament in Division I college basketball, for teams in conferences that did not make the NCAA Division II tournament.

Name First
(Permanent Seating)
City Title Sponsor Previous Name(s)
Mineral Water Bowl 1999 Tiger Stadium Excelsior Springs, Missouri Excelsior Springs Quarterback Club none
Heart of Texas Bowl 2012 Waco Independent School District Waco, Texas The International Purchasing System (TIPS)
Communities Helping Americans Mature, Progress and Succeed (C.H.A.M.P.S.)
HOT Bowl (abbreviation)
Live United Bowl 2013 Razorback Stadium Texarkana, Arkansas Farmers Bank and Trust
United Way
Agent Barry Live United Bowl
Texarkana Bowl
(Replaced Kanza Bowl, which ran from 2009–2012)
Heritage Bowl 2017 Tiger Stadium (10,001) Corsicana, Texas Fun Town RV Corsicana Bowl (2017–2018)
America's Crossroads Bowl 2019[6][7] Brickyard Stadium Hobart, Indiana Indiana South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority None

Division III bowlsEdit

Name First
(Permanent Seating)
City Title Sponsor Previous Name(s)
Chapman Bowl 2015 Rotates yearly
(All four played at same site)
N/A Eastern College Athletic Conference ECAC Bowl (1983–2003)
Regional ECAC bowl games (1983-2014)[8]
Lynah Bowl 2015
Bushnell Bowl 2015
Whitelaw Bowl 2015
Centennial-MAC Bowl Series
(3 unnamed bowls)
2015 Campus sites N/A Centennial Conference & Middle Atlantic Conferences None
New England Bowl Series
(2 unnamed bowls)
2016 Campus site N/A ECFC, MASCAC, CCC Football, & NEWMAC None
New York Bowl 2017 Campus site N/A Liberty League & Empire 8 None
Culver's Isthmus Bowl 2021 Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium @ Ashley Field Madison, Wisconsin Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference & College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin None

Additionally, NCAA Division III is home to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl (1973–present; currently played in Salem, Virginia). In contrast to other bowl games, the Stagg Bowl operates within the NCAA tournament structure rather than as a stand-alone post-season game; it serves as the Division III national championship game to conclude a 32-team post-season playoff.

NAIA bowl gamesEdit

The NAIA's national championship game (which is the conclusion of a 16 team playoff) is currently not named as a bowl, but has held a bowl name in the past. Additionally, from 1970 to 1996, NAIA football was split into two divisions and held a separate tournaments and championships for both divisions; the Division II championship was never named a bowl and as such the past names listed below do not apply to the Division II championship game.

Name First
(Permanent Seating)
City Title Sponsor Previous Name(s)
NAIA national football championship 1956
Municipal Stadium
Daytona Beach, Florida NAIA
Waste Pro
Aluminum Bowl (1956)
Holiday Bowl (1957–1960)
Camellia Bowl (1961–1963)
Championship Bowl (1964–1976, 1980–1996)
Apple Bowl (1977)
Palm Bowl (1978–1979)

NCCAA bowl gamesEdit

Football teams that are a part of the NCCAA may also be members of the NCAA, NAIA, or of neither. Bids to the Victory Bowl are given to NCCAA teams that did not make the NCAA or NAIA playoffs and is treated as the NCCAA Championship Game, but follows no playoff itself.

Name First
(Permanent Seating)
City Title Sponsor Previous Name(s)
Victory Bowl 1997 Campus site N/A NCCAA None

Proposed gamesEdit

The number of bowl games have risen steadily, reaching 41 (including the national championship game) by the 2015 bowl season. To fill the 80 available bowl slots, a record 15 teams with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games—including three with a record of 5–7. This situation led directly to the NCAA Division I Council imposing a three-year moratorium on new bowl games in April 2016.[10]

Since 2010, organizers and boosters have continued to propose other bowl games—some of these proposals have since been dropped, while others are active proposals that have been placed on hold during the NCAA moratorium.

Name Year to start Venue
(permanent seating)
City Payout Sponsor(s) Previous name(s)
Chicago Bowl TBD Wrigley Field
Chicago, Illinois TBD TBD None previous
Austin Bowl[11] TBD Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
Austin, Texas TBD TBD None previous
Medal of Honor Bowl[12] TBD Johnson Hagood Stadium
Charleston, South Carolina TBD TBD None previous
Little Rock Bowl[13] TBD War Memorial Stadium
Little Rock, Arkansas TBD TBD None previous
Melbourne Bowl TBD Marvel Stadium
Melbourne, Victoria TBD TBD None previous
Dubai bowl game[13] TBD TBD Dubai, United Arab Emirates TBD TBD None previous
Ireland bowl game[13] TBD TBD Ireland (specific city TBD) TBD TBD None previous
Toronto bowl game[13] TBD Rogers Centre
Toronto, Ontario TBD TBD International Bowl
St. Louis bowl game[13][14] TBD TBD St. Louis, Missouri TBD TBD None previous

Two proposed games, the Cure Bowl and Christmas Bowl, were turned down by the NCAA for 2010.[15] The Cure Bowl was eventually added in 2014, for the 2015 bowl season.

In August 2013, the Detroit Lions announced that it would hold a new bowl game at Ford Field beginning in 2014, holding Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference tie-ins, despite the existence of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.[16][17] While Pizza Bowl organizers attempted to move the game to Comerica Park (a baseball stadium across the street from Ford Field), these plans never came to fruition.[18][19] In August 2014, the Lions announced that the new game would be known as the Quick Lane Bowl, and play its inaugural game on December 26, 2014. In a statement to Crain's Detroit Business, Motor City Bowl co-founder Ken Hoffman confirmed that there would be no Little Caesars Pizza Bowl for 2014.[18][20]

In June 2013, reported that the so-called "Group of Five" conferences—the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West Conference, and Sun Belt Conference—were considering adding one or more new bowl games once the NCAA's current moratorium on new bowls expires after the 2013 season. This move was driven by a trend for the "Power Five" conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC) to play one another in bowl games. The 2013 season, the last of the current four-year bowl cycle, will have 16 bowls that involve two teams from "Power Five" leagues. The 2014 season, the first of a new six-year bowl cycle, will have at least 19, and possibly more, matchups of "Power Five" teams. The "Group of Five" was apparently concerned that this trend would mean that its teams might not have available bowl slots.[13]

According to reports, the 2010 Christmas Bowl proposal would have involved a Mountain West team against an opponent from either the Pac-12 or The American. As for The American, it has suggested a new bowl game, most likely at Marlins Park in Miami. Two other venues of "Group of Five" schools in Florida—Spectrum Stadium (UCF, Orlando) and FAU Stadium (Florida Atlantic, Boca Raton)—are being considered for other potential bowls. A possible bowl in Little Rock would pit C-USA and the Sun Belt. Finally, the director of the current Little Caesars Bowl indicated that he had been in contact with officials from all of the "Group of Five" about starting new bowl games in Ireland (most likely Dublin), Dubai, and either Toronto or Nassau.[13] Recently, though, reports have indicated the proposed games in Ireland and Dubai would be unworkable.[21]

The first new bowl to be confirmed for 2014 was the Camellia Bowl, a game created by ESPN and played in Montgomery, Alabama. It secured tie-ins with the MAC and Sun Belt, and an initial contract to run through the 2019 season. ESPN was also reported to be in negotiations to take over ownership of the existing Heart of Dallas Bowl and establish a new bowl game in Boca Raton.[22]

Another ownership group interested in starting a Montgomery-based bowl at New ASU Stadium reportedly switched focus to Charleston, South Carolina. In the face of obstacles related to an NCAA ban on playing postseason games at predetermined locations in South Carolina due to the Confederate battle flag being flown at a civil war monument on the State House grounds, the ownership group instead chose to stage the Medal of Honor Bowl all-star game at Johnson Hagood Stadium beginning in 2014.[23] However, with the Confederate flag's removal from the State House grounds on July 10, 2015, the NCAA lifted its ban that day.[24] As such, on August 27 of that year, the Medal of Honor Bowl announced their plans to become a traditional postseason bowl game beginning on December 18, 2016, pending NCAA approval. The all-star game format was not played that year as a result.[25] However, in April 2016, the NCAA announced a moratorium on new bowl games;[10] organizers had subsequently announced plans to hold the bowl (as an all-star game again) in January 2018;[26] however, no further editions of the Medal of Honor Bowl have been played.

Map of bowl gamesEdit

Number of current FBS bowl games by stateEdit

Includes bowls with their 2020 editions cancelled

State Number Bowls
Florida 8 Orange*, Boca Raton, Cheez-It, Citrus, Cure, Gasparilla, Gator, Outback
Texas 7 Cotton*, Alamo, Armed Forces, First Responder, Frisco, Sun, Texas
California 4 Rose*, Holiday, LA, Redbox
Alabama 3 Birmingham, Camellia, LendingTree
Arizona Fiesta*, Arizona, Guaranteed Rate
Louisiana Sugar*, Independence, New Orleans
Tennessee 2 Liberty, Music City
Georgia 1 Peach*
Hawaii Hawaii
Idaho Famous Idaho Potato
Maryland Military
Massachusetts Fenway
Michigan Quick Lane
Nevada Las Vegas
New Mexico New Mexico
New York Pinstripe
North Carolina Duke's Mayo
South Carolina Myrtle Beach

* Bowl is a College Football Playoff semifinal, once every three seasons, in rotation under current CFP format

All-Star gamesEdit

FBS all-star gamesEdit

All-star games predominantly featuring players from the FBS-level (or historical equivalents, such as Division I-A).[27]

Name Status Years City Notes
East–West Shrine Bowl Active 1925–present San Francisco, California (1925–1941)
multiple locations (1942–2011)
St. Petersburg, Florida (2012–2019)
Paradise, Nevada (2021–present)
has invited Canadian players since 1985
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Active 2012–present Pasadena, California
Senior Bowl Active 1950–present Jacksonville, Florida (1950)
Mobile, Alabama (1951–present)
Two separate venues in Mobile: Ladd–Peebles Stadium (1951–2020) and Hancock Whitney Stadium (2021–future)
Hula Bowl Active 1960–2008
Honolulu, Hawaii (1960–97, 2006–08, 2020–present)
Wailuku, Hawaii (1998–2005)
started with non-collegiate players in 1947
Medal of Honor Bowl Defunct 2014–2015 Charleston, South Carolina
Blue–Gray Football Classic Defunct 1939–2001
Montgomery, Alabama
Troy, Alabama
Casino del Sol College All-Star Game Defunct 2011–2013 Tempe, Arizona (2011)
Tucson, Arizona (2012–13)
Eastham Energy College All-Star Game in 2011
Challenge Bowl Defunct 1978–1979 Seattle, Washington Pac-8 all-stars vs. Big Ten all-stars (1978)
Pac-10 all-stars vs. Big Eight all-stars (1979)[28]
Chicago College All-Star Game Defunct 1934–1976 Chicago, Illinois (1934–42, 1945–76)
Evanston, Illinois (1943–44)
college all-stars vs. NFL champions
College All-Star Bowl Defunct 2013–2014 Greenville, South Carolina
Gridiron Classic Defunct 1999–2005 Orlando, Florida (1999–2003)
The Villages, Florida (2004–05)
Japan Bowl Defunct 1976–1993 Tokyo, Japan (1976–79, 1992–93)
Yokohama, Japan (1980–91)
Las Vegas All-American Classic Defunct 2002–2006 Saint George, Utah (2002–03)
Las Vegas, Nevada (2004–06)
played as the Paradise Bowl in Utah
Magnolia Gridiron All-Star Classic Defunct 2005–2006 Jackson, Mississippi Division I-A vs. Division I-AA/II/III
North–South All-Star Classic Defunct 2007 Houston, Texas also known as the Inta-Juice All-Star Classic
North–South Shrine Game Defunct 1948–1973
Miami, Florida
Pontiac, Michigan
started with high school teams in 1946
Players All-Star Classic Defunct 2012 Little Rock, Arkansas
Raycom All-Star Classic Defunct 2013 Montgomery, Alabama
Texas vs The Nation Defunct 2007–2011
El Paso, Texas (2007–10)
San Antonio, Texas (2011)
Allen, Texas (2013)

Other all-star gamesEdit

Name Status Years City Notes
FCS Bowl Active 2014–present Miami, Florida (2014–2015)
Daytona Beach, Florida (2016–present)
National Bowl Game Active 2011–present Allentown, Pennsylvania (2011–2012)
Miami, Florida (2013–2015)
Daytona Beach, Florida (2016–present)
Division II/III and NAIA
Dream Bowl Active 2018 Roanoke, Virginia Division II/III and FCS[29]
Cactus Bowl Defunct 1994–2011 Fargo, North Dakota (1994–2000)
Kingsville, Texas (2001–2011)
played as the Snow Bowl in Fargo
Division II
East Coast Bowl Defunct 2001–2009 Petersburg, Virginia Division II/III and NAIA
USA College Football Bowl Defunct 1996–2015 multiple locations (1996–2014)
Jackson, Mississippi (2015)
initially Division III, later all levels[30]
2016 game was cancelled[31]

Regular season rivalries called bowlsEdit

Bowl games played outside of the USEdit

Junior college bowl gamesEdit


Source: NJCAA[32]

Defunct bowl gamesEdit

Defunct major-college bowl gamesEdit

Bowl name Years played Location Notes
Alamo Bowl 1947 San Antonio, Texas Not to be confused with the modern Alamo Bowl
All-American Bowl 1977–1990 Birmingham, Alabama Known as the Hall of Fame Classic through 1985.
Aloha Bowl 1982–2000 Honolulu, Hawaii
Aviation Bowl 1961 Dayton, Ohio
Bacardi Bowl 1907, 1909, 1911–1912, 1921, 1936, 1946 Havana, Cuba Last game in 1946, Southern Mississippi defeated Havana University, 55-0
Bluebonnet Bowl 1959-1987 Houston, Texas Known as the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl whenever the game was played in the Astrodome.
Bluegrass Bowl 1958 Louisville, Kentucky
California Bowl 1981–1991 Fresno, California Superseded by the Las Vegas Bowl.
Cherry Bowl 1984–1985 Pontiac, Michigan
Delta Bowl 1947–1948 Memphis, Tennessee
Dixie Bowl 1947–1948 Birmingham, Alabama
Dixie Classic 1921, 1924, 1933 Dallas, Texas Forerunner to the current Cotton Bowl Classic
Fort Worth Classic 1920 Fort Worth, Texas
Freedom Bowl 1984–1994 Anaheim, California
Frisco Football Classic 2021 Frisco, Texas Created to accommodate all bowl-eligible teams for the 2021 College football season[33]
Garden State Bowl 1978–1981 East Rutherford, New Jersey
Gotham Bowl 1961–1962 New York City, New York
Great Lakes Bowl 1947 Cleveland, Ohio
Harbor Bowl 1946–1948 San Diego, California
Houston Bowl 2000–2005 Houston, Texas Called the Bowl in 2000–2001
International Bowl 2006–2009 Toronto, Ontario
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl[34] 1997–2013 Detroit, Michigan
(1997–2001: Pontiac, Michigan)
Also known as the Ford Motor City Bowl and the Motor City Bowl. Was replaced by the Quick Lane Bowl in 2014.
Los Angeles Christmas Festival 1924 Los Angeles, California
Mercy Bowl 1961, 1971 Los Angeles, California
Miami Beach Bowl 2014–2016 Miami, Florida Sold and moved to Frisco, Texas
Montgomery Bowl 2020 Montgomery, Alabama One-season substitute for the Fenway Bowl.
Oahu Bowl 1998–2000 Honolulu, Hawaii
Oil Bowl 1943, 1945–1946 Houston, Texas
Poinsettia Bowl 2005–2016 San Diego, California The Holiday Bowl management folded the Poinsettia Bowl.[35]
Presidential Cup Bowl 1950 College Park, Maryland
Raisin Bowl 1945–1949 Fresno, California
Salad Bowl 1947–1951 Phoenix, Arizona Precursor to current Fiesta Bowl
San Diego East-West Christmas Classic 1921–1922 San Diego, California
Seattle Bowl 2001–2002 Seattle, Washington Continuation of the Oahu Bowl.
Shrine Bowl 1948–1949 Little Rock, Arkansas
Silicon Valley Football Classic 2000–2004 San Jose, California

Defunct Division I-AA bowl gamesEdit

Defunct Division II bowl gamesEdit

Defunct Division III bowl gamesEdit

Defunct regular-season games known as bowl gamesEdit

Name Seasons Active City Notes
Mirage Bowl 1976–1993 Tokyo, Japan A regular season matchup, originally at Korakuen Stadium, later at Olympic Stadium, and finally at the Tokyo Dome
Oyster Bowl 1948–1995 Norfolk, Virginia A regular season game called a "bowl", now a home game for Old Dominion University to raise money for the Kedive Shriner's charities
Patriot Bowl 2007–2009 Cleveland, Ohio A regular season game called a "bowl" that featured a team from the Mid-American Conference and (originally) one of the United States service academies
Tobacco Bowl 1935–1941, 1948–1984 South Boston, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia

Defunct minor-college or unofficial bowl gamesEdit

Name Seasons Active City Notes
Bicentennial Bowl 1975–1976 Little Rock, Arkansas
Richmond, Virginia
Boardwalk Bowl 1961–1972 Atlantic City, New Jersey A College Division regional final 1968–1972, later a Division II quarterfinal.
Boot Hill Bowl 1970–1980 Dodge City, Kansas
Burley Bowl 1945–1956 Johnson City, Tennessee Played on Thanksgiving Day each year
Camellia Bowl 1948
Lafayette, Louisiana
Sacramento, California
A College Division regional final 1964–1972, later a playoff game in I-AA and D-II. Not to be confused with the current Camellia Bowl in FBS.
Cigar Bowl 1946–1954 Tampa, Florida
Cosmopolitan Bowl 1951 Alexandria, Louisiana
Elks Bowl 1953–1954 Greenville, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Both games were played in calendar year 1954.
Epson Ivy Bowl 1988–1996 Yokohama, Japan
Tokyo, Japan
Nishinomiya, Japan
Three years in Yokohama, three years in Tokyo, two years in Nishinomiya
Festival of Palms Bowl 1932–1933 Miami, Florida Would become the Orange Bowl for the 1934 season[36]
Fruit Bowl 1947–1948 San Francisco, California 1948 game was the first inter-racial college bowl game
Glass Bowl 1946–1949 Toledo, Ohio
Grantland Rice Bowl 1964–1972 Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
A College Division regional final for nine years; later a Division II playoff game.
Grape Bowl 1947–1948 Lodi, California
Knute Rockne Bowl 1969–1972 Bridgeport, Connecticut
Atlantic City, New Jersey
A College Division regional final for four years; later a Division II playoff game.
Lions Bowl 1969–1972 Salisbury, North Carolina From 1949 to 1951, this game had been played as the Pythian Bowl.
Missouri-Kansas Bowl 1948 Kansas City, Missouri
Optimist Bowl 1946 Houston, Texas College of the Pacific was coached by Amos Alonzo Stagg.
Orange Blossom Classic 1933–1978 Miami, Florida The name is now used for an occasional regular season game.
Pasadena Bowl 1967–1971 Pasadena, California
Pear Bowl 1946–1951 Ashland, Oregon
Medford, Oregon
Pecan Bowl 1946–1947
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Abilene, Texas
Arlington, Texas
HBCU matchup in 1940s, then a College Division regional final
Pelican Bowl 1972
Durham, North Carolina
New Orleans, Louisiana
Pioneer Bowl 1971–1972 Wichita Falls, Texas A College Division regional final for two years; later a playoff game in DI-AA and DII.
Prairie View Bowl 1928–1960 Houston, Texas First bowl game for HBCUs, hosted by Prairie View A&M.
Pythian Bowl 1949–1951 Salisbury, North Carolina First bowl game that was played in North Carolina. Succeeded by 1952 Lions Bowl.
Refrigerator Bowl 1948–1956 Evansville, Indiana
Sunflower Bowl 1982–1986 Winfield, Kansas
Vulcan Bowl 1941–1948, 1951 Birmingham, Alabama
Wheat Bowl 1995–2006 Ellinwood, Kansas
Great Bend, Kansas
Pre-season NAIA bowl[37]
First Down Classic 2007–2011 Platte City, Missouri
Ottawa, Kansas
Baldwin City, Kansas
Pre-season NAIA bowl, successor to the Wheat Bowl.

See alsoEdit


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Further readingEdit

  • Oriard, Michael (2009). Bowled Over: Big-Time College Football from the Sixties to the BCS Era. The University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 978-0-8078-3329-2.