April 27, 2010
RIP, International Bowl (2007-2010)
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After hosting four years of Big East domination over the MAC, the International Bowl is kaput. Housed
in the Rogers Centre (former SkyDome) in Toronto, it was only the second post-season bowl held outside the United States,
following the Bacardi Bowl in Havana in 1937.
The Big East has moved on to the new Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium,
where its fourth selection representative will play the seventh selection from the Big 12 for the next four years.
The third bowl-eligible team from the MAC will head west to the blue turf of the Humanitarian Bowl, where it will play a team
from the WAC. (Not unlike the Idaho-Bowling Green barnburner from last season.)
These new tie-ins
will probably result in more even matchups for both conferences. That will be some consolation for the loss of a bowl
trophy that featured a maple leaf.
December 8, 2009
How does the Heisman affect the winner's bowl game?
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Before you root too hard for your favorite team's QB or running back (or DT?) to win the Heisman, consider the recent
history of winners in their next game on the field. This decade, the teams of only two of the nine Heisman winners were
able to win their bowl games. Check it out:
2008 Sam Bradford, Oklahoma - Lost BCS Champ. Game
Tim Tebow, Florida - Lost Capital One Bowl
2006 Troy Smith, Ohio State - Lost BCS Champ. Game
2005 Reggie Bush,
USC - Lost Rose Bowl/Champ. Game
2004 Matt Leinart, USC - Won Orange Bowl/Champ. Game
2003 Jason White, Oklahoma
- Lost Sugar Bow/Champ. Game
2002 Carson Palmer, USC - Won Orange Bowl
2001 Eric Crouch, Nebraska - Lost Rose Bowl/Champ.
2000 Chris Weinke, Florida State - Lost Orange Bowl
In today's game, does a player figure that he
has it made and not work as hard once he's won the ultimate hardware? Or is this just a coincidence? If we go
back to the 90s, the connection falls apart, as only four of ten Heisman winners went on to lose their bowl game:
1999 Ron Dayne, Wisconsin - Won Rose Bowl
1998 Ricky Williams, Texas - Won Cotton Bowl
1997 Charles Woodson, Michigan
- Won Rose Bowl, Shared NC
1996 Danny Wuerffel, Florida - Won Sugar Bowl, NC
1995 Eddie George, Ohio State - Lost
Florida Citrus Bowl
1994 Rashaan Salaam, Colorado - Won Fiesta Bowl
1993 Charlie Ward, Florida State - Won Orange
1992 Gino Toretta, Miami - Lost Sugar Bowl
1991 Desmond Howard, Michigan - Lost Rose Bowl
Detmer, BYU - Lost Holiday Bowl
Ty Detmer's letdown from winning the stiffarmed trophy was particularly harsh,
though. BYU was manhandled by underdog Texas A&M, 65-14, and Detmer was administered a vicious sack in the third
quarter that knocked him out of the game and left him with TWO separated shoulders. He was able to rebound in 1991
with an All-America season, the NCAA career passing record, and a third place finish in the Heisman ballot. For a full
list of Heisman winners' statistics in their follow-up bowl games, check out the article on Rivals.com linked to the right.
November 30, 2009
Showdown of Historic Proportions in Eugene
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The Oregon-Oregon State showdown at Autzen Stadium on Thursday night presents a rare double dose of football significance.
The winner of the 113th Civil War will go to the Rose Bowl, something that has never been on the line for both schools
in the game, and a rare circumstance for either team at all. Oregon State has only been to the Rose Bowl three times
(1942, 1957, 1965), the last time over 40 years ago. Oregon has only been to the Granddaddy of them All four times (1917,
1920, 1958, 1995). As indicated by its name, this game is always fiercely fought. The infamous 1983 game, now
known as the Toilet Bowl, was played in a driving rainstorm. The two mediocre teams combined for 11 fumbles, 5
interceptions, and 4 missed field goals in a 0-0 tie, the last scoreless tie in Divison I history. Here's hoping
the conditions and the level of play far surpass that nightmare this year.
--In case you missed
it: a certain "turn your computer into a telephone" device sponsor has been unjacked from the St. Petersburg
Bowl, leaving that game without a ridiculous corporate underwriter for now, at least.
--What a difference a year
makes. If Texas can take care of business against Nebraska on Saturday, it looks like both TCU and Boise State will
get BCS bowl bids. Last year at this time, Boise State was 12-0 and TCU was 10-2, and their post-season reward was a
matchup against each other on December 23 in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. (TCU won, 17-16.)
The Mountain West and the WAC will be pulling in a little more green for this year's bowl appearances.
November 15, 2009
The [Your Brand Here] Bowl
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How did we get here? How did college football get mixed up with the in-your-face
NASCAR sponsorship mindset? In other words, who are ad wizards who came up with the Galleryfurniture.com Bowl
and the Meineke Car Care Bowl? This year's birth of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (a new menu item as well?) from the
ashes of the Motor City Bowl is only the latest example of the often comical naming rights that get attached to our venerable
This site doesn't track down the evil genius who hatched the idea, but the historical bowl
pages--which follow the evolution of bowl names for each year of existence--will show you that it all started
with the Sunkist Fiesta Bowl and the Eagle Aloha Bowl in the 1985-86 season. They were joined the next year by the USF&G
Sugar Bowl, the John Hancock Sun Bowl, the Mazda Gator Bowl, and the Sea World Holiday Bowl, and it only went downhill from
there. To date, the only current bowls whose names have not been watered down by some kind of corporate sponsorship
at one time or another are the Rose Bowl (which has nevertheless been "presented by" some benefactor, most recently
Citi, since 1998) and the fledgling New Mexico and International Bowls.
So which current or historic
bowl names are your favorite? Which are the most horrifically funny or unfunny? And what wildly awkward or
inappropriate sponsorships would you like to see in the future?
January 19, 2009
The college bowl season, and thus the football season, is over. Yet somehow it's impossible to let it go into the
dark, cold night. This site is devoted to that college football madness that takes hold of us and won't let go even
during the off-season. Along with the historical records of bowl games over the years (including the complete and sometimes
absurd evolution of corporate sponsorship/naming), this site will offer thoughts on what the future holds, such as:
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Which bowl games and/or title sponsors will survive until next season? The credit crisis and economic slump may make
the EagleBank Bowl turn Congressional (again). A big state deficit may cause the New Mexico Bowl to disappear into
Could there possibly be any more bowl games? Last year, Salt Lake City's application to host
a new bowl was denied. Are some 6-6 teams feeling left out?
When only five of the 34 bowl games (and only
a couple of the big boys) are played on New Year's Day, as happened this year, does that mean the magic of the New Year's
bowl is gone forever?
The Big East beat the MAC for four years running
and hoisted the maple leaf in Toronto.
USC's Matt Leinart (above) and Carson Palmer
(below) have been the only Heisman trophy winners this decade to follow up with a bowl win in the same season.
Heisman Trophy winners in bowl games (rivals.com)
|Offensive ineptidute marked the 1983 Toilet Bowl.
|The college bowl season is a football horn of plenty.