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NCAA College Football Bowl Guide 2016-17

NCAA College Football Bowl Guide 2016-17

In 2016-17 you’ll find a bit of a different breed of the traditional college football bowl season. They’re far more worried about ratings, so you’ll notice there’s quite a few empty Sundays due to the NFL taking over. It was well noted that ESPN had a rough time with TV ratings for most of the games and the attendance also struggled. Now the NCAA has shied away from competing with the NFL and on New Year’s Day as well. In fact, the age old tradition of the Rose Bowl on January 1st has come to an end. The game will now kick off on Monday January 2nd.

Now, if you’re a little more interested in How the College Football Bowl Season Works, complete with infographic, click here now!

NCAA College Football Bowl Guide 2016-17 – Your Wall to Wall Infographic

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Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl

Created in: 2015

The Air Force Reserve Celebration bowl (aka the AFR Celebration Bowl) will face off a team from the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) against a team from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

Payout: $2 million ($1 million per conference)

New Mexico Bowl

Created in: 2006

The New Mexico Bowl (aka the Gildan New Mexico Bowl) originally featured the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and has also one featured the Pac-12. It now features a matchup between teams from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA.

Payout: $912,500 per team

Las Vegas Bowl

Created in: 1992

The Las Vegas Bowl (aka from 2013-2015 the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl) used to feature teams from the Big West and Mid-American Conference. It now features a matchup  built with teams from the Mountain West Conference and Pac-12.

Payout: $1.35 million per team

Camellia Bowl

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Created in: 2014

The Camellia Bowl (aka the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl) does have a rich history, but was defunct for years. Since it’s return, it has featured teams from the Mid-American and Sun Belt conferences.

Payout: Unknown

Cure Bowl

Created in: 2015

The Cure Bowl (aka the AutoNation Cure Bowl) is a new bowl game that features a matchup between the American and Sun Belt conferences.

Payout: Unknown

New Orleans Bowl

Created in: 2001

The New Orleans Bowl (aka the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl) at times has involved a team from the Mountain West Conference (MWC), but currently features a matchup derived from the Sun Belt and Conference-USA.

Payout: $500,000 per team

Miami Beach Bowl

Created in: 2014

The Miami Beach Bowl can feature teams from the American Athletic Conference (AAC), Conference-USA, Mid-American Conference (MAC) and the Sun Belt.

Payout: Unknown

Boca Raton Bowl

Created in: 2014

The Boca Raton Bowl (aka the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl) at one point featured teams from Conference-USA. It is now a matchup of teams from the MAC and AAC.

Payout: Unknown

Poinsettia Bowl

Created in: 2005

The Poinsettia Bowl (aka the San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl) has featured teams from the Pac-12, Navy, Mountain West, Army and BYU. It currently features teams built from Mountain West Conference.

Payout: $612,500 per team

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Created in: 1997

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was previously known as the Humanitarian Bowl and the MPC Computers Bowl. In the past, it has featured teams from the Big West, Conference-USA, WAC, ACC and MWC. Currently, it features a matchup of teams from the MWC and MAC.

Payout: $750,000 per team

Bahamas Bowl

Created in: 2014

The Bahamas Bowl (aka the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl) currently features teams from the MAC and Conference-USA. Beginning in 2016 though, it will take a team or teams from the AAC.

Payout: Unknown

Armed Forces Bowl

Armed Forces Bowl

Created in: 2003

Also known as the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the game has changed sponsor hands three times previously. It features teams from a number of different conferences that change each year: American (2014, 2018), MWC (2015, 2019), Army (2014, 2017), Big Ten (2015, 2017, 2019), Big 12 (2016, 2018), and Navy (2016).

Payout: $1.2 million

Dollar General Bowl

Created in: 1999

Previously known as the Mobile Alabama Bowl, GMAC Bowl, GoDaddy.com Bowl, and the GoDaddy Bowl, thos game features teams from the Sun Belt and MAC.

Payout: $750,000 per team

Hawai’i Bowl

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Created in: 2002

The unsponsored Hawai’i Bowl used to feature teams from the WAC and Pac-12, but currently takes teams from the MWC and Conference-USA.

Payout: $750,000 per team

St. Petersburg Bowl

Created in: 2008

Formerly known as the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef ‘O’Brady’s and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, the St. Petersburg Bowl now features teams from the American, AAC, Conference-USA, MAC and Sun Belt.

Payout: $500,000 per team

Quick Lane Bowl

Created in: 2014

The Quick Lane Bowl operates with teams picked from the Big Ten and ACC.

Payout: $1.2 million

Independence Bowl

Created in: 1976

The title sponsor has changed seven times over the past 40 years, but the game is currently known as the Camping World Independence Bowl. It has also featured numerous conferences in the past but currently features a matchup between the SEC and ACC.

Payout: $1.1 million

Heart of Dallas Bowl

Created in: 2011

Currently known as the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, a matchup takes place each year between teams from the Big Ten, Big 12 and/or Conference-USA.

Payout: $1.2 million per team

Military Bowl

Created in: 2008

It’s current sponsor is Northrop Grumman and the Military Bowl is a matchup featuring teams from the ACC and American.

Payout: $1 million per team

Holiday Bowl

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Created in: 1978

Currently known as the National Funding Holiday Bowl, the game has gone through seven sponsors and eight name changes. It currently features teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten.

Payout: $2.825 million

Cactus Bowl

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Created in: 1989

The Motel 6 Cactus Bowl has gone through six sponsor and eight different names through the years. It now features teams from the Big 12 and the Pac-12 going head-to-head.

Payout: $3.3 million per team

Pinstripe Bowl

Created in: 2011

Currently known as the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, the game draws from the Big Ten and ACC.

Payout: $2 million ($1 million to each conference)

Russell Athletic Bowl

Created in: 1990

Perhaps most famously known as the “Tangerine Bowl”, the Russell Athletic Bowl has changed sponsors six times and names eight times. It currently features a matchup between teams from the ACC and Big 12.

Payout: $2.275 Million

Foster Farms Bowl

Created in: 2002

The Foster Farms Bowl has passed through three other sponsors hands. It is currently a matchup between the Pac-12 and Big Ten.

Payout: $1 million to Pac-12, $850,000 to team from other conference.

Texas Bowl

Created in: 2006

Currently known as the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl, the game has changed sponsor hands twice and names three times. Perhaps most well known as the Meineke Car Care Bowl, the current rendition faces teams off from the Big East, Conference-USA, MWC and Big Ten.

Payout: $1.7 million per team

Birmingham Bowl

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Created in: 2006

The Birmingham Bowl has undergone three name changes and currently puts teams from the American, SEC, Conference-USA and/or MAC against each other.

Payout: $1.95 million

Belk Bowl

Created in: 2002

Belk has sponsored the bowl game since 2012 and is the third sponsor in it’s history. The game used to feature teams from the AAC, but currently selects teams from the ACC and SEC.

Payout: Unknown

Alamo Bowl

Created in: 1993

Now known as the Valero Alamo Bowl, the game has had four different sponsors and five name changes. At one point, it featured teams from the Southwest and Big Ten. Now it’s matchup is built by teams from the Big 12 and Pac-12.

Payout: $3 million

Liberty Bowl

Created in: 1959

Now known as the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, the game has undergone three name and sponsor changes. It currently takes the #4 pick from the Pac-12 and a team from the SEC.

Payout: $2.4 million

Sun Bowl

Created in: 1935

To sum up a little quicker, the Sun Bowl has had four past sponsors but is now known as the Hyundai Sun Bowl. It has featured teams from the Big Ten, Big 12, Big East and Notre Dame. Currently though, it’s a matchup between the Pac-12 and ACC.

Payout: $4.1 million combined

Music City Bowl

Created in: 1998

Currently known as the Franklin American Mortgage Company Music City Bowl (or the FAMCMCB for the time savers out there) has gone through six name changes in its time. It also used to feature teams from the Big East and Big Ten, but currently only showcases squads from the ACC and SEC.

Payout: $3.5 million

Arizona Bowl

Created in: 2015

The game is currently (and always has been) known as the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl. It features a matchup between the Conference-USA, Sun Belt and/or Mountain West.

Payout: Unkown

Citrus Bowl

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Created in: 1947

Currently known as the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, the game has gone through five sponsors and six name changes. It now features teams matched up from the Big Ten and SEC.

Payout: $4.25 million

TaxSlayer Bowl

Created in: 1946

Known for the longest time as the “Gator Bowl”, the newly named TaxSlayer Bowl has gone through six sponsors and seven name changes. It currently features teams selected from the SEC and Big Ten.

Payout: $3.5 million

Outback Bowl

Created in: 1986

Now after its title sponsor Outback Steakhouse, the Outback Bowl used to be known as the Hall of Fame Bowl for nine years. It now features teams from the Big Ten and SEC.

Payout: $7.2 million

Playoff Bowl Games:

These games will change bowls every year and rotate every three years.

  • The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl will host a playoff game every three years and started in 2015-16 (2018-19, 2021-22, 2024-25 etc.)
  • The Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl will host a playoff game every three years starting in 2016-17 (2019-20, 2022-23, 2025-26 etc.)
  • The Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl will host a playoff game every three years starting in 2017-18 (2020-21, 2023-24, 2026-27 etc.)

These bowls will host a playoff semifinal game where the Number One ranked team will play the Number 4 and the Number 2 will play Number 3. The two winners will then move on to the National Championship game.

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