Unlike most other sports where a playoff system is required to decide a single champion, NCAA football has “bowl games” to determine one national champion. Bowl games are a number of postseason college football games which matches up the top teams from around the country including of course the top two teams for the national championship. The number of bowl games— and its popularity and revenue-- has grown considerably over the years.  In 2010, there were 35 competitive bowl games. The same number of games is expected to be played later this year and the early part of 2012. [betnow] Bowl games are classified into two; the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) Games, which pits the top teams from the top conferences, and the non-BCS Games, featuring top teams from other conferences against each other. Currently, Florida State holds the record for the longest bowl appearance streak with 29 bowl appearances, followed by Florida (20) and Virginia Tech (18). NCAA bowl games are scheduled to begin on December 17, 2011 and capped off by the 2012 BCS National Championship on January 09, 2012 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. 2011-12 Bowl Games Complete Schedule Date                Bowl                                                                Location Dec. 17             New Mexico Bowl                                               Albuquerque, New Mexico Dec. 17             Famous Idaho Potato Bowl                                  Boise, Idaho Dec. 17             R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl                          New Orleans, Louisiana Dec. 20             Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg                    St. Petersburg, Florida Dec. 21             San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl     San Diego, California Dec. 22             MAACO Bowl Las Vegas                                      Las Vegas, Nevada Dec. 24             Sheraton Hawaii Bowl                                         Honolulu, Hawaii Dec. 26             AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl                     Shreveport, Louisiana Dec. 27             Little Caesars Pizza Bowl                                    Detroit, Michigan Dec. 27             Belk Bowl                                                          Charlotte, North Carolina Dec. 28             Military Bowl                                                      Washington, D.C. Dec. 28             Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl                     San Diego, California Dec. 29             Champs Sports Bowl                                           Orlando, Florida Dec. 29             Valero Alamo Bowl                                             San Antonio, Texas Dec. 30             Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl                      Fort Worth, Texas Dec. 30             New Era Pinstripe Bowl                                       Bronx, New York Dec. 30             Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl        Nashville, Tennessee Dec. 30             Insight Bowl                                                      Tempe, Arizona Dec. 31             Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas                         Houston, Texas Dec. 31             Hyundai Sun Bowl                                              El Paso, Texas Dec. 31             AutoZone Liberty Bowl                                        Memphis, Tennessee Dec. 31             Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl                                      San Francisco, California Dec. 31             Chick-fil-A Bowl                                                 Atlanta, Georgia Jan. 2                TicketCity Bowl                                                  Dallas, Texas Jan. 2                Outback Bowl                                                    Tampa, Florida Jan. 2                Capital One Bowl                                                Orlando, Florida Jan. 2                Progressive Gator Bowl                                      Jacksonville, Florida Jan. 2                Rose Bowl presented by Vizio                              Pasadena, California Jan. 3                Allstate Sugar Bowl                                            New Orleans, Louisiana Jan. 4                Discover Orange Bowl                                        Miami, Florida Jan. 5                Tostitos Fiesta Bowl                                           Glendale, Arizona Jan. 6                AT&T Cotton Bowl                                              Arlington, Texas Jan. 7                BBVA Compass Bowl                                          Birmingham, Alabama Jan. 8                GoDaddy.com Bowl                                            Mobile, Alabama Jan. 9                BCS National Championship Game                       New Orleans, Louisiana