December 29, 2007

Traditionalist's Guide to Bowl Games

It's a little silly to complain about the commercialization of the "traditional" bowl games. I mean, do we really think they named it the Cotton Bowl because people in Dallas thought cotton sounds cool? No, clearly they were advertising. Here's a guide to this year's bowls and their "root" names.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia - Utah 35, Navy 32
San Diego - Dec. 20, 9 p.m.
--2005 to present

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - Florida Atlantic 44, Memphis 27
New Orleans - Dec. 21, 8 p.m.
--2001 (New Orleans Bowl)
--2002-2004 (Wyndham New Orleans Bowl)
--2005 (New Orleans Bowl at Lafayette)
--2006 to present (R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl) Bowl - Cincinnati 31, Southern Miss 21
Birmingham, Ala. - Dec. 22, 1 p.m.
--2006 (Birmingham Bowl)
--2007 ( Bowl)

New Mexico - New Mexico 23, Nevada 0
Albuquerque, N.M. - Dec. 22, 4:30 p.m.
--2006 to present

Pioneer Las Vegas - BYU 17, UCLA 16
Las Vegas - Dec. 22, 8 p.m.
--1992 to 1998 (Las Vegas Bowl, previously California Bowl in Fresno)
--1999 (EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl)
--2000 to 2002 (Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl)
--2003 to present (Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl)

Sheraton Hawaii - East Carolina 41, Boise State 38
Honolulu - Dec. 23, 8 p.m.
--2002 (ConAgra Foods Hawaii Bowl, replaced Aloha and Oahu Bowls which ended in 2000)
--2003 to present (Sheraton Hawaii Bowl)

Motor City - Purdue 51, Central Michigan 48
Detroit - Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m.
--1997 to present (co-sponsored by Ford, GM and Chrysler, but never renamed)

Pacific Life Holiday - Texas 52, Arizona State 34
San Diego - Dec. 27, 8 p.m.
--1978 to present
--Sponsors (years unavailable): Pacific Life, Sea World, Thrifty Car Rental, Plymouth, Culligan)

Champs Sports - Boston College 24, Michigan State 21
Orlando, Fla. - Dec. 28, 5 p.m.
--1990 (Sunshine Classic)
--1991 to 1993 (Blockbuster Bowl)
--1994 to 1997 (Carquest Bowl)
--1998 to 2000 (MicronPC/ Bowl)
--2001 (Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl)
--2002 to 2003 (Mazda Tangerine Bowl)
--2004 to present (Champs Sports Bowl)

Texas - TCU 20, Houston 13
Houston - Dec. 28, 8 p.m.
--2006 to present (replaced Houston Bowl 2000-2005)

Emerald - Oregon State 21, Maryland 14
San Francisco - Dec. 28, 8:30 p.m.
--2002 (San Francisco Bowl)
--2003 (Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl)
--2004 to present (Emerald Bowl)

Meineke Car Care - UConn vs. Wake Forest
Charlotte, N.C. - Dec. 29, 1 p.m.
--2002 (Queen City Bowl, but sponsored before game was played)
--2002 to 2005 (Continental Tire Bowl)
--2006 to present (Meineke Car Care Bowl)

AutoZone Liberty - UCF vs. Mississippi State
Memphis, Tenn. - Dec. 29, 4:30 p.m.
--1959 to 1996 (Liberty Bowl, previously played in Philadelphia (1959-1963) and Atlantic City (!?!) in 1964. You know, in case you were wondering WTF Memphis has to do with liberty. Insert your own joke about Elvis' colon.)
--1997 to 2003 (AXA Liberty Bowl)
--2004 to present (AutoZone Liberty Bowl)

Valero Alamo - Penn State vs. Texas A&M
San Antonio - Dec. 29, 8 p.m.
--1993 to 1998 (Builders Square Alamo Bowl)
--1999 to 2001 (Sylvania Alamo Bowl)
--2002 to 2005 (MasterCard Alamo Bowl)
--2006 (Alamo Bowl)
--2007 (Valero Alamo Bowl)

PetroSun Independence - Alabama vs. Colorado
Shreveport, La. - Dec. 30, 8 p.m.
--1976 to 1989 (Independence Bowl)
--1990 to 1996 (Poulan Weed Eater Bowl)
--1997 (Independence Bowl)
--1998 to 2000 (Sanford Independence Bowl)
--2001 to 2003 (MainStay Investments Independence Bowl)
--2004 to 2005 (Independence Bowl)
--2006 to present (PetroSun Independence Bowl)

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces - California vs. Air Force
Fort Worth, Texas - Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m.
--2003 to 2004 (TransCapital Bank Fort Worth Bowl)
--2005 (Fort Worth Bowl)
--2006 to present (Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl)

Roady's Humanitarian - Georgia Tech vs. Fresno State
Boise, Idaho - Dec. 31, 2 p.m.
--1997 to 1998 (Humanitarian Bowl)
--1999 to 2002 ( Humanitarian Bowl, and I have no idea what that web site is)
--Jan. 2004 (Humanitarian Bowl)
--Dec. 2004 to 2006 (MPC Computers Bowl)
--2007 (Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, and Roady's is a truck stop chain)

Brut Sun - South Florida vs. Oregon
El Paso, Texas - Dec. 31, 2 p.m.
--1935 to 1985 (Sun Bowl)
--1986 to 1989 (John Hancock Sun Bowl)
--1990 to 1993 (John Hancock Bowl)
--1994 to 1995 (Sun Bowl)
--1996 to 1998 (Norwest Sun Bowl)
--1999 to 2003 (Wells Fargo Sun Bowl)
--2004 to 2005 (Vitalis Sun Bowl)
--2006 to 2009 (Brut Sun Bowl)

Gaylord Hotels Music City - Kentucky vs. Florida State
Nashville, Tenn. - Dec. 31, 4 p.m.
--1998 to 2001 (Music City Bowl)
--2002 to present (Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl)

Insight - Indiana vs. Oklahoma State
Tempe, Ariz. - Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m.
--1989 to 1996 (Copper Bowl)
--1997 to 2001 ( Bowl)
--2002 to present (Insight Bowl)

Chick-fil-A - Clemson vs. Auburn
Atlanta - Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.
(This one is the inspiration for this entire time-consuming post)
--1968 to 1997 (Peach Bowl)
--1998 to 2005 (Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl)
--2006 to present (Chick-Fucking-Fil-A Bowl)

Outback - Wisconsin vs. Tennessee
Tampa, Fla. - Jan. 1, 2008, 11 a.m.
--1986 to 1994 (Hall of Fame Bowl, previously played in Birmingham from 1977-1985)
--1995 to present (Outback Bowl)

AT&T Cotton - Missouri vs. Arkansas
Dallas - Jan. 1, 2008, 11:30 a.m.
--1937 to 1988 (Cotton Bowl)
--1989 to 1995 (Mobil Cotton Bowl Classic)
--1996 to 1999 (Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic)
--2000 to 2005 (SBC Communications Cotton Bowl Classic)
--2006 to present (AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic)

Konica Minolta Gator - Texas Tech vs. Virginia
Jacksonville, Fla. - Jan. 1, 2008, 1 p.m.
--1946 to 1995 (Gator Bowl)
--1996 to 2006 (Toyota Gator Bowl)
--2007 (Konica Minolta Gator Bowl)

Capital One - Michigan vs. Florida
Orlando, Fla. - Jan. 1, 2008, 1 p.m.
--1947 to 1982 (Tangerine Bowl)
--1983 to 1993 (Florida Citrus Bowl)
--1994 to 1999 (CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl)
--2000 ( Florida Citrus Bowl)
--2001 to 2002 (Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl)
--2003 to present (Capital One Bowl)

Rose Bowl presented by Citi - Illinois vs. USC
Pasadena, Calif. - Jan. 1, 2008, 4:30 p.m.
--1902 (Tournament East-West football game)
--1916 to 1997 (The Rose Bowl Game)
--1998 to 2002 (The Rose Bowl Game presented by AT&T)
--2003 (The Rose Bowl Game presented by Playstation 2)
--2004 to present (The Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi)

Allstate Sugar - Hawaii vs. Georgia
New Orleans - Jan. 1, 2008, 8:30 p.m.
--1935 to 1986 (Sugar Bowl)
--1987 to 1995 (USF&G Financial Services Sugar Bowl)
--1995 to 2006 (Nokia Sugar Bowl)
--2007 (Allstate Insurance Sugar Bowl)

Tostitos Fiesta - Oklahoma vs. West Virginia
Glendale, Ariz. - Jan. 2, 2008, 8 p.m.
--1971 to 1985 (Fiesta Bowl)
--1986 to 1992 (Sunkist Fiesta Bowl)
--1993 to 1995 (IBM Fiesta Bowl)
--1996 to present (Tostitos Fiesta Bowl)

FedEx Orange - Virginia Tech vs. Kansas
Miami - Jan. 3, 2008, 8 p.m.
--1935 to 1988 (Orange Bowl)
--1989 to present (Fed-Ex Orange Bowl)

International - Rutgers vs. Ball State
Toronto - Jan. 5, 2008, Noon
--2007 (first year)

GMAC - Bowling Green vs. Tulsa
Mobile, Ala. - Jan. 6, 2008, 8 p.m.
--1999 to 2000 (Mobile Alabama Bowl)
--2001 to present (GMAC/GMAC Financial Services Bowl)

Allstate BCS Championship Game - LSU vs. Ohio State
New Orleans - Jan. 7, 2008, 8 p.m.
--2006 to present

9 Responses:

Brien said...

I really expected this list to make me mad. I hadn't realized how early most of the bowl sponsoring started. The only two "traditional" bowl games that have totally lost their names are the Tangerine/Citrus bowl and the Peach bowl.

The Pass Rush said...

Bring back the Gater, Citrus, Cotton and Peach Bowl. This is getting ridiculous.

J-Red said...

Brien, as I was constructing it I was surprised too. It turns out bowl games just pop into and out of existence all the time. The Orange Bowl has been consistently sponsored by FedEx for longer than I knew what FedEx was.

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