Bowl Games Galore! 39 of them this year

If my count is right 39 Bowl games this year in the NCAA. Just a bit much don't you think?

Apparently 11 bowl games are creations of and owned by ESPN - just for some content that attracts decent ratings.

Love some of the strange names and oddities. The Cotton Bowl game isn't at the Cotton Bowl instead the Cotton Bowl - the stadium hosts the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas' Bowl. The Cotton Boswl game is played at AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys).

Names I love - 'Famous Idaho Potato Bowl', Popeye's Bahamas Bowl (yes a bowl game played in the Bahamas), 'Quick Lane Bowl', 'Taxslayer Bowl'

Here is the full schedule.

2014-15 College Football Bowl And Playoff Schedule

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - Louisiana-Lafayette 16, Nevada 3 New Orleans - Dec.20
Gildan New Mexico Bowl - Utah State 21, UTEP 6 Albuquerque, N.M.-University Stadium - Dec. 20
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl - Utah 45, Colorado State 10 Las Vegas - Sam Boyd Stadium - Dec. 20
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl - Air Force 38, Western Michigan 24 Boise, Idaho - Albertsons Stadium - Dec. 20
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl - Bowling Green 33, South Alabama 28 Montgomery, Ala. - Cramton Bowl -Dec. 20
Miami Beach Bowl - Memphis 55, BYU 48 Miami Marlins Park - Dec. 22
Boca Raton Bowl - Marshall vs. Northern Illinois Boca Raton, Fla. - FAU Stadium - Dec. 23
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl - Navy vs. San Diego State - San Diego - Qualcomm Stadium - Dec. 23
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl - Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky Nassau, Bahamas - Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium Dec. 24
Hawai'i Bowl - Fresno State vs. Rice Honolulu - Aloha Stadium Dec. 24
Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl - Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech - Dallas Cotton Bowl - Dec. 26
Quick Lane Bowl - Rutgers vs. North Carolina - Detroit Ford Field - Dec. 26
Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl - NC State vs. UCF St. Petersburg, Fla.- Tropicana Field Dec. 26
Military Bowl presented By Northrop Grumman - Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech - Annapolis, Md. - Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Dec. 27
Hyundai Sun Bowl - Arizona State vs. Duke El Paso, Texas - Sun Bowl Dec. 27
Duck Commander Independence Bowl - Miami vs. South Carolina Shreveport, La. Independence Stadium - Dec. 27
New Era Pinstripe Bowl - Boston College vs. Penn State - Bronx, N.Y. - Yankee Stadium - Dec. 27
National University Holiday Bowl - Nebraska vs. USC - San Diego - Qualcomm Stadium - Dec. 27
AutoZone Liberty Bowl - Texas A&M vs. West Virginia Memphis, Tenn. - Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium - Dec. 29
Russell Athletic Bowl - Oklahoma vs. Clemson Orlando, Fla. - Florida Citrus Bowl - Dec. 29
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl - Arkansas vs. Texas Houston - NRG Stadium - Dec. 29
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl - Notre Dame vs. LSU - Nashville, Tenn. - LP Field - Dec. 30
Belk Bowl - Georgia vs. Louisville - Charlotte, N.C. - Bank of America Stadium - Dec. 30
Foster Farms Bowl - Maryland vs. Stanford Santa Clara, Calif. - Levi's Stadium - Dec. 30
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - No. 9 Ole Miss vs. No. 6 TCU Atlanta - Georgia Dome- Dec. 31
VIZIO Fiesta Bowl - No. 20 Boise State vs. No. 10 Arizona - Glendale, Ariz. - University of Phoenix Stadium - Dec. 31
Capital One Orange Bowl - No. 7 Mississippi St. vs. No. 12 Georgia Tech - Miami Gardens, Fla. - Sun Life Stadium Dec. 31
Outback Bowl - Auburn vs. Wisconsin Tampa, Fla. - Raymond James Stadium - Jan. 1
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - No. 8 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Baylor - Arlington, Texas - AT&T Stadium - Jan. 1
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl - Missouri vs. Minnesota - Orlando, Fla. - Florida Citrus Bowl - Jan. 1
Rose Bowl Game Presented By Northwestern Mutual - College Football Playoff Semifinal - No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 3 Florida State Pasadena, Calif. - Rose Bowl - Jan. 1
Allstate Sugar Bowl - College Football Playoff Semifinal - No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State - New Orleans - Mercedes-Benz Superdome - Jan. 1
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl - Houston vs. Pittsburgh - Fort Worth, Texas - Amon G. Carter Stadium - Jan. 2
TaxSlayer Bowl - Iowa vs. Tennessee - Jacksonville, Fla. - EverBank Field - Jan. 2
Valero Alamo Bowl - Kansas State vs. UCLA San Antonio - Alamodome - Jan. 2
TicketCity Cactus Bowl - Washington vs. Oklahoma State - Tempe, Ariz. - Sun Devil Stadium - Jan. 2
Birmingham Bowl - East Carolina vs. Florida - Birmingham, Ala. - Legion Field - Jan. 3
GoDaddy Bowl - Toledo vs. Arkansas State Mobile, Ala. - Ladd-Peebles Stadium - Jan. 4

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T - TBD vs. TBD - Arlington, Texas - AT&T Stadium - Jan. 12

I happened to catch part of the first half of the Miami Beach Bowl yesterday between BYU and Memphis - but I didn’t catch the exciting overtime finish to the game and the INSANE brawl that took place after the game NASTIEST football fight I can recall.

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This Memphis player taking a full out swing with his helmet at a BYU player’s head.

They need to scrap this lunacy altogether.. Like do people actually care that their team finished 56 in the nation instead of 57th.. It's straight up stupid and you would have to be a complete moron to buy a ticket.

who cares about the ranking at this point. Its another football game to go see. you would have to be a complete moron not to get that

And what a whacky finish to the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. Sort of like the Cal - Stanford Band play from years ago.

Unfortunately they lost after this going for the two point convert.

Too bad the stadium was completely empty.. I imagine ESPN is just fiilling content and people cant even be bothered to show up.

I'd agree with you only if they paid the players, but otherwise I agree with Mr. Bungle. You would have to be a moron to not get that the players are not getting anything out of this nonsense that only benefits in corrupt fashion a few fat cats at universities, local cronies, wealthy alumni, and those awful folks at ESPN again.

You are correct sir. Blame ESPN and also the 'everyone gets a trophy' loser mentality, as now a majority of college football teams can participate and get some type of trophy for this concocted nonsense.

It's no good for college football that ESPN owns the SEC network, and for the so-called playoff selection the fix was in when they picked Ohio State.

We'll see what happens with the playoffs, and I'm about done following college football at all given this nonsense.

Should they go to 8 teams for the playoffs, it'll be a joke with even more political nonsense for the concocted matchups.

Indeed it appears this glut of bowl games is all about TV ratings and not so much attendance at the games.

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Popeye's Bahamas Bowl crowd (or lack thereof) -

or how about the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

or the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit

New Orleans Bowl — Attendance: 34,014 (down from 2013); Rating: 1.6 (up from 2013); Viewership: 2.2 million (up slightly from 2013)

New Mexico Bowl — Attendance: 28,725 (up from 2013’s 27, 104); Rating: 1.3 (down from 2013); Viewership: 1.9 million (down from 2013’s 2.8 million)

Potato Bowl (formerly Humanitarian Bowl) — Attendance 18,223 (down 3,000 from 2013); Rating: 0.9 (down from 2013); Viewership: 1.5 million (down from last year’s 2.1 million)

For the new bowls, the numbers are as follows:

Camellia Bowl — Attendance: 20,256; Rating: 0.7; Viewership: 1.1 million

Miami Beach Bowl — Attendance: 20,761; Viewership: 1.3 million

By comparison, the Texas State High School Football Class 6A, Division II title game had an attendance of 52,308 at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, surpassing many of the bowl games to date.

So what does this tell us? That ESPN likes to air the bowl games because it provides fresh content at a normally dead time of year for sports. After all, over 25% of bowl games are owned by ESPN. It may not like the lack of fans in the stands, but it does like seeing viewership of more than one million. Ratings may be down, but the viewership has remained consistent ranging from 1.1 million to 1.6 million. And considering these bowl games offer live event coverage, those numbers are going to better almost anything else ESPN would be able to draw.

Or watch this crap.
Who actually has no life to watch any of these games?

Boy - even the Orange Bowl game - one of the traditional Big Bowl games was in a half empty stadium last night.

I guess even the 'big' bowl games (Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, Cotton and Peach) which will take turns hosting the two national semi-final games with this new playoff system - the bowl games not part of the playoff system that year may struggle if last night's Orange Bowl is any indication.

Looking forward to both semi-final games today at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl.

36 years ago to this very minute I was standing with my brother and a couple of friends on W. Colorado Blvd in Pasadena getting ready for the start of the Tournament of Roses Parade before heading over to watch Michigan play USC in the Rose Bowl game. A game I'll never forget because a 5.2 earthquake centred just off Malibu hit during the game.

That was one fantastic way to kick off a New Year! :smiley:

Those pics of the empty stadiums above reminded me of the old "International Bowl" days that was yet another failed attempt by the folks at Rogers to bring "big time" football north of the border.

Actually until the last one the International Bowl had some decent crowds. Certainly much bigger than any Argos game this past season. And a lot more fun too. I went to all four of them and only the last one could be called a failure attracting less than 20,000. (It was the only one that actually looked more like an Argos crowd from this past season - sadly)

2008 International Bowl - over 31,000

2009 International Bowl - over 40,000

Actually no, all of the games were a disaster with only the 09' game drawing a good crowd. And if memory serves correct, that was only because a school with a well travelling fanbase in close proximity to Toronto. For ever single game, the stadium was peppered with freebies. (much like the failed Bills in Toronto disaster). If it wasn't for the schools individual fanbases, the stadium would have been empty (as was the case in 2010 when no close by schools participated).

Oh ya, its a packed house in there...and that's on the TV side! The other side was even more sparse :lol: :lol: # American wannabe #epic failure

Thats like an Argo preseason game but with American fans :lol: :lol:
BTW being bigger than the Brayley owned Argos is hardly an accomplishment and certainly nothing to be proud of.

Oh ya, its a packed house in there...and that's on the TV side! The other side was even more sparse :lol: :lol: # American wannabe #epic failure

Thats like an Argo preseason game but with American fans :lol: :lol:

The crowds it drew were pretty typical for the level of the schools involved. It was the #2 or #3 MAC school (Mid America Conference) against the # 5 or 6 Big East School. Each game until the last one drew about 8000 fans from each team involved, with the exception of Buffalo which drew about 20,000 from Buffalo. Each game drew between 10,000 - 15,000 local football fans. At most of the games - I was at all of them - the 100 level on each side was the fans the school brought with them and most of the local fans like me were in the 200 level around the stadium and up in the 500 level for the two games they opened that up.

It certainly drew more Canadian football fans (not counting the thousands up from the USA) than pretty much any Canadian University game with the exception of the championship Vanier Cup game and considering it all had to be generated from single game ticket sales - no season ticket base to draw from - that was quite good IMO. This was a low level bowl game we are talking about here - not a biggie that would draw much attention other than from the fans of the schools involved. In fact so low that it one year was the only bowl game on ESPN2 not on the main ESPN network.

It accomplished what Tourism Toronto wanted it to do post SARS (the reason the game was started). It filled thousands of hotel rooms at a time of low occupancy in the city for four consecutive years.

And even the smallest International Bowl crowd was 3000 fans more than the Argos BIGGEST crowd this past season.

Americans at those games to cheer on their college Travel. Argos don't have the luxury of having rabid fans from the States like the US colleges. Not difficult to figure out. Plus all the freebies Rogers gave out for those games from what I heard.

Well if it was such a huge success Pat.. Why has it not come back five years later..lets all just call a truce and say that Toronto is not a football city.. They drew 15000 locals with free tickets to the International bowl.. Can't even draw 10000 paying customers to the Argos and could barely draw 15000 paying customers to the NFL. Torontoians do not like watching football.. It remains to be seen if this is a skydome issue or if they wont watch it anywhere..
I really hope it is a skydome issue and that when the Argos go to BMO that they are as successful as the other two Ontario teams appear to now be.

It did not come back because they lost their contract with the Big East who instead opted to accept more money to have the bowl eligible team that had played in the International Bowl play in the newly created Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium each year. That is what caused it to be cancelled just 13 months after they had attracted over 40,000 at the third International Bowl, and over 31,000 the year before that - and those were not papered houses.

Once the Big East pulled out there was no other division in the Northeast to draw a team from that would be bowl eligible. The only other division near here that there was the potential to draw fans from - the Big Ten already had long term commitments to other bowl games for any of their bowl eligible teams.

And you guys keep throwing up that this game was a creation of Rogers when they had absolutely NOTHING to do with the first International Bowl. Not even a sponsor and the game was shown on TSN. It was driven by Tourism Toronto who tried in 2005 to land a game as part of their post-SARS strategy to rebuild Toronto's tourism industry. It took five years for the city to fully recover from SARS. The first year they tried with the NCAA they failed as that year the NCAA' only 'new' bowl game was granted to San Diego - the Poinsettia Bowl. Tourism Toronto was successful in their lobbying in landing the game the following year at the end of 2006 season played the first Saturday of 2007.

And as I said from the goals Tourism Toronto had for a game - it did what they hoped it would do - fill hotel rooms - generating millions to the local tourism economy each year it was played plus give Toronto an American audience with Canadians like John Saunders and Jesse Palmer (who did the telecast the first three years for ESPN) talking up Toronto big time during the telecasts with shots from around the city interspersed with the ESPN coverage.

And for ESPN it got them ratings with the 2009 game drawing over 2,000,000 viewers to ESPN2

The 2009 International Bowl played between the University of Connecticut football team and Buffalo was the second most-watched bowl game in the history of ESPN2.

The game was viewed in 2.067 million households – the second-highest ever for ESPN2’s 41 previous bowl telecasts in its history, topped only by the 2007 Bowl between Southern Mississippi and Cincinnati that drew 2.167 households.

Hardly the complete flop you guys are trying to portray it as.

Mostly bojacks in the American South, but otherwise no one cares.

Screw Rogers then - when you can't get the NFL right you should stop there. But for a few games, the NCAA bowl nonsense is so lame and overwhelmingly most college football fans in the US know that.