Fiesta Bowl

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Fiesta Bowl
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
Fiesta Bowl logo.svg
Stadium State Farm Stadium
Location Glendale, Arizona
Previous stadiums Sun Devil Stadium (1971–2006)
Previous locations Tempe, Arizona (1971–2006)
Operated1971–present
Conference tie-insAt-large/Group of Five, CFP (December 2014–present)
Previous conference tie-ins WAC
(1971–1978)
Big 12
(1997–2014)
Payout US$17 million (As of 2009) [1]
Sponsors
Former names
Fiesta Bowl (1971–1985, 1991–1992)
Sunkist Fiesta Bowl (1986–1990)
IBM OS/2 Fiesta Bowl (1993–1995)
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (1996–January 2014)
Vizio Fiesta Bowl (December 2014)
BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl (January 2016)
2018 season matchup
UCF vs. LSU (LSU 40–32)
2019 season matchup
Ohio State vs. Clemson (Clemson 29–23)

The Fiesta Bowl is an American college football bowl game played annually in the Phoenix metropolitan area. From its beginning in 1971 through 2006, the game was hosted in Tempe, Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium. Since 2007, it has been held at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

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Since December 2016, it has been sponsored by PlayStation and officially known as the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. [2] The January 2016 game was sponsored by BattleFrog, creators of the obstacle racing series featured in the ESPN program BattleFrog College Championship , and Vizio sponsored the December 2014 game. [3] [4] [5] From 1996 through the January 2014 game, Frito-Lay was the bowl's title sponsor through its Tostitos tortilla chip brand. Other previous sponsors include IBM (1993–1995) and Sunkist (1986–1990).

In 1998, the Fiesta Bowl became part of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), and before 2006 every four years (most recently in 2010) was the designee for the national championship game. Beginning with the 2014 season, Fiesta Bowl became a member of College Football Playoff, hosting a semifinal game every three years; all the teams playing in this bowl will be selected by the CFP Selection Committee in those years. The Fiesta Bowl has donated more than $12 million to charity. [6]

History

Origins (1968–1971)

The current generic Fiesta Bowl logo (with no corporate sponsor logo attached). Fiesta Bowl unsponsored logo.svg
The current generic Fiesta Bowl logo (with no corporate sponsor logo attached).

The Fiesta Bowl was born from the Western Athletic Conference's frustrated attempts to obtain bowl invitations for its champions. In 1968 and 1969 respectively, champions Wyoming and Arizona State failed to secure any bowl selection. The next year, undefeated Arizona State was bypassed by the major bowls and had to settle for an appearance in the less prestigious Peach Bowl. The Fiesta Bowl therefore initially provided an automatic berth for the WAC champion.

1970s

In its first decade of existence, the Fiesta Bowl was played in the last week of December (including the afternoon of Christmas Day from 1976 to 1979). The 1971 inaugural game featured another top-ten Arizona State squad against top-twenty opponent Florida State. The 1974 game featured WAC champ BYU and their new coach, future Hall of Fame member LaVell Edwards in their first ever bowl game vs. Oklahoma State. BYU was in control until BYU's first All-American quarterback Gary Sheide went down with a leg injury and eventually lost 16–6. By 1975, the game was able to attract Big Eight co-champion Nebraska to play undefeated Arizona State in a matchup of top-five teams. In 1977, the game was again able to attract a top-five opponent in Penn State, despite WAC champion #16 BYU refusing to play in the bowl due to its being held on Sunday.

In 1978, Arizona and Arizona State both joined the Pac-10 Conference and the Fiesta Bowl's tie-in with the WAC ended as its champ went to the newly-inaugurated Holiday Bowl. From then until the advent of the Bowl Coalition, Fiesta Bowl matchups typically featured runners-up of major conferences and/or major independents.

1980s

The game continued to attract high quality matchups, so beginning with the 1981 game the Fiesta Bowl shifted to New Year's Day alongside the major bowl games—the Cotton, Orange, Sugar, and Rose. At the time NBC had the broadcast rights to the Fiesta, Rose, and Orange; the Fiesta was played first and had a late morning kickoff (11:30 a.m. MST). It was the first bowl game to acquire a title sponsor when it became the "Sunkist Fiesta Bowl" starting with the 1986 game.

A major breakthrough occurred after the 1986 season when the top two teams in the country, Miami and Penn State, agreed to play for the de facto national championship in the Fiesta Bowl. At the time, the traditional four "major" bowl games granted automatic bids to their conference champions. Both Miami and Penn State were independents at that time, and were thus free to choose a bowl. As such, the Fiesta Bowl and the Florida Citrus Bowl, each free from the obligation of conference tie-ins, vied to host the Miami–Penn State matchup in order to ensure that they would meet on the field. The Fiesta Bowl won the bidding and the game was set to be played on Friday, January 2, 1987—the night after the "big four" bowls of New Year's Day. Penn State won 14–10, and the game drew the largest television audience in the history of college football at the time. Two years later, #1 Notre Dame played undefeated #3 West Virginia for the national championship at the 1989 Fiesta Bowl on January 1.

The 1987 and 1989 games were two of four straight matchups of teams ranked in the AP Top 10 going into the bowl season to close out the 1980s. This significantly increased the Fiesta Bowl's prestige, to the point that it was now considered a major bowl by many fans and pundits. The 1988 game returned to New Year's Day, and the 1989 game kicked off three hours later (2:30 p.m. MST on NBC) and opposite the Rose Bowl, which had switched networks to ABC.

1990s

Before the 1991 game, several major universities declined invitations due to the State of Arizona's decision at that time not to adopt the Martin Luther King Holiday. However, in 1992, the Fiesta Bowl was invited to participate in the Bowl Coalition, a predecessor to the Bowl Championship Series. This assured the game would feature major conference champions or prestigious runners-up and cemented its status as a major bowl. When the Bowl Coalition was reconfigured as the Bowl Alliance, the Fiesta was included as one of the three top games.

In 1996, it hosted the Bowl Alliance National Championship game featuring undefeated #1 Nebraska playing undefeated #2 Florida for the national championship. Nebraska won the game 62–24, the largest win margin in the history of the national championship game, and the most points ever scored in a national championship game. Finally, with the addition of the Big Ten and Pac-10 conferences to the new Bowl Championship Series, the Fiesta Bowl became a permanent fixture in the four-year BCS National Championship Game rotation. In 1998, the Fiesta Bowl featured the first BCS National Championship Game, which Tennessee won over Florida State, 23 to 16.

Starting with the 1999 season, the Fiesta Bowl began hosting the Big 12 Conference champion in years when it was not slated as the BCS title game, an arrangement that continued to the end of the BCS era.

2000s

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2006 Fiesta Bowl, the last Fiesta Bowl game in Sun Devil Stadium

In 2002, the Fiesta Bowl had the right to take the Pac-10 Conference Champion, should that team not reach the Rose Bowl, which served as the national championship game that season. Oregon failed to qualify for the championship game, and thus played Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl. A similar arrangement was made for the 2006 Fiesta Bowl. However, instead of gaining the Pac-10 Conference champion in addition to their usual tie-in with the Big 12, the Fiesta Bowl would have had a choice of the two teams. This turned out to be a moot point as both the Big 12 champion Texas and Pac-10 champion Southern California qualified for the National Championship Game (USC's participation has since been vacated). [7]

2007 Fiesta Bowl, Boise State vs. Oklahoma; January 1, 2007, the first Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium Adrian Peterson OUvsBSU.jpg
2007 Fiesta Bowl, Boise State vs. Oklahoma; January 1, 2007, the first Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium

The BCS National Championship game returned to the Fiesta Bowl in 2003 with the Big Ten champions Ohio State Buckeyes beating the Big East champions Miami Hurricanes in the first overtime national championship game. The game went into double overtime with the Buckeyes coming out on top 31–24 to claim the 2002 national championship.

The Fiesta Bowl was the first BCS bowl to have had a team from outside the automatic qualifying (AQ) BCS conferences (the Big 12, Big Ten, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Southeastern Conference (SEC), Pac-10, Big East, and Notre Dame). The 2005 game saw undefeated Utah from the Mountain West Conference become the first BCS non-AQ school ever to play in a BCS game, easily defeating Big East champion Pittsburgh 35–7.

In 2007, the Fiesta Bowl game was played for the first time at the new then-named University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, across the Phoenix metropolitan area from Sun Devil Stadium. The undefeated Boise State Broncos won by defeating the Oklahoma Sooners 43–42 in overtime. It has been called one of the greatest college football games ever played, due to the combination of an underdog team, trick plays, comebacks by each team, and a thrilling overtime finish. [8]

2010s

The 2010 Fiesta Bowl featured #6 Boise State defeating #4 TCU, 17-10. It was the first time a BCS bowl matched-up two non-automatic qualifying teams (i.e. two teams from conferences without automatic BCS bids) and the first time that two teams who went undefeated faced each other in a BCS game outside of the national championship. In the 2011 Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma State defeated Stanford 41–38. Notable players included Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon for Oklahoma State, and Andrew Luck for Stanford.

In November 2016, PlayStation was announced as the bowl's new title sponsor. [2]

The December 2016 and December 2019 editions served as a semifinal for the College Football Playoff. The Fiesta Bowl will host a semifinal, alongside the Peach Bowl, again in 2022 and 2025.

Controversies

Invitations

In 1996, a group of students from Brigham Young University, led by BYU professor Dennis Martin, burned bags of Tostitos tortilla chips in a bonfire and called for a boycott of all Tostitos products. [9] This came after #5 ranked BYU was not invited to play in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl in favor of #7 ranked Penn State. This event is one of those referred to by proponents of college football implementing a playoff series rather than the controversial Bowl Alliance. Penn State went on to win the game over #20 Texas 38–15, while BYU defeated #14 Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl Classic 19–15. [10]

For the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, the selections of TCU and Boise State caused a great deal of controversy. For the first and only time in the BCS era, two BCS non-AQ teams were chosen to play in BCS bowls in the same bowl season: however, they ended up facing each other in this bowl. Because both non-AQ teams were placed in the same bowl game, the bowl was derisively referred to as the "Separate But Equal Bowl", [11] the "Quarantine Bowl", the "Fiasco Bowl", the "BCS Kids' Table", [12] etc. Some had called for a boycott because of this arrangement. [13] There was wide speculation that the BCS bowl selection committees maneuvered TCU and Boise State into the same bowl so as to deny them the chances to "embarrass" two AQ conference representatives in separate bowls, as Boise State had done in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and Utah had done in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl and 2009 Sugar Bowl (prior to the game, non-AQ teams were 3–1 versus AQ teams in BCS bowls). [12] [14] In response, Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker called those allegations "the biggest load of crap that I've ever heard in my life" and said that "We're in the business of doing things that are on behalf of our bowl game and we don't do the bidding of someone else to our detriment." [15] Beyond the unappealing nature of a "David vs. David" contest which resulted from this pairing in a major bowl, the appeal was further diminished due to the fact that it was a rematch of the Poinsettia Bowl from the previous bowl season.

Financial scandals

In 2009, in the weeks prior to the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, past and present Fiesta Bowl employees alleged that they were encouraged to help maintain its position as one of the four BCS bowls by making campaign contributions to politicians friendly to the Fiesta Bowl, with those contributions subsequently reimbursed to the employees. If true, this would be a violation of both state and federal campaign finance laws. [16] Furthermore, as a non-profit organization, the Fiesta Bowl is prohibited from making political contributions of any kind. [17] The Fiesta Bowl commissioned an "independent review" which found "no credible evidence that the bowl's management engaged in any type of illegal or unethical conduct." [18]

The following year, in a November 2010 article, Sports Illustrated reported that Fiesta Bowl officials, including bowl CEO John Junker, spent $4 million since 2000 to curry favor from BCS bigwigs and elected officials, including a 2008 "Fiesta Frolic", a golf-centered gathering of athletic directors and head coaches. The journal also reported that Junker's annual salary was close to $600,000 and that the bowl, in 2007 turned an $11.6 million profit. [19] While these alleged activities are not illegal, they did result in considerable damage to the reputation of the Fiesta Bowl.

On March 29, 2011, the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors released a 276-page "scathing internal report", commissioned by them to re-examine the accusations of illegal political activities. [20] The commission determined that $46,539 of illegal campaign contributions were made and the board immediately fired Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker, who had already been suspended pending the results of this investigation. [21] The scandal threatened the Fiesta Bowl's status as a BCS game, as the BCS said it might replace the bowl in its lineup if officials could not convince them it should remain. [22] [23] The BCS ultimately chose not to expel the Fiesta Bowl, instead fining the organization $1 million.

In June 2011 University of Arizona president Robert Shelton was hired to replace Junker. [24] On February 22, 2012, former CEO John Junker pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge in the campaign financing matter, and two members of his former staff pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. [25] Junker was to be sentenced soon after, facing up to 2.5 years in prison as the result of his plea, but his sentencing was repeatedly postponed in return for cooperation in other cases. [26] [27] On March 13, 2014, Junker was sentenced to eight months in prison, with the sentence starting on June 13, 2014; [28] he was released on February 11, 2015. [29] On March 20, 2014, Junker was sentenced to three years of probation on state charges. [30]

Parade

One of the Fiesta Bowl events, the annual Fiesta Bowl Parade, takes place in downtown Phoenix. It features marching bands from high schools as well as the two universities participating in the Fiesta Bowl, and the two universities participating in the Cactus Bowl, along with floats, equestrian units, and a seven-member queen and court. The parade began in 1973. Grand Marshals include celebrities from sports and entertainment.

In 2018, the sponsor was changed from Bank of Arizona to Desert Financial. Appearances in the 2018 parade included Cindy McCain and the marching band from Salem High School in Salem, New Hampshire, which was the group that had traveled the farthest for the parade.

Game results

Rankings are based on the AP Poll prior to the game being played. Italics denote a tie game.

Date playedWinning teamLosing teamAttnd. [31] Notes
December 27, 1971#8 Arizona State 45 Florida State 3851,089 notes
December 23, 1972#15 Arizona State 49 Missouri 3551,318 notes
December 21, 1973#10 Arizona State 28 Pittsburgh 750,878 notes
December 28, 1974 Oklahoma State 16#17 BYU 650,878 notes
December 26, 1975#7 Arizona State 17#6 Nebraska 1451,396 notes
December 25, 1976#8 Oklahoma 41 Wyoming 748,174 notes
December 25, 1977#8 Penn State 42#15 Arizona State 3057,727 notes
December 25, 1978#8 Arkansas 10#15 UCLA 1055,227 notes
December 25, 1979#10 Pittsburgh 16 Arizona 1055,347 notes
December 26, 1980#10 Penn State 31#11 Ohio State 1966,738 notes
January 1, 1982#7 Penn State 26#8 USC 1071,053 notes
January 1, 1983#11 Arizona State 32#12 Oklahoma 2170,533 notes
January 2, 1984#14 Ohio State 28#15 Pittsburgh 2366,484 notes
January 1, 1985#14 UCLA 39#13 Miami (Florida) 3760,310 notes
January 1, 1986#5 Michigan 27#7 Nebraska 2372,454 notes
January 2, 1987#2 Penn State 14#1 Miami (Florida) 1073,098 notes
January 1, 1988#3 Florida State 31#5 Nebraska 2872,112 notes
January 2, 1989#1 Notre Dame 34#3 West Virginia 2174,911 notes
January 1, 1990#5 Florida State 41#6 Nebraska 1773,953 notes
January 1, 1991#18 Louisville 34#25 Alabama 769,098 notes
January 1, 1992#6 Penn State 42#10 Tennessee 1771,133 notes
January 1, 1993#6 Syracuse 26#10 Colorado 2270,224 notes
January 1, 1994#16 Arizona 29#10 Miami (Florida) 072,260 notes
January 2, 1995#4 Colorado 41 Notre Dame 2473,968 notes
January 2, 1996 BA #1 Nebraska 62#2 Florida 2479,864 notes
January 1, 1997#7 Penn State 38#20 Texas 1565,106 notes
December 31, 1997#10 Kansas State 35#14 Syracuse 1869,367 notes
January 4, 1999 BCS #1 Tennessee 23#2 Florida State 1680,470 notes
January 2, 2000#3 Nebraska 31#6 Tennessee 2171,526 notes
January 1, 2001#5 Oregon State 41#10 Notre Dame 975,428 notes
January 1, 2002#2 Oregon 38#3 Colorado 1674,118 notes
January 3, 2003 BCS #2 Ohio State 31#1 Miami (Florida) 24 (2 OT)77,502 notes
January 2, 2004#7 Ohio State 35#8 Kansas State 2873,425 notes
January 1, 2005#5 Utah 35#19 Pittsburgh 773,519 notes
January 2, 2006#4 Ohio State 34#5 Notre Dame 2076,196 notes
January 1, 2007#9 Boise State 43#7 Oklahoma 42 (OT)73,719 notes
January 2, 2008#11 West Virginia 48#3 Oklahoma 2870,016 notes
January 5, 2009#3 Texas 24#10 Ohio State 2172,047 notes
January 4, 2010#6 Boise State 17#3 TCU 1073,227 notes
January 1, 2011#9 Oklahoma 48#25 Connecticut 2067,232 notes
January 2, 2012#3 Oklahoma State 41#4 Stanford 38 (OT)69,927 notes
January 3, 2013#5 Oregon 35#7 Kansas State 1770,242 notes
January 1, 2014#15 UCF 52#6 Baylor 4265,172 notes
December 31, 2014#21 Boise State 38#12 Arizona 3066,896 notes
January 1, 2016#7 Ohio State 44#8 Notre Dame 2871,123 notes
December 31, 2016 CFP #3 Clemson 31#2 Ohio State 070,236 notes
December 30, 2017#9 Penn State 35#12 Washington 2861,842 notes
January 1, 2019#11 LSU 40#7 UCF 3269,927 notes
December 28, 2019 CFP #3 Clemson 29#2 Ohio State 2371,330 notes
^BA Denotes Bowl Alliance Championship Game
^BCS Denotes BCS National Championship Game
^CFP Denotes College Football Playoff semifinal game

Future games

Future game dates [32] [33]
SeasonDateDay
2020January 2, 2021Saturday
2021January 1, 2022Saturday
2022Dagger-14-plain.pngDecember 31, 2022Saturday
2023December 30, 2023Saturday
2024December 30, 2024Monday
2025Dagger-14-plain.pngDecember 27, 2025Saturday

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MVPs

An offensive MVP and defensive MVP are selected for each game.

Most appearances

Updated through the December 2019 edition (49 games, 98 total appearances).

RankTeamAppearancesRecordWin pct.
1 Ohio State 95–4.556
2 Penn State 77–01.000
T3 Arizona State 65–1.833
T3 Nebraska 62–4.333
T5 Oklahoma 52–3.400
T5 Notre Dame 51–4.200
T7 Florida State 42–2.500
T7 Pittsburgh 41–3.250
T7 Miami (Florida) 40–4.000
T10 Boise State 33–01.000
T10 Arizona 31–2.333
T10 Colorado 31–2.333
T10 Kansas State 31–2.333
T10 Tennessee 31–2.333
T15 Clemson 22–01.000
T15 Oklahoma State 22–01.000
T15 Oregon 22–01.000
T15 UCLA 21–0–1.750
T15 Syracuse 21–1.500
T15 Texas 21–1.500
T15 UCF 21–1.500
T15 West Virginia 21–1.500
Teams with a single appearance

Won: LSU, Louisville, Michigan, Oregon State, Utah
Lost: Alabama, Baylor, BYU, Connecticut, Florida, Missouri, Stanford, TCU, USC, Washington, Wyoming
Tied: Arkansas

Appearances by conference

Updated through the December 2019 edition (49 games, 98 total appearances).

RankConferenceAppearancesWonLostTiedWin pct.
1 Independents 2010100.500
T2 Big Ten 12840.667
T2 Pac-12 12651.542
T2 Big 12 12570.417
5 Big Eight 11470.364
T6 WAC 9630.667
T6 The American 9360.333
8 SEC 6240.333
T9 Mountain West 3210.667
T9 ACC 3210.667
11 SWC 1001.500

Game records

TeamPerformance vs. OpponentYear
Most points scored62, Nebraska vs. Florida (24)1996
Fewest points allowed0, Clemson (31) vs. Ohio State
0, Arizona (29) vs. Miami
2016
1994
Largest margin of victory38, Nebraska (62) vs. Florida (24)1996
First downs33, Texas vs. Ohio State
33, Arizona State vs. Missouri
2009
1972
Rushing yards524, Nebraska vs. Florida1996
Passing yards458, Louisville vs. Alabama1991
Total yards718, Arizona State vs. Missouri1972
Fewest Rushing yards allowed–28, Nebraska vs. Florida1996
Fewest Passing yards allowed23, Wyoming vs. Oklahoma1976
Fewest Total yards allowed155, Oregon State vs. Notre Dame2001
IndividualPerformance, Player, Team vs. OpponentYear
Total offense431, Browning Nagle, Louisville vs. Alabama
(451 pass, –20 rush)
1991
All-purpose yards
All-purpose TDs
Rushing yards245, Marcus Dupree, Oklahoma vs. Arizona State (17 att., 0 TD)1983
Rushing TDs4, Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
4, Woody Green, Arizona State vs. Missouri
2016
1972
Passing yards451, Browning Nagle, Louisville vs. Alabama1991
Passing TDs5, Peter Tom Willis, Florida State vs. Nebraska1990
Receiving yards206, Darnell McDonald, Kansas State vs. Syracuse1998
Receiving TDs3, shared by three players
Tackles18, Ted Johnson, Colorado vs. Notre Dame1995
Sacks3, shared by three players
Interceptions3, Steve Smith, Oregon vs. Colorado2002
Long playsPerformance, Player, Team vs. OpponentYear
Touchdown run92, Saquon Barkley, Penn State vs. Washington2017
Touchdown pass85, Troy Smith to Santonio Holmes, Ohio State vs. Notre Dame2006
Kickoff return100, shared by:
Kirby Dar Dar, Syracuse vs. Colorado
Mike Fink, Missouri vs. Arizona State

1993
1972
Punt return68, shared by:
Eddie Brown, Miami vs. UCLA
Steve Holden, Arizona State vs. Florida State

1985
1971
Interception return54, Dwayne Goodrich, Tennessee vs. Florida State1999
Fumble return
Punt66, Pat McAfee, West Virginia vs. Oklahoma2008
Field goal54, Luis Zendejas, Arizona State vs. Oklahoma1983

Source: [34]

Broadcasting

As of the 2010–11 season, the game along with the rest of the BCS and its successor, the College Football Playoff, exclusively airs on ESPN. [35] From 2007 through 2010, Fox telecast the game along with the other BCS games – the Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, and BCS National Championship Game from 2006 though 2009, while only the Rose Bowl and the 2010 BCS National Championship Game aired on ABC in that period. From 1999 to 2006, the game aired on ABC as part of the first BCS package, and from 1996 to 1998 the game aired on CBS as part of its bowl coverage. Prior to that, NBC aired the game for several years. This game, along with the Orange Bowl, is one of only two bowl games ever to air on all the "Big 4" broadcast television networks in the United States.

ESPN Radio is the current radio home for the Fiesta Bowl.

In 2013, ESPN Deportes provided the first Spanish U.S. telecast of the Fiesta Bowl. [36]

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The 2010–11 NCAA football bowl games concluded the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season and included 35 team-competitive bowl games and four all-star games. The games began play with three bowls on December 18, 2010 and included the 2011 BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona played on January 10 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The bowl season concluded with the East–West Shrine Game, the Eastham Energy All-Star Game, the Senior Bowl, the Dixie Gridiron Classic, and the NFLPA Game. One bowl, the Toronto-based International Bowl, has ceased operations.

The 2011 Rose Bowl was the 97th edition of the annual bowl game played on January 1, 2011, as part of the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Played in Pasadena, California, the TCU Horned Frogs of the Mountain West Conference defeated the Wisconsin Badgers of the Big Ten Conference by a score of 21 – 19. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association was the organizer of the game. Vizio Inc. was the corporate sponsor and the game was officially named "The Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio". This game marked the first time a team from a non-Automatic Qualifying Conference won the Rose Bowl since the 1934 game when Columbia beat Stanford, 7‐0.

The 2011–12 NCAA football bowl games were a series of college football bowl games. They concluded the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season, and included 35 team-competitive games and five all-star games. The games began on December 17, 2011 and, aside from the all-star games, concluded with the 2012 BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans, that was played on January 9, 2012.

2012–13 NCAA football bowl games for games played in December 2012 as part of the 2012 season

The 2012–13 NCAA football bowl games were a series of college football bowl games. They concluded the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season, and included 35 team-competitive games and four all-star games. The games began on Saturday December 15, 2012 and, aside from the all-star games, concluded with the 2013 BCS National Championship Game in Miami Gardens, Florida that was played on January 7, 2013.

The 2013 Pac-12 Conference football season began on August 29, 2013 with USC at Hawaii. The conference's first game was played on September 7, 2013 with Washington State winning over USC, and the final game was the Pac-12 Championship Game on December 7, 2013. This is the third season for the conference as a 12-team league. The Sagarin Ratings had the Pac-12 as the best conference in the nation top to bottom in the final rating of the season.

The 2013–14 NCAA football bowl games were a series of college football bowl games. They concluded the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season, and included 35 team-competitive games and three all-star games. The games began on Saturday December 21, 2013 and, aside from the all-star games, ended with the 2014 BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena that was played on January 6, 2014.

The 2014 Fiesta Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 31, 2014, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The 44th Fiesta Bowl was one of the New Year's Bowls of the College Football Playoff. It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games that conclude the 2014 FBS football season. The game was sponsored by the Vizio consumer electronics company and is officially known as the Vizio Fiesta Bowl.

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