Bowl Challenge Cup
|Bowl Challenge Cup|
|Awarded for||Best college football bowl record among Division I Football Bowl Subdivision conferences.|
|Currently held by||C-USA|
The Bowl Challenge Cup was created by ESPN in 2002 as a competition among the conferences in the NCAA's Division I-A, now called the Football Bowl Subdivision, to see which one was the best in the college football bowl games that take place. The competition has been used as a gauge to compare which conference has done the best in the post-season bowl matchups.
Originally sponsored by Cooper Tire, ESPN no longer has a sponsor for the Bowl Challenge Cup. However, the network has continued to post the standings during college bowl games on ESPN and the Cup makes regular appearances during the bowl season.
The ten Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) conferences that compete in the Bowl Challenge Cup are:
- American Athletic Conference
- Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
- Big Ten Conference
- Big 12 Conference
- Conference USA (C-USA)
- Mid-American Conference (MAC)
- Mountain West Conference (MWC)
- Pacific-12 Conference (Pac-12)
- Southeastern Conference (SEC)
- Sun Belt Conference
In order to qualify to win the trophy, a conference has to have the highest winning percentage with a minimum of three teams from that conference. The Sun Belt Conference has only two guaranteed bowl slots, the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and the GoDaddy.com Bowl and holds contingency picks with the Beef 'O' Brady's, Little Caesars Pizza, BBVA Compass and Advocare V100 Independence Bowls, thus needs one other conference to be unable to fulfill their bowl obligations in order to qualify for the Cup.
(1) – Tied for 2005–06 championship