2009–10 NCAA football bowl games

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2009–10 NCAA football bowl games
2009 Bowls-USA-states.png
Bowl sites by state
Number of bowls34
All-star games3
Bowl gamesDecember 19, 2009 –
February 6, 2010
National Championship2010 Citi BCS National Championship
Location of ChampionshipRose Bowl Stadium,
Pasadena, California
ChampionsAlabama Crimson Tide
Bowl Challenge Cup winnerMountain West Conference
Bowl record by conference
Conference Bowls Record Final AP Poll
SEC 10 6–4 (0.600) 4
Big 12 8 4–4 (0.500) 3
Big Ten 7 4–3 (0.571) 4
ACC 7 3–4 (0.429) 4
Pac-10 7 2–5 (0.286) 2
Big East 6 4–2 (0.667) 3
Conference USA 6 2–4 (0.333) 0
Mountain West 5 4–1 (0.800) 3
MAC 5 1–4 (0.200) 1
WAC 4 2–2 (0.500) 1
Sun Belt 2 1–1 (0.500) 0
Independents 1 1–0 (1.000) 0

The 2009–10 NCAA football bowl games concluded the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It comprised 34 team-competitive bowl games, and three all-star games. The games began play on December 19, 2009 and included the 2010 BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, California, played on January 7 at the Rose Bowl Stadium. The post-season concluded with three all-star games: the East–West Shrine Game on January 23, the Senior Bowl on January 30, and the Texas vs. The Nation Game on February 6.

A total of 34 team-competitive games were played. While bowl games had been the purview of only the very best teams for nearly a century, this was the fourth consecutive year that teams with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games. To fill the 68 available bowl slots, a total of eight teams (12% of all participants) with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games—all eight had a .500 (6-6) season.

Selection of the teams[edit]

Number of bowl teams per state.

NCAA by-laws state that a school with a record of 6–6 in regular season play is eligible only if conferences cannot fill out available positions for bowl games with teams possessing seven (or more) wins (excluding games played in Hawaii and conference championship games in the ACC, Big 12, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference and the SEC). An example was in 2008 when the Big Ten, the Big 12 and SEC each had two teams selected for the Bowl Championship Series games – Ohio State and Penn State from the Big Ten, Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 and Alabama and Florida from the SEC. With each conference sending two teams to the BCS, these three conferences forfeited several bowl game slots due to a lack of teams with a winning record.

As with the 2006 and 2008 seasons, all eligible teams with at least 7 wins made it in to a bowl game. Of the 71 eligible teams, only 68 could play in a game, and all three eligible teams that sat out bowl season were 6-6: Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, and Notre Dame, who opted not to play in a bowl game themselves after the firing of head coach Charlie Weis.

For the first time in BCS history, every participant in a BCS bowl was ranked in the top 10 of the final BCS standings.

Fox ends BCS contract[edit]

Fox Sports no longer broadcast the Bowl Championship Series following the conclusion of the Orange Bowl on January 5; the network had carried the first three BCS National Championship stand-alone games. ABC telecast this season's contest because of their separate agreement with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the organizers of the Rose Bowl Game and the hosts of the 2010 national championship. Beginning in 2011, ABC sibling company ESPN will begin carrying all of the BCS bowls, in an agreement that will last through 2014. Fox has signed a long-term contract extension with the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic through 2014, with a new prime-time Friday night date starting in 2011.

Sponsorship and stadium changes[edit]

Maaco became the new title sponsor of the Las Vegas Bowl replacing Pioneer Corporation, and the game was rebranded as the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas. In another change, the Motor City Bowl thanks to Little Caesars now carries the name of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Advocare became the title sponsor of the Independence Bowl. In a stadium shift, the Cotton Bowl Classic moves from its self-named home for 73 years at the grounds of Fair Park to Jerry Jones's new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The St. Petersburg Bowl was initially to be played without a sponsor after being sponsored by MagicJack in 2008, but just a few weeks before the Bowl, Beef O'Brady's agreed to be the sponsor, so the game became the "St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef O'Brady's".[1]

New bowls in 2010–11[edit]

The Cotton Bowl in Fair Park will be the site of a new bowl game, the TicketCity Bowl, on New Years Day 2011, with the Big Ten and Conference USA providing opponents, and Yankee Stadium will host a game dubbed the Pinstripe Bowl in December 2010, pitting teams from the Big East and Big 12. This contest would be the first bowl game in the Metropolitan New York area since the now defunct Garden State Bowl, and the first in New York City since the now defunct Gotham Bowl was played in the original Yankee Stadium, while a third bowl, called the Cure Bowl benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure would pit members of the Sun Belt Conference and C-USA at Bright House Networks Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. The NCAA Football Issues Committee must approve of these games in the spring of 2010 to make them official.

Coaching changes[edit]

As a result of head coaching changes between the regular season and the bowl season, the following teams played their postseason contests with interim head coaches:

Team Bowl Season coach Interim head coach Result 2010 head coach
Central Michigan GMAC Butch Jones Steve Stripling Won 44-41 over Troy Dan Enos
Cincinnati Sugar Brian Kelly Jeff Quinn Lost 51–24 to Florida Butch Jones
Marshall Little Caesars Pizza Mark Snyder Rick Minter Won 21–17 over Ohio Doc Holliday
Texas Tech Alamo Mike Leach Ruffin McNeill Won 41–31 over Michigan State Tommy Tuberville

In addition, the following coach retired, but worked his team's bowl game:

Team Bowl Season coach Result 2010 head coach
Florida State Gator Bobby Bowden Won 33–21 over West Virginia Jimbo Fisher


  • Kelly left Cincinnati to take the same job at Notre Dame.
  • Jones left Central Michigan to fill the Cincinnati vacancy.
  • Leach was suspended by Texas Tech on December 28 when redshirt sophomore wide receiver Adam James, son of ESPN analyst Craig James, and his family filed a complaint alleging mistreatment by Leach after the younger James had suffered a concussion.[2] Two days later, Leach was fired.[3]
  • On December 26, Florida head coach Urban Meyer announced his resignation due to health concerns, effective after the Gators' Sugar Bowl appearance.[4] However, Meyer had a change of heart and announced the following day that he would instead take an indefinite leave of absence, and expected to be back coaching by the start of the 2010 season. Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio took over Meyer's duties during his leave.[5] Meyer returned to his job in time to lead the Gators' 2010 spring practice.[6]

Bowl schedule[edit]

All dates and game times for the 34 2009–10 season bowl games were announced on April 30, 2009, and are subject to change. They received licenses from the NCAA Football Issues Committee.[7][8]
NOTE: Rankings from final BCS Standings of December 6, 2009.

Non-BCS Contests
Date Bowl Location Teams Affiliations Results
12/19[9] New Mexico Bowl University Stadium
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Wyoming Cowboys (6–6)
Fresno State (8–4)
Wyoming 35
Fresno State 28
St. Petersburg Bowl Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida
Rutgers (8–4)
UCF (8–4)
Big East
Rutgers 45
UCF 24
12/20[10] New Orleans Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans
Middle Tennessee (9–3)[N 1]
Southern Miss (7–5)
Sun Belt
Middle Tennessee 42
Southern Miss 32
12/22[11] Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Whitney, Nevada
#14 BYU (10–2)
#18 Oregon State (8–4)
BYU 44
Oregon State 20
12/23 Poinsettia Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego
#23 Utah (9–3)
California (8–4)
Utah 37
California 27
12/24 Hawaii Bowl Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, HI
SMU (7–5)
Nevada (8–4)[N 2]
SMU 45
Nevada 10
12/26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl[12] Ford Field
Marshall (6–6)[N 3]
Ohio (9–4)
Marshall 21
Ohio 17
Meineke Car Care Bowl[13] Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, North Carolina
#17 Pittsburgh (9–3)
North Carolina (8–4)
Big East
Pittsburgh 19
North Carolina 17
Emerald Bowl[14] AT&T Park
San Francisco
#24 USC (8–4)
Boston College (8–4)
USC 24
Boston College 13
12/27[15] Music City Bowl LP Field
Nashville, Tennessee
Clemson (8–5)[16]
Kentucky (7–5)[17]
Clemson 21
Kentucky 13
12/28[18] Independence Bowl Independence Stadium
Shreveport, Louisiana
Georgia (7–5)[19]
Texas A&M (6–6)
Big 12
Georgia 44
Texas A&M 20
12/29[20] EagleBank Bowl RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C.
UCLA (6–6)[21] [N 4]
Temple (9–3)[N 5][21]
Temple 21
Champs Sports Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Florida
#25 Wisconsin (9–3)
#15 Miami (FL) (9–3)
Big Ten
Wisconsin 20
Miami (FL) 14
12/30[22] Humanitarian Bowl Bronco Stadium
Boise State University
Boise, Idaho
Idaho (7–5)
Bowling Green (7–5)[N 6]
Idaho 43
Bowling Green 42
Holiday Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego
#22 Nebraska (9–4)
#20 Arizona (8–4)
Big 12
Nebraska 33
Arizona 0
12/31[23][24] Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas
Air Force (7–5)
Houston (10–3)[25]
Air Force 47
Houston 20
Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas
Oklahoma (7–5)
#21 Stanford (8–4)
Big 12
Oklahoma 31
Stanford 27
Texas Bowl Reliant Stadium
Navy (9–4)[N 7]
Missouri (8–4) [26]
Big 12
Navy 35
Missouri 13
Insight Bowl Sun Devil Stadium
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
Iowa State (6–6)[27]
Minnesota (6–6)
Big 12
Big Ten
Iowa State 14
Minnesota 13
Chick-fil-A Bowl Georgia Dome
#11 Virginia Tech (9–3)
Tennessee (7–5)[19]
Virginia Tech 37
Tennessee 14
1/1[28] Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
Auburn (7–5)
Northwestern (8–4)
Big Ten
Auburn 38
Northwestern 35 (OT)
Gator Bowl Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
Jacksonville, Florida
Florida State (6–6)
#16 West Virginia (9–3)
Big East
Florida State 33
West Virginia 21
Capital One Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Florida
#13 Penn State (10–2)
#12 LSU[19] (9–3)
Big Ten
Penn State 19
LSU 17
1/2 International Bowl Rogers Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
South Florida (7–5)
NIU (7–5)
Big East
South Florida 27
PapaJohns.com Bowl Legion Field
Birmingham, Alabama
UConn (7–5)
South Carolina (7–5)[19]
Big East
UConn 20
South Carolina 7
Cotton Bowl Classic Cowboys Stadium
Arlington, Texas
Ole Miss (8–4)
#19 Oklahoma State (9–3)
Big 12
Ole Miss 21
Oklahoma State 7
Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, Tennessee
Arkansas (7–5) [19]
East Carolina (9–4)
Arkansas 30
East Carolina 17 (OT)
Energy Alamo Bowl Alamodome
San Antonio
Texas Tech (8–4)[24]
Michigan State (6–6)
Big 12
Big Ten
Texas Tech 41
Michigan State 31
1/6 GMAC Bowl Ladd–Peebles Stadium
Mobile, Alabama
Central Michigan (11–2)
Troy (9–3)[N 8] (2 OT)
Sun Belt
Central Michigan 44
Troy 41 (2 OT)
Bowl Championship Series 2010 Schedule
Date Bowl Location Teams Affiliations Results
1/1 Rose Bowl Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
#8 Ohio State (10–2)
#7 Oregon (10–2)
Big Ten
Ohio State 26
Oregon 17
Sugar Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans
#5 Florida (12–1)
#3 Cincinnati (12–0)
Big East
Florida 51
Cincinnati 24
1/4 Fiesta Bowl University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
#6 Boise State (13–0)
#4 TCU (12–0)
Boise State 17
TCU 10
1/5 Orange Bowl Dolphin Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
#10 Iowa (10–2)
#9 Georgia Tech (11–2)
Big Ten
Iowa 24
Georgia Tech 14
1/7 BCS National Championship Game Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
#1 Alabama (13–0)
#2 Texas (13–0)
Big 12
Alabama 37
Texas 21
  1. ^ Troy finished their regular season with a perfect 8–0 conference record, earning the Sun Belt title and the conference's lone automatic bowl bid; however, the New Orleans Bowl opted for Middle Tennessee, a Sun Belt team guaranteed an at-large, because Troy and Southern Miss had played each other in the 2008 New Orleans Bowl.
  2. ^ Hawaii played a 13-game schedule this season, and lost to Wisconsin on December 5 to finish the season at 6–7, rendering them ineligible for a bowl game. As a result, the berth passed to another WAC team, Nevada.
  3. ^ Because the Big Ten received two bids into the BCS, the spot normally filled by the #7 Big Ten team was instead be filled by the at-large Thundering Herd.
  4. ^ Army, had to defeat Navy in its final game to be bowl-eligible, but lost 17–3 December 12. Conference USA has a contingency contract for this slot if Army fails to beat Navy; however, all bowl-eligible C-USA teams were already in bowls.
  5. ^ The ACC had only seven bowl-eligible teams this season. The MAC has a contingency slot with this bowl if the ACC does not produce eight bowl-eligible teams, and all five of its bowl-eligible teams have at least 7 wins, so Temple received this berth.
  6. ^ The MWC did not qualify enough teams to fill all of its bowl bids as a result of TCU receiving a BCS bid.
  7. ^ Navy won seven games to be bowl-eligible, as they are playing a 13-game schedule. They secured the bid on November 7 with a 23–21 win over Notre Dame.
  8. ^ This slot became an at-large slot after the ACC produced only seven bowl-eligible teams.

Post-BCS all-star games[edit]

Date All-Star Game Location Score Ref.
January 23 East–West Shrine Game Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Florida
East 13, West 10 [29]
January 31 Under Armour Senior Bowl Ladd-Peebles Stadium,
Mobile, Alabama
North 31, South 13 [30]
February 6 Texas vs The Nation Sun Bowl Stadium
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas
Texas 36, The Nation 17 [31]

Bowl Challenge Cup standings[edit]

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
Independents 1 0 1.000
Mountain West 4 1 .800
Big East 4 2 .667
SEC 6 4 .600
Big Ten 4 3 .571
Big 12 4 4 .500
WAC 2 2 .500
Sun Belt 1 1 .500
ACC 3 4 .429
Conference USA 2 4 .333
Pac-10 2 5 .286
MAC 1 4 .200

– Does not meet minimum game requirement of three teams needed for a conference to be eligible.
– Bowl Challenge Cup winner.


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