Bowl Bound

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Bowl Bound was a board game originally marketed in 1973 by Baltimore-based Avalon Hill. Bowl Bound was marketed with an endorsement by Sports Illustrated.

The game allowed 32 select NCAA I-A teams from 1960 to 1970, including a few Ivy League squads, to be pitted against one other. For each team, statistical grids based on actual, specific team strengths balanced nine offensive plays against six defensive formations. There were weighted probabilities were expressed by offensive (216 outcomes) and defensive (36 outcomes) dice rolls for simplified but statistically informed results.

Two additional team sets of 20 teams apiece, dating between 1940 through 1978 and 1979 through 1987 respectively, were sold before the rise of computerized sports led to the game's discontinuation in the 1990s.

Updated Bowl Bound charts for the most recently completed seasons (1966-2009) are available at maysfootball.com. Updated charts are also available for Paydirt!

An NFL version, Paydirt, was marketed annually by Avalon Hill for decades.

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