Bowl Challenge Cup

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Bowl Challenge Cup
Given for Best college football bowl record among Division I Football Bowl Subdivision conferences.
Country United States
Presented by ESPN
History
First award 2002–03
Most wins Mountain West (4)
Most recent Big Ten

The Bowl Challenge Cup was created by ESPN in 2002[1] 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. ESPN also occasionally refers to it as the "Bowl Cup Challenge" when promoting it.[2]

Originally sponsored by Cooper Tire,[3] ESPN went several years without 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. During the 2015–16 bowl games and 2016–17 bowl games, Progressive was the sponsor for the trophy.

Conferences competing[edit]

The ten Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) conferences that compete in the Bowl Challenge Cup are:

The Western Athletic Conference also competed for the Bowl Challenge Cup until it discontinued sponsoring football following the 2012 season.

Qualifications[edit]

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.

Results[edit]

Bowl Challenge Cup champions
Bowl season Conference Record Win %
2002–03 Big Ten 5–2[4] .714
2003–04 ACC 5–1[5] .833
2004–05 Mountain West 2–1[5] .667
2005–06 Big 12 and ACC (tied) 5–3[5] .625
2006–07 Big East 5–0[5] 1.000
2007–08 Mountain West 4–1[1] .800
2008–09 Pacific-10 5–0[6] 1.000
2009–10 Mountain West 4–1[1] .800
2010–11 Mountain West 4–1[7] .800
2011–12 C-USA and MAC (tied) 4–1 .800
2012–13 Conference USA 4–1 .800
2013–14 SEC 7–3 .700
2014–15 Conference USA 4–1 .800
2015–16 SEC 9–2 .818
2016–17 ACC 9–3 .750
2017–18 Big Ten 7-1 .875
Number of Bowl Challenge Cup championships
Conference Times Championships
Mountain West 4 2004–05, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11
Conference USA (C-USA) 3 2011–12(2), 2012–13, 2014–15
Atlantic Coast (ACC) 3 2003–04, 2005–06(1), 2016–17
Big Ten 2 2002–03, 2017-18
Southeastern (SEC) 2 2013–14, 2015–16
Big 12 1 2005–06(1)
American (Big East to 2013) 1 2006–07
Mid-American (MAC) 1 2011–12(2)
Pac-12 (Pacific-10 to 2010) 1 2008–09
Sun Belt 0
^(1) Tied for 2005–06 championship

^(2) Tied for 2011–12 championship

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