List of college bowl games
The following is a list of current, defunct, and proposed college football bowl games. Six bowl games are currently part of the College Football Playoff, a selection system that creates bowl matchups involving twelve of the top-ranked teams in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. There are also a number of other college football postseason invitationals, as well as several all-star games.
For nearly a century, bowl games were the purview of only the very best teams, but a steady proliferation of new bowl games required more teams, with 70 participating teams by the 2010–11 bowl season, then 80 participating teams by the 2015–16 bowl season. As a result, the NCAA has steadily reduced the criteria for bowl eligibility, allowing teams with a non-winning (6–6) record in 2010, further reducing requirements to allow teams with outright losing records (5-7) to be invited since 2012. Of the teams with losing records, the team with the best Academic Progress Rate score would be chosen first. While losing teams in bowl games has now become commonplace, there have been a few losing teams who have played in bowl games before the changes in bowl eligibility: 1945 Gator Bowl - Florida Gators (2-3-3), 1963 Sun Bowl - SMU (4-6), 1970 Tangerine Bowl - William & Mary - (5-6), and the 2001 New Orleans Bowl - North Texas (5-6). For the 2016–17 bowl season, 25% of the bowl participants (20 teams) did not have a winning record.
Bowl games are not limited to the Bowl Subdivision; teams in the three lower divisions of the NCAA (the championship subdivision, and Divisions II and III) are also allowed to participate in bowl games. The playoff structure in those three divisions discourages most high-caliber teams from participating in bowl games, as teams would rather contest for the national championship than play in a bowl game. The same basic guidelines for bowl eligibility apply for those contests. As of 2015, one bowl game exists for the championship subdivision, three bowls serve Division II and none exist for teams in Division III (with the exception of the Stagg Bowl, which is not a bowl in the same sense but a name for the Division III playoff tournament's championship game).
Past and present community college bowl games, not sanctioned by the NCAA, are also listed.
- 1 College Football Playoff games
- 2 Other current Division I FBS bowl games
- 3 Division I FCS and Division II bowl games
- 4 Proposed games
- 5 Map of bowl games
- 6 Number of current FBS bowl games by state
- 7 Current bowl games played outside the U.S.
- 8 All-Star games
- 9 Regular season rivalries called bowls
- 10 Bowl games played outside of the US
- 11 Playoff games called bowls
- 12 NAIA bowl games
- 13 Community College bowl games
- 14 NCCAA bowl games
- 15 Defunct bowl games
- 16 References
- 17 Further reading
College Football Playoff games
Six major bowl games, known as the New Year's Six, rotate the hosting of the two semifinal games which determine the teams that play in the final College Football Playoff National Championship game. The New Year's Six includes six of the ten oldest bowl games (missing the Sun, Gator, Citrus and Liberty bowls), continuing their original history of pitting the very best teams in the country against each other. These six games focus on the top 12 teams in the rankings, with only five teams ranked lower than 12th (all five were still ranked in the top 20) having ever played in the New Year's Six since the College Football Playoff system was inaugurated.
(+ Revenue Pool)
|Rose Bowl Game||1902
(annual since 1916)
(1942: Durham, North Carolina*)
|$4,000,000||Northwestern Mutual||Tournament East-West football game; Rose Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by: AT&T^, Sony PlayStation 2^, Citi^, Vizio^|
|Orange Bowl||1935||Hard Rock Stadium
|Miami Gardens, Florida
(1934–1995, 1998: Miami, Florida)
|Capital One||Orange Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl, Discover Orange Bowl|
|Sugar Bowl||1935||Mercedes-Benz Superdome
(2005: Atlanta, Georgia†)
|$4,000,000||Allstate||Sugar Bowl, USF&G Sugar Bowl, Nokia Sugar Bowl|
|Cotton Bowl Classic||1937||AT&T Stadium
(1937–2008: Dallas, Texas)
|Goodyear||Cotton Bowl, Mobil Cotton Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic, SBC Cotton Bowl Classic|
|Peach Bowl||1968||Georgia Dome
|Atlanta||$4,000,000||Chick-fil-A||Peach Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl|
|Fiesta Bowl||1971||University of Phoenix Stadium
(1971–2005: Tempe, Arizona)
|$4,000,000||PlayStation||Fiesta Bowl, Sunkist Fiesta Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, IBM OS/2 Fiesta Bowl, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Vizio Fiesta Bowl, BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl|
^ The Rose Bowl did not add a sponsor to its name until the 1998 season. Unlike other bowls, which give the sponsor's name precedence ahead of the bowl's name (effectively changing the title of the game), the Rose Bowl adds the sponsor as "presented by", after the words Rose Bowl.
* One-time move due to World War II travel restrictions after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
† One-time move due to damage to the Superdome from Hurricane Katrina.
Other current Division I FBS bowl games
Besides the six bowl games that are part of the College Football Playoff, there are a number of other postseason invitationals. Generally, two conferences will agree to send teams of a particular standing to a game beforehand. For instance, the Rose Bowl traditionally features the Big Ten and Pac-12 conference champions. Generally, the payout to the participating teams in a bowl game is closely correlated to its prestige. By comparison, each of the former BCS bowls (including the national championship game) had a payout of $18 million.
|Title Sponsor(s)||Previous Name(s)|
|Sun Bowl||1935||Sun Bowl Stadium
|El Paso, Texas||$2,000,000||Hyundai||Sun Bowl, John Hancock Sun Bowl, John Hancock Bowl, Norwest Bank Sun Bowl, Norwest Corporation Sun Bowl, Wells Fargo Sun Bowl, Vitalis Sun Bowl, Brut Sun Bowl|
|TaxSlayer Bowl||1945||EverBank Field
(1994: Gainesville, Florida)
|$3,500,000||TaxSlayer||Gator Bowl, Mazda Gator Bowl, Outback Gator Bowl, Toyota Gator Bowl, Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, Progressive Gator Bowl, TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl|
|Citrus Bowl||1946||Camping World Stadium
(1973: Gainesville, Florida)
|$4,550,000||Buffalo Wild Wings||Tangerine Bowl, Florida Citrus Bowl, CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl, Ourhouse.com Florida Citrus Bowl, Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl, Capital One Bowl|
|Liberty Bowl||1959||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
(1959–1963: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
1964: Atlantic City, New Jersey)
|$1,437,500||AutoZone||Liberty Bowl, St. Jude Liberty Bowl, AXA Liberty Bowl|
|Independence Bowl||1976||Independence Stadium
|Shreveport, Louisiana||$1,150,000||Camping World||Independence Bowl, Poulan Independence Bowl, Poulan Weed Eater Independence Bowl, Sanford Independence Bowl, MainStay Independence Bowl, PetroSun Independence Bowl, AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, AdvoCare V100 Bowl, Duck Commander Independence Bowl|
|Holiday Bowl||1978||Qualcomm Stadium
|San Diego||$2,075,000||National Funding||Holiday Bowl, Sea World Holiday Bowl, Thrifty Car Rental Holiday Bowl, Plymouth Holiday Bowl, Culligan Holiday Bowl, Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, National University Holiday Bowl|
|Outback Bowl||1986||Raymond James Stadium
|Tampa, Florida||$3,500,000||Outback||Hall of Fame Bowl|
|Cactus Bowl||1989||Sun Devil Stadium
(1989-99: Tucson, Arizona;
2000–2005: Phoenix, Arizona)
|$3,350,000||Motel 6||Copper Bowl, Domino's Pizza Copper Bowl, Weiser Lock Copper Bowl, Insight.com Bowl, Insight Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, TicketCity Cactus Bowl|
|Russell Athletic Bowl||1990||Camping World Stadium
(1990–2000: Miami Gardens, Florida)
|$2,275,000||Russell Athletic||Sunshine Classic, Blockbuster Bowl, Carquest Bowl, MicronPC Bowl, MicronPC.com Bowl, Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl, Mazda Tangerine Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl|
|Las Vegas Bowl||1992||Sam Boyd Stadium
|Whitney, Nevada||$1,100,000||GEICO||Las Vegas Bowl, EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl, Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl, Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl, Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl, MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl|
|San Antonio, Texas||$3,175,000||Valero||Builders Square Alamo Bowl, Sylvania Alamo Bowl, Alamo Bowl Presented By MasterCard, MasterCard Alamo Bowl, Alamo Bowl|
|Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||1997||Albertsons Stadium
|Boise, Idaho||$325,000||Idaho Potato Commission||Sports Humanitarian Bowl, Humanitarian Bowl, Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl, MPC Computers Bowl, Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, uDrove Humanitarian Bowl|
|Music City Bowl||1998||Nissan Stadium
|Nashville, Tennessee||$1,837,500||Franklin American Mortgage Company||Music City Bowl, American General Music City Bowl, homepoint.com Music City Bowl, Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone|
|Dollar General Bowl||1999||Ladd Peebles Stadium
|Mobile, Alabama||$750,000||Dollar General||Mobile Alabama Bowl, GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl, GMAC Bowl, GoDaddy.com Bowl, GoDaddy Bowl|
|New Orleans Bowl||2001||Mercedes-Benz Superdome
(2005: Lafayette, Louisiana)
|$500,000||R+L Carriers||New Orleans Bowl, Wyndham New Orleans Bowl|
|Foster Farms Bowl||2002||Levi's Stadium
|Santa Clara, California
(2002–2013: San Francisco, California)
|$837,500||Foster Farms||San Francisco Bowl, Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, Emerald Bowl, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Fight Hunger Bowl|
|Hawaii Bowl||2002||Aloha Stadium
|Honolulu, Hawaii||$650,000||None||ConAgra Foods Hawai'i Bowl, Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl|
|Belk Bowl||2002||Bank of America Stadium
|Charlotte, North Carolina||$1,700,000||Belk||Queen City Bowl, Continental Tire Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl|
|Armed Forces Bowl||2003||Amon G. Carter Stadium
|Fort Worth, Texas
(2010–2011: University Park, Texas)
|$600,000||Lockheed Martin||PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl, Fort Worth Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl|
|Poinsettia Bowl||2005||Qualcomm Stadium
|San Diego||$500,000||San Diego County Credit Union||None previous|
|Texas Bowl||2006||NRG Stadium
|Houston, Texas||$1,700,000||AdvoCare||Texas Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas|
|Birmingham Bowl||2006||Legion Field
|Birmingham, Alabama||$1,000,025 (SEC); $900,000 (AAC)||None||Birmingham Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl|
|New Mexico Bowl||2006||University Stadium
|Albuquerque, New Mexico||$456,250||Gildan||New Mexico Bowl|
|Military Bowl||2008||Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
(2008–2012: Washington, D.C.)
|$1,000,000||Northrop Grumman||Congressional Bowl, EagleBank Bowl, Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman|
|St. Petersburg Bowl||2008||Tropicana Field
|St. Petersburg, Florida||$537,500||None||St. Petersburg Bowl, magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl, Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl, Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl|
|Pinstripe Bowl||2010||Yankee Stadium
|Bronx, New York||$1,800,000||New Era||None previous|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||2010||Cotton Bowl
|Dallas||$800,000||Zaxby's||Dallas Football Classic, TicketCity Bowl, Heart of Dallas Bowl presented by PlainsCapital Bank|
|Bahamas Bowl||2014||Thomas Robinson Stadium
|Nassau, Bahamas||$450,000||Popeyes||None previous|
|Boca Raton Bowl||2014||FAU Stadium
|Boca Raton, Florida||$400,000||None||Boca Raton Bowl, Marmot Boca Raton Bowl|
|Camellia Bowl||2014||Cramton Bowl
|Montgomery, Alabama||$200,000||Raycom Media||None previous|
|Miami Beach Bowl||2014||Marlins Park
|Quick Lane Bowl||2014||Ford Field
|Detroit||$1,200,000||Ford Motor Company||de facto replacement for Little Caesars Pizza Bowl which ran from 1997 to 2013|
|Cure Bowl||2015||Camping World Stadium
|Orlando, Florida||$1,350,000||AutoNation||None previous|
|Arizona Bowl||2015||Arizona Stadium
|Tucson, Arizona||Undetermined||Nova Home Loans||None previous|
Division I FCS and Division II bowl games
(+ Revenue Pool)
|Celebration Bowl||2015||Mercedes-Benz Stadium
|Atlanta, Georgia||$1,000,000||United States Air Force Reserve||Legacy Bowl (proposed 2010)
Heritage Bowl (1991–99)
Pelican Bowl (1972–75)
Division II bowls
|Mineral Water Bowl||1999||Roosevelt Field||Excelsior Springs, Missouri||none||none|
|Heart of Texas Bowl||2012||Bulldawg Stadium||Copperas Cove, Texas||HOT Bowl (abbreviation)|
|Live United Bowl||2013||Razorback Stadium||Texarkana, Arkansas||Dean Barry, agent;
The number of bowl games have risen steadily, reaching 41 (including the national championship game) by the 2015 bowl season. To fill the 80 available bowl slots, a record 15 teams with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games—including three with a record of 5–7. This situation led directly to the NCAA Division I Council imposing a three-year moratorium on new bowl games in April 2016.
Since 2010, organizers and boosters have continued to propose other bowl games—some of these proposals have since been dropped, while others are active proposals that have been placed on hold during the NCAA moratorium.
|Name||Year to start||Venue
|Austin Bowl||TBD||Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
|Austin, Texas||TBD||None||None previous|
|Medal of Honor Bowl||TBD||Johnson Hagood Stadium
|Charleston, South Carolina||TBD||None||None previous|
|Myrtle Beach Bowl||TBD||TBD||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina||TBD||None||None Previous|
|Melbourne Bowl||TBD||Etihad Stadium
|Melbourne, Victoria||TBD||None||None previous|
|Christmas Bowl Los Angeles||TBD||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
|Los Angeles||TBD||TBD||None previous|
|Unnamed Dubai bowl game||TBD||TBD||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||TBD||TBD||None previous|
|Unnamed Ireland bowl game||TBD||TBD||Ireland||TBD||TBD||None previous|
|Unnamed Little Rock bowl game||TBD||War Memorial Stadium
|Little Rock, Arkansas||TBD||TBD||None previous|
|Unnamed Toronto bowl game||TBD||Rogers Centre
|Toronto, Canada||TBD||TBD||International Bowl|
In August 2013, the Detroit Lions announced that it would hold a new bowl game at Ford Field beginning in 2014, holding Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference tie-ins, despite the existence of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl While Pizza Bowl organizers attempted to move the game to Comerica Park (a baseball stadium across the street from Ford Field), these plans never came to fruition. In August 2014, the Lions announced that the new game would be known as the Quick Lane Bowl, and play its inaugural game on December 26, 2014. In a statement to Crain's Detroit Business, Motor City Bowl co-founder Ken Hoffman confirmed that there would be no Little Caesars Pizza Bowl for 2014.
In June 2013, ESPN.com reported that the so-called "Group of Five" conferences—the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West Conference, and Sun Belt Conference—were considering adding one or more new bowl games once the NCAA's current moratorium on new bowls expires after the 2013 season. This move was driven by a trend for the "Power Five" conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC) to play one another in bowl games. The 2013 season, the last of the current four-year bowl cycle, will have 16 bowls that involve two teams from "Power Five" leagues. The 2014 season, the first of a new six-year bowl cycle, will have at least 19, and possibly more, matchups of "Power Five" teams. The "Group of Five" was apparently concerned that this trend would mean that its teams might not have available bowl slots.
According to reports, the 2010 Christmas Bowl proposal would have involved a Mountain West team against an opponent from either the Pac-12 or The American. As for The American, it has suggested a new bowl game, most likely at Marlins Park in Miami. Two other venues of "Group of Five" schools in Florida—Bright House Networks Stadium (UCF, Orlando) and FAU Stadium (Florida Atlantic, Boca Raton)—are being considered for other potential bowls. A possible bowl in Little Rock would pit C-USA and the Sun Belt. Finally, the director of the current Little Caesars Bowl indicated that he had been in contact with officials from all of the "Group of Five" about starting new bowl games in Ireland (most likely Dublin), Dubai, and either Toronto or Nassau. Recently, though, reports have indicated the proposed games in Ireland and Dubai would be unworkable.
The first new bowl to be confirmed for 2014 was the Camellia Bowl, a game created by ESPN that will be played in Montgomery, Alabama. It will have tie-ins with the MAC and Sun Belt, and the contract for the game will run through the 2019 season. ESPN was also reported to be in negotiations to take over ownership of the existing Heart of Dallas Bowl and establish a new bowl game in Boca Raton.
Another ownership group interested in starting a Montgomery-based bowl at Alabama State's stadium has reportedly switched focus to Charleston, South Carolina. In the face of obstacles related to a NCAA ban on playing postseason games at predetermined locations in South Carolina due to the Confederate battle flag being flown at a civil war monument on the State House grounds, the ownership group instead chose to stage the Medal of Honor Bowl all-star game at Johnson Hagood Stadium beginning in 2014. However, with the Confederate flag's removal from the State House grounds on July 10, 2015, the NCAA lifted its ban that day. As such, on August 27 of that year, the Medal of Honor Bowl announced their plans to become a traditional postseason bowl game beginning on December 18, 2016 pending NCAA approval. The all-star game format will not be played that year as a result.
Map of bowl games
Number of current FBS bowl games by state
*State also hosts College Football Playoff semifinals in rotation under current CFP format.
Current bowl games played outside the U.S.
- East–West Shrine Game – Orlando, Florida (1925–present)
- Senior Bowl – Mobile, Alabama (1947–present)
- NFLPA Collegiate Bowl – Carson, California (2012–present)
- National Bowl Game – Miami – (NCAA Division I FCS/II-III) (2010–present)
- FCS BOWL – Miami – (NCAA Division I FCS) (2014–present)
- Texas vs The Nation – Allen, Texas (2007–2011, 2013)
- Casino del Sol College All-Star Game – Tucson, Arizona (2011–2012)
- Cactus Bowl – Kingsville, Texas (NCAA Division II) (1994–2010)
- College All-Star Bowl (2013–2014)
- East Coast Bowl – Petersburg, Virginia (2001)
- Florida Gridiron Classic
- Blue-Gray Football Classic – Montgomery, Alabama (1935–2001, 2003)
- Hula Bowl – Honolulu, Hawaii (1947–2008)
- Inta-Juice All-Star Classic (one year)
- The South Carolina All Star Game – South Carolina (2013–2014)
- North–South All-Star Classic – Houston, Texas (2007)
- North–South Shrine Game – Miami (1948–1973)
- Las Vegas All-American Classic – Las Vegas (2002–2006)
- Magnolia Gridiron All-Star Classic – Jackson, Mississippi (2005)
- Players All-Star Classic
- Raycom All-Star Classic (2013)
- The Silver and Gold Gridiron Classic – Atlanta (2008)
- Chicago College All-Star Game (College All-Stars vs. NFL champions) – Chicago/Evanston, Illinois (1934–1976)
- Medal of Honor Bowl – Charleston, South Carolina (2014–2015)
Regular season rivalries called bowls
- Empire State Bowl – Columbia and Cornell
- Shula Bowl – Florida International and Florida Atlantic
- Black and Blue Bowl – Memphis and Southern Miss
- Crab Bowl Classic – Maryland and Navy
- Egg Bowl – Mississippi and Mississippi State
- Friends of Coal Bowl – Marshall and West Virginia
- Iron Bowl – Alabama and Auburn
- Magnolia Bowl – LSU and Mississippi
- Palmetto Bowl – Clemson and South Carolina
- Textile Bowl – Clemson and North Carolina State
Bowl games played outside of the US
- Bacardi Bowl – seven exhibition games played in Havana, Cuba from 1907–1946
- International Bowl – bowl game played in Toronto, Canada from 2007–2010
- Bahamas Bowl
Playoff games called bowls
- Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl – Salem, Virginia (1973–present). In contrast to the other bowl games, the Stagg Bowl operates within the NCAA tournament structure; it serves as the Division III national championship game.
NAIA bowl games
- College Fanz First Down Classic, 2007–2011
- NAIA national football championship (1956–present); previously called Aluminum Bowl (1956), Holiday Bowl (1957–1960), Camellia Bowl (1961–1963), Championship Bowl (1964–1976 Division I), Apple Bowl (1977 Division I), Palm Bowl (1978–1979 Division I), and Championship Bowl (1980–1996 Division I)
Community College bowl games
- Beef Empire Bowl – Garden City, Kansas – defunct
- Brazos Valley Bowl – Bryan, Texas – defunct
- Carrier Dome Bowl – Syracuse, New York – defunct
- C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl – Copperas Cove, Texas
- Citizens Bank Bowl – Pittsburg, Kansas – defunct. Known in its last season as the Football Capital of Kansas Bowl. Hosted 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship game between Blinn and Fort Scott, which featured future NFL stars Cam Newton and Lavonte David.
- El Toro Bowl – Yuma, Arizona
- The Graphic Edge Bowl – Cedar Falls, Iowa (formerly Coca-Cola Bowl, Like Cola Bowl, Royal Crown Bowl, Pepsi-Cola/Sigler Printing Bowl). This bowl is a doubleheader with the Iowa runner-up playing in the first game and the Iowa champion in the second. The opponents for each game are chosen at-large.
- Garland Shrine Bowl – defunct
- Garland Texas Bowl – Garland, Texas – defunct
- Hospitality Bowl – defunct
- Jayhawk Bowl Classic – Coffeyville, Kansas – defunct
- Industrial Bowl – defunct
- Junior Rose Bowl – defunct
- Little Oil Bowl – defunct
- Midwest Bowl – Chicago – defunct
- Mississippi Bowl – Biloxi, Mississippi
- North Star Bowl – Rochester, Minnesota – defunct
- NJCAA Shrine Bowl – defunct
- Pilgrim's Pride Bowl Classic – defunct
- Real Dairy Bowl – Pocatello, Idaho – defunct
- Red River Bowl – Bedford, Texas – defunct
- Roaring Ranger Bowl – Ranger, Texas – defunct
- Robert A. Bothman Bulldog Bowl – San Mateo, California
- Salt City Bowl – Hutchinson, Kansas
- Silver Bowl – Sterling, Kansas – defunct
- Texas Juco Shrine Bowl – defunct
- Top of the Mountains Bowl – Sandy, Utah – defunct
- Valley of the Sun Bowl – Scottsdale, Arizona
- Wool Bowl – Roswell, New Mexico – defunct
NCCAA bowl games
Defunct bowl games
Defunct major-college bowl games
Defunct Division II bowl games
- Dixie Rotary Bowl – Saint George, Utah (1986–2008)
- Pioneer Bowl – Various locations (1997–2007, 2009–2012)
- Kanza Bowl – Topeka, Kansas (2009–2012)
Defunct Division III bowl games
- Aztec Bowl – Toluca, Mexico (1950–53, 1955, 1957, 1964–66, 1970–71, 1971–80, 1984, 1986–2007)
- Knute Rockne Bowl – Atlantic City, New Jersey (1969–1972; 1976–1977)
- Oyster Bowl – Norfolk, Virginia (at various times in its history a Division I bowl game, a Division III bowl game and, currently, a regular season game)
Defunct regular-season games known as bowl games
|Mirage Bowl||1976–1993||Tokyo, Japan||A regular season matchup, originally at Korakuen Stadium, later at Olympic Stadium, and finally at the Tokyo Dome|
|Oyster Bowl||1948–1995||Norfolk, Virginia||A regular season game called a "bowl", now a home game for Old Dominion University to raise money for the Kedive Shriner's charities.|
|Patriot Bowl||2007–2009||Cleveland, Ohio||A regular season game called a "bowl" that featured a team from the Mid-American Conference and (originally) one of the United States service academies|
|Tobacco Bowl||1935–1941, 1948–1984||South Boston, Virginia, Richmond, Virginia|
Defunct minor-college or unofficial bowl games
|Boardwalk Bowl||1961–1973||Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Boot Hill Bowl||1970–1980||Dodge City, Kansas|
|Camellia Bowl||1948, 1961–1980||Lafayette, Louisiana, Sacramento, California||One year in Lafayette, 19 in Sacramento|
|Cigar Bowl||1946–1954||Tampa, Florida|
|Cosmopolitan Bowl||1951||Alexandria, Louisiana|
|Epson Ivy Bowl||1988–1996||Japan|
|Festival of Palms Bowl||1932–1933||Miami||Would become the Orange Bowl for the 1934 season|
|Glass Bowl||1946–1949||Toledo, Ohio|
|Grape Bowl||1947–1948||Lodi, California|
|Heritage Bowl||1991–1999||Atlanta||Bowl game played between winners of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Southwestern Athletic Conference, the only bowl in what was then Division I-AA.|
|Lions Bowl||1952||Salisbury, North Carolina||Clarion Teacher's College defeated East Carolina College 13-6 on December 13, 1952. Game was not an NCAA sanctioned bowl. NCAA member West Chester was the bowl's first choice for a northern team, but West Chester was not allowed to accept and was replaced by Clarion.
In previous years the game was played as the Pythian Bowl.
|Missouri-Kansas Bowl||1948||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Optimist Bowl||1946||Houston||College of the Pacific was coached by Amos Alonzo Stagg.|
|Orange Blossom Classic||1933–1978||Miami||The name is now used for an occasional regular season game|
|Pasadena Bowl||1967–1971||Pasadena, California|
|First 4 seasons in Abilene, last 2 in Arlington.|
|Pelican Bowl||1972, 1974–1975||Durham, North Carolina
|First game in Durham, last 2 in New Orleans.|
|Refrigerator Bowl||1948–1956||Evansville, Indiana|
|Sunflower Bowl||1982–1986||Winfield, Kansas|
|Vulcan Bowl||1941–1948, 1951||Birmingham, Alabama|
|Wheat Bowl||1995–2006||Ellinwood, Kansas, Great Bend, Kansas||Pre-season NAIA bowl|
Defunct college all-star games
|College All-Star Game||1934–1976||Chicago||Preseason game matching the previous year's NFL champion (Super Bowl Champion starting with the 1967 game) against an all-star squad of the previous year's college seniors|
|Gridiron Classic||1998–2004||Orlando, Florida|
|Japan Bowl||1976–1993||Tokyo, Japan|
|North–South Shrine Game||1948–1973||Miami, Florida||Post season all star game similar to the East–West Shrine Game|
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