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 2017, one bowl game exists for the championship subdivision, four bowls serve Division II, and ten exist for teams in Division III (not including 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 Non-FBS bowl games
- 4 Future bowl games
- 5 Proposed games
- 6 Map of bowl games
- 7 Number of current FBS bowl games by state
- 8 All-Star games
- 9 Regular season rivalries called bowls
- 10 Bowl games played outside of the US
- 11 Community College bowl games
- 12 Defunct bowl games
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 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)
|Pasadena, California||$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||$6,000,000
|Capital One||Orange Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl, Discover Orange Bowl|
|Sugar Bowl||1935||Mercedes-Benz Superdome
|New Orleans, Louisiana||$4,000,000||Allstate||Sugar Bowl, USF&G Sugar Bowl, Nokia Sugar Bowl|
|Cotton Bowl Classic||1937||AT&T Stadium
|Goodyear||Cotton Bowl, Mobil Cotton Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic, SBC Cotton Bowl Classic|
|Peach Bowl||1968||Mercedes-Benz Stadium
|Atlanta, Georgia||$4,000,000||Chick-fil-A||Peach Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl|
|Fiesta Bowl||1971||State Farm Stadium
|Glendale, 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||$3,447,568||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|
|Gator Bowl||1945||TIAA Bank Field
|Jacksonville, Florida||$3,168,292||TaxSlayer||Gator Bowl, Mazda Gator Bowl, Outback Gator Bowl, Toyota Gator Bowl, Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, Progressive Gator Bowl, TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, TaxSlayer Bowl|
|Citrus Bowl||1946||Camping World Stadium
|Orlando, Florida||$8,550,000||VRBO||Tangerine Bowl, Florida Citrus Bowl, CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl, Ourhouse.com Florida Citrus Bowl, Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, Citrus Bowl presented by Overton's|
|Liberty Bowl||1959||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
|Memphis, Tennessee||$4,294,681||AutoZone||Liberty Bowl, St. Jude Liberty Bowl, AXA Liberty Bowl|
|Independence Bowl||1976||Independence Stadium
|Shreveport, Louisiana||$1,248,280||Walk-On's||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, Camping World Independence Bowl|
|Holiday Bowl||1978||SDCCU Stadium
|San Diego, California||$6,326,258||San Diego County Credit Union||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, National Funding Holiday Bowl|
|Outback Bowl||1986||Raymond James Stadium
|Tampa, Florida||$6,350,000||Outback||Hall of Fame Bowl|
|Cheez-It Bowl||1989||Chase Field
|Phoenix, Arizona||$1,037,118||Kellogg's||Copper Bowl, Domino's Pizza Copper Bowl, Weiser Lock Copper Bowl, Insight.com Bowl, Insight Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, TicketCity Cactus Bowl, Motel 6 Cactus Bowl|
|Camping World Bowl||1990||Camping World Stadium
|Orlando, Florida||$5,800,000||Camping World||Sunshine Classic, Blockbuster Bowl, Carquest Bowl, MicronPC Bowl, MicronPC.com Bowl, Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl, Mazda Tangerine Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl|
|Las Vegas Bowl||1992||Sam Boyd Stadium
|Whitney, Nevada||$2,760,000||Mitsubishi||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, Las Vegas Bowl presented by GEICO|
|San Antonio, Texas||$7,975,000||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||$950,000||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||$5,650,000||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||$1,500,000||Dollar General||Mobile Alabama Bowl, GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl, GMAC Bowl, GoDaddy.com Bowl, GoDaddy Bowl|
|New Orleans Bowl||2001||Mercedes-Benz Superdome
|New Orleans, Louisiana||$925,000||R+L Carriers||New Orleans Bowl, Wyndham New Orleans Bowl|
|Redbox Bowl||2002||Levi's Stadium
|Santa Clara, California||$3,600,000||Redbox||San Francisco Bowl, Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, Emerald Bowl, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Fight Hunger Bowl, Foster Farms Bowl|
|Hawaii Bowl||2002||Aloha Stadium
|Honolulu, Hawaii||$1,000,000||SoFi||ConAgra Foods Hawai'i Bowl, Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl|
|Belk Bowl||2002||Bank of America Stadium
|Charlotte, North Carolina||$4,505,556||Belk||Queen City Bowl, Continental Tire Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl|
|Armed Forces Bowl||2003||Amon G. Carter Stadium
|Fort Worth, Texas||$900,000||Lockheed Martin||PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl, Fort Worth Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl|
|Texas Bowl||2006||NRG Stadium
|Houston, Texas||$6,300,000||Academy Sports + Outdoors||Texas Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl|
|Birmingham Bowl||2006||Legion Field
|Birmingham, Alabama||$1,650,000||Jared||Birmingham Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl|
|New Mexico Bowl||2006||Dreamstyle Stadium
|Albuquerque, New Mexico||$1,050,000||None||New Mexico Bowl, Gildan New Mexico Bowl|
|Military Bowl||2008||Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
|Annapolis, Maryland||$2,066,990||Northrop Grumman||Congressional Bowl, EagleBank Bowl|
|Gasparilla Bowl||2008||Raymond James Stadium
|Tampa, Florida||$1,133,735||Bad Boy Mowers||St. Petersburg Bowl, magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl, Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl, Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl|
|Pinstripe Bowl||2010||Yankee Stadium
|Bronx, New York||$4,300,000||New Era||None previous|
|First Responder Bowl||2010||Cotton Bowl
|Dallas, Texas||$1,667,000||Servpro||Dallas Football Classic, TicketCity Bowl, Heart of Dallas Bowl presented by PlainsCapital Bank, Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl|
|Bahamas Bowl||2014||Thomas Robinson Stadium
|Nassau, Bahamas||$225,000||Elk Grove Village, Illinois||Popeyes Bahamas Bowl|
|Boca Raton Bowl||2014||FAU Stadium
|Boca Raton, Florida||$1,000,000||Cheribundi||Boca Raton Bowl, Marmot Boca Raton Bowl|
|Camellia Bowl||2014||Cramton Bowl
|Montgomery, Alabama||$250,000||Raycom Media||None previous|
|Quick Lane Bowl||2014||Ford Field
|Detroit, Michigan||$750,000||Ford Motor Company||de facto replacement for Little Caesars Pizza Bowl which ran from 1997 to 2013|
|Cure Bowl||2015||Orlando City Stadium
|Orlando, Florida||$751,115||AutoNation||None previous|
|Arizona Bowl||2015||Arizona Stadium
|Tucson, Arizona||$412,920||NOVA Home Loans||None previous|
|Frisco Bowl||2017||Toyota Stadium
|Frisco, Texas||$750,000||DXL||de facto replacement for the Miami Beach Bowl, which was sold to ESPN Events and relocated to Frisco, Texas|
Non-FBS bowl games
Division I FCS bowls
(+ Revenue Pool)
|Title Sponsor||Previous Name(s)|
(HBCU National Championship)
||Atlanta||$1,000,000||United States Air Force Reserve||Legacy Bowl (proposed 2010)|
Heritage Bowl (1991–99)
Pelican Bowl (1972–75)
Division II bowls
|City||Title Sponsor||Previous Name(s)|
|Mineral Water Bowl||1999||Tiger Stadium||Excelsior Springs, Missouri||Excelsior Springs Quarterback Club||none|
|Heart of Texas Bowl||2012||Bulldawg Stadium||Copperas Cove, Texas||The International Purchasing System (TIPS)
Communities Helping Americans Mature, Progress and Succeed (C.H.A.M.P.S.)
|HOT Bowl (abbreviation)|
|Live United Bowl||2013||Razorback Stadium||Texarkana, Arkansas||Dean Barry, agent;
(Replaced Kanza Bowl, which ran from 2009–2012)
|Corsicana Bowl||2017||Tiger Stadium (Corsicana) (10,001)||Corsicana, Texas||Corsicana Convention and Visitors Bureau||None|
Division III bowls
|City||Title Sponsor||Previous Name(s)|
|ECAC D3 Football Fest
(4 bowls: Chapman, Lynah, Bushnell, & Whitelaw)
(All four played at same site)
|N/A||Eastern College Athletic Conference||ECAC Bowl (1983–2003)|
Regional ECAC bowl games (1983-2014)
|Centennial-MAC Bowl Series
(2 unnamed bowls)
|2015||Campus sites||N/A||Centennial Conference
Middle Atlantic Conferences
|New England Bowl||2016||Campus site||N/A||ECFC, MSCAC, CCC Football, & NEWMAC||None|
|New York Bowl||2017||Campus site||N/A||Liberty League
Additionally, NCAA Division III is home to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl (1973–present; currently played in Salem, Virginia). In contrast to other bowl games, the Stagg Bowl operates within the NCAA tournament structure rather than as a stand-alone post-season game; it serves as the Division III national championship game to conclude a 32-team post-season playoff.
NAIA bowl games
The NAIA's national championship game (which is the conclusion of a 16 team playoff) is currently not named as a bowl, but has held a bowl name in the past. Additionally, from 1970–1996, NAIA football was split into two divisions and held a separate tournaments and championships for both divisions; the Division II championship was never named a bowl and as such the past names listed below do not apply to the Division II championship game.
|City||Title Sponsor||Previous Name(s)|
|NAIA national football championship||1956||
|Daytona Beach, Florida||NAIA
|Aluminum Bowl (1956)|
Holiday Bowl (1957–1960)
Camellia Bowl (1961–1963)
Championship Bowl (1964–1976, 1980–1996)
Apple Bowl (1977)
Palm Bowl (1978–1979)
NCCAA bowl games
Football teams that are a part of the NCCAA may also be members of the NCAA, NAIA, or of neither. Bids to the Victory Bowl are given to NCCAA teams that did not make the their NCAA or NAIA playoffs and is treated as the NCCAA Championship Game, but follows no playoff itself.
|City||Title Sponsor||Previous Name(s)|
|Victory Bowl||1997||Campus site||N/A||NCCAA||None|
Future bowl games
The following bowl games have been certified and approved by the NCAA for a future date.
|Name||Year to start||Venue
|Myrtle Beach Bowl||2020||Brooks Stadium
|Conway, South Carolina||TBD||TBD||None Previous|
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|
|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, Ontario, Canada||TBD||TBD||International Bowl|
|Unnamed Chicago bowl game||2020||Wrigley Field
|Chicago, Illinois||TBD||TBD||None previous|
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—Spectrum 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 an 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 was not played that year as a result. However, in April 2016, the NCAA announced a moratorium on new bowl games; organizers have subsequently announced plans to hold the bowl (as an all-star game again) in January 2018.
Map of bowl games
Number of current FBS bowl games by state
|Florida||8||Orange*, Boca Raton, Camping World, Citrus, Cure, Gasparilla, Gator, Outback|
|Texas||7||Cotton*, Alamo, Armed Forces, First Responder, Frisco, Sun, Texas|
|Alabama||3||Birmingham, Camellia, Dollar General|
|Arizona||Fiesta*, Arizona, Cheez-It|
|California||Rose*, Holiday, Redbox|
|Louisiana||Sugar*, Independence, New Orleans|
|Tennessee||2||Liberty, Music City|
|Idaho||Famous Idaho Potato|
|New Mexico||New Mexico|
*State also hosts College Football Playoff semifinals in rotation under current CFP format.
FBS all-star games
All-star games predominantly featuring players from the FBS-level (or historical equivalents, such as Division I-A).
|East–West Shrine Game||Active||1925–present||San Francisco (1925–1941)
multiple locations (1942–2011)
St. Petersburg, Florida (2012–present)
|has invited Canadian players since 1985|
|NFLPA Collegiate Bowl||Active||2012–present||Pasadena, California|
|Senior Bowl||Active||1950–present||Jacksonville, Florida (1950)
Mobile, Alabama (1951–present)
|Medal of Honor Bowl||Paused||2014–2015||Charleston, South Carolina|
|Blue–Gray Football Classic||Defunct||1939–2001
|Casino del Sol College All-Star Game||Defunct||2011–2013||Tempe, Arizona (2011)
Tucson, Arizona (2012–13)
|Eastham Energy College All-Star Game in 2011|
|Challenge Bowl||Defunct||1978–1979||Seattle||Pac-8 all-stars vs. Big Ten all-stars (1978)|
Pac-10 all-stars vs. Big Eight all-stars (1979)
|Chicago College All-Star Game||Defunct||1934–1976||Chicago (1934–42, 1945–76)
Evanston, Illinois (1943–44)
|college all-stars vs. NFL champions|
|College All-Star Bowl||Defunct||2013–2014||Greenville, South Carolina|
|Gridiron Classic||Defunct||1999–2005||Orlando, Florida (1999–2003)
The Villages, Florida (2004–05)
|Hula Bowl||Defunct||1960–2008||Honolulu (1960–97, 2006–08)
Wailuku, Hawaii (1998–2005)
|started with non-collegiate players in 1947|
|Japan Bowl||Defunct||1976–1993||Tokyo (1976–79, 1992–93)
|Las Vegas All-American Classic||Defunct||2002–2006||Saint George, Utah (2002–03)
Las Vegas (2004–06)
|played as the Paradise Bowl in Utah|
|Magnolia Gridiron All-Star Classic||Defunct||2005–2006||Jackson, Mississippi||Division I-A vs. Division I-AA/II/III|
|North–South All-Star Classic||Defunct||2007||Houston||also known as the Inta-Juice All-Star Classic|
|North–South Shrine Game||Defunct||1948–1973
|started with high school teams in 1946|
|Players All-Star Classic||Defunct||2012||Little Rock, Arkansas|
|Raycom All-Star Classic||Defunct||2013||Montgomery, Alabama|
|Texas vs The Nation||Defunct||2007–2011
|El Paso, Texas (2007–10)
San Antonio, Texas (2011)
Allen, Texas (2013)
Other all-star games
|FCS Bowl||Active||2014–present||Miami (2014–2015)
Daytona Beach (2016–present)
|National Bowl Game||Active||2011–present||Allentown, Pennsylvania (2011–2012)
Daytona Beach (2016–present)
|Division II/III and NAIA|
|Dream Bowl||Active||2018||Roanoke, Virginia||Division II/III and FCS|
|Cactus Bowl||Defunct||1994–2011||Fargo, North Dakota (1994–2000)
Kingsville, Texas (2001–2011)
|played as the Snow Bowl in Fargo|
|East Coast Bowl||Defunct||2001–2009||Petersburg, Virginia||Division II/III and NAIA|
|USA College Football Bowl||Defunct||1996–2015||multiple locations (1996–2014)
Jackson, Mississippi (2015)
|initially Division III, later all levels|
2016 game was cancelled
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
- Iron Bowl – Alabama and Auburn
- Magnolia Bowl – LSU and Mississippi
- Palmetto Bowl – Clemson and South Carolina
- Textile Bowl – Clemson and North Carolina State
- Safeway Bowl – North Texas and Southern Methodist
Bowl games played outside of the US
- Aztec Bowl – Mexico (1950–53, 1955, 1957, 1964–66, 1970–71, 1971–80, 1984, 1986– Present)
- 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 – currently played bowl game in Nassau, Bahamas, since 2014.
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
Defunct bowl games
Defunct major-college bowl games
Defunct Division I-AA bowl games
- Camellia Bowl – Sacramento, California (1980)
- Heritage Bowl – Atlanta (1991–1999)
- Pioneer Bowl – Wichita Falls, Texas (1978, 1981–1982)
- Gridiron Classic – rotating locations (2006–2009)
- ECAC Bowl – rotating locations (1993–2003)
Defunct Division II bowl games
- Boardwalk Bowl – Atlantic City, New Jersey (1973)
- Camellia Bowl – Sacramento, California (1973–1975)
- Dixie Rotary Bowl – Saint George, Utah (1986–2008)
- Grantland Rice Bowl – Murfreesboro, Tennessee & Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1973–1977)
- Kanza Bowl – Topeka, Kansas (2009–2012)
- Knute Rockne Bowl – Akron, Ohio & Davis, California (1976–1977)
- Pioneer Bowl – various locations (1973–1977, 1997–2012)
Defunct Division III bowl games
- 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)
- ECAC Presidents Bowl - New Britain, Connecticut (2015) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2016)
- ECAC Legacy Bowl - New Britain, Connecticut (2015) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2016)
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
Defunct minor-college or unofficial bowl games
|Bicentennial Bowl||1975–1976||Little Rock, Arkansas
|Boardwalk Bowl||1961–1972||Atlantic City, New Jersey||A College Division regional final 1968–1972, later a Division II quarterfinal.|
|Boot Hill Bowl||1970–1980||Dodge City, Kansas|
|Burley Bowl||1945–1956||Johnson City, Tennessee||Played on Thanksgiving Day each year|
|A College Division regional final 1964–1972, later a playoff game in DI-AA and DII.|
|Cigar Bowl||1946–1954||Tampa, Florida|
|Cosmopolitan Bowl||1951||Alexandria, Louisiana|
|Elks Bowl||1953–1954||Greenville, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
|Both games were played in calendar year 1954.|
|Epson Ivy Bowl||1988–1996||Yokohama, Japan
|Three years in Yokohama, three years in Tokyo, two years in Nishinomiya|
|Festival of Palms Bowl||1932–1933||Miami, Florida||Would become the Orange Bowl for the 1934 season|
|Fruit Bowl||1947–1948||San Francisco, California||1948 game was the first inter-racial college bowl game|
|Glass Bowl||1946–1949||Toledo, Ohio|
|Grantland Rice Bowl||1964–1972||Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|A College Division regional final for nine years; later a Division II playoff game.|
|Grape Bowl||1947–1948||Lodi, California|
|Knute Rockne Bowl||1969–1972||Bridgeport, Connecticut
Atlantic City, New Jersey
|A College Division regional final for four years; later a Division II playoff game.|
|Lions Bowl||1969–1972||Salisbury, North Carolina||From 1949 to 1951, this game had been played as the Pythian Bowl.|
|Missouri-Kansas Bowl||1948||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Optimist Bowl||1946||Houston, Texas||College of the Pacific was coached by Amos Alonzo Stagg.|
|Orange Blossom Classic||1933–1978||Miami, Florida||The name is now used for an occasional regular season game.|
|Pasadena Bowl||1967–1971||Pasadena, California|
|Pear Bowl||1946–1951||Ashland, Oregon
|Orangeburg, South Carolina
|HBCU matchup in 1940s, then a College Division regional final|
|Durham, North Carolina
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Pioneer Bowl||1971–1972||Wichita Falls, Texas||A College Division regional final for two years; later a playoff game in DI-AA and DII.|
|Prairie View Bowl||1928–1960||Houston, Texas||First bowl game for HBCU's, hosted by Prairie View A&M.|
|Pythian Bowl||1949–1951||Salisbury, North Carolina||First bowl game that was played in North Carolina. Succeeded by 1952 Lions Bowl.|
|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|
|First Down Classic||2007–2011||Platte City, Missouri
Baldwin City, Kansas
|Pre-season NAIA bowl, successor to the Wheat Bowl.|
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