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Here’s All The Sweet Bowl Game Swag College Football Players Will Get For Playing


Bowl Game Gift Guide

One of the best traditions of the college bowl season are the gifts and presents that college football players receive just for making it into a bowl game. Every bowl game and their sponsor are responsible for creating gift packages (not exceeding $550 in value) for the 125 players per school to take home.

There’s no doubt that some bowl game gifts are better than others, but I’m of the opinion that the best gifts are actual things to help you remember the game–not just Beats headphones, Oakley sunglasses, or an Amazon Echo. Obviously all those things are awesome (and relatively expensive to buy) but making it to a Bowl game and playing in one are memories that these students should try to preserve years down the road. In ten years, all that technology will be obsolete.

But anyways, we digress.

The way that the bowl game gifts work is one of two ways. The first is that you get the gifts that the bowl game decides you get. The second is that you’re eligible for a gift suite, wherein the actual prices of the gifts are removed and replaced by a point system. The players walk through the gift suites, choosing which gifts they’d like, and then make their choices based on the number of points they’re allotted. Big ticket items are worth more points, whereas the smaller ones are worth less. Here’s James Butler of the Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns giving some more insight:

Dec. 17, 2016

Gildan New Mexico Bowl: UT San Antonio vs. New Mexico – Gift suite; Oakley sunglasses and Enduro 25 backpack; Bluetooth earbuds; beanie; Gildan stadium blanket; cap; selfie stick

Las Vegas Bowl Presented by Geico: San Diego State vs. Houston – Gift suite; Oakley backpack; beanie; cap

Raycom Media Camellia Bow: Toledo vs. Appalachian State – Gift suite; Fossil watch; coin; hat; beanie; Ogio duffel bag; Big Game autograph football

AutoNation Cure Bowl presented by Florida Hospital: UCF vs. Arkansas State – Sports watch; warmup jacket and pants; portable charger; Dri-Fit long-sleeve shirt; backpack

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Southern Miss vs. Louisiana Lafayette – Gift suite; Fossil watch

Dec. 19, 2016

Miami Beach Bowl: Tulsa vs. Central Michigan – Under Armour backpack, hat and sunglasses; ISlide sandals; portable power bank; beach paddle-ball set; football

Dec. 20, 2016

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Memphis – Gift suite “and other items”

Dec. 21, 2016

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl:  BYU vs. Wyoming – Gift suite; Fossil watch; New Era cap

Dec. 22, 2016

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Idaho vs. Colorado State – Gift suite; Oakley backpack; beanie; football; Proof Eyewear sunglasses

Dec. 23, 2016

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl: Old Dominion vs. Eastern Michigan – Gift suite; S’Well insulated drink bottle; Jabba Bluetooth speakers; drawstring backpack; beach towel; bowl pin

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Navy vs. Louisiana Tech – Gift suite; Finrod’s Festive Wear holiday sweater; football; beanie

Dollar General Bowl: Troy vs. Ohio – Leather duffel bag; Pure Boom wireless headphones; Wilson souvenir game ball; RTIC SoftPak 40 cooler; Timely Watch Co. watch

Dec. 24, 2016

Hawai’i Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Hawaii – Electronics gift suite; Oakley backpack and Holbrook sunglasses; Tori Richard aloha shirt; beach towel; Pro Athletics surf trunks; team performance gear

Dec. 26, 2016

St. Petersburg Bowl: Miami (Ohio) vs. Mississippi State – Gift suite; Oakley Turbine sunglasses and Enduro 20 backpack

Quick Lane Bowl: Boston College vs. Maryland – $200 Best Buy gift card; JBL headphones; life-sized Fathead decal for each participant of his likeness; hoodie; winter hat; Rock ’Em Apparel socks; backpack; vintage football

Camping World Independence Bowl: N.C. State vs. Vanderbilt – Gift suite; Timely Watch Co. watch; New Era skullcap; football

Dec. 27, 2016

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl: Army vs. North Texas – Gift suite; Amazon Echo Dot; football

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman: Wake Forest vs. Temple – $300 Microsoft gift card; Under Armour backpack and beanie; headphones

National Funding Holiday Bowl: Minnesota vs. Washington State – Gift suite; Fossil watch; New Era cap

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl: Baylor vs. Boise State – Gift suite; Ogio Baja 70 backpack; Fossil watch; mixer bottle

Dec. 28, 2016

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern – A variety of New Era products

Russell Athletic Bowl: Miami vs. West Virginia – $300 Best Buy shopping trip^; Timely Watch Co. watch; ISlide sandals; beach towel; athletic performance pullover

Foster Farms Bowl: Indiana vs. Utah – Gift suite; Fossil watch; Timbuk2 backpack

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: Kansas State vs. Texas A&M – Gift suite; belt buckle; Adidas backpack; iSlide sandals

Dec. 29, 2016

Birmingham Bowl: USF vs. South Carolina – Gift suite; ESPN beanie, power charger and USB adapter; souvenir football

Belk Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas – Shopping trip to Belk department store; Fossil watch

Valero Alamo Bowl – Oklahoma State vs. Colorado – Apple Watch Nike+; $110 Best Buy gift card; myCharge HubPlus portable charger; team panoramic photo; mini-helmet

Dec. 30, 2016  

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: TCU vs. Georgia – Bass Pro Shops shopping trip^; Oculus Pro Team HD binoculars; Bulova watch; Nike athletic shoes, sport sandals, backpack and sunglasses; football

Hyundai Sun Bowl: North Carolina vs. Stanford – Gift suite; Timely Watch Co. Silvertone Watch; Majestic Pro Base fleece pullover; Ogio Politan backpack; Under Armour cap; coin

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Nebraska vs. Tennessee – Gift suite; Fossil watch

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl: South Alabama vs. Air Force – Red, inflatable “big-lazy” couch; Selco watch; Ogio rucksack; Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats2 headphones with case; No Sweat Specialties socks

Capital One Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Michigan – Gift suite; Tourneau watch; Schutt mini-helmet

Dec. 31, 2016

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: Louisville vs. LSU – $305 Best Buy shopping trip^; Timely Watch Co. watch; EA Sports video game; ISlide sandals; $25 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card

TaxSlayer Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky – Fossil watch; carry-on bag; Under Armour sunglasses; football; bobblehead with player’s face, name and uniform number

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Alabama vs. Washington – $300 Vanilla Visa gift card by InComm; JBL Bluetooth speaker; Fossil watch; football

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State – Gift suite or PS4 game and accessory bundle; Ogio Throttle backpack; Fossil watch; football

Jan. 2, 2017

Outback Bowl: Iowa vs. Florida – Gift suite; Fossil watch; coin; cap; beanie; Ogio duffle bag; Big Game autograph football

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin – Would not disclose

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual: Penn State vs. USC – Gift suite; Fossil watch; Ogio backpack; New Era 9Fifty snapback adjustable hat

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Auburn vs. Oklahoma – Gift suite; Fossil watch with custom tin; New Era cap

Jan. 9, 2017

College Football Playoff National Championship Game:  TBD – Iconic gift

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