New Year's Six

The New Year's Six (NY6) bowls are the top six major NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision bowl games: the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Peach Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl. The New Year's Six represent six of the ten oldest bowl games currently played at the FBS level. These 6 top-tier bowl games rotate the hosting of the two College Football Playoff (CFP) semifinal games, which determine the teams that play in the final College Football Playoff National Championship game.[1] The rotation is set on a three-year cycle with the following pairings: Rose/Sugar, Orange/Cotton, and Fiesta/Peach.

The selection committee seeds and pairs the top four teams, and along with their final CFP rankings determine the participants for the other four non-playoff New Year's Six bowls that are not hosting the semifinals that year. These four non-playoff bowls are also referred to as the Selection Committee bowl games. These six games focus on the top 12 teams in the rankings, with only six teams ranked lower than 12th (all six were still ranked in the top 20) having ever played in the New Year's Six since the College Football Playoff system was inaugurated.

Twelve schools are selected for these major, top tier bowls. These include the champions of the "Power Five" conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC). The highest-ranked champion from the "Group of Five" conferences (The American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt) is guaranteed a berth if the group's top team is not in the playoff.[2]

New Year's Six
In operation2014–present
Preceded byBCS (19982013)
Bowl Alliance (19951997)
Bowl Coalition (19921994)
Number of New Year's Six games7 (championship game, 6 bowl games)
Television partner(s)ESPN (2014–present)
Most New Year's Six appearancesAlabama, Ohio State (5)
Most New Year's Six winsAlabama (6)
Conference with most appearancesSEC, Big Ten (14)
Conference with most game winsSEC (10)
Executive directorBill Hancock

History leading to the creation of the CFP

The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was a selection system that created five bowl game match-ups involving ten of the top ranked teams in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of college football, including an opportunity for the top two teams to compete in the BCS National Championship Game. The system was in place for the 1998 through 2013 seasons and in 2014 was replaced by the College Football Playoff. The four-team playoffs consist of two semifinal games, with the winners advancing to the College Football Playoff National Championship. If New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, those games traditionally on New Year's Day will be played the next day on January 2 in deference to the National Football League's Week 17, which marks the end of the NFL regular season.

In June 2012, the BCS conference presidents approved the College Football Playoff to replace the Bowl Championship Series.[2] Three bowls, Rose, Sugar and Orange bowls, due to their contracts with power conferences were part of the rotating semi-playoff games with three more bowls to be named.[1] With issues about fairness and the Big East's BCS Automatic Qualifier conference status, talk of accommodating the Group of Seven leagues with a seventh participating bowl started up. On November 12, 2012 in Denver, the conference commissioners granted the top Group of Seven conference champion a guaranteed slot in one of the six premier bowls.[2] In July 2013, Cotton Bowl Classic, Fiesta Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Bowl were selected as the other three rotating semi-playoff bowls ahead of the Holiday Bowl. Also, the BCS conference commissioners meetings selected Cowboys Stadium as the first host of the College Football Playoff Championship Game on January 12, 2015.[1]

Bowl game conference tie-ins

The following bowls have tie-ins with the following conference champions in the years they are not hosting playoff semifinals.

  • Rose Bowl: Big Ten vs. Pac-12[3]
  • Sugar Bowl: SEC vs. Big 12[2]
  • Orange Bowl: ACC [2]

When the conference champion is unavailable, the bowls invite the next-best team from that conference. The Cotton,[1] Fiesta[3] and Peach Bowls have no conference tie-ins;[3] as such, the best conference champion from the Group of Five ends up in one of those bowls if it doesn't end up in a playoff semifinal.[2]

History and schedule

The games are listed in chronological order, the rankings reflecting the final CFP rankings, and the win-loss data was prior to the respective NY6 Bowl.

2014–15 season

These NY6 bowl games were played following the 2014 regular season:

2015–16 season

These NY6 bowl games were played following the 2015 regular season:

2016–17 season

These NY6 bowl games were played following the 2016 regular season:

2017–18 season

These NY6 bowl games were played following the 2017 regular season:

2018–19 season

These NY6 bowl games were played following the 2018 regular season:

New Year's Six bowl appearances

New Year's Six bowl appearances by team

Appearances Games School W L Pct Games
5 9 Alabama 6 3 .667 Lost 2015 Sugar Bowl+
Won 2015 Cotton Bowl+ (December 2015)
Won 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2016 Peach Bowl+
Lost 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2018 Sugar Bowl+
Won 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2018 Orange Bowl+
Lost 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
5 6 Ohio State 5 1 .833 Won 2015 Sugar Bowl+
Won 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2016 Fiesta Bowl (January 2016)
Lost 2016 Fiesta Bowl+ (December 2016)
Won 2017 Cotton Bowl (December 2017)
Won 2019 Rose Bowl
4 7 Clemson 5 2 .714 Won 2015 Orange Bowl+
Lost 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2016 Fiesta Bowl+ (December 2016)
Won 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2018 Sugar Bowl+
Won 2018 Cotton Bowl+
Won 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
4 4 Oklahoma 1 3 .250 Lost 2015 Orange Bowl+
Won 2017 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2018 Rose Bowl+
Lost 2018 Orange Bowl+
3 3 Florida State 1 2 .333 Lost 2015 Rose Bowl+
Lost 2015 Peach Bowl
Won 2016 Orange Bowl
3 3 Washington 0 3 .000 Lost 2016 Peach Bowl+
Lost 2017 Fiesta Bowl
Lost 2019 Rose Bowl
2 3 Georgia 1 2 .333 Won 2018 Rose Bowl+
Lost 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2019 Sugar Bowl
2 2 Wisconsin 2 0 1.000 Won 2017 Cotton Bowl (January 2017)
Won 2017 Orange Bowl
2 2 Michigan State 1 1 .500 Won 2015 Cotton Bowl (January 2015)
Lost 2015 Cotton Bowl+ (December 2015)
2 2 Ole Miss 1 1 .500 Lost 2014 Peach Bowl
Won 2016 Sugar Bowl
2 2 USC 1 1 .500 Won 2017 Rose Bowl
Lost 2017 Cotton Bowl (December 2017)
2 2 Penn State 1 1 .500 Lost 2017 Rose Bowl
Won 2017 Fiesta Bowl
2 2 UCF 1 1 .500 Won 2018 Peach Bowl (January 2018)
Lost 2019 Fiesta Bowl
2 2 Auburn 0 2 .000 Lost 2017 Sugar Bowl
Lost 2018 Peach Bowl (January 2018)
2 2 Michigan 0 2 .000 Lost 2016 Orange Bowl
Lost 2018 Peach Bowl (December 2018)
2 2 Notre Dame 0 2 .000 Lost 2016 Fiesta Bowl (January 2016)
Lost 2018 Cotton Bowl+
1 2 Oregon 1 1 .500 Won 2015 Rose Bowl+
Lost 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
1 1 TCU 1 0 1.000 Won 2014 Peach Bowl
1 1 Boise State 1 0 1.000 Won 2014 Fiesta Bowl
1 1 Georgia Tech 1 0 1.000 Won 2014 Orange Bowl
1 1 Houston 1 0 1.000 Won 2015 Peach Bowl
1 1 Stanford 1 0 1.000 Won 2016 Rose Bowl
1 1 Florida 1 0 1.000 Won 2018 Peach Bowl (December 2018)
1 1 LSU 1 0 1.000 Won 2019 Fiesta Bowl
1 1 Texas 1 0 1.000 Won 2019 Sugar Bowl
1 1 Arizona 0 1 .000 Lost 2014 Fiesta Bowl
1 1 Mississippi State 0 1 .000 Lost 2014 Orange Bowl
1 1 Baylor 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 Cotton Bowl (January 2015)
1 1 Iowa 0 1 .000 Lost 2016 Rose Bowl
1 1 Oklahoma State 0 1 .000 Lost 2016 Sugar Bowl
1 1 Western Michigan 0 1 .000 Lost 2017 Cotton Bowl (January 2017)
1 1 Miami (FL) 0 1 .000 Lost 2017 Orange Bowl

+ Denotes CFP Semifinal

New Year's Six bowl appearances by conference

Conference Appearances Games W L Pct # Schools School(s)
SEC 14 19 10 9 .526 7 Alabama 5 (6–3)
Georgia 2 (1–2)
Ole Miss 2 (1–1)
Auburn 2 (0–2)
Florida 1 (1–0)
LSU 1 (1–0)
Mississippi State 1 (0–1)
Big Ten 14 15 9 6 .600 6 Ohio State 5 (5–1)
Wisconsin 2 (2–0)
Michigan State 2 (1–1)
Penn State 2 (1–1)
Michigan 2 (0–2)
Iowa 1 (0–1)
ACC 9 12 7 5 .583 4 Clemson 4 (5–2)
Florida State 3 (1–2)
Georgia Tech 1 (1–0)
Miami (FL) 1 (0–1)
Pac-12 8 9 3 6 .333 5 Washington 3 (0–3)
USC 2 (1–1)
Oregon 1 (1–1)
Stanford 1 (1–0)
Arizona 1 (0–1)
Big 12 8 8 3 5 .375 5 Oklahoma 4 (1–3)
TCU 1 (1–0)
Texas 1 (1–0)
Baylor 1 (0–1)
Oklahoma State 1 (0–1)
The American 3 3 2 1 .667 2 UCF 2 (1–1)
Houston 1 (1–0)
Independent 2 2 0 2 .000 1 Notre Dame 2 (0–2)
Mountain West 1 1 1 0 1.000 1 Boise State 1 (1–0)
MAC 1 1 0 1 .000 1 Western Michigan 1 (0–1)

Conference USA and Sun Belt Conference have never appeared in the New Year's Six.

College Football Playoff appearances

College Football Playoff appearances by team

Appearances Games School W L Pct Games
5 9 Alabama 6 3 .667 Lost 2015 Sugar Bowl
Won 2015 Cotton Bowl (December 2015)
Won 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2016 Peach Bowl
Lost 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2018 Sugar Bowl
Won 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2018 Orange Bowl
Lost 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
4 7 Clemson 5 2 .714 Won 2015 Orange Bowl
Lost 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2016 Fiesta Bowl (December 2016)
Won 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2018 Sugar Bowl
Won 2018 Cotton Bowl
Won 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
3 3 Oklahoma 0 3 .000 Lost 2015 Orange Bowl
Lost 2018 Rose Bowl
Lost 2018 Orange Bowl
2 3 Ohio State 2 1 .667 Won 2015 Sugar Bowl
Won 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2016 Fiesta Bowl (December 2016)
1 2 Oregon 1 1 .500 Won 2015 Rose Bowl
Lost 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
1 2 Georgia 1 1 .500 Won 2018 Rose Bowl
Lost 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
1 1 Florida State 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 Rose Bowl
1 1 Michigan State 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 Cotton Bowl (December 2015)
1 1 Washington 0 1 .000 Lost 2016 Peach Bowl
1 1 Notre Dame 0 1 .000 Lost 2018 Cotton Bowl

College Football Playoff appearances by conference

Conference Appearances Games W L Pct # Schools School(s)
SEC 6 11 7 4 .636 2 Alabama 5 (6–3)
Georgia 1 (1–1)
ACC 5 8 5 3 .625 2 Clemson 4 (5–2)
Florida State 1 (0–1)
Big Ten 3 4 2 2 .500 2 Ohio State 2 (2–1)
Michigan State 1 (0–1)
Big 12 3 3 0 3 .000 1 Oklahoma 3 (0–3)
Pac-12 2 3 1 2 .333 2 Oregon 1 (1–1)
Washington 1 (0–1)
Independent 1 1 0 1 .000 1 Notre Dame 1 (0–1)

College Football Playoff National Championship appearances

College Football Playoff National Championship appearances by team

Appearances School W L Pct Games Title Season(s)
4 Alabama 2 2 .500 Won 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Lost 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
2015, 2017
3 Clemson 2 1 .667 Lost 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Won 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship
2016, 2018
1 Ohio State 1 0 1.000 Won 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship 2014
1 Oregon 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship
1 Georgia 0 1 .000 Lost 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship

College Football Playoff National Championship appearances by conference

Conference Appearances W L Pct # Schools School(s)
SEC 5 2 3 .400 2 Alabama (2–2)
Georgia (0–1)
ACC 3 2 1 .667 1 Clemson (2–1)
Big Ten 1 1 0 1.000 1 Ohio State (1–0)
Pac-12 1 0 1 .000 1 Oregon (0–1)

Big 12 Conference has never appeared in the CFP National Championship

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Staff reports (July 22, 2013). "Sources: 'New Year's Six' likely the working title for College Football Playoff's six bowl games". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Stewart Mandel (12 November 2012). "Stewart Mandel: Big East, rest of 'Group of Five' score victory with six-bowl decision". SI.com. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b c McMann, Aaron (November 30, 2018). "Michigan's bowl destination hinges on Ohio State and the playoff". Flint Journal. MLive Media Group. Retrieved December 4, 2018.

External links

2014 Boise State Broncos football team

The 2014 Boise State Broncos football team represented Boise State University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Broncos were led by first-year head coach Bryan Harsin and played their home games at Albertsons Stadium. They were members of the Mountain West Conference in the Mountain Division. They finished the season 12-2, 7–1 in Mountain West play to win the Mountain Division championship. They defeated West Division champion Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship Game to become Mountain West champions. As the highest ranked team from the "Group of five", they received an automatic bid to a New Year's Six bowl. They were invited to the Fiesta Bowl where they defeated Arizona. It was the Broncos third appearance and victory in the Fiesta Bowl.

2014 Orange Bowl (December)

The 2014 Orange Bowl is a college football bowl game that was played on December 31, 2014 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The 81st Orange Bowl is a "New Year’s Six Bowl" of the College Football Playoff. It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games that concluded the 2014 FBS football season.

The game was televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio, with the kickoff time set for 8:00 P.M. ET. The game is sponsored by the Capital One financial services company and is officially named the Capital One Orange Bowl.

The Yellow Jackets defeated the Bulldogs 49–34. Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas, who accounted for 4 total touchdowns, was named the game's most valuable player.

2014 Peach Bowl

The 2014 Peach Bowl was a college football bowl game that was played on December 31, 2014, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The 47th Peach Bowl was one of the "New Year's Six" bowl games in the College Football Playoff. It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games that concluded the 2014 FBS football season. The game started at 12:30 PM. It was televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio.The 2014 Peach Bowl featured the TCU Horned Frogs of the Big 12 Conference against the Ole Miss Rebels of the Southeastern Conference. TCU defeated Ole Miss by a score of 42–3.Sponsored by the Chick-fil-A restaurant franchise, the game was officially known as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. This was the first time since 2005 that the game was called the Peach Bowl. Between 2006 and 2013 it was known as the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

2015 Cotton Bowl Classic (January)

The 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The 79th Cotton Bowl Classic was one of the "New Year's Six" bowls of the College Football Playoff. It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games that concluded the 2014 FBS football season. The game kicked off at 12:30 PM EST and was broadcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio. It was sponsored by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and was officially known as the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

From 1997 to 2013, the Cotton Bowl Classic pitted Big 12 Conference and Southeastern Conference teams against each other. In 2014, Michigan State was runner-up in the Big Ten Conference's East Division, and Baylor was Big 12 co-champion with TCU.

After falling behind by 20 points, Michigan State staged a dramatic comeback in the fourth quarter to beat Baylor by a score of 42–41. This was the highest scoring Cotton Bowl ever, and the fourth bowl game in a row for Michigan State where they won after trailing at halftime.

2015 Houston Cougars football team

The 2015 Houston Cougars football team represented the University of Houston in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the 68th year of season play for Houston. The team was led by first-year head coach Tom Herman and played its home games at TDECU Stadium in Houston. The Houston Cougars football team is a member of the American Athletic Conference in its West Division. They finished the season 13–1, 7–1 in American Athletic play to win a share of the West Division title. Due to their head to head win over Navy, they represented the West Division in the inaugural American Athletic Championship Game where they defeated Temple to become American Athletic Conference champions. As the highest ranked team from the "Group of five", they received an automatic bid to a New Year's Six bowl. They were invited to the Peach Bowl where they defeated Florida State.

2016 Orange Bowl

The 2016 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 30, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, played between the Michigan Wolverines of the Big Ten Conference against the Florida State Seminoles of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). It was one of the 2016–17 bowl games that concluded the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Florida State won the game by a score of 33–32. Dalvin Cook, running back for the Seminoles, was named the game's MVP.

The game was played on the 30th instead of on December 31 or January 1, as the following day's College Football Playoff semi-final bowls were played with earlier kick-off times that intruded into the New Year's Six early-afternoon scheduling window.

2018 Peach Bowl (December)

The 2018 Peach Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 29, 2018. It was the 51st edition of the Peach Bowl, and the second Peach Bowl to be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game was one of the College Football Playoff New Year's Six bowl games, and one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. Sponsored by the Chick-fil-A restaurant franchise, the game was officially known as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

The game featured the Michigan Wolverines of the Big Ten Conference and the Florida Gators of the Southeastern Conference. Going in to the bowl, the Michigan defense had given up an average of 263 yards per game, the best in the nation. Florida was the highest-ranked team that did not appear in the preseason AP top 25 poll.

2018 Peach Bowl (January)

The 2018 Peach Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2018, between the UCF Knights and the Auburn Tigers. It was the 50th edition of the Peach Bowl, and the first Peach Bowl to be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, after spending the previous 25 editions in the now demolished Georgia Dome. The 50th Peach Bowl was one of the College Football Playoff New Year's Six bowl games, and was one of the 2017–18 bowl games concluding the 2017 FBS football season. Sponsored by the Chick-fil-A restaurant franchise, the game was officially known as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

The game was televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio.

American Athletic Conference

The American Athletic Conference (AAC), also known as "the American", is an American collegiate athletic conference, featuring 12 member universities and six associate member universities that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Member universities represent a range of private and public universities of various enrollment sizes located primarily in urban metropolitan areas in the Northeastern, Midwestern, and Southern regions of the United States.The American's legal predecessor, the original Big East Conference, was considered one of the six collegiate power conferences of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era in college football, and The American inherited that status in the BCS's final season. With the advent of the College Football Playoff in 2014, The American became a "Group of Five" conference, which shares one automatic spot in the New Year's Six bowl games.The league is the product of substantial turmoil in the old Big East during the 2010–14 conference realignment period. It is one of two conferences to emerge from the all-sports Big East in 2013. While the other successor, which does not sponsor football, purchased the Big East Conference name, The American inherited the old Big East's structure and is that conference's legal successor. However, both conferences claim 1979 as their founding date, and the same history up to 2013. The American is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, and led by Commissioner Michael Aresco.

Bids to college bowl games

The teams that participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I Football Bowl Subdivision earn the right to compete in a series of post-season games called bowl games. As of 2017, there are 40 bowl games (not counting the College Football Playoff National Championship), and all are contractually obligated to offer bids to specific conferences, a situation known as a "tie-in". The "top" six bowl games ("New Year's Six") in the nation select their teams as part of the College Football Playoff (CFP), which was put into place for a minimum of 12 years, beginning with the 2014 season. Prior to 2014, the top five games in the country were chosen under the system known as the Bowl Championship Series. The bowls outside of the CFP, have individual contracts with the conferences to offer preferential bids to teams from those conferences. As long as teams are bowl eligible, they may be selected by these bowls to meet these contracts.

College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff (CFP) is an annual postseason knockout tournament to determine a national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest level of college football competition in the United States. The inaugural tournament was held at the end of the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season which was won by Ohio State. Four teams play in two semifinal games, and the winner of each semifinal advances to the College Football Playoff National Championship game.A 13-member committee selects and seeds the four teams to take part in the CFP. This system differs from the use of polls or computer rankings that had previously been used to select the participants for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), the title system used in FBS from 1998 to 2013. The current format is a Plus-One system, an idea which became popular as an alternative to the BCS after the 2003 and 2004 seasons ended in controversy.The two semifinal games rotate among six major bowl games, referred to as the New Year's Six: the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Peach Bowl. In addition to the four teams selected for the playoff, the final CFP rankings are used to help determine the participants for the other four New Year's Six bowls that are not hosting the semifinals that year. The semifinal games, which take place on the same day, are usually scheduled on Friday, Saturday, or Monday close to or on New Years Day, with flexibility allowed to ensure that they are not in conflict with other bowl games traditionally held on New Year's Day. The National Championship game is then played on the first Monday that is six or more days after the semifinals.The venue of the championship game is selected based on bids submitted by cities, similar to the Super Bowl or NCAA Final Four. The winner of the game is awarded the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy. Playoff officials commissioned a new trophy that was unconnected with the previous championship systems, such as the AFCA "crystal football" trophy which had been regularly presented after the championship game since the 1990s (as the AFCA was contractually obligated to name the BCS champion as the Coaches Poll champion).As the NCAA does not organize or award an official national championship for FBS football (instead merely recognizing the decisions made by any of a number of independent major championship selectors), the CFP's inception in 2014 marked the first time a major national championship selector in college football was able to determine their champion by using a bracket competition.

Hawaii Bowl

The Hawaiʻi Bowl (currently known as the SoFi Hawai'i Bowl for sponsorship reasons) is a college football bowl game that has been played annually at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, since 2002. The bowl is one of eleven post-season contests run by ESPN Events.

Typically played on or near Christmas Eve, it features a team from the Mountain West playing an opponent from Conference USA or the Pac-12. Uniquely, the bowl's charter contains a clause dictating that the Mountain West tie-in is automatically awarded to the Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warriors if it is bowl-eligible, and is not selected to participate in a New Year's Six (or previously BCS) bowl game. As such, the team has made the most appearances in the game, with 8. The "guarantee" has been regarded as being for practical reasons, as the team would not be required to perform costly travel to a bowl game in the mainland United States unless it is of high importance. The Mountain West bid was held by the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) until 2012, when Hawai'i moved to the conference and the WAC ceased sponsoring college football.

List of Arizona Wildcats bowl games

The Arizona Wildcats college football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing the University of Arizona in the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12). Since the establishment of the team in 1893, Arizona has appeared in 21 bowl games and had 9 wins, 11 losses, and 1 tie for a .452 winning percentage. One of their losses was to Boise State in one of the New Year's Six bowl games, the Fiesta Bowl. They are still currently the only team out of all 20 original teams in the original Pac-10 and Big Ten conferences to not have played in the Rose Bowl.

List of Boise State Broncos bowl games

The Boise State Broncos college football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing Boise State University as members of the Mountain West Conference. Since the establishment of the team in 1932 (although joined Division I in 1971 and FBS in 1996), Boise State has appeared in 19 bowl games. The Broncos have appeared in nine different bowl games, with multiple appearances in the Humanitarian/MPC Computers Bowl (4), the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas/Las Vegas Bowl (4), the Fiesta Bowl (3) (which was part of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and now part of the New Year's Six), the Hawaii Bowl (2), and the Poinsettia Bowl (2). Boise State was the only school from a non automatic qualifying conference to receive an at-large bid into a BCS game during the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They went to the 2010 Fiesta Bowl that season (all other appearances by non-AQ schools were actually automatic bids under BCS rules). Their most recent Bowl, the 2018 First Responder Bowl, was cancelled due to inclement weather with 5:08 left in the first quarter and ruled a no contest, thus making their record 12–6 in 19 bowl games.

List of Florida State Seminoles bowl games

The Florida State Seminoles football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing Florida State University in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Since the establishment of the team in 1902, Florida State has appeared in 48 bowl games, including eighteen combined appearances in the traditional "big four" bowl games (the Rose, Sugar, Cotton, and Orange), eight Bowl Championship Series game appearances, with two victories in the BCS National Championship Game, and one appearance in the College Football Playoff.

Florida State maintains a record of 28–16–3 record in bowl games. The Seminoles played in 36 consecutive bowl games from 1982-2017, the longest streak in college football history, although the NCAA doesn't recognize this because their 2006 Emerald Bowl win and appearance were both vacated as a result of the 2007 academic scandal.

Florida State also owns the record for the most consecutive bowl game victories with 11, between 1985 and 1996, as well as the longest unbeaten streak with a 13–0–1 record from 1982–1996.

List of Kansas State Wildcats bowl games

The Kansas State Wildcats football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing the Kansas State University in the Big 12 Conference. Since the establishment of the team in 1896, Kansas State has been invited to 21 bowl games. This total includes six appearances in the current "New Year's Six" major bowl games (the Rose, Sugar, Fiesta, Orange, Cotton, and Peach Bowl). The team played in two Fiesta Bowls during the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era, and one Fiesta Bowl during the Bowl Alliance era. With three Cotton Bowl appearances prior to it being included in the College Football Playoff.

Kansas State's first bowl game was in 1982, under coach Jim Dickey. The team was defeated by the Wisconsin Badgers in the 1982 Independence Bowl.

List of Stanford Cardinal bowl games

The Stanford Cardinal football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing Stanford University in the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference. Prior to 1930, the team had no official nickname. From 1930 to 1972, the team was known as the Indians; from 1972 to 1981, the team was known as the Cardinals; since 1982, the team has competed as the Cardinal.

Since the establishment of the team in 1892, Stanford has appeared in 30 bowl games. Included in these games are 15 appearances in the Rose Bowl Game and six Bowl Championship Series (BCS)/New Year's Six game appearances with an overall record of 15 wins, 14 losses, and one tie.

List of UCF Knights football seasons

The UCF Knights college football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing the University of Central Florida in the American Athletic Conference. Since the program's first season in 1979 under Don Jonas, the Knights have played over 465 regular-season games, earning 256 official victories. UCF has won six division championships (2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2018), six conference championships (2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018), and has made ten postseason appearances since joining FBS, including three BCS/NY6 bowl games. The Knights also claim a National Championship for the 2017 season, as recognized by the Colley Matrix. The Knights current head coach is Josh Heupel. The Knights have played their home games at Spectrum Stadium located on the main campus of UCF in Orlando, Florida since 2007.

UCF began as a Division III program, and subsequently completed their ascension to Division I-A, now known as the Division I Football Subdivision (FBS), in 1996. As a Division I–AA program, the Knights made the 1990 and 1993 playoffs.After George O'Leary took over the program, the Knights gained national prominence as members of C-USA and later the AAC. O'Leary guided UCF to their first division title (2005), first conference championship (2007), first bowl game (2005), first bowl victory (2010), first appearance/victory in a New Year's Six game (2014), first national rankings,, and numerous other milestones and superlatives.

The Knights' main rivals are the South Florida Bulls; other historic rivals include East Carolina and Marshall. UCF has played one Consensus All-American, Kevin Smith in 2007, and produced three Heisman Trophy candidates, Daunte Culpepper in 1998, Kevin Smith in 2007, and McKenzie Milton in 2017 and 2018. The program has also produced a long-line of NFL players. Playing in fourteen Super Bowls and including four pro-bowlers, the list most notably includes Blake Bortles, Brandon Marshall, Bruce Miller, Daunte Culpepper, Matt Prater, Asante Samuel, and Josh Sitton.

Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game

The Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game is an annual postseason college football game played to determine the champion of the Mountain West Conference (MW). From 1999 to 2012, the champion of the Mountain West was determined by regular season record. Beginning in 2013, following the expansion to twelve members and the division of the conference into Mountain and West Divisions, the conference championship game is held between the two division winners. The Mountain West is one of four conferences to have its championship game at a campus site, along with the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, and the Sun Belt Conference.

The inaugural MW Championship Game was played on December 7, 2013 at Fresno State's Bulldog Stadium and televised by CBS.The Mountain West Conference champion customarily receives a berth to play in the Las Vegas Bowl. However, if the MW champion finishes ranked ahead of the champions from the other "Group of Five" mid-major conferences (American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, MAC, and Sun Belt) by the selection committee of the College Football Playoff, it is guaranteed a berth in one of the non-semifinal "New Year's Six" bowls. If ranked in the top four, the conference champion will play in the national championship playoff.

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