With bowl season upon us, the gifts just keep on coming

December 16, 2011
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Players always look forward to the season's bowl gifts tradition.

The bowl season is right around the corner, so that means it’s that time of year to highlight all the goodies and freebies players receive courtesy of the bowl committees. There are 35 bowl games for the 2011 season, and every player from every bowl game is set to receive a variety of gifts to include rings, watches, electronics, and apparel. Regardless of the prestige of the bowl game, gifts such as iPods, Xboxes, and PS3s are found all throughout.  

Per NCAA guidelines, bowl committees can allocate up to $500 worth of gifts to 125 participants per school. Additionally, players can receive awards up to $350 from their school and an additional $350 from their conference. When it’s all said and done, a star player can walk home with $1,200 worth of gifts and prizes.

The following is a comprehensive list of the 35 bowl games and the gifts allocated:

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
University Stadium, Albuquerque, N.M.
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m., ESPN
Gift suite, Oakley Eyepatch 2, Oakley beanie, New Era cap, Oakley Flak Pack 3.0, pen with box, Christmas ornament

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Saturday, Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Gift suite, North End winter coat, Kombi gloves, Nike beanie, Ogio Fugitive backpack, Big Game souvenir football

R+L Carriers
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Saturday, Dec. 17, 9 p.m., ESPN
Samsung Galaxy tablet

Beef ‘O’Brady’s Bowl
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 8 p.m., ESPN
Sony PlayStation 3, Oakley Eyepatch 2, Oakley backpack duffel, mini-helmet

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m., ESPN
Best Buy gift card*, Tourneau watch, hooded sweatshirt, FlexFit cap

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
Thursday, Dec. 22, 8 p.m., ESPN
Gift suite, cap

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
Saturday, Dec. 24, 8 p.m., ESPN
Oakley sunglasses, Aloha shirt, Pro Athletics custom beach shorts, Oakley T-shirt, performance wear, cap or visor, backpack, beach towels, bowl calendar, playing cards

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La.
Monday, Dec. 26, 5 p.m., ESPN2
Gift suite, Timely Watch Co. watch, New Era cap, commemorative football

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Ford Field, Detroit
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Timely Watch Co. watch, leather duffel bag, commemorative football

Belk Bowl
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 8 p.m., ESPN
Estimated $400 shopping trip to Belk’s flagship store in Charlotte, Fossil watch

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple iPod nano, Deuce watch, LunaTik wristband (to hold iPod), beanie, Nike backpack

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 8 p.m., ESPN
Best Buy gift card*, Tourneau watch, hooded sweatshirt, FlexFit cap

Champs Sports Bowl
Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando
Thursday, Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
$420 shopping trip to a local Best Buy, Timely Watch Co. watch

Valero Alamo Bowl
Alamodome, San Antonio
Thursday, Dec. 29, 9 p.m., ESPN
$400 Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, Schutt mini-helmet, panoramic team photo

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas
Friday, Dec. 30, noon, ESPN
Sony Gift suite, Timely Watch Co. watch, camo knit beanie, Ogio backpack, Big Game souvenir football

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium, New York City
Friday, Dec. 30, 3:20 p.m., ESPN
Note: Bowl committee would not disclose details about participants’ gifts

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
LP Field, Nashville
Friday, Dec. 30, 6:40 p.m., ESPN
Gift suite, Reactor watch

Insight Bowl
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
Friday, Dec. 30, 10 p.m., ESPN
Gift suite, Fossil watch, cap, Ogio Convoy backpack

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
Reliant Stadium, Houston
Saturday, Dec. 31, noon, ESPN
Toshiba 32-inch flat-screen television, Fossil watch, belt buckle, T-shirt, backpack

Hyundai Sun Bowl
Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas
Saturday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m., CBS
Gift suite, Timely Watch Co. watch, Majestic Pro-Base fleece pullover, VP Sports cap, Ogio Politan backpack, Helen of Troy hair dryer, souvenir coin

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis
Saturday, Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, Nike training shoes, Nike sport sandals, Nike sunglasses, Nike Air Jordan backpack, commemorative game ball

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
AT&T Park, San Francisco
Saturday, Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Soundmatters Personal Audiophile loudspeaker, Fossil watch, cap, Timbuk2 custom messenger bag

Chick-fil-A Bowl
Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Saturday, Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
$250 Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, Russell Athletic ski cap, Russell Athletic travel bag, $15 Chick-fil-A gift card, commemorative football

TicketCity Bowl
Cotton Bowl, Dallas
Monday, Jan. 2, noon, ESPNU
Gift suite, Timely Watch Co. watch

Capital One Bowl
Citrus Bowl, Orlando
Monday, Jan. 2, 1 p.m., ESPN
$420 shopping trip to a local Best Buy, Timely Watch Co. watch

Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Monday, Jan. 2, 1 p.m., ABC
$150 Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, Jostens ring, cap, $25 Outback Steakhouse gift certificate

TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl
EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Monday, Jan. 2, 1 p.m., ESPN2
Fossil watch, Gator Gear performance headwear, rolling luggage bag, Jostens ring, commemorative football

Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
Monday, Jan. 2, 5 p.m., ESPN
Gift suite, Fossil watch, New Era hat, Oakley Flak Pack 3.0

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Monday, Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Gift suite, Kenneth Cole watch, cap, Ogio Convoy backpack

Allstate Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Gift suite, Reactor watch, New Era cap, Majestic fleece pullover

Discover Orange Bowl
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Gift suite, Tourneau watch

AT&T Cotton Bowl
Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Friday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m., Fox
Fossil watch
Note: Bowl committee would not disclose additional details about participant gifts

BBVA Compass Bowl
Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.
Saturday, Jan. 7, 1 p.m., ESPN
iBeats by Dr. Dre (ear buds), Reactor watch, Oakley Eyepatch 2, Oakley backpack duffel, Big Game commemorative football

GoDaddy.com Bowl
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.
Sunday, Jan. 8, 9 p.m., ESPN
Nikon S80, Timely Watch Co. watch, leather luggage bag, commemorative football

Allstate BCS National Championship Game
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Monday, Jan. 9, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Gift suite, Fossil watch, New Era cap, Boxer and Stone shirt

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