The 2012–13 NCAA football bowl games were a series of college footballbowl games. They concluded the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season, and included 35 team-competitive games and four all-star games. The games began on Saturday December 15, 2012 and, aside from the all-star games, concluded with the 2013 BCS National Championship Game in Miami Gardens, Florida that was played on January 7, 2013.
The total of 35 team-competitive bowls was unchanged from the previous year. While bowl games had been the purview of only the very best teams for nearly a century, this was the seventh consecutive year that teams with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games. To fill the 70 available team-competitive bowl slots, a total of 13 teams (19% of all participants) with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games—12 had a .500 (6-6) season and, for the second consecutive year, a team with a sub-.500 (6-7) season was invited to a bowl game.
Selection of the teams
Bowl-eligibility contingency plan
As per 2010 and 2011, initial bowl eligibility would go to teams with no lower than a non-losing record (6-6) for the season. On August 2, 2012, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved a significant change to the process to determine bowl eligible teams, going so far as to potentially allow 5-7 teams to go to a bowl, in case there were not enough regular bowl-eligible teams to fill every game. If a bowl has one or more conferences/teams unable to meet their contractual commitments and there are no available bowl-eligible teams, the open spots can be filled – by the particular bowl's sponsoring agencies – as follows:
- Teams finishing 6-6 with one win against a team from the lower Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), regardless of whether that FCS school meets NCAA scholarship requirements. Until now, an FCS win counted only if that opponent met the scholarship requirements—specifically, that school had to award at least 90% of the FCS maximum of 63 scholarship equivalents over a two-year period. In the 2012 season, programs in four FCS conferences cannot meet the 90% requirement (56.7 equivalents)—the Ivy League, which prohibits all athletic scholarships; the Patriot League and Pioneer Football League, which do not currently award football scholarships; and the Northeast Conference, which limits football scholarships to 38 equivalents.
- 6-6 teams with two wins over FCS schools.
- Teams that finish 6-7 with loss number seven in their conference championship game.
- 6-7 teams that normally play a 13-team schedule, such as Hawaii's home opponents. Although Hawaii normally plays a 13-game schedule, it only played 12 games this season.
- FCS teams who are in the final year of the two-year FBS transition process, if they have at least a 6-6 record.
- Finally, 5-7 teams that have a top-5 Academic Progress Rate (APR) score. This was later adjusted to allow other 5-7 teams to be selected thereafter—in order of their APR.
This process was created as a number of schools were banned, self-banned or potentially banned from the 2012 bowls, risking unfilled bowl games under the previous process: Ohio State, Penn State, North Carolina and UCF received bowl bans for this season (UCF's appeal hearing has been delayed until 2013, keeping them eligible this season), while there were unresolved NCAA cases examining Oregon and Miami (Miami has self-imposed a bowl ban for both 2011 and 2012).
Note:Georgia Tech lost in the ACC Championship Game to go 6-7 on the season. Georgia Tech applied for a waiver, distinct from the bowl-eligibility contingency plan, stating that they were forced to play the ACC Championship Game because higher finishing Miami self-imposed a postseason ban in a bid to lessen possible NCAA sanctions resulting from their school's 2011 athletics scandal. (North Carolina, which also finished ahead of Georgia Tech, was ineligible to participate due to NCAA sanctions.) The NCAA granted Georgia Tech the waiver and direct, non-contingent, eligibility for bowl play.
Bowl Championship Series
Ten teams were selected for the Bowl Championship Series:
- Notre Dame, an independent, qualified as BCS #1 and will play in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.
- Florida, a member of the SEC, qualified as BCS #3 and was selected to play in the 2013 Sugar Bowl.
- Oregon, a member of the Pac-12, was eligible for an at-large selection as BCS #4 and was selected to play in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl.
- NIU, the winner of the MAC championship game, qualified by being the highest-ranked (BCS #15) member of a non-AQ conference to finish in the Top 16 of the BCS and higher ranked than at least one AQ-conference champion (in this case, both Louisville and Wisconsin). NIU was selected to play in the 2013 Orange Bowl.
- ACC(6) : Clemson (ACC Atlantic Division Co-Champions), Florida State (ACC Atlantic Division Champions, ACC Champions), Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech (ACC Coastal Division Co-Champions)
- Big East(5) : Louisville (Big East Co-Champions), Rutgers (Big East Co-Champions), Cincinnati (Big East Co-Champions), Syracuse (Big East Co-Champions), Pittsburgh
- Big Ten(7) : Northwestern, Wisconsin (Big Ten Champions), Nebraska (Big Ten Legends Division Champions), Michigan, Minnesota, Purdue, Michigan State
- Big 12(9) : Kansas State (Big 12 Co-Champions), Texas Tech, Texas, Oklahoma (Big 12 Co-Champions), TCU, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, West Virginia, Baylor
- Conference USA(5) : Tulsa (Conference USA Champions), UCF (C-USA East Division Champions), East Carolina, SMU, Rice
- Independents(3) : BYU, Notre Dame, Navy
- MAC(7) : NIU (MAC Champions), Ohio, Toledo, Kent State (MAC East Champions), Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan
- Mountain West(5) : Nevada, Boise State (Mountain West Conference (Co-Champions)), Fresno State (Mountain West Conference (Co-Champions)), San Diego State (Mountain West Conference (Co-Champions)), Air Force
- Pac-12(8) : Stanford (Pac-12 Champion), Oregon (Pac-12 North Division Co-Champions), USC, Oregon State, UCLA (Pac-12 South Division Champions), Arizona, Washington, Arizona State
- SEC(9) : South Carolina, Alabama (SEC Champions), Florida (SEC East Division Co-Champions), LSU, Mississippi State, Georgia (SEC East Division Co-Champions, East Division representative in SEC Championship Game), Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss
- Sun Belt(5) : Western Kentucky, Louisiana–Monroe, Arkansas State (Sun Belt Conference Champions), Louisiana–Lafayette, Middle Tennessee
- WAC(3) : Utah State (WAC Champions), San Jose State, Louisiana Tech
Number of bowl berths available: 70
Number of teams assured of bowl eligibility: 72 (71 plus 6–7 Georgia Tech, per NCAA waiver)
Bowl eligible teams that did not receive a bid: 2
- WAC: Louisiana Tech (9-3)
- Sun Belt: Middle Tennessee (8-4)
Note: On Friday, November 30, Louisiana Tech was invited to play in the Independence Bowl but asked for more time as they were in negotiations with the Liberty Bowl and Heart of Dallas Bowl. Louisiana Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde and WAC commissioner Jeff Hurd both claimed that on Saturday, December 1, the Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart guaranteed the Bulldogs a bowl invite. After the Independence Bowl's deadline for Louisiana Tech to accept their invitation passed, the Independence Bowl selected the MAC's Ohio (8-4) instead. On Sunday, December 2, the Liberty Bowl extended their remaining bid to Iowa State (6-6) instead of Louisiana Tech (9-3). The Bulldogs did not end up playing in any bowl game despite boasting the nation's top scoring offense. Other media reports indicated that the Liberty Bowl and Sun Belt were discussing placing the winner of Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee State in the Memphis-based Liberty bowl.
Teams unable to become bowl-eligible
- ACC(6): North Carolina (via NCAA sanctions), Miami (FL) (via self-imposed bowl ban), Boston College, Virginia, Maryland, Wake Forest
- Big East(3): Temple, South Florida, Connecticut
- Big Ten(5): Ohio State (via NCAA sanctions), Penn State (via NCAA sanctions), Illinois, Iowa, Indiana
- Big 12(1): Kansas
- C-USA: (7): Southern Miss, Marshall, Memphis, UAB, UTEP, Tulane, Houston
- Independents(1): Army
- MAC(6): Akron, UMass, Eastern Michigan, Buffalo, Western Michigan, Miami-Ohio
- Mountain West(5): UNLV, Wyoming, Colorado State, Hawaii, New Mexico
- Pac-12(4): Colorado, California, Washington State, Utah
- SEC(5): Kentucky, Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri
- Sun Belt(5): FIU, Florida Atlantic, South Alabama, North Texas, Troy
- WAC(4): Idaho, New Mexico State, Texas State, UTSA (ineligible as first-year transitional FBS school)
Number of teams assured of bowl ineligibility: 52 (since the above noted bowl-eligibility contingency plan was not required)
The Champs Sports Bowl, in Orlando, is now the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Insight Bowl, held in Tempe, Arizona, is now the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. The TicketCity Bowl has been renamed the Heart of Dallas Bowl; its new sponsor is Plains Capital Bank.
Moratorium on new bowl games
The NCAA has placed a three-year moratorium, starting with the 2011-12 bowl season, on any new bowl games. This follows the addition of two new games (Pinstripe Bowl, TicketCity Bowl) for the 2010-11 bowl season, bringing the total number of bowl games to 35. The expansion to 70 teams required to fill these 35 bowl games has challenged the ability to actually find enough teams with winning (7-5 or better) records to fill bowl slots. Teams with non-winning (6-6) and losing (6-7) records have participated in bowl games since the expansion to 35 games. As discussed above (Bowl-eligibility contingency plan), the NCAA was forced to anticipate a need to allow teams with even worse (5-7) losing records to fill bowl selection slots in 2012-13.
The bowl game schedule was released July 10, 2012. On December 2, 2012, the final BCS standings were announced and teams were officially selected for the various bowl games.
*All times are EST (UTC −5).
*Rankings are from final BCS Poll.
|Dec. 15||Gildan New Mexico Bowl||University Stadium|
University of New Mexico
|ESPN||ESPN Radio||Nevada Wolf Pack (7-5)|
Arizona Wildcats (7-5)
|Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Bronco Stadium|
Boise State University
|Toledo Rockets (9-3)|
#22 Utah State Aggies (10-2)
Utah State 41
|Dec. 20||San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl||Qualcomm Stadium|
San Diego, CA
|San Diego State Aztecs (9-3)|
BYU Cougars (7-5)
|San Diego State 6|
|Dec. 21||Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg||Tropicana Field|
St. Petersburg, FL
|Ball State Cardinals (9-3)|
UCF Knights (9-4)
|Ball State 17|
|Dec. 22||R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl||Mercedes-Benz Superdome|
New Orleans, LA
|East Carolina Pirates (8-4)|
Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (8-4)
|East Carolina 34|
|Maaco Bowl Las Vegas||Sam Boyd Stadium|
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
|Sports USA Radio Network||#19 Boise State Broncos (10-2)|
Washington Huskies (7-5)
|Boise State 28|
|Dec. 24||Sheraton Hawaii Bowl||Aloha Stadium|
|ESPN Radio||SMU Mustangs (6-6)|
Fresno State Bulldogs (9-3)
Fresno State 10
|Dec. 26||Little Caesars Pizza Bowl||Ford Field|
|TBC Radio||WKU Hilltoppers (7-5)|
Central Michigan Chippewas (6-6)
Central Michigan 24
|Dec. 27||Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman||RFK Stadium|
|Nevada Sports Network||#24 San Jose State Spartans (10-2)|
Bowling Green Falcons (8-4)
|San Jose State 29|
Bowling Green 20
|Belk Bowl||Bank of America Stadium|
|Touchdown Radio||Duke Blue Devils (6-6)|
Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3)
|Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl||Qualcomm Stadium|
San Diego, CA
|ESPN Radio||Baylor Bears (7-5)|
#17 UCLA Bruins (9-4)
|Dec. 28||Advocare V100 Independence Bowl||Independence Stadium|
|Sports USA Radio Network||Ohio Bobcats (8-4)|
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (8-4)
|Russell Athletic Bowl||Citrus Bowl|
|ESPN Radio||Virginia Tech Hokies (6-6)|
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-3)
|Virginia Tech 13|
Rutgers 10 (OT)
|Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas||Reliant Stadium|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6)|
Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5)
Texas Tech 34
|Dec. 29||Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl||Amon G. Carter Stadium|
Fort Worth, TX
|Rice Owls (6-6)|
Air Force Falcons (6-6)
Air Force 14
|New Era Pinstripe Bowl||Yankee Stadium|
|Syracuse Orange (7-5)|
West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5)
West Virginia 14
|Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl||AT&T Park|
San Francisco, CA
|ESPN2||Touchdown Radio||Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5)|
Navy Midshipmen (8-4)
|Arizona State 62|
|Valero Alamo Bowl||Alamodome|
San Antonio, TX
|ESPN||ESPN Radio||#23 Texas Longhorns (8-4)|
#13 Oregon State Beavers (9-3)
Oregon State 27
|Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl||Sun Devil Stadium|
Arizona State University
|Michigan State Spartans (6-6)|
TCU Horned Frogs (7-5)
|Michigan State 17|
|Dec. 31||Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl||LP Field|
|Nevada Sports Network||Vanderbilt Commodores (8-4)|
NC State Wolfpack (7-5)
NC State 24
|Hyundai Sun Bowl||Sun Bowl Stadium|
University of Texas El Paso
El Paso, TX
|CBS||Sports USA Radio Network||Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-7)|
USC Trojans (7-5)
|Georgia Tech 21|
|Autozone Liberty Bowl||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium|
|ESPN||ESPN Radio||Iowa State Cyclones (6-6)|
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-3)
|Iowa State 17|
|Chick-fil-A Bowl||Georgia Dome|
|#14 Clemson Tigers (10-2)|
#8 LSU Tigers (10-2)
|Jan. 1||TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl||EverBank Field|
|ESPN2||Touchdown Radio||Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4)|
#20 Northwestern Wildcats (9-3)
|Mississippi State 20|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||Cotton Bowl|
|ESPNU||Nevada Sports Network||Purdue Boilermakers (6-6)|
Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-5)
Oklahoma State 58
|Capital One Bowl||Citrus Bowl|
|ABC||ESPN Radio||#7 Georgia Bulldogs (11-2)|
#16 Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-3)
|Outback Bowl||Raymond James Stadium|
|ESPN||#10 South Carolina Gamecocks (10-2)|
#18 Michigan Wolverines (8-4)
|South Carolina 33|
|Jan. 4||AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic||Cowboys Stadium|
|FOX||#9 Texas A&M Aggies (10-2)|
#11 Oklahoma Sooners (10-2)
|Texas A&M 41|
|Jan. 5||BBVA Compass Bowl||Legion Field|
|ESPN||Pittsburgh Panthers (6-6)|
Ole Miss Rebels (6-6)
Ole Miss 38
|Jan. 6||GoDaddy.com Bowl||Ladd Peebles Stadium|
|Nevada Sports Network||#25 Kent State Golden Flashes (11-2)|
Arkansas State Red Wolves (9-3)
|Kent State 13|
Arkansas State 17
2013 Bowl Championship Series schedule
Post-BCS all-star games
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Amounts shown are actual 2016-2017 (updated 12/4/17) total payouts per information available from the NCAA. Conferences have different methods by which bowl money is divided among its membership and participating teams. Some bowl agreements call for higher payouts to one conference than the other, depending on such factors as which is the "host" conference.
Total postseason payout increased from $174,561,086 in the 2015 bowl season to $181,845,519 in the 2016 bowl season. If you include the College Football Playoff Distribution Policy explained below, the total payout was $622,600,033 (a $116,700,033 increase over 2015). The final year of the BCS (2013) generated $309,900,000.
Playoff Revenue Distribution Policy
1) Each conference will receive $300,000 for each of its schools when the school's football team meets the NCAA's APR for participation in a post-season football game. Each independent institution will also receive the $300,000 when its football team meets that standard.
(2) Each of the 10 conferences will also receive a base amount. For conferences that have contracts for their champions to participate in the Orange, Rose or Sugar Bowl, the base combined with the full academic performance pool will be approximately $54 million for each conference. The five conferences that do not have contracts for their champions to participate in the Orange, Rose or Sugar Bowls will receive approximately $81.32 million in aggregate (full academic pool plus base), which the conferences will distribute as they choose. Notre Dame will receive a payment of $2.65 million if it meets the APR standard; the other three independents will share $928,503.
(3) A conference will receive $6 million for each team that is selected for the semifinal games. There will be no additional distribution to conferences whose teams qualify for the national championship game. A conference will receive $4 million for each team that plays in a non-playoff bowl under the arrangement (in 2017-18, the Cotton, Fiesta and Peach Bowls).
(4) Each conference whose team participates in a playoff semifinal, Cotton, Fiesta or Peach Bowl, or in the national championship game will receive $2.25 million to cover expenses for each game.
Additionally, certain conferences in the Football Championship Subdivision conferences will receive $2.53 million in aggregate.
New Bowl Games
The NCAA in April of 2016 said no new bowls for 3 years. At that time, Austin (TX), Charleston (SC), and Myrtle Beach (SC) – were hoping to stage games in 2016.
Bowl Ineligible Teams