College Bowl Assignments 2012

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[edit]

Bowl-eligibility contingency plan[edit]

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:[1]

  1. 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.
  2. 6-6 teams with two wins over FCS schools.
  3. Teams that finish 6-7 with loss number seven in their conference championship game.
  4. 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.
  5. FCS teams who are in the final year of the two-year FBS transition process, if they have at least a 6-6 record.
  6. 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.[2]

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[3] and 2012[4]).

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.[5]

Bowl Championship Series[edit]

Ten teams were selected for the Bowl Championship Series:

Conference Champions

At-Large Bids

  • 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.

Bowl eligibility[edit]


  • 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)[7]
  • Sun Belt: Middle Tennessee (8-4)[8]

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.[9] 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.[10][11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

Teams unable to become bowl-eligible[edit]

  • 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)[14]

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[edit]

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.[15] On December 2, 2012, the final BCS standings were announced and teams were officially selected for the various bowl games.[16][17]

*All times are EST (UTC −5).

*Rankings are from final BCS Poll.

Non-BCS games[edit]

Dec. 15Gildan New Mexico BowlUniversity Stadium
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
1:00 pm
ESPNESPN RadioNevada Wolf Pack (7-5)
Arizona Wildcats (7-5)
Nevada 48
Arizona 49
Famous Idaho Potato BowlBronco Stadium
Boise State University
Boise, ID
4:30 pm
Toledo Rockets (9-3)
#22 Utah State Aggies (10-2)
Toledo 15
Utah State 41
Dec. 20San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia BowlQualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
8:00 pm
San Diego State Aztecs (9-3)
BYU Cougars (7-5)
San Diego State 6
BYU 23
Dec. 21Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. PetersburgTropicana Field
St. Petersburg, FL
7:30 pm
Ball State Cardinals (9-3)
UCF Knights (9-4)
Ball State 17
UCF 38
Dec. 22R+L Carriers New Orleans BowlMercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
East Carolina Pirates (8-4)
Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (8-4)
Sun Belt
East Carolina 34
Louisiana-Lafayette 43
Maaco Bowl Las VegasSam Boyd Stadium
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Whitney, NV
3:30 pm
Sports USA Radio Network#19 Boise State Broncos (10-2)
Washington Huskies (7-5)
Boise State 28
Washington 26
Dec. 24Sheraton Hawaii BowlAloha Stadium
Honolulu, HI
8:00 pm
ESPN RadioSMU Mustangs (6-6)
Fresno State Bulldogs (9-3)
SMU 43
Fresno State 10
Dec. 26Little Caesars Pizza BowlFord Field
Detroit, MI
7:30 pm
TBC RadioWKU Hilltoppers (7-5)
Central Michigan Chippewas (6-6)
Sun Belt
WKU 21
Central Michigan 24
Dec. 27Military Bowl presented by Northrop GrummanRFK Stadium
Washington, DC
3:00 pm
Nevada Sports Network#24 San Jose State Spartans (10-2)
Bowling Green Falcons (8-4)
San Jose State 29
Bowling Green 20
Belk BowlBank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
6:30 pm
Touchdown RadioDuke Blue Devils (6-6)
Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3)
Big East
Duke 34
Cincinnati 48
Bridgepoint Education Holiday BowlQualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
9:45 pm
ESPN RadioBaylor Bears (7-5)
#17 UCLA Bruins (9-4)
Big 12
Baylor 49
Dec. 28Advocare V100 Independence BowlIndependence Stadium
Shreveport, LA
2:00 pm
Sports USA Radio NetworkOhio Bobcats (8-4)
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (8-4)
Sun Belt
Ohio 45
Louisiana-Monroe 14
Russell Athletic BowlCitrus Bowl
Orlando, FL
5:30 pm
ESPN RadioVirginia Tech Hokies (6-6)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-3)
Big East
Virginia Tech 13
Rutgers 10 (OT)
Meineke Car Care Bowl of TexasReliant Stadium
Houston, TX
9:00 pm
Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5)
Big Ten
Big 12
Minnesota 31
Texas Tech 34
Dec. 29Bell Helicopter Armed Forces BowlAmon G. Carter Stadium
Fort Worth, TX
11:45 am
Rice Owls (6-6)
Air Force Falcons (6-6)
Rice 33
Air Force 14
New Era Pinstripe BowlYankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
3:15 pm
Syracuse Orange (7-5)
West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5)
Big East
Big 12
Syracuse 38
West Virginia 14
Kraft Fight Hunger BowlAT&T Park
San Francisco, CA
4:00 pm
ESPN2Touchdown RadioArizona State Sun Devils (7-5)
Navy Midshipmen (8-4)
Arizona State 62
Navy 28
Valero Alamo BowlAlamodome
San Antonio, TX
6:45 pm
ESPNESPN Radio#23 Texas Longhorns (8-4)
#13 Oregon State Beavers (9-3)
Big 12
Texas 31
Oregon State 27
Buffalo Wild Wings BowlSun Devil Stadium
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
10:15 pm
Michigan State Spartans (6-6)
TCU Horned Frogs (7-5)
Big Ten
Big 12
Michigan State 17
TCU 16
Dec. 31Franklin American Mortgage Music City BowlLP Field
Nashville, TN
12:05 pm
Nevada Sports NetworkVanderbilt Commodores (8-4)
NC State Wolfpack (7-5)
Vanderbilt 38
NC State 24
Hyundai Sun BowlSun Bowl Stadium
University of Texas El Paso
El Paso, TX
2:00 pm
CBSSports USA Radio NetworkGeorgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-7)
USC Trojans (7-5)
Georgia Tech 21
Autozone Liberty BowlLiberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, TN
3:30 pm
ESPNESPN RadioIowa State Cyclones (6-6)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-3)
Big 12
Iowa State 17
Tulsa 31
Chick-fil-A BowlGeorgia Dome
Atlanta, GA
7:30 pm
#14 Clemson Tigers (10-2)
#8 LSU Tigers (10-2)
Clemson 25
LSU 24
Jan. Gator BowlEverBank Field
Jacksonville, FL
ESPN2Touchdown RadioMississippi State Bulldogs (8-4)
#20 Northwestern Wildcats (9-3)
Big Ten
Mississippi State 20
Northwestern 34
Heart of Dallas BowlCotton Bowl
Dallas, TX
ESPNUNevada Sports NetworkPurdue Boilermakers (6-6)
Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-5)
Big Ten
Big 12
Purdue 14
Oklahoma State 58
Capital One BowlCitrus Bowl
Orlando, FL
1:00 pm
ABCESPN Radio#7 Georgia Bulldogs (11-2)
#16 Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-3)
Big Ten
Georgia 45
Nebraska 31
Outback BowlRaymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL
1:00 pm
ESPN#10 South Carolina Gamecocks (10-2)
#18 Michigan Wolverines (8-4)
Big Ten
South Carolina 33
Michigan 28
Jan. 4AT&T Cotton Bowl ClassicCowboys Stadium
Arlington, TX
8:00 pm
FOX#9 Texas A&M Aggies (10-2)
#11 Oklahoma Sooners (10-2)
Big 12
Texas A&M 41
Oklahoma 13
Jan. 5BBVA Compass BowlLegion Field
Birmingham, AL
1:00 pm
ESPNPittsburgh Panthers (6-6)
Ole Miss Rebels (6-6)
Big East
Pittsburgh 17
Ole Miss 38
Jan. BowlLadd Peebles Stadium
Mobile, AL
9:00 pm
Nevada Sports Network#25 Kent State Golden Flashes (11-2)
Arkansas State Red Wolves (9-3)
Sun Belt
Kent State 13
Arkansas State 17

2013 Bowl Championship Series schedule[edit]

Post-BCS all-star games[edit]


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Number of bowl teams per state.

Additional Information


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

Mississippi (self-imposed)


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