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December 7, 2010

College Football Report - Please Collect Your Prize:

College Football Bowl Gifts:
Who say’s college players don’t get paid? They just need to make a bowl game to cash in on the prizes in waiting. Some bowl’s go all out, while some are just happy to have a day of non-stop commercials. The BCS Bowls don’t always give away the top prizes. Once again this year, electronic rule all. Gift suites seem to be rather popular this year as well. The gift package, which cannot exceed a value of $500, is provided by the bowls, and or schools and conferences. Find out what your favourite teams are collecting this year. Below is a list of the gifts and luxuries players can expect when they arrive at their bowl destinations. I make a few comments (in red), and rank the top three gift givers, as well. New Mexico Bowl (BYU vs. UTEP)
Gift Suite, Oakley Fuel Cell Sunglasses, Oakley beanie, New Era cap, Oakley Panel backpack, pen with box, Christmas ornament ...Nothing special from New Mexico?

uDrove Humanitarian (Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State)
Sony gift suite, New Era Skull cap, waterproof breathable parka, winter gloves, hand warmers, Ogio Fugitive backpack, Big Game souvenir football ...I love the parka, winter gloves and hand warmers. Most of the players can use this gift during the game even.

R+L Carriers New Orleans (Ohio vs. Troy)
Apple iPod Touch, Balfour ring ...Balfour ring? What is this, high school graduation?

Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg (Louisville vs. Southern Mississippi)
Microsoft XBOX 360 4GB, Oakley Fuel Cell sunglasses, Oakley Panel backpack, Mini-helmet ...XBOX 360, OK. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is either sucking up, or doing quite well for themselves.

MAACO Las Vegas (Utah vs. Boise State)
Gift Suite ...I hope it’s a nice layout of gifts.

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia (San Diego State vs. Navy)
Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, hooded sweatshirt, and cap ...What are San Diego State players going to do with a hooded sweatshirt? Average temperature in San Diego is 70.

Sheraton Hawaii (Hawaii vs. Tulsa)
Kicker EB141 earbuds, Oakley Fuel Cell sunglasses, Pro Athletics custom shorts, commemorative t-shirt, golf shirt, visor, Oakley Surf backpack, beach towels, calendar ...Quite the package, my only question: Is it a Hawaiian Swimsuit Calendar?

Little Caesars (Florida International vs. Toledo)
Gift suite, Timely Watch Co., leather duffle bag, commemorative football ...Come on, your sending these kids to Detroit, the package needs to be better.

AdvoCare V100 Independence (Georgia Tech vs. Air Force)
Gift suite, Timely Watch Co., New Era hat, souvenir hat, ...Gift suites seem to be popular this year.

*Champs Sports (West Virginia vs. North Carolina State) GOLD
$420 shopping spree at local Best Buy*, Timely Watch Co. ...Now you’re talkin’ what college students want. A $420 gift card to Best Buy.

Insight Bowl (Missouri vs. Iowa)
Sony Gift Suite, Tourneau watch, cap, Ogio Cooper backpack ...Tourneau watches are real nice.

*Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman (Maryland vs. East Carolina) SILVER
Sony Dash, Altec Lansing inMotion portable speaker, Beanie, cap, duffel bag, tailgate blanket ...Sony Dash, one of the best kept electronic secrets.

Texas Bowl (Illinois vs. Baylor)
Apple iPod Touch, Fossil watch, t-shirt, backpack, belt buckle ...The Touch is real nice. Baylor probably would have taken a cowboy hat and been happy it’s been so long since they’ve been to a bowl. How about 1994. Baylor players were still rockin' cassettes.

*Valero Alamo (Arizona vs. Oklahoma State) BRONZE
Microsoft XBOX 360 with Kinect, $20 GameStop gift card, Kicker 541 headphones, Apple iPod Shuffle ...Alamo commission out-doing Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, throwing in the Kinect with the XBOX 360.

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces (Army vs. SMU)
Sony Gift Suite, Timely Watch Co., Ogio All Terrain duffel bag, commemorative football ...No free Helicopter rides?

New Era Pinstripe (Kansas St. vs. Syracuse)
would not disclose ...Maybe just a hat?

Franklin American Mortgage Music City (North Carolina vs. Tennessee)
Skullcandy headphones, Apple iPod Shuffle, iTunes gift card, Fossil watch, Majestic fleece, Port & Co. long sleeve t-shirt, Ogio Newt backpack ...the more the merrier.

Bridgepoint Education Holiday (Washington vs. Nebraska)
Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, hooded sweatshirt, cap ...Is Best Buy over stocked or something?

Meineke Car Care (Clemson vs. South Florida)
would not disclose ...A car tune-up? Maybe free oil change?

Hyundai Sun (Miami (FL) vs. Notre Dame)
Gift Suite, Timely Watch Co., Majestic fleece pullover, Top of the World Cap, Ogio Politan backpack, Helen of Troy hair dryer, souvenir coin ...Sun Bowl, keeping it classy with the watch and hair dryer. A lot of the Miami players have dreads,though, makes sense.

AutoZone Liberty (UCF vs. Georgia)
Apple iPod Nano 6th generation 8 GB, Fossil watch, Nike training shoes, Nike sport sandals, Nike sunglasses, Nike Air Jordan backpack, commemorative football ...Wait, is this bowl sponsored by Nike?

Chick-fil-A (Florida State vs. South Carolina)
$250 Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, Russell Athletic knit cap, Russell Athletic travel bag, commemorative football, Chick-fil-A gift card ...Commemorative football? The Chick-fil-A gift card might be the thing that excites these teams the most.

TicketCity (Northwestern vs. Texas Tech)
Gift suite, Timely Watch Co. ...How about a few free tickets?

Outback (Florida vs. Penn State)
$150 Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, cap, Jostens ring, $25 Outback Steakhouse gift certificate ...Come on Outback, I know business is better than 150 to Best Buy.

*Capital One (Alabama vs. Michigan State) GOLD
$420 shopping spree at local Best Buy, Timely Watch Co. ...Another $420 at Best Buy, roommates need to pool together and get a 3D TV, takes just four.

Gator Bowl (Mississippi State vs. Michigan)
Fossil watch, Oakley sunglasses, Leather duffle bag, Jostens ring, commemorative football ...Michigan continues to get screwed.

Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO (Wisconsin vs. TCU)
Gift suite, Fossil watch, Oakley cap, Oakley Bugeye backpack ...I would have thought...maybe a VIZIO would be in that gift package? I know you can get a 32 inch for real cheap these days.

Tostitos Fiesta (Oklahoma vs. UConn)
Gift suite, Fossil watch, cap, Ogio Cooper backpack ...You got a BCS bowl UConn, that’s your gift.

Discover Orange (Stanford vs. Virginia Tech)
Gift suite, Tourneau watch, New Era cap ...Why no Discover gift card?

Allstate Sugar (Ohio State vs. Arkansas)
Sleek Audio custom earphones, gift suite, Reactor Meltdown watch, New Era cap ...Meltdown watch? Doesn’t sound like something I want. (Middle Tennessee vs. Miami (OH)

Nikon S70 touch screen camera package, Timely Watch Co., leather luggage bag, commemorative football ...Nobody likes leather luggage anymore, but the touch screen camera makes up for this bowl.

AT&T Cotton (Texas A&M vs. LSU)
would not disclose ...Most likely a gift suite.

BBVA Compass Bowl (Pittsburgh vs. Kentucky)
Oakley Blade II watch, Oakley Fuel Cell sunglasses, Oakley Surf backpack, Big Game souvenir football ...Oakley Blade watches are pretty cool looking.

Kraft Fight Hunger (Boston College vs. Nevada)
Sony noise-cancelling headphones, Fossil watch, cap, Ogio backpack, $100 Levi's gift certificate ...Probably the only two teams that wear Levi’s jeans. Good call.

Tostitos BCS National Championship Game (Auburn vs. Oregon)
Gift Suite, Fossil watch, cap, Ogio Cooper backpack ...The best doesn’t always get the best.

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