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The 2009–10 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision College Football Post-Season followed the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It comprises 34 team-competitive bowl games, and three all-star games. The games began play on December 19, 2009 and included the 2010 BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, California, played on January 7 at the Rose Bowl Stadium. The post-season concluded with three all-star games: the East-West Shrine Game on January 23, the Senior Bowl on January 30, and the Texas vs. The Nation Game on February 6.

The NCAA divided Division I schools into two divisions starting in 1978: The Football Bowl Subdivision (known as Division I-A from 1978–2005) does not have a playoff system, but instead stages Bowl Games. The Championship Game participants are chosen based on their end-of-season conference standings and positions in national rankings (compiled by polls and computers). Participants to other bowl games are based on this, plus discretion of that bowl's organizers (what teams will deliver a compelling game, including TV & Gate receipts). The Football Championship Subdivision (known through this same period as Division I-AA) plays in a sixteen-team, single elimination tournament for a recognized national championship, with the notable exception of the Ivy League and the Southwestern Athletic Conference, which abstain from participation in this playoff. The Ivies choose to limit their football schedule to 10 games and have a long-standing policy against playing postseason football, whereas the SWAC opts for a longer, more easily scheduled regular season, and profitable rivalry games like the nationally televised Bayou Classic in the Louisiana Superdome and the SWAC Championship Game. Between 1991 and 1999, the Heritage Bowl matched top teams from the historically black colleges and universities in a Division I-AA bowl game.

Selection of the teams

File:2009 Bowl Teams-USA-states.png

Number of bowl teams per state.

NCAA by-laws state that a school with a record of 6–6 in regular season play is eligible only if conferences cannot fill out available positions for bowl games with teams possessing seven (or more) wins (excluding games played in Hawaiʻi and conference championship games in the ACC, Big 12, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference and the SEC). An example was in 2008 when the Big Ten, the Big 12 and SEC each had two teams selected for the Bowl Championship Series games – Ohio State and Penn State from the Big Ten, Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 and Alabama and Florida from the SEC. With each conference sending two teams to the BCS, these three conferences forfeited several bowl game slots due to a lack of teams with a winning record.

As with the 2006 and 2008 seasons, all eligible teams with at least 7 wins made it in to a bowl game. Of the 71 eligible teams, only 68 could play in a game, and all three eligible teams that sat out bowl season were 6-6: Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, and Notre Dame, who opted not to play in a bowl game themselves after the firing of head coach Charlie Weis.

Fox ends BCS contract

Fox Sports no longer broadcast the Bowl Championship Series following the conclusion of the Orange Bowl on January 5; the network had carried the first three BCS National Championship stand-alone games. ABC telecast this season's contest because of their separate agreement with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the organizers of the Rose Bowl Game and the hosts of the 2010 national championship. Beginning in 2011, ABC sibling company ESPN will begin carrying all of the BCS bowls, in an agreement that will last through 2014. Fox has signed a long-term contract extension with the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic through 2014, with a new prime-time Friday night date starting in 2011.

Sponsorship and stadium changes

Maaco became the new title sponsor of the Las Vegas Bowl replacing Pioneer Corporation, and the game was rebranded as the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas. In another change, the Motor City Bowl thanks to Little Caesars now carries the name of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Advocare became the title sponsor of the Independence Bowl. In a stadium shift, the Cotton Bowl Classic moves from its self-named home for 73 years at the grounds of Fair Park to Jerry Jones's new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The St. Petersburg Bowl was initially to be played without a sponsor after being sponsored by MagicJack in 2008, but just a few weeks before the Bowl, Beef O'Brady's agreed to be the sponsor, so the game became the "St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef O'Brady's".[1]

New bowls in 2010–11

The Cotton Bowl in Fair Park will be the site of a new bowl game, the TicketCity Bowl, on New Years Day 2011, with the Big Ten and Conference USA providing opponents, and Yankee Stadium will host a game dubbed the Pinstripe Bowl in December 2010, pitting teams from the Big East and Big 12. This contest would be the first bowl game in the Metropolitan New York area since the now defunct Garden State Bowl, and the first in New York City since the now defunct Gotham Bowl was played in the original Yankee Stadium, while a third bowl, called the Cure Bowl benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure would pit members of the Sun Belt Conference and C-USA at Bright House Networks Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. The NCAA Football Issues Committee must approve of these games in the spring of 2010 to make them official.

Coaching changes

As a result of head coaching changes between the regular season and the bowl season, the following teams played their postseason contests with interim head coaches:

Team Bowl Season coach Interim head coach Result 2010 head coach
Central Michigan GMAC Butch Jones Steve Stripling Won 44-41 over Troy Dan Enos
Cincinnati Sugar Brian Kelly Jeff Quinn Lost 51–24 to Florida Butch Jones
Marshall Little Caesars Pizza Mark Snyder Rick Minter Won 21–17 over Ohio Doc Holliday
Texas Tech Alamo Mike Leach Ruffin McNeill Won 41–31 over Michigan State Tommy Tuberville

In addition, the following coach retired, but worked his team's bowl game:

Team Bowl Season coach Result 2010 head coach
Florida State Gator Bobby Bowden Won 33–21 over West Virginia Jimbo Fisher


  • Kelly left Cincinnati to take the same job at Notre Dame.
  • Jones left Central Michigan to fill the Cincinnati vacancy.
  • Leach was suspended by Texas Tech on December 28 when redshirt sophomore wide receiver Adam James, son of ESPN analyst Craig James, and his family filed a complaint alleging mistreatment by Leach after the younger James had suffered a concussion.[2] Two days later, Leach was fired.[3]
  • On December 26, Florida head coach Urban Meyer announced his resignation due to health concerns, effective after the Gators' Sugar Bowl appearance.[4] However, Meyer had a change of heart and announced the following day that he would instead take an indefinite leave of absence, and expected to be back coaching by the start of the 2010 season. Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio took over Meyer's duties during his leave.[5] Meyer returned to his job in time to lead the Gators' 2010 spring practice.[6]

Bowl schedule

All dates and game times for the 34 2009–10 season bowl games were announced on April 30, 2009, and are subject to change. They received licenses from the NCAA Football Issues Committee.[7][8]
NOTE: Rankings from final BCS Standings of December 6, 2009.

Non-BCS Contests
Date Game Site Score
12/19[9] New Mexico Bowl University Stadium
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
Wyoming 35 (7–6, 4–4 MWC)
Fresno State 28 (8–5, 6–2 WAC) (2 OT)
St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef 'O' Brady's Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, FL
Rutgers 45 (9–4, 3–4 Big East)
UCF 24 (8–5, 6–2 C-USA)
12/20[10] R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, LA
Middle Tennessee 42 (10–3, 7–1 Sun Belt)[N 1]
Southern Miss 32 (7–6, 3–5 C-USA)
12/22[11] Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Whitney, NV
(14) BYU 44 (11–2, 7–1 MWC)
(18) Oregon State 20 (8–5, 6–3 Pac-10)
12/23 SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
(23) Utah 37 (10–3, 6–2 MWC)
California 27 (8–5, 5–4 Pac-10)
12/24 Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, HI
SMU 45 (8–5, 6–2 C-USA)
Nevada 10 (8–5, 7–1 WAC)[N 2]
12/26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl[12] Ford Field
Detroit, MI
Marshall 21 (7–6, 4–4 C-USA)[N 3]
Ohio 17 (9–5, 7–1 MAC)
Meineke Car Care Bowl[13] Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
(17) Pittsburgh 19 (10–3, 5–2 Big East)
North Carolina 17 (8–5, 4–4 ACC)
Emerald Bowl[14] AT&T Park
San Francisco, CA
(24) USC 24 (9–4, 5–4 Pac-10)
Boston College 13 (8–5, 5–3 ACC)
12/27[15] Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl LP Field
Nashville, TN
Clemson 21 (9–5, 6–2 ACC)[16]
Kentucky 13 (7–6, 3–5 SEC)[17]
12/28[18] Advocare V100 Independence Bowl Independence Stadium
Shreveport, LA
Georgia 44 (8–5, 4–4 SEC)[19]
Texas A&M 20 (6–7, 3–5 Big 12)
12/29[20] EagleBank Bowl RFK Stadium
Washington, DC
UCLA 30 (7–6, 3–6 Pac-10)[21] [N 4]
Temple 21 (9–4, 7–1 MAC)[N 5][21]
Champs Sports Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, FL
(25) Wisconsin 20 (10–3, 5–3 Big Ten)
(15) Miami (FL) 14 (9–4, 5–3 ACC)
12/30[22] Roady's Humanitarian Bowl Bronco Stadium
Boise State University
Boise, ID
Idaho 43 (8–5, 4–4 WAC)
Bowling Green 42 (7–6, 6–2 MAC)[N 6]
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
(22) Nebraska 33 (10–4, 6–2 Big 12)
(20) Arizona 0 (8–5, 6–3 Pac-10)
12/31[23][24] Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX
Air Force 47 (8–5, 5–3 MWC)
Houston 20 (10–4, 6–2 C–USA)[25]
Brut Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX
Oklahoma 31 (8–5, 5–3 Big 12)
(21) Stanford 27 (8–5, 6–3 Pac-10)
Texas Bowl Reliant Stadium
Houston, TX
Navy 35 (10–4)[N 7]
Missouri 13 (8–5, 4–4 Big 12) [26]
Insight Bowl Sun Devil Stadium
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
Iowa State 14 (7–6, 3–5 Big 12)[27]
Minnesota 13 (6–7, 3–5 Big Ten)
Chick-fil-A Bowl Georgia Dome
Atlanta, GA
(11) Virginia Tech 37 (10–3, 6–2 ACC)
Tennessee 14 (7–6, 4–4 SEC)[19]
1/1[28] Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL
Auburn 38 (8–5, 3–5 SEC)
Northwestern 35 (8–5, 5–3 Big Ten) (OT)
Konica Minolta Gator Bowl Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
Jacksonville, FL
Florida State 33 (7–6, 4–4 ACC)
(16) West Virginia 21 (9–4, 5–2 Big East)
Capital One Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, FL
(13) Penn State 19 (11–2, 6–2 Big Ten)
(12) LSU[19] 17 (9–4, 5–3 SEC)
1/2 International Bowl Rogers Centre
Toronto, ON, CAN
South Florida 27 (8–5, 3–4 Big East)
Northern Illinois 3 (7–6, 5–3 MAC) Bowl Legion Field
Birmingham, AL
UConn 20 (8–5, 3–4 Big East)
South Carolina 7 (7–6, 3–5 SEC)[19]
AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Cowboys Stadium
Arlington, TX
Ole Miss 21 (9–4, 4–4 SEC)
(19) Oklahoma State 7 (9–4, 6–2 Big 12)
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, TN
Arkansas 20 (8–5, 3–5 SEC) [19]
East Carolina 17 (9–5, 7–1 C–USA) (OT)
Valero Energy Alamo Bowl Alamodome
San Antonio, TX
Texas Tech 41 (9–4, 5–3 Big 12)[24]
Michigan State 31 (6–7, 4–4 Big Ten)
1/6 GMAC Bowl Ladd Peebles Stadium
Mobile, AL
Central Michigan 44 (12–2, 8–0 MAC)
Troy 41 (9–4, 8–0 Sun Belt)[N 8] (2 OT)
Bowl Championship Series 2010 Schedule
Date Game Site Score
1/1 Rose Bowl Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA
(8) Ohio State 26 (11–2, 7–1 Big Ten)
(7) Oregon 17 (10–3, 8–1 Pac-10)
Allstate Sugar Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, LA
(5) Florida 51 (13–1, 8–0 SEC)
(3) Cincinnati 24 (12–1, 7–0 Big East)
1/4 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, AZ
(6) Boise State 17 (14–0, 8–0 WAC)
(4) TCU 10 (12–1, 8–0 MWC)
1/5 FedEx Orange Bowl Dolphin Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL
(10) Iowa 24 (11–2, 6–2 Big Ten)
(9) Georgia Tech 14 (11–3, 7–1 ACC)
1/7 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA
(1) Alabama 37 (14–0, 8–0 SEC)
(2) Texas 21 (13–1, 8–0 Big 12)
  2. Schad, Joe (2009-12-29). "Leach suspended after player complaint". Archived from the original on 31 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  3. "Leach fired short of Tech's bowl game". 2009-12-30. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  4. "Meyer to coach final game at Sugar Bowl". 2009-12-26. Archived from the original on 29 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-26.
  5. "Meyer has change of heart". 2009-12-27. Archived from the original on 29 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  6. Associated Press (2010-03-19). "Meyer returns from leave of absence". Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  7. Future BCS Schedules
  8. The NCAA News:2009–10 Bowl Schedule
  9. "Second Annual St. Petersburg Bowl to be Played in Prime Time Dec. 19 on ESPN". April 21, 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2009.
  10. "2009 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl announces official date and sponsorship extension". April 21, 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2009.
  11. "MAACO Announced As Title Sponsor". Las Vegas Bowl. April 14, 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2009.
  12. "Motor City Bowl scheduled for Dec. 26". May 27, 2009. Archived from the original on 29 May 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
  13. "2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl Will Be Played On Saturday, December 26". Retrieved 1 May 2009.
  14. "Emerald Bowl returns to prime time for 4th consecutive season". April 8, 2009. Archived from the original on 12 April 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2009.
  16. Clemson Tigers News, Scores, Schedule, Stats -
  17. John Clay: After day of tribulation, football Cats still appear headed to Music City | KentuckySports: The Latest |
  18. 2012 Kickoff: Friday, December 28 at 1pm on ESPN | AdvoCare v100 Independence Bowl
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4
  21. 21.0 21.1 BREAKING NEWS: UCLA headed to EagleBank if Navy beats Army - Inside UCLA with Jon Gold
  22. Game Dates Set for San Diego Bowl Games | 2009
  23. Chick-fil-A Bowl Coaches Media Day
  24. 24.0 24.1
  25. Southern California Trojans to meet Boston College Eagles in Emerald Bowl - ESPN
  26. Local News
  27. [1][dead link]
  28. Outback Bowl College Football Game - About the Bowl

Post-BCS all-star games

Date All-Star Game Location Score
1/23 East-West Shrine Game Citrus Bowl
Orlando, FL
East 13, West 10
1/31 Under Armour Senior Bowl[1] Ladd-Peebles Stadium,
Mobile, AL
North 31, South 13
2/6 Texas vs. The Nation Game[2] Sun Bowl Stadium
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX
Texas 36, The Nation 17

Bowl Challenge Cup standings

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
Independents 1 0 1.000
Mountain West 4 1 .800
Big East 4 2 .667
SEC 6 4 .600
Big Ten 4 3 .571
Big 12 4 4 .500
WAC 2 2 .500
Sun Belt 1 1 .500
ACC 3 4 .429
Conference USA 2 4 .333
Pac-10 2 5 .286
MAC 1 4 .200

- Does not meet minimum game requirement of three teams needed for a conference to be eligible.
- Bowl Challenge Cup winner.


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