2009–10 followed the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision College Football Post-Season 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 (known through this same period as Football Championship Subdivision 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 Edit
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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
Hawai and conference championship games in the ʻi 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 Edit
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 Edit
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".
New bowls in 2010–11 Edit
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 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 Pinstripe Bowl 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 benefiting Cure Bowl 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 Edit
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:
In addition, the following coach retired, but worked his team's bowl game:
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. Two days later, Leach was fired. 
 On December 26, Florida head coach Urban Meyer announced his resignation due to health concerns, effective after the Gators' Sugar Bowl appearance. 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. Meyer returned to his job in time to lead the Gators' 2010 spring practice. 
Bowl schedule Edit
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.  
NOTE: Rankings from final BCS Standings of December 6, 2009.
Non- BCS Contests
 New Mexico Bowl
University Stadium University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
35 (7–6, 4–4 MWC) Wyoming Fresno State 28 (8–5, 6–2 WAC) (2 OT)
St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef 'O' Brady's
Tropicana Field St. Petersburg, FL
45 (9–4, 3–4 Big East) Rutgers UCF 24 (8–5, 6–2 C-USA)
 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Louisiana Superdome New Orleans, LA
42 (10–3, 7–1 Sun Belt) Middle Tennessee [N 1] Southern Miss 32 (7–6, 3–5 C-USA)
 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas
Sam Boyd Stadium University of Nevada, Las Vegas Whitney, NV
(14) 44 (11–2, 7–1 MWC) BYU (18) Oregon State 20 (8–5, 6–3 Pac-10)
SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, CA
(23) 37 (10–3, 6–2 MWC) Utah California 27 (8–5, 5–4 Pac-10)
ʻi Bowl Aloha Stadium Honolulu, HI
45 (8–5, 6–2 C-USA) SMU Nevada 10 (8–5, 7–1 WAC)
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
 Ford Field Detroit, MI
21 (7–6, 4–4 C-USA) Marshall [N 3] Ohio 17 (9–5, 7–1 MAC)
Meineke Car Care Bowl
 Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, NC
(17) 19 (10–3, 5–2 Big East)</br> Pittsburgh North Carolina 17 (8–5, 4–4 ACC)
 AT&T Park San Francisco, CA
(24) 24 (9–4, 5–4 Pac-10) USC Boston College 13 (8–5, 5–3 ACC)
 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl
LP Field Nashville, TN
21 (9–5, 6–2 ACC) Clemson  Kentucky 13 (7–6, 3–5 SEC)
 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl
Independence Stadium Shreveport, LA
44 (8–5, 4–4 SEC) Georgia  Texas A&M 20 (6–7, 3–5 Big 12)
 EagleBank Bowl
RFK Stadium Washington, DC
30 (7–6, 3–6 Pac-10) UCLA  [N 4] Temple 21 (9–4, 7–1 MAC) [N 5]
Champs Sports Bowl
Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL
(25) 20 (10–3, 5–3 Big Ten) Wisconsin (15) Miami (FL) 14 (9–4, 5–3 ACC)
 Roady's Humanitarian Bowl
Bronco Stadium Boise State University Boise, ID
43 (8–5, 4–4 WAC) Idaho Bowling Green 42 (7–6, 6–2 MAC)
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, CA
(22) 33 (10–4, 6–2 Big 12) Nebraska (20) Arizona 0 (8–5, 6–3 Pac-10)
 Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl
Amon G. Carter Stadium Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
47 (8–5, 5–3 MWC) Air Force Houston 20 (10–4, 6–2 C–USA)
Brut Sun Bowl
Sun Bowl Stadium University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX
31 (8–5, 5–3 Big 12) Oklahoma (21) Stanford 27 (8–5, 6–3 Pac-10)
Reliant Stadium Houston, TX
35 (10–4) Navy [N 7] Missouri 13 (8–5, 4–4 Big 12)
Sun Devil Stadium Arizona State University Tempe, AZ
14 (7–6, 3–5 Big 12) Iowa State  Minnesota 13 (6–7, 3–5 Big Ten)
Georgia Dome Atlanta, GA
(11) 37 (10–3, 6–2 ACC) Virginia Tech Tennessee 14 (7–6, 4–4 SEC)
 Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium Tampa, FL
38 (8–5, 3–5 SEC) Auburn Northwestern 35 (8–5, 5–3 Big Ten) (OT)
Konica Minolta Gator Bowl
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium Jacksonville, FL
33 (7–6, 4–4 ACC) Florida State (16) West Virginia 21 (9–4, 5–2 Big East)
Capital One Bowl
Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL
(13) 19 (11–2, 6–2 Big Ten) Penn State (12) LSU 17 (9–4, 5–3 SEC)
Rogers Centre Toronto, ON, CAN
27 (8–5, 3–4 Big East) South Florida Northern Illinois 3 (7–6, 5–3 MAC)
Legion Field Birmingham, AL
20 (8–5, 3–4 Big East) UConn South Carolina 7 (7–6, 3–5 SEC)
AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic
Cowboys Stadium Arlington, TX
21 (9–4, 4–4 SEC) Ole Miss (19) Oklahoma State 7 (9–4, 6–2 Big 12)
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis, TN
20 (8–5, 3–5 SEC) Arkansas  East Carolina 17 (9–5, 7–1 C–USA) (OT)
Valero Energy Alamo Bowl
Alamodome San Antonio, TX
41 (9–4, 5–3 Big 12) Texas Tech  Michigan State 31 (6–7, 4–4 Big Ten)
Ladd Peebles Stadium Mobile, AL
44 (12–2, 8–0 MAC) Central Michigan Troy 41 (9–4, 8–0 Sun Belt) (2 OT)
Bowl Championship Series 2010 Schedule
Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA
(8) 26 (11–2, 7–1 Big Ten) Ohio State (7) Oregon 17 (10–3, 8–1 Pac-10)
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Louisiana Superdome New Orleans, LA
(5) 51 (13–1, 8–0 SEC) Florida (3) Cincinnati 24 (12–1, 7–0 Big East)
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, AZ
(6) 17 (14–0, 8–0 WAC) Boise State (4) TCU 10 (12–1, 8–0 MWC)
FedEx Orange Bowl
Dolphin Stadium Miami Gardens, FL
(10) 24 (11–2, 6–2 Big Ten) Iowa (9) Georgia Tech 14 (11–3, 7–1 ACC)
2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game
Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA
(1) 37 (14–0, 8–0 SEC) Alabama (2) Texas 21 (13–1, 8–0 Big 12)
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Future BCS Schedules
The NCAA News:2009–10 Bowl Schedule
"Second Annual St. Petersburg Bowl to be Played in Prime Time Dec. 19 on ESPN". ESPNplus.com. April 21, 2009 . http://www.espnplus.com/releaseStPete2.php . Retrieved 1 May 2009.
"2009 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl announces official date and sponsorship extension". NewOrleansBowl.com. April 21, 2009 . http://neworleansbowl.com/2007/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=32&Itemid=1 . Retrieved 1 May 2009.
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Post-BCS all-star games Edit
• - Does not meet minimum game requirement of three teams needed for a conference to be eligible.
† - Bowl Challenge Cup winner.
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