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Fiesta Bowl
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
Stadium State Farm Stadium
Location Glendale, Arizona
Previous stadiums Sun Devil Stadium (1971–2006)
Previous locations Tempe, Arizona (1971–2006)
Operated 1971–present
Conference tie-ins At-large/Group of Five, CFP (December 2014–present)
Previous conference tie-ins WAC
Big 12
Payout US$17 million (As of 2009)[1]
* Sunkist (1986–1990)
  • IBM (1993–1995)
  • Tostitos (1996–January 2014)
  • Vizio (December 2014)
  • BattleFrog (January 2016)
  • PlayStation (December 2016–present)
Former names
Fiesta Bowl (1971–1985, 1991–1992)
Sunkist Fiesta Bowl (1986–1990)
IBM OS/2 Fiesta Bowl (1993–1995)
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (1996–January 2014)
Vizio Fiesta Bowl (December 2014)
BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl (January 2016)
2018 season matchup
UCF vs. LSU (LSU 40–32)
2019 season matchup
CFP Semifinal (December 28, 2019)

The Fiesta Bowl is an American college football bowl game played annually in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Between its origination in 1971 and 2006, the game was hosted in Tempe, Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium. Since 2007, it has been held at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Since 2016, it has been sponsored by PlayStation and officially known as the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.[2] For the January 2016 game, it was sponsored by BattleFrog, creators of the obstacle racing series featured in the ESPN program BattleFrog College Championship and Vizio for the December 2014 game.[3][4][5] From 1996 through the January 2014 game, Frito-Lay was the bowl's title sponsor through its Tostitos tortilla chip brand. Other previous sponsors include IBM (1993–1995) and Sunkist (1986–1990).

In 1998, the Fiesta Bowl became part of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), and before 2006 every four years (most recently in 2010) was the designee for the national championship game. Beginning with the 2014 season, Fiesta Bowl became a member of College Football Playoff, hosting a semifinal game every three years; all the teams playing in this bowl will be selected by the CFP Selection Committee in those years. The Fiesta Bowl has donated more than $12 million to charity.[6]


Origins (1968–1971)

File:Fiesta Bowl unsponsored logo.svg

The current generic Fiesta Bowl logo (with no corporate sponsor logo attached).

The Fiesta Bowl was born from the Western Athletic Conference's frustrated attempts to obtain bowl invitations for its champions. In 1968 and 1969 respectively, champions Wyoming and Arizona State failed to secure any bowl selection. The next year, undefeated Arizona State was bypassed by the major bowls and had to settle for an appearance in the less prestigious Peach Bowl. The Fiesta Bowl therefore initially provided an automatic berth for the WAC champion.


In its first decade of existence, the Fiesta Bowl was played in the last week of December (including the afternoon of Christmas Day from 1976 to 1979). The 1971 inaugural game featured another top-ten Arizona State squad against top-twenty opponent Florida State. The 1974 game featured WAC champ BYU and their new coach, future Hall of Fame member LaVell Edwards in their first ever bowl game vs. Oklahoma State. BYU was in control until BYU's first All-American quarterback Gary Sheide went down with a leg injury and eventually lost 16–6. By 1975, the game was able to attract Big Eight co-champion Nebraska to play undefeated Arizona State in a matchup of top-five teams. In 1977, the game was again able to attract a top-five opponent in Penn State, despite WAC champion #16 BYU refusing to play in the bowl due to its being held on Sunday.

In 1978, Arizona and Arizona State both joined the Pac-10 Conference and the Fiesta Bowl's tie-in with the WAC ended as its champ went to the newly-inaugurated Holiday Bowl. From then until the advent of the Bowl Coalition, Fiesta Bowl matchups typically featured runners-up of major conferences and/or major independents.


The game continued to attract high quality matchups, so beginning with the 1981 game the Fiesta Bowl shifted to New Year's Day alongside the major bowl games—the Cotton, Orange, Sugar, and Rose. At the time NBC had the broadcast rights to the Fiesta, Rose, and Orange; the Fiesta was played first and had a late morning kickoff (11:30 a.m. MST). It was the first bowl game to acquire a title sponsor when it became the "Sunkist Fiesta Bowl" starting with the 1986 game.

A major breakthrough occurred after the 1986 season when the top two teams in the country, Miami and Penn State, agreed to play for the de facto national championship in the Fiesta Bowl. At the time, the traditional four "major" bowl games granted automatic bids to their conference champions. Both Miami and Penn State were independents at that time, and were thus free to choose a bowl. As such, the Fiesta Bowl and the Florida Citrus Bowl, each free from the obligation of conference tie-ins, vied to host the Miami–Penn State matchup in order to ensure that they would meet on the field. The Fiesta Bowl won the bidding and the game was set to be played on Friday, January 2, 1987—the night after the "big four" bowls of New Year's Day. Penn State won 14–10, and the game drew the largest television audience in the history of college football at the time. Two years later, #1 Notre Dame played undefeated #3 West Virginia for the national championship at the 1989 Fiesta Bowl on January 1.

The 1987 and 1989 games were two of four straight matchups of teams ranked in the AP Top 10 going into the bowl season to close out the 1980s. This significantly increased the Fiesta Bowl's prestige, to the point that it was now considered a major bowl by many fans and pundits. The 1988 game returned to New Year's Day, and the 1989 game kicked off three hours later (2:30 p.m. MST on NBC) and opposite the Rose Bowl, which had switched networks to ABC.


Before the 1991 game, several major universities declined invitations due to the State of Arizona's decision at that time not to adopt the Martin Luther King Holiday. However, in 1992, the Fiesta Bowl was invited to participate in the Bowl Coalition, a predecessor to the Bowl Championship Series. This assured the game would feature major conference champions or prestigious runners-up and cemented its status as a major bowl. When the Bowl Coalition was reconfigured as the Bowl Alliance, the Fiesta was included as one of the three top games.

In 1996, it hosted the Bowl Alliance National Championship game featuring undefeated #1 Nebraska playing undefeated #2 Florida for the national championship. Nebraska won the game 62–24, the largest win margin in the history of the national championship game, and the most points ever scored in a national championship game. Finally, with the addition of the Big Ten and Pac-10 conferences to the new Bowl Championship Series, the Fiesta Bowl became a permanent fixture in the four-year BCS National Championship Game rotation. In 1998, the Fiesta Bowl featured the first BCS National Championship Game, which Tennessee won over Florida State, 23 to 16.

Starting with the 1999 season, the Fiesta Bowl began hosting the Big 12 Conference champion in years when it was not slated as the BCS title game, an arrangement that continued to the end of the BCS era.


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2006 Fiesta Bowl, the last Fiesta Bowl game in Sun Devil Stadium

In 2002, the Fiesta Bowl had the right to take the Pac-10 Conference Champion, should that team not reach the Rose Bowl, which served as the national championship game that season. Oregon failed to qualify for the championship game, and thus played Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl. A similar arrangement was made for the 2006 Fiesta Bowl. However, instead of gaining the Pac-10 Conference champion in addition to their usual tie-in with the Big 12, the Fiesta Bowl would have had a choice of the two teams. This turned out to be a moot point as both the Big 12 champion Texas and Pac-10 champion Southern California qualified for the National Championship Game (USC's participation has since been vacated).[7]

2007 Fiesta Bowl, Boise State vs. Oklahoma; January 1, 2007, the first Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium

The BCS National Championship game returned to the Fiesta Bowl in 2003 with the Big Ten champions Ohio State Buckeyes beating the Big East champions Miami Hurricanes in the first overtime national championship game. The game went into double overtime with the Buckeyes coming out on top 31–24 to claim the 2002 national championship.

The Fiesta Bowl was the first BCS bowl to have had an entry from outside the parameters of the BCS (the Big 12, Big Ten, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Southeastern Conference (SEC), Pac-10, Big East, and Notre Dame had tie-ins, while all of the other conferences did not). The 2005 game saw undefeated Utah from the Mountain West Conference become the first BCS non-AQ school ever to play in a BCS game, easily defeating Big East champion Pittsburgh 35–7.

In 2007, the Fiesta Bowl game was played for the first time at the new then-named University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, across the Phoenix metropolitan area from Sun Devil Stadium. The undefeated Boise State Broncos won by defeating the Oklahoma Sooners 43–42 in overtime. It has been called one of the greatest college football games ever played, due to the combination of an underdog team, trick plays, comebacks by each team, and a thrilling overtime finish.[8]


The 2010 Fiesta Bowl featured #6 Boise State defeating #4 TCU, 17-10. It was the first time a BCS bowl matched-up two non-automatic qualifying teams (i.e. two teams from conferences without automatic BCS bids) and the first time that two teams who went undefeated faced each other in a BCS game outside of the national championship. In the 2011 Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma State defeated Stanford 41–38. Notable players included Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon for Oklahoma State, and Andrew Luck for Stanford.

The December 2016 Fiesta Bowl served as a semifinal for the College Football Playoff. The Fiesta Bowl will host a semifinal, alongside the Peach Bowl, again in 2019, 2022, and 2025.

In November 2016, PlayStation was announced as the bowl's new title sponsor.[2]



In 1996, a group of students from Brigham Young University, led by BYU professor Dennis Martin, burned bags of Tostitos tortilla chips in a bonfire and called for a boycott of all Tostitos products.[9] This came after #5 ranked BYU was not invited to play in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl in favor of #7 ranked Penn State. This event is one of those referred to by proponents of college football implementing a playoff series rather than the controversial Bowl Alliance. Penn State went on to win the game over #20 Texas 38–15, while BYU defeated #14 Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl Classic 19–15.[10]

For the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, the selections of TCU and Boise State caused a great deal of controversy. For the first and only time in the BCS era, two BCS non-AQ teams were chosen to play in BCS bowls in the same bowl season: however, they ended up facing each other in this bowl. Because both non-AQ teams were placed in the same bowl game, the bowl was derisively referred to as the "Separate But Equal Bowl",[11] the "Quarantine Bowl", the "Fiasco Bowl", the "BCS Kids' Table",[12] etc. Some had called for a boycott because of this.[13] There was wide speculation that the BCS bowl selection committees maneuvered TCU and Boise State into the same bowl so as to deny them the chances to "embarrass" two AQ conference representatives in separate bowls, as Boise State had done in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and Utah had done in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl and 2009 Sugar Bowl (prior to the game, non-AQ teams were 3–1 versus AQ teams in BCS bowls).[12][14] In response, Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker called those allegations "the biggest load of crap that I've ever heard in my life" and said that "We're in the business of doing things that are on behalf of our bowl game and we don't do the bidding of someone else to our detriment."[15] Beyond the unappealing nature of a "David vs. David" contest which resulted from this pairing in a major bowl, the appeal was further diminished due to the fact that it was a rematch of the Poinsettia Bowl from the previous bowl season.

Financial scandals

In 2009, in the weeks prior to the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, past and present Fiesta Bowl employees alleged that they were encouraged to help maintain its position as one of the four BCS bowls by making campaign contributions to politicians friendly to the Fiesta Bowl, with those contributions subsequently reimbursed to the employees. If true, this would be a violation of both state and federal campaign finance laws.[16] Furthermore, as a non-profit organization, the Fiesta Bowl is prohibited from making political contributions of any kind.[17] The Fiesta Bowl commissioned an "independent review" which found "no credible evidence that the bowl's management engaged in any type of illegal or unethical conduct."[18]

The following year, in a November 2010 article, Sports Illustrated reported that Fiesta Bowl officials, including bowl CEO John Junker, spent $4 million since 2000 to curry favor from BCS bigwigs and elected officials, including a 2008 "Fiesta Frolic", a golf-centered gathering of athletic directors and head coaches. The journal also reported that Junker's annual salary was close to $600,000 and that the bowl, in 2007 turned an $11.6 million profit.[19] While these alleged activities are not illegal, they did result in considerable damage to the reputation of the Fiesta Bowl.

On March 29, 2011, the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors released a 276-page "scathing internal report", commissioned by them to re-examine the accusations of illegal political activities.[20] The commission determined that $46,539 of illegal campaign contributions were made and the board immediately fired Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker, who had already been suspended pending the results of this investigation.[21] The scandal threatened the Fiesta Bowl's status as a BCS game, as the BCS said it might replace the bowl in its lineup if officials could not convince them it should remain.[22][23] The BCS ultimately chose not to expel the Fiesta Bowl, instead fining the organization $1 million.

In June 2011 University of Arizona president Robert Shelton was hired to replace Junker.[24] On February 22, 2012, former CEO John Junker pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge in the campaign financing matter, and two members of his former staff pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.[25] Junker was to be sentenced soon after, facing up to 2.5 years in prison as the result of his plea, but as of January 2014 his sentencing has been repeatedly postponed in return for cooperation in other cases.[26][27] In March 2014, Junker was sentenced to eight months in prison, with the sentence starting on June 13, 2014;[28] he was released on February 11, 2015.[29] On March 20, 2014, Junker was sentenced to three years of probation on state charges.[30]


As of the 2010–11 season, the game along with the rest of the BCS, exclusively airs on ESPN.[31] From 2007 through 2010, Fox telecast the game along with the other BCS games – the Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, and BCS National Championship Game from 2006 though 2009, while only the Rose Bowl and the 2010 BCS National Championship Game aired on ABC in that period. From 1999 to 2006, the game aired on ABC as part of the first BCS package, and from 1996 to 1998 the game aired on CBS as part of its bowl coverage. Prior to that, NBC aired the game for several years. This game, along with the Orange Bowl, is one of only two bowl games ever to air on all the "Big 4" broadcast television networks in the United States.

ESPN Radio is the current radio home for the Fiesta Bowl.

In 2013, ESPN Deportes provided the first Spanish U.S. telecast of the Fiesta Bowl.[32]


In addition to the game, the annual Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade takes place in downtown Phoenix, which includes marching bands from high schools as well as the two universities participating in the Fiesta Bowl and the two universities participating in the Cactus Bowl, along with floats, equestrian units, and a seven-member queen and court. It started back in 1973. Past Grand Marshals include many celebrities from sports and entertainment.

In 2018, the sponsor was changed to DesertFinancial and the parade subsequently renamed. Notable appearances in the 2018 parade included Cindy Mcain and the marching band from Salem High School in Salem, New Hampshire, which was the group that had traveled the farthest for the parade.

Game results

Rankings are based on the AP Poll prior to the game being played. Italics denote a tie game.

Date played Winning team Losing team Attnd.[33] Notes
December 27, 1971 #8 Arizona State 45 Florida State 38 51,089 notes
December 23, 1972 #15 Arizona State 49 Missouri 35 51,318 notes
December 21, 1973 #10 Arizona State 28 Pittsburgh 7 50,878 notes
December 28, 1974 Oklahoma State 16 #17 BYU 6 50,878 notes
December 26, 1975 #7 Arizona State 17 #6 Nebraska 14 51,396 notes
December 25, 1976 #8 Oklahoma 41 Wyoming 7 48,174 notes
December 25, 1977 #8 Penn State 42 #15 Arizona State 30 57,727 notes
December 25, 1978 #8 Arkansas 10 #15 UCLA 10 55,227 notes
December 25, 1979 #10 Pittsburgh 16 Arizona 10 55,347 notes
December 26, 1980 #10 Penn State 31 #11 Ohio State 19 66,738 notes
January 1, 1982 #7 Penn State 26 #8 USC 10 71,053 notes
January 1, 1983 #11 Arizona State 32 #12 Oklahoma 21 70,533 notes
January 2, 1984 #14 Ohio State 28 #15 Pittsburgh 23 66,484 notes
January 1, 1985 #14 UCLA 39 #13 Miami (Florida) 37 60,310 notes
January 1, 1986 #5 Michigan 27 #7 Nebraska 23 72,454 notes
January 2, 1987 #2 Penn State 14 #1 Miami (Florida) 10 73,098 notes
January 1, 1988 #3 Florida State 31 #5 Nebraska 28 72,112 notes
January 2, 1989 #1 Notre Dame 34 #3 West Virginia 21 74,911 notes
January 1, 1990 #5 Florida State 41 #6 Nebraska 17 73,953 notes
January 1, 1991 #18 Louisville 34 #25 Alabama 7 69,098 notes
January 1, 1992 #6 Penn State 42 #10 Tennessee 17 71,133 notes
January 1, 1993 #6 Syracuse 26 #10 Colorado 22 70,224 notes
January 1, 1994 #16 Arizona 29 #10 Miami (Florida) 0 72,260 notes
January 2, 1995 #4 Colorado 41 Notre Dame 24 73,968 notes
January 2, 1996BA #1 Nebraska 62 #2 Florida 24 79,864 notes
January 1, 1997 #7 Penn State 38 #20 Texas 15 65,106 notes
December 31, 1997 #10 Kansas State 35 #14 Syracuse 18 69,367 notes
January 4, 1999BCS #1 Tennessee 23 #2 Florida State 16 80,470 notes
January 2, 2000 #3 Nebraska 31 #6 Tennessee 21 71,526 notes
January 1, 2001 #5 Oregon State 41 #10 Notre Dame 9 75,428 notes
January 1, 2002 #2 Oregon 38 #3 Colorado 16 74,118 notes
January 3, 2003BCS #2 Ohio State 31 #1 Miami (Florida) 24 (2 OT) 77,502 notes
January 2, 2004 #7 Ohio State 35 #8 Kansas State 28 73,425 notes
January 1, 2005 #5 Utah 35 #19 Pittsburgh 7 73,519 notes
January 2, 2006 #4 Ohio State 34 #5 Notre Dame 20 76,196 notes
January 1, 2007 #9 Boise State 43 #7 Oklahoma 42 (OT) 73,719 notes
January 2, 2008 #11 West Virginia 48 #3 Oklahoma 28 70,016 notes
January 5, 2009 #3 Texas 24 #10 Ohio State 21 72,047 notes
January 4, 2010 #6 Boise State 17 #3 TCU 10 73,227 notes
January 1, 2011 #9 Oklahoma 48 #25 Connecticut 20 67,232 notes
January 2, 2012 #3 Oklahoma State 41 #4 Stanford 38 (OT) 69,927 notes
January 3, 2013 #5 Oregon 35 #7 Kansas State 17 70,242 notes
January 1, 2014 #15 UCF 52 #6 Baylor 42 65,172 notes
December 31, 2014 #21 Boise State 38 #12 Arizona 30 66,896 notes
January 1, 2016 #7 Ohio State 44 #8 Notre Dame 28 71,123 notes
December 31, 2016CFP #2 Clemson 31 #3 Ohio State 0 70,236 notes
December 30, 2017 #9 Penn State 35 #12 Washington 28 61,842 notes
January 1, 2019 #11 LSU 40 #7 UCF 32 69,927 notes
^BA Denotes Bowl Alliance Championship Game
^BCS Denotes BCS National Championship Game
^CFP Denotes College Football Playoff semifinal game

Future games

Season Date Day
Future game dates[34][35]
2019dagger December 28, 2019 Saturday
2020 January 2, 2021 Saturday
2021 January 1, 2022 Saturday
2022dagger December 31, 2022 Saturday
2023 December 30, 2023 Saturday
2024 December 30, 2024 Monday
2025dagger December 27, 2025 Saturday

dagger denotes game is a College Football Playoff semifinal

Game MVPs

Date played MVPs Team Position
December 27, 1971 Gary Huff Florida State QB
Junior Ah You Arizona State DE
December 23, 1972 Woody Green Arizona State HB
Mike Fink Missouri DB
December 21, 1973 Greg Hudson Arizona State SE
Mike Haynes Arizona State CB
December 28, 1974 Kenny Walker Oklahoma State RB
Phil Dokes Oklahoma State DT
December 26, 1975 John Jefferson Arizona State WR
Larry Gordon Arizona State LB
December 25, 1976 Thomas Lott Oklahoma QB
Terry Peters Oklahoma CB
December 25, 1977 Matt Millen Penn State LB
Dennis Sproul Arizona State QB
December 25, 1978 James Owens UCLA RB
Jimmy Walker Arkansas DT
December 25, 1979 Mark Schubert Pittsburgh K
Dave Liggins Arizona S
December 26, 1980 Curt Warner Penn State RB
Frank Case Penn State DE
January 1, 1982 Curt Warner Penn State RB
Leo Wisniewski Penn State NT
January 1, 1983 Marcus Dupree Oklahoma RB
Jim Jeffcoat Arizona State DL
January 2, 1984 John Congemi Pittsburgh QB
Rowland Tatum Ohio State LB
January 1, 1985 Gaston Green UCLA TB
James Washington UCLA DB
January 1, 1986 Jamie Morris Michigan RB
Mark Messner Michigan DT
January 2, 1987 D.J. Dozier Penn State RB
Shane Conlan Penn State LB
January 1, 1988 Danny McManus Florida State QB
Neil Smith Nebraska DL
January 2, 1989 Tony Rice Notre Dame QB
Frank Stams Notre Dame DE
January 1, 1990 Peter Tom Willis Florida State QB
Odell Haggins Florida State NG
January 1, 1991 Browning Nagle Louisville QB
Ray Buchanan Louisville FS
January 1, 1992 O.J. McDuffie Penn State WR
Reggie Givens Penn State OLB
January 1, 1993 Marvin Graves Syracuse QB
Kevin Mitchell Syracuse NG
January 1, 1994 Chuck Levy Arizona RB
Tedy Bruschi Arizona DE
January 2, 1995 Kordell Stewart Colorado QB
Shannon Clavelle Colorado DT

Date played MVPs Team Position
January 2, 1996 Tommie Frazier Nebraska QB
Michael Booker Nebraska CB
January 1, 1997 Curtis Enis Penn State TB
Brandon Noble Penn State DT
December 31, 1997 Michael Bishop Kansas State QB
Travis Ochs Kansas State LB
January 4, 1999 Peerless Price Tennessee WR
Dwayne Goodrich Tennessee CB
January 2, 2000 Eric Crouch Nebraska QB
Mike Brown Nebraska DB
January 1, 2001 Jonathan Smith Oregon State QB
Darnell Robinson Oregon State LB
January 1, 2002 Joey Harrington Oregon QB
Steve Smith Oregon DB
January 3, 2003 Craig Krenzel Ohio State QB
Mike Doss Ohio State SS
January 2, 2004 Craig Krenzel Ohio State QB
A. J. Hawk Ohio State OLB
January 1, 2005 Alex Smith Utah QB
Paris Warren Utah WR
Steve Fifita Utah NG
January 2, 2006 Troy Smith Ohio State QB
A. J. Hawk Ohio State OLB
January 1, 2007 Jared Zabransky Boise State QB
Marty Tadman Boise State S
January 2, 2008 Pat White West Virginia QB
Reed Williams West Virginia OLB
January 5, 2009 Colt McCoy Texas QB
Roy Miller Texas DT
January 4, 2010 Kyle Efaw Boise State TE
Brandyn Thompson Boise State CB
January 1, 2011 Landry Jones Oklahoma QB
Jamell Fleming Oklahoma CB
January 2, 2012 Justin Blackmon Oklahoma State WR
Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State CB
January 3, 2013 Marcus Mariota Oregon QB
Michael Clay Oregon LB
January 1, 2014 Blake Bortles UCF QB
Terrance Plummer UCF LB
December 31, 2014 Thomas Sperbeck Boise State WR
Tanner Vallejo Boise State LB
January 1, 2016 J.T. Barrett Ohio State QB
Eli Apple Ohio State CB
December 31, 2016 Deshaun Watson Clemson QB
Clelin Ferrell Clemson DE
December 30, 2017 Trace McSorley Penn State QB
Marcus Allen Penn State S
January 1, 2019 Joe Burrow LSU QB
Rashard Lawrence LSU DL

Appearances by team

Only teams with at least three appearances are listed.

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Ohio State 8 5–3
2 Penn State 7 7–0
T3 Arizona State 6 5–1
T3 Nebraska 6 2–4
T5 Oklahoma 5 2–3
T5 Notre Dame 5 1–4
T7 Florida State 4 2–2
T7 Pittsburgh 4 1–3
T7 Miami 4 0–4
T10 Boise State 3 3–0
T10 Arizona 3 1–2
T10 Colorado 3 1–2
T10 Kansas State 3 1–2
T10 Tennessee 3 1–2

Appearances by conference

Updated through the January 2019 edition (48 games, 96 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Won Lost Tied Pct.
1 Independents[n 1] 20 10 10 0 .500
T2 Pac-12[n 2] 12 6 5 1 .542
T2 Big 12 12 5 7 0 .417
T4 Big Ten 11 8 3 0 .727
T4 Big Eight 11 4 7 0 .364
T6 WAC 9 6 3 0 .667
T6 The American[n 3] 9 3 6 0 .333
8 SEC 6 2 4 0 .333
9 Mountain West 3 2 1 0 .667
10 ACC 2 1 1 0 .500
11 SWC 1 0 0 1 .500
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Game records

Team Performance vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored 62, Nebraska vs. Florida (24) 1996
Fewest points allowed 0, Clemson (31) vs. Ohio State
0, Arizona (29) vs. Miami
Largest margin of victory 38, Nebraska (62) vs. Florida (24) 1996
First downs 33, Texas vs. Ohio State
33, Arizona State vs. Missouri
Rushing yards 524, Nebraska vs. Florida 1996
Passing yards 458, Louisville vs. Alabama 1991
Total yards 718, Arizona State vs. Missouri 1972
Fewest Rushing yards allowed
Fewest Passing yards allowed
Fewest Total yards allowed
Individual Performance, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
Total Offense 431, Browning Nagle, Louisville vs. Alabama (39 plays) 1991
All-purpose yards
All-purpose TDs
Rushing Yards 245, Marcus Dupree, Oklahoma vs. Arizona State (17 att., 0 TD) 1983
Rushing TDs 4, Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
4, Woody Green, Arizona State vs. Missouri
Passing yards
Passing TDs
Receiving yards
Receiving TDs
Long plays Performance, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown run 92, Saquon Barkley, Penn State vs. Washington 2017
Touchdown pass 85, Troy Smith to Santonio Holmes, Ohio State vs. Notre Dame 2006
Kickoff return
Punt return
Interception return
Fumble return
Field goal


See also


External links

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