Wheat Bowl (defunct)
Wheat Bowl Football Classic
The only sanctioned NAIA pre-season bowl game
Stadium Great Bend High School Memorial Stadium[1]
Location Great Bend, Kansas
Previous locations Ellinwood, Kansas
Operated 1995-2006
Conference tie-ins NAIA
2006 matchup
Northwestern Oklahoma vs Lindenwood (14 - 13)

The Wheat Bowl was the only National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics endorsed Pre-Season bowl game that operated from 1995 until 2006. The Wheat Bowl Football Classic was headquartered in the Central Kansas town of Ellinwood and was played in nearby Great Bend annually as the kickoff for the NAIA season.[3]

In 1995 and 1996, the game was played as a "post-season" game. Beginning in 1997, the Wheat Bowl Football Classic was successfully switched to a pre-season contest to eliminate several potential obstacles: the possibility of inclement weather, conflicts with Kansas State University and University of Kansas home games as well as conflicts with high school playoffs.

Due to facilities not being available, no game was played in 2007. The next game was scheduled for August 23, 2008 at the newly-renovated Great Bend Memorial Stadium.[4] According to the bowl website, it appears that the game was not played as originally scheduled and the bowl is now considered defunct. The College Fanz First Down Classic preseason bowl began in 2007 and is now considered the kick-off of the NAIA season.[5]

Year Winner Score Loser Score
1995 MidAmerica Nazarene 38 Ottawa 0
1996 Southwestern 28 Baker 20
1997 Sioux Falls 35 Benedictine 10
1998 Northwestern Oklahoma 40 MidAmerica Nazarene 7
1999 Northwestern Oklahoma 49 Missouri Valley 14
2000 Concordia (Nebraska) 31 Lindenwood 14
2001 Peru State (Nebraska) 21 Baker 14
2002 Midland Lutheran College 25 Bacone 15
2003 MidAmerica Nazarene 21 Southern Nazarene 14
2004 Midland Lutheran College 31 Avila 9
2005 Graceland 24 Southern Nazarene 20
2006 Northwestern Oklahoma 14 Lindenwood 13

Community CollegeEdit

There was a game called the "Wheat Bowl" played between Kansas Community Colleges from 1948 to 1950. Although the name is the same, the organization was completely different. This particular bowl is now defunct.[6]


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