December 21, 2006

Bowls get into Christmas spirit of gift giving

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Playing in a bowl game offers a college football team many opportunities.

It could be the chance for a National Championship. A class of seniors could end their final season on a high note. An up-and-coming team has the opportunity to get in a few extra weeks of practice.

One big benefit for the players is the gift package they receive from the bowl game in which they are playing.

Rings, watches, sweatshirts, iPods, video games, cameras and even tanning lotion are some of the items bowls will be giving to players this postseason.

The bowl goodie bags are allowed to have a value of $500 per player. With each team receiving 125 gift packages, that adds up to $62,500 in gifts for each school.

If you were planning on buying a navigation system for a player from Oregon or Brigham Young, don't bother. They'll be receiving one courtesy of the Las Vegas Bowl.

Check out the players' gift packages for every bowl game this season including the BCS National Championship game.

Poinsettia Bowl
TCU vs. Northern Illinois
Dec. 19, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Gift package:
Fossil Watch
Poinsettia Bowl hooded sweatshirt
iPod Nano
iPod Nano leather case
Poinsettia Bowl hat
Las Vegas Bowl
BYU vs. Oregon
Dec. 21, 8 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Pioneer navigation system
ESPN trivia sports game
Year's subscription to ESPN The Magazine
Oakley beanie cap and a baseball cap
New Orleans Bowl
Troy vs. Rice
Dec. 22, 8 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Balfour championship ring
Aeropostale jacket
Wrist watch
Noise reduction headphones
Commemorative coin Bowl
East Carolina vs. South Florida
Dec. 23, 1 p.m., ESPN2
Gift package:
Digital camera
Mini helmet
Subscription to ESPN The Magazine
ESPN trivia sports game
Wrist watch
New Mexico Bowl
New Mexico vs. San Jose State
Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Fatheadz sunglasses
Under Armour backpack
Under Armour beanie
Schutt New Mexico Bowl mini-helmet
ESPN the magazine subscription
Armed Forces Bowl
Tulsa vs. Utah
Dec. 23, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Wrist watch
Rolling duffle bag
Workout shirt
Samsung MP3 player
Mini helmet
Commemorative football
Hawaii Bowl
Arizona State vs. Hawaii
Dec. 24, 8 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Oakley Thump 512
Oakley Thump Charger Set
Oakley Thump Soft Vault Case
Oakley Icon 2.0 Backpack
Official Bowl Watch
Aloha Shirt
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Beach Towel
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl T-Shirt
Mini Helmet
Luggage Tags
Hawaii Bowl Calendar
Motor City Bowl
Central Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee
Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Motor City souvenir watch
Souvenir football
Leather travel bag
Emerald Bowl
UCLA vs. Florida State
Dec. 27, 8 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Fossil watch with Bowl logo
Portable DVD player
Souvenir game ball
Armor Gear backpack with Bowl logo
Fleece vest with bowl logo
Baseball cap with Bowl logo
NCAA Football 07 video game
Texas Bowl
Rutgers vs. Kansas State
Dec. 28, 8 p.m., NFL Network
Gift package:
Game watch
Hooded sweatshirt
Baseball cap
Independence Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Alabama
Dec. 28, 4:30 p.m., ESPN2
Gift package:
iPod Nano
George Foreman Grill
PetroSun Independence Bowl watch
PetroSun Independence Bowl New Era hat
PetroSun Independence Bowl souvenir football
$20 iTunes gift card
Holiday Bowl
Cal vs. Texas A&M
Dec. 28, 8 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Tommy Hilfiger wrist watch
Hooded pullover sweatshirt
Sony Mylo personal communicator
$15 Sony gift card
Music City Bowl
Clemson vs. Kentucky
Dec. 29, 1 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Music City Bowl Swiss Army watch
Armor Gear equipment bag
Adidas windshirt
Big Game throwback football
Sun Bowl
Oregon State vs. Missouri
Dec. 29, 2 p.m., CBS
Gift package:
Sony LCD screen DVD player
Sony noise reduction headphones
Sun Bowl watch
Armor Gear backpack
Mock turtleneck with school and Sun Bowl logos
Baseball cap
Commemorative coin
Helen of Troy hairdryer
Liberty Bowl
Houston vs. South Carolina
Dec. 29, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Commemorative watch
Game ball
Leather travel bag
Nike heavy jacket
Nike wind suit
Digital camera
Insight Bowl
Texas Tech vs. Minnesota
Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m., NFL Network
Gift package:
Microsoft Xbox 360
NCAA Football 2007 for Xbox
Commemorative Bulova wristwatch
Commemorative football and cap
Champs Sports Bowl
Maryland vs. Purdue
Dec. 29, 8 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
15-inch flat screen TV with DVD player
Commemorative watch
Beach towel
Panama Jack T-shirt
Sun tan lotion
Meineke Car Care Bowl
Boston College vs. Navy
Dec. 30, 1 p.m., ESPN2
Gift package:
Sony digital mini camcorder
Fossil watch
Embroidered gym bag
Personalized football
Alamo Bowl
Texas vs. Iowa
Dec. 30, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Sony PlayStation Portable
Mini half and half team helmet
Two-gig iPod Nano
Alamo Bowl club bag
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Virginia Tech vs. Georgia
Dec. 30, 8 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Chick-fil-A Bowl watch and wallet by Fossil
Apple iPod
Russell Athletic wind shirt
Chick-fil-A calendar
Souvenir Chick-fil-A football
Chick-fil-A Coca-Cola bottle
Chick-fil-A lapel pin
MPC Computers Bowl
Miami vs. Nevada
Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Solar powered computer/iPod backpack with logo
Pen and pencil set
Winter gloves and hand warmers
Winter skull cap with logo
Weatherproof parka with logo
Travel tumbler/thermos with logo
Souvenir hat
Souvenir football
Outback Bowl
Penn State vs. Tennessee
Jan. 1, 11 a.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Sony PSP
NCAA Football 2007 for PSP
Game wrist watch
Outback Bowl ring
AT&T Cotton Bowl
Nebraska vs. Auburn
Jan. 1, 11:30 a.m., Fox
Gift package:
Fossil wrist watch
MP3 player
R+L Carriers
Toyota Gator Bowl
West Virginia vs. Georgia Tech
Jan. 1, 1 p.m., CBS
Gift package:
Josten's Gator Bowl ring
Mercury luggage set
Oakley Thump sunglasses
Capital One Bowl
Wisconsin vs. Arkansas
Jan 1, 1 p.m., ABC
Gift package:
15-inch flat screen TV with DVD player
Commemorative watch
Beach towel
Panama Jack T-shirt
Sun tan lotion
Rose Bowl
USC vs. Michigan
Jan. 1, 5 p.m., ABC
Gift package:
Swiss Army watch
Sony noise-limiting headsets
New Era 5950 hat
Under Armour backpack
Under Armour gym sack
Team plaque w/ team photo
Toiletry kit
Oakley sunglasses
Autographed football
Flip coin
Fiesta Bowl
Oklahoma vs. Boise State
Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m., FOX
Gift package:
Apple ipod video with Bose head phones
Commemorative Tourneau wrist watch
Commemorative game cap
Orange Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Louisville
Jan. 2, 8 p.m., FOX
Gift package:
Pioneer Inno XM Satellite radio
Four-month subscription to XM radio
Orange Bowl wrist watch
Panoramic kickoff photo
Orange Bowl beach towel
Orange Bowl beach hat
Sugar Bowl
LSU vs. Notre Dame
Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m., FOX
Gift package:
Sony DVD WalkMan player
Sony noise-blocking headphones
Polaroid A300 digital camera
Quadra medallion Sugar Bowl watch
Sugar Bowl logo baseball cap
International Bowl
Cincinnati vs. Western Michigan
Jan. 6, Noon., ESPN
Gift package:
Souvenir watch
Souvenir football for autographs
Leather club bag
Southern Miss vs. Ohio
Jan. 7, 8 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Commemorative game watch
Leather luggage bag
Souvenir football
Two-piece lead crystal set
Ceramic helmet replicas
BCS Title Game
Ohio State vs. Florida
Jan. 8, 8 p.m., ESPN
Gift package:
Portable XM Satellite radio
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