Bowl games gift guide

Best Buy gift cards are a popular gift for players arriving at college football bowl games, with Fossil watches and GoPro Hero 4 cameras among the more unique.
(Associated Press, Tribune News Service)

For college football players, it’s the most wonderful time of the year: They’re going shopping this bowl season. Gift suites, which allow players to browse for their favorite items, are prevalent this postseason and wares are set to be handed out by numerous bowl committees, according to a list first compiled by Sports Business Journal. NCAA rules allow bowls to provide up to $550 worth of gifts for up to 125 participants per school. Schools also can give players bowl T-shirts and rings after the postseason games. Take a closer look at the gifts players are slated to receive.

Bowl, Matchup, Date, Location, Gifts

R+L Carriers New Orleans: Nevada vs. Louisiana Lafayette, Dec. 20, New Orleans, Gift suite, Fossil watch

Gildan New Mexico: Utah State vs. Texas El Paso, Dec. 20, Albuquerque, Gift suite; AudioSource speaker; cell charger; Oakley Works backpack + sunglasses + fine knit beanie, cap; Gildan blanket


Royal Purple Las Vegas: Utah vs. Colorado State, Dec. 20, Las Vegas, Gift suite, Oakley Works backpack

Famous Idaho Potato: Western Michigan vs. Air Force, Dec. 20, Boise, Idaho, Gift suite, Ogio backpack, winter coat, winter gloves, winter beanie, Big Game football

Raycom Media Camellia: South Alabama vs. Bowling Green, Dec. 20, Montgomery, Ala., Gift suite, Fossil watch, cap, souvenir pylon, football

Miami Beach: Brigham Young vs. Memphis, Dec. 22, Miami, Under Armour sunglasses, Under Armour cap, Oakley Halifax backpack, electronics product


Boca Raton: Marshall vs. Northern Illinois, Dec. 23, Boca Raton, Fla., Gift suite

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia: Navy vs. San Diego State, Dec. 23, San Diego, $395 Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, cap

Popeyes Bahamas: Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky, Dec. 24, Nassau, Bahamas, Gift suite, Ogio Marshall Pack backpack, New Era 39Thirty cap

Hawaii: Fresno State vs. Rice, Dec. 24, Honolulu, Gift suite, Oakley Holbrook sunglasses, backpack; Tori Richard aloha shirt, Pro Athletics T-shirt, shorts/trunks, beach towel

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech, Dec. 26, Dallas, Gift suite, Ogio Marshall Pack backpack, beanie, Big Game football

Quick Lane: Rutgers vs. North Carolina, Dec. 26, Detroit, $250 Best Buy gift card, Sony headphones, Fathead for each player with his likeness, various apparel, football

Bitcoin St. Petersburg: Central Florida vs. North Carolina State, Dec. 26, St. Petersburg, Fla., Gift suite, Oakley Breadbox sunglasses, Oakley Works backpack

Military Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech, Dec. 27, Annapolis, Md., Microsoft Xbox One console, Under Armour backpack, Mighty Boom Ball speakers, beanie


Hyundai Sun: Arizona State vs. Duke, Dec. 27, El Paso, Gift suite, Timely Watch Co. watch, Ogio Politan backpack, Helen of Troy hair dryer, Majestic fleece pullover, Top of World cap

Duck Commander Independence: Miami vs. South Carolina, Dec. 27, Shreveport, La., Gift suite, Timely Watch Co. watch, New Era ski cap, football

New Era Pinstripe: Boston College vs. Penn State, Dec. 27, New York, Variety of New Era products

National University Holiday: Nebraska vs. USC, Dec. 27, San Diego, $445 Best Buy gift card and shopping trip, Fossil watch, cap

AutoZone Liberty: Texas A&M vs. West Virginia, Dec. 29, Memphis, Tenn., Sol Republic Deck Ultra bluetooth speaker, Bulova watch, Nike: shoes, sandals, sunglasses, backpack; game ball

Russell Athletic: Oklahoma vs. Clemson, Dec. 29, Orlando, Fla., $447 Best Buy gift card and shopping trip, watch, athletic performance shirt

AdvoCare V100 Texas: Arkansas vs. Texas, Dec. 29, Houston, Gift suite, Adidas Team Speed duffel bag, cap, belt buckle

Franklin American Mortgage Music City: Notre Dame vs. LSU, Dec. 30, Nashville, Gift suite, fFossil watch


Belk: Georgia vs. Louisville, Dec. 30, Charlotte, N.C., Shopping trip to Belk department store, Fossil watch

Foster Farms: Maryland vs. Stanford, Dec. 30, Santa Clara, Calif., Gift suite, Fossil watch

Chick-fil-A Peach: Mississippi vs. Texas Christian, Dec. 31, Atlanta, $300 Vanilla Visa gift card, Chick-fil-A gift card, Apple TV, Fossil watch, football

Vizio Fiesta: Boise State vs. Arizona, Dec. 31, Glendale, Ariz., Gift suite, Fossil watch, Ogio Rogue backpack

Capital One Orange: Mississippi State vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 31, Miami Gardens Gift suite, Tourneau watch

Outback: Auburn vs. Wisconsin, Jan. 1, Tampa, Fla., $150 Best Buy gift card, Outback Steakhouse gift card, Fossil watch, Jostens ring, cap

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Michigan State vs. Baylor, Jan. 1, Arlington, Texas, Bowl committee declined to disclose

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus: Missouri vs. Minnesota, Jan. 1, Orlando, Fla., $447 Best Buy gift card and shopping trip, watch, athletic performance shirt

Rose Bowl: Florida State vs. Oregon, Jan. 1, Pasadena, Gift suite, Fossil watch, Oakley Works backpack, New Era 59Fifty cap

Allstate Sugar: Alabama vs. Ohio State, Jan. 1, New Orleans, Gift suite, Fossil watch, New Era cap

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces: Houston vs. Pittsburgh, Jan. 2, Fort Worth, Gift suite, Ogio Marshall Pack backpack, beanie, Big Game football

TaxSlayer: Iowa vs. Tennessee, Jan. 2, Jacksonville, Fla., Panasonic gift suite, Fossil watch

Valero Alamo: Kansas State vs. UCLA, Jan. 2, San Antonio, GoPro Hero4 Silver camera, 32GB memory card, Fossil watch, Oakley Works backpack, Schutt mini helmet, panoramic photo

TicketCity Cactus: Washington vs. Oklahoma State, Jan. 2, Tempe, Ariz., Gift suite, Fossil watch, Ogio Rogue backpack

Birmingham: East Carolina vs. Florida, Jan. 3, Birmingham, Ala., Gift suite, Oakley sunglasses, beanie, hooded sweatshirt, Big Game football

GoDaddy: Toledo vs. Arkansas State, Jan. 4, Mobile, Ala., Sol Republic Tracks Air wireless/bluetooth headphones, watch, Coleman chair, backpack, Wilson football

College Football Playoff National Championship Game: Jan. 12, Arlington, Texas, Bowl committee declined to disclose

Bowl gift packages compiled by SportsBusiness Journal

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