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Additionally, there are four independent football programs in Division I FBS (as of the current 2016 season) that do not belong to a conference.

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Additionally, since the 2016 season there are have been four independent football programs in Division I FBS (as of the current 2016 season) that do not belong to a conference.conference (all have home conferences for most, if not all, of their other sports).



* Florida vs. Georgia ("The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party"[[note]]Officially the "Florida vs. Georgia Football Classic" or "Georgia vs. Florida Football Classic" on a rotating basis depending on who the designated home team is (Except for two years since 1933, it's always played on a neutral site, so there's no true home team; however, the series was played at the teams' home stadiums in 1994 and 1995 while [=EverBank=] Field was being constructed on the footprint of the former Gator Bowl Stadium). The schools, the SEC, the NCAA and sportscasters have all tried and failed to remove "Cocktail" from the nickname, seeing it as promoting underage drinking of alcohol.[[/note]]) - Played on a theoretically neutral field in Jacksonville, Florida.

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* Florida vs. Georgia ("The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party"[[note]]Officially the "Florida vs. Georgia Football Classic" or "Georgia vs. Florida Football Classic" on a rotating basis depending on who the designated home team is (Except (except for two years since 1933, it's always been played on at a neutral site, so there's no true home team; however, the series was played at the teams' home stadiums in 1994 and 1995 while [=EverBank=] Field was being constructed on the footprint of the former Gator Bowl Stadium). The schools, the SEC, the NCAA and sportscasters have all tried and failed to remove "Cocktail" from the nickname, seeing it as promoting underage drinking of alcohol.[[/note]]) - Played on a theoretically neutral field in Jacksonville, Florida.



* '''Fred Biletnikoff Award''': Award given to the best receiver in college football. Although the award rules state that anyone who catches the ball on offense is eligible, every winner to date has been a wide receiver. (Which [[ItMakesSenseInContext makes sense]], especially given that the award's namesake played that position.) ''Most recent winner:'' Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma

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* '''Fred Biletnikoff Award''': Award given to the best receiver in college football. Although the award rules state that anyone who catches the ball on offense is eligible, every winner to date has been a wide receiver. (Which [[ItMakesSenseInContext makes sense]], especially given that the award's namesake played that position.) ''Most recent winner:'' Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma



* '''Vince Young''': Won the 2005 BCS National Championship with Texas and was runner-up in Heisman voting to Reggie Bush (who was later stripped of the award.) Is considered one of the greatest players in Texas' storied history, as well as one of the greatest ever in NCAA history. He was drafted 3rd overall into the NFL but after some initial success, is considered a borderline draft bust.

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* '''Vince Young''': Won the 2005 BCS National Championship with Texas and was runner-up in Heisman voting to Reggie Bush (who was later stripped of the award.) award). Is considered one of the greatest players in Texas' storied history, as well as one of the greatest ever in NCAA history. He was drafted 3rd overall into the NFL but after some initial success, is considered a borderline draft bust.



* '''Bronislaw "Bronko" Nagurski''': Was a legendary, [[CanadaEh Canadian born]] fullback for Minnesota, who also played tackle on defense. Legend has it that he was virtually impossible to tackle with the ball in his hands. He is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. He also made a career as a [[Main/ProfessionalWrestling Pro Wrestler]] when his football career was over. The award given annually to the best defensive player in college football is named after him.

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* '''Bronislaw "Bronko" Nagurski''': Was a legendary, [[CanadaEh Canadian born]] fullback for Minnesota, who also played tackle on defense. Legend has it that he was virtually impossible to tackle with the ball in his hands. He is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. He also made a career as a [[Main/ProfessionalWrestling Pro Wrestler]] pro wrestler]] when his football career was over. The award given annually to the best defensive player in college football is named after him.



* '''UsefulNotes/GeraldFord''': Was a center and linebacker (he switched, as happened more often back then) for the Michigan Wolverines in the early 1930s. He was recruited by the Lions and Packers, but decided to go to law school instead, and ended up President of the United States.

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* '''UsefulNotes/GeraldFord''': Was a center and linebacker (he switched, as happened more often back then) for the Michigan Wolverines in the early 1930s. He was recruited by the Lions and Packers, but decided to go to law school instead, and ended up [[UsefulNotes/ThePresidents President of the United States.States]].
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The lower tier of bowl games exists solely as cash grabs and {{Padding}} for Creator/{{ESPN}} during the traditionally quiet holiday week in sports, and the stadiums and cities the games are played in (until ESPN grabbed a monopoly on most bowl games in the 1990's, most of these games were still few and far between, aired on syndicated broadcast television and were special). If there was a playoff in college football, the teams in these bowls would be blown out of the first round of the playoffs by the top teams or not even make it, as they usually have records which are only one game above .500 (if that)[[note]]However, since most bowls have a lot of discretion in who they invite, and how much money the bowl thinks they'll make is often the deciding factor rather than trying to get the best team, sometimes actual good teams will get screwed over by the higher-tier bowls and get forced to settle for beating the hell out a scrub team in a bottom-tier bowl. Common victims of this are schools like Boise State, which usually wins its bowl games but is considered a less attractive choice because, being from tiny Idaho, they have a relatively small fanbase.[[/note]]. These games are usually sponsored by NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, such as the [[OverlyLongName San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl]], Quick Lane Bowl[[note]]Successor to the Motor City Bowl, later known as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl[[/note]], [=AdvoCare V100=] Texas Bowl [[note]]Originally just the Texas Bowl, then the [[OverlyLongName Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas]][[/note]], the Foster Farms Bowl[[note]]Formerly the Diamond Walnut Bowl; then the Emerald Bowl, which sounds innocuous but was actually named for Emerald Nuts; and still later the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl[[/note]], the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl[[note]]Formerly the [=MPCComputers.com=] Bowl and the Humanitarian Bowl[[/note]], the Belk Bowl[[note]]Formerly the Queen City Bowl, Continental Tire Bowl and Meineke Car Care Bowl[[/note]], the [[OverlyLongName Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl]][[note]]A new bowl game in Tucson that debuted in 2015, held at the original site of the Copper[=/=]Cactus Bowl before its move to Phoenix[[/note]], the Camping World Independence Bowl[[note]]Historically just the Independence Bowl, notable only because the 1982 edition was the first college football game ever broadcast by Creator/{{ESPN}}.[[/note]] or the St. Petersburg Bowl[[note]]Returned to its historic name of the St. Petersburg Bowl after a couple of years as the [[OverlyLongName Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg]][[/note]]. Many of these bowls ''used'' to have less embarrassing names, before the trend of sponsors using their own name as the ''sole'' name of the bowl instead of just tagging their name in front of the bowl name (something near-universally loathed by football fans) came about[[note]]This also means that when a sponsorship expires, the bowl will pick up an entirely new name. Which means that in addition to all their other shortcomings, these bowls also don't even have a consistent ''identity''[[/note]]. These games are solely of interest to the universities playing only (or will be a future OldShame if your team is invited to the not-very-prestigious-at-all Dollar General Bowl[[note]][[RunningGag formerly the GMAC Bowl and GoDaddy Bowl]][[/note]]), and about the only accomplishment to be earned by the players outside of a free unwanted trip to Detroit, Boise, Shreveport, Louisiana or Birmingham, Alabama is a CosmeticAward which [[TrailersAlwaysLie means nothing]]. Unless the team lucks out and gets invited to the [[HulaAndLuaus Hawaii Bowl]] or Bahamas Bowl. There now so many lower tier bowl games that ''a majority of FBS teams'' will play in a bowl game every year, a fact widely ridiculed by fans. In the 2010–11 season, there was even some worry that there wouldn't be enough bowl eligible teams[[note]]A team must win at least half of its game to be bowl eligible.[[/note]] to play all the bowl games, which would have required teams with losing records to be invited to fill the remaining slots; two years later, this worry resurfaced when four separate teams ended up on postseason bans at once and all four would've otherwise been bowl eligible including one that went undefeated. While ultimately this didn't happen, it illustrates what a meager accomplishment being invited to a minor bowl has become. Once again, there are conference tie-ins for these bowls, but they tend to be a lot less strictly enforced than in higher-tier bowls (especially since a conference might not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all its tie-ins, but also because a major conference probably doesn't care all that much about the tie-in for its 6th place team and a minor conference lacks the influence to do anything about it if their tie-in is ignored). Since non-AQ conferences' tie-ins are exclusively with the bottom-tier bowls, non-AQ champions are almost always stuck in these bowls, but with exceptional seasons they can become BCS busters and jump all the way to the top four bowls.[[note]]Utah in 2004 (beat Pitt in the Fiesta Bowl), Boise State in 2006 (beat Oklahoma in an epic Fiesta Bowl), Hawaii in 2007 (curbstomped by Georgia in the Sugar Bowl), Utah in 2008 (beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl), Boise State and TCU in 2009 (controversially matched against one another in the Fiesta Bowl, which BCS critics declared the "[[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Separate But Equal]] Bowl", with Boise State winning), TCU again in 2010 (beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl), and Northern Illinois in 2012 (thrashed by Florida State in the Orange Bowl). Two of these schools later joined AQ conferences—Utah joined what would become the Pac-12 in 2011, and TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012.[[/note]]

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The lower tier of bowl games exists solely as cash grabs and {{Padding}} for Creator/{{ESPN}} during the traditionally quiet holiday week in sports, and the stadiums and cities the games are played in (until ESPN grabbed a monopoly on most bowl games in the 1990's, most of these games were still few and far between, aired on syndicated broadcast television and were special). If there was a playoff in college football, the teams in these bowls would be blown out of the first round of the playoffs by the top teams or not even make it, as they usually have records which are only one game above .500 (if that)[[note]]However, since most bowls have a lot of discretion in who they invite, and how much money the bowl thinks they'll make is often the deciding factor rather than trying to get the best team, sometimes actual good teams will get screwed over by the higher-tier bowls and get forced to settle for beating the hell out a scrub team in a bottom-tier bowl. Common victims of this are schools like Boise State, which usually wins its bowl games but is considered a less attractive choice because, being from tiny Idaho, they have a relatively small fanbase.[[/note]]. These games are usually sponsored by NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, such as the [[OverlyLongName San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl]], Quick Lane Bowl[[note]]Successor to the Motor City Bowl, later known as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl[[/note]], [=AdvoCare V100=] Texas Bowl [[note]]Originally just the Texas Bowl, then the [[OverlyLongName Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas]][[/note]], the Foster Farms Bowl[[note]]Formerly the Diamond Walnut Bowl; then the Emerald Bowl, which sounds innocuous but was actually named for Emerald Nuts; and still later the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl[[/note]], the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl[[note]]Formerly the [=MPCComputers.com=] Bowl and the Humanitarian Bowl[[/note]], the Belk Bowl[[note]]Formerly the Queen City Bowl, Continental Tire Bowl and Meineke Car Care Bowl[[/note]], the [[OverlyLongName Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl]][[note]]A new bowl game in Tucson that debuted in 2015, held at the original site of the Copper[=/=]Cactus Bowl before its move to Phoenix[[/note]], the Camping World Independence Bowl[[note]]Historically just the Independence Bowl, notable only because the 1982 edition was the first college football game ever broadcast by Creator/{{ESPN}}.[[/note]] or the St. Petersburg Bowl[[note]]Returned to its historic name of the St. Petersburg Bowl after a couple of years as the [[OverlyLongName Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg]][[/note]]. Many of these bowls ''used'' to have less embarrassing names, before the trend of sponsors using their own name as the ''sole'' name of the bowl instead of just tagging their name in front of the bowl name (something near-universally loathed by football fans) came about[[note]]This also means that when a sponsorship expires, the bowl will pick up an entirely new name. Which means that in addition to all their other shortcomings, these bowls also don't even have a consistent ''identity''[[/note]]. These games are solely of interest to the universities playing only (or will be a future OldShame if your team is invited to the not-very-prestigious-at-all Dollar General Bowl[[note]][[RunningGag formerly the GMAC Bowl and GoDaddy Bowl]][[/note]]), and about the only accomplishment to be earned by the players outside of a free unwanted trip to Detroit, Boise, Shreveport, Louisiana or Birmingham, Alabama is a CosmeticAward which [[TrailersAlwaysLie means nothing]]. Unless the team lucks out and gets invited to the [[HulaAndLuaus Hawaii Bowl]] or Bahamas Bowl. There now so many lower tier bowl games that ''a majority of FBS teams'' will play in a bowl game every year, a fact widely ridiculed by fans. In the 2010–11 season, there was even some worry that there wouldn't be enough bowl eligible teams[[note]]A team must win at least half of its game to be bowl eligible.[[/note]] to play all the bowl games, which would have required teams with losing records to be invited to fill the remaining slots; two years later, this worry resurfaced when four separate teams ended up on postseason bans at once and all four would've otherwise been bowl eligible including one that went undefeated. While ultimately this didn't happen, it illustrates what a meager accomplishment being invited to a minor bowl has become. In fact, the proliferation of bowls got so ridiculous that the NCAA called time on it in 2016, imposing a three-year freeze on certification of new bowl games. Once again, there are conference tie-ins for these bowls, but they tend to be a lot less strictly enforced than in higher-tier bowls (especially since a conference might not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all its tie-ins, but also because a major conference probably doesn't care all that much about the tie-in for its 6th place team and a minor conference lacks the influence to do anything about it if their tie-in is ignored). Since non-AQ conferences' tie-ins are exclusively with the bottom-tier bowls, non-AQ champions are almost always stuck in these bowls, but with exceptional seasons they can become BCS busters and jump all the way to the top four bowls.[[note]]Utah in 2004 (beat Pitt in the Fiesta Bowl), Boise State in 2006 (beat Oklahoma in an epic Fiesta Bowl), Hawaii in 2007 (curbstomped by Georgia in the Sugar Bowl), Utah in 2008 (beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl), Boise State and TCU in 2009 (controversially matched against one another in the Fiesta Bowl, which BCS critics declared the "[[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Separate But Equal]] Bowl", with Boise State winning), TCU again in 2010 (beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl), and Northern Illinois in 2012 (thrashed by Florida State in the Orange Bowl). Two of these schools later joined AQ conferences—Utah joined what would become the Pac-12 in 2011, and TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012.[[/note]]



Not all American universities, that sponsor varsity football, play within the bowl system. The NCAA has three divisions and Divisions II and III actually have a normal football playoff system. Likewise, Division I has a special subdivision called the "Football Championship Subdivision,"[[note]]Previously, the "Football Bowl Subdivision" and "Football Championship Subdivision" were called Division I-A and Division I-AA. These names are still often used unofficially, as many fans find the new names clunky and stupid. The abbreviations "FBS" and "FCS" are also used more often than the full names due to not sounding quite as lame.[[/note]] where Division I schools, that don't want to put as much emphasis on football as their larger cousins, can play. The current all-divisions record holder for most consecutive winning seasons is Division III's Linfield College, currently at 58. Each of these have their own playoff system to determine a national champion. While most regular season games are done within a division, several teams will play one or two games outside of their division. Teams in the NCAA's Divisions II and III sometimes even play non-NCAA teams. Playing lower-division teams isn't without its risks; when a highly regarded FBS team loses to an FCS team (such as the infamous defeat of then #5 ranked UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan by FCS opponent Appalachian State in 2007, quite possibly the biggest upset in college football history), they become a national laughing stock.[[note]]Amazingly, Michigan scheduled Appalachian State (a traditional FCS powerhouse that won three consecutive playoff championships in 2005-2007) again for the 2014 season; however, Appalachian State had become a transitional FBS member by then. Michigan won easily this time around.[[/note]] Also, only one FCS win can count toward bowl eligibility for an FBS team, meaning that if a team schedules two such games they'll need to have at least a 7-5 record instead of 6-6 to qualify for a bowl. By design, this usually discourages FBS teams from playing against more than one FCS team per year. Despite the great majority of these games resulting in a win for the higher-division team, the lower division schools are happy to play them because the higher-division team invariably [[MoneyDearBoy pays them a lot of money to do it]].

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Not all American universities, that sponsor varsity football, play within the bowl system. The NCAA has three divisions and Divisions II and III actually have a normal football playoff system. Likewise, Division I has a special subdivision called the "Football Championship Subdivision,"[[note]]Previously, the "Football Bowl Subdivision" and "Football Championship Subdivision" were called Division I-A and Division I-AA. These names are still often used unofficially, as many fans find the new names clunky and stupid. The abbreviations "FBS" and "FCS" are also used more often than the full names due to not sounding quite as lame.[[/note]] where Division I schools, that don't want to put as much emphasis on football as their larger cousins, can play. The current all-divisions record holder for most consecutive winning seasons is Division III's Linfield College, currently at 58.60. Each of these have their own playoff system to determine a national champion. While most regular season games are done within a division, several teams will play one or two games outside of their division. Teams in the NCAA's Divisions II and III sometimes even play non-NCAA teams. Playing lower-division teams isn't without its risks; when a highly regarded FBS team loses to an FCS team (such as the infamous defeat of then #5 ranked UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan by FCS opponent Appalachian State in 2007, quite possibly the biggest upset in college football history), they become a national laughing stock.[[note]]Amazingly, Michigan scheduled Appalachian State (a traditional FCS powerhouse that won three consecutive playoff championships in 2005-2007) again for the 2014 season; however, Appalachian State had become a transitional FBS member by then. Michigan won easily this time around.[[/note]] Also, only one FCS win can count toward bowl eligibility for an FBS team, meaning that if a team schedules two such games they'll need to have at least a 7-5 record instead of 6-6 to qualify for a bowl. By design, this usually discourages FBS teams from playing against more than one FCS team per year. Despite the great majority of these games resulting in a win for the higher-division team, the lower division schools are happy to play them because the higher-division team invariably [[MoneyDearBoy pays them a lot of money to do it]].



* The '''Atlantic Coast Conference''', which started out as a conference covering the Carolinas and Virginia, but has since extended out to cover teams from all over the East Coast as far north as Boston College and as far south as [=UMiami=]. It now has spread well beyond the East Coast to include Louisville for all sports and Notre Dame[[note]]in Indiana[[/note]] for most sports apart from football. Notre Dame isn't officially part of any football conference, but it is considered connected to the ACC due to that school's full but non-football membership.[[note]]Notre Dame has committed to play five games each season against other ACC members, and to play each other ACC school at least once every three years. Also, it was written into Notre Dame's ACC membership agreement that Notre Dame football can't join any conference other than the ACC before 2026, later extended to 2036.[[/note]] The ACC champion is guaranteed a spot in the Orange Bowl, and Notre Dame also has a chance to get in the Orange Bowl, depending on the year.

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* The '''Atlantic Coast Conference''', which started out as a conference covering the Carolinas and Virginia, but has since extended out to cover teams from all over the East Coast as far north as Boston College and as far south as [=UMiami=]. It now has spread well beyond the East Coast to include Louisville for all sports and Notre Dame[[note]]in Indiana[[/note]] for most sports apart from football. Notre Dame isn't officially part of any football conference, but it is considered connected to the ACC due to that school's full but non-football membership.[[note]]Notre Dame has committed to play five games each season against other ACC members, and to play each other ACC school at least once every three years. Also, it was written into Notre Dame's ACC membership agreement that Notre Dame football can't join any conference other than the ACC before 2026, later extended to 2036.[[/note]] The ACC champion is guaranteed a spot in the Orange Bowl, and Notre Dame also has a chance to get in the Orange Bowl, depending on the year. Home to current national champion Clemson.



* The '''Pac-12''' covers the entire West Coast, as well as Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. It's currently considered the second-strongest conference in the NCAA, and the Pac-12 champion plays the Big Ten champion in the Rose Bowl. Oregon is currently the flagship team of the conference, known for its flashy offense and flashier uniforms.
* The '''Southeastern Conference''', better known as the '''SEC''', is considered far and away the strongest college football conference (and the only one where a chant for the '''conference''' [which consists of "SEC! SEC!"] exists among the schools within it). As with all the other conferences, its name isn't 100% geographically accurate, since it has teams from Missouri and eastern Texas. The SEC is home to some of the biggest rivalries, coaches, and players in all of college football right now, especially the SEC West division, to the point that from 2007, the year the BCS National Championship Game was established as separate from any other bowl game, to the end of the BCS system, there was at least one SEC team playing every year, and it wasn't until the last of those that a non-SEC team won. In fact, the reason the BCS finally collapsed was that the 2012 championship paired two SEC West teams against each other, which caused chaos with scheduling other bowl matchups and demonstrated how poorly designed the BCS really was. While the league has many traditional football powers (plus [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg basketball superpower Kentucky]]), the biggest name in recent years is current national champion Alabama, with four national titles since current head coach Nick Saban arrived in 2007. Around November it becomes a RunningGag that the SEC champion should be promoted to the NFL, with that league's worst team relegated; that's how strong the SEC is.

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* The '''Pac-12''' covers the entire West Coast, as well as Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. It's currently For most of TheNewTens, it was considered the second-strongest conference in the NCAA, though the Big Ten is now pushing the SEC for supremacy, and the Pac-12 champion plays the Big Ten champion in the Rose Bowl. Oregon is currently the flagship team of the conference, known for its flashy offense and flashier uniforms.
* The '''Southeastern Conference''', better known as the '''SEC''', is considered far and away the strongest college football conference (and the only one where a chant for the '''conference''' [which consists of "SEC! SEC!"] exists among the schools within it). As with all the other conferences, its name isn't 100% geographically accurate, since it has teams from Missouri and eastern Texas. The SEC is home to some of the biggest rivalries, coaches, and players in all of college football right now, especially the SEC West division, to the point that from 2007, the year the BCS National Championship Game was established as separate from any other bowl game, to the end of the BCS system, there was at least one SEC team playing every year, and it wasn't until the last of those that a non-SEC team won. In fact, the reason the BCS finally collapsed was that the 2012 championship paired two SEC West teams against each other, which caused chaos with scheduling other bowl matchups and demonstrated how poorly designed the BCS really was. While the league has many traditional football powers (plus [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg basketball superpower Kentucky]]), the biggest name in recent years is current national champion Alabama, with four national titles since current head coach Nick Saban arrived in 2007. Around November it becomes a RunningGag that the SEC champion should be promoted to the NFL, with that league's worst team relegated; that's how strong the SEC is.
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* '''Fred Biletnikoff Award''': Award given to the best receiver in college football. Although the award rules state that anyone who catches the ball on offense is eligible, every winner to date has been a wide receiver. ''Most recent winner:'' Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma

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* '''Fred Biletnikoff Award''': Award given to the best receiver in college football. Although the award rules state that anyone who catches the ball on offense is eligible, every winner to date has been a wide receiver. (Which [[ItMakesSenseInContext makes sense]], especially given that the award's namesake played that position.) ''Most recent winner:'' Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma
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* '''Davey O'Brien Award''': Award given to the best quarterback in college football. Whenever a quarterback wins the Heisman, there is a good chance that he will win this award as well. ''Most recent winner:'' Watson (2015 and 2016)

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* '''Davey O'Brien Award''': Award given to the best quarterback in college football. Whenever a quarterback wins the Heisman, there is a good chance that he will win this award as well. ''Most recent winner:'' Watson Deshaun Watson, Clemson (2015 and 2016)
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* '''Buck Buchanan Award''': Award given to the best defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of college football. ''Most recent winner:'' Deon King, Norfolk State (2015)

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* '''Buck Buchanan Award''': Award given to the best defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of college football. ''Most recent winner:'' Deon King, Norfolk State (2015)Karter Schult, Northern Iowa



* '''Walter Payton Award''': Award given to the "most outstanding" offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of college football. Originally given to the most outstanding player on either side of the ball, but restricted to offensive players since the Buchanan Award was established in 1995. ''Most recent winner:'' Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington (2015)

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* '''Walter Payton Award''': Award given to the "most outstanding" offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of college football. Originally given to the most outstanding player on either side of the ball, but restricted to offensive players since the Buchanan Award was established in 1995. ''Most recent winner:'' Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington (2015)
Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston State
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* '''Archie Griffin Award''': While the Heisman is given to the "most outstanding" player, the Archie Griffin award is given to the "most ''valuable''" player in college football. (Which, unsurprisingly, is also frequently the Heisman winner.) ''Most recent winner:'' Sam Darnold, USC

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* '''Archie Griffin Award''': While the Heisman is given to the "most outstanding" player, the Archie Griffin award is given to the "most ''valuable''" player in college football. (Which, unsurprisingly, is also frequently You might think that this award would largely overlap with the Heisman, but you'd be wrong. The award has been presented since 1999, but of the 16 winners so far (two players have won twice), only four won the Heisman winner.) in the same season. ''Most recent winner:'' Sam Darnold, USC
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While professional football players can ostensibly play as long as they like (10-15 year runs are not uncommon and 20 years is not unheard of, especially for kickers and punters since they tend not to get hit very often), a college football player's eligibility is more or less limited to four years. We say "more or less" because there is the option of ''redshirting'', where a coach is allowed to stretch a player's eligibility to five years instead of four, with the stipulation that one of those years (most commonly the first, as many freshman are felt to be not quite ready for the collegiate level) will be spent sitting on the bench, and that the player not participate in any games (but can participate in practices, which is the origin of the name; such players traditionally wore a red jersey in practice). Extra redshirt seasons are occasionally granted in extreme cases of injury where a player is sidelined for multiple seasons. Finally, a college player has the option after he is three years out of high school, if he so decides, to forgo the rest of his collegiate eligibility and enter the [=NFL=] Draft early. Also, a player forfeits his eligibility in a sport if he accepts a salary to play the same sport (but not a different sport - mostly notably a few high-profile college footballers have played minor league baseball[[note]]In the past, accepting pay for ''any'' sport would invalidate college eligibility for ''all'' sports, but that rule has since been discarded because it was a stupid rule.[[/note]]), accepts endorsements or signs with a sports agent. A player who leaves early for the NFL Draft but pulls out of the draft before it's held can apply for reinstatement of college eligibility, and the NCAA normally grants it. But once the draft has been held, it's too late even if he isn't drafted.

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While professional football players can ostensibly play as long as they like (10-15 year runs are not uncommon and 20 years is not unheard of, especially for kickers and punters since they tend not to get hit very often), a college football player's eligibility is more or less limited to four years. We say "more or less" because there is the option of ''redshirting'', where a coach is allowed to stretch a player's eligibility to five years instead of four, with the stipulation that one of those years (most commonly the first, as many freshman are felt to be not quite ready for the collegiate level) will be spent sitting on the bench, and that the player not participate in any games (but can participate in practices, which is the origin of the name; such players traditionally wore a red jersey in practice). Extra redshirt seasons are occasionally granted in extreme cases of injury where a player is sidelined for multiple seasons. Finally, a college player has the option after he is three years out of high school, if he so decides, to forgo the rest of his collegiate eligibility and enter the [=NFL=] NFL Draft early. Also, a player forfeits his eligibility in a sport if he accepts a salary to play the same sport (but not a different sport - mostly notably a few high-profile college footballers have played minor league baseball[[note]]In the past, accepting pay for ''any'' sport would invalidate college eligibility for ''all'' sports, but that rule has since been discarded because it was a stupid rule.[[/note]]), accepts endorsements or signs with a sports agent. A player who leaves early for the NFL Draft but pulls out of the draft before it's held can apply for reinstatement of college eligibility, and the NCAA normally grants it. But once the draft has been held, it's too late even if he isn't drafted.



The lower tier of bowl games exists solely as cash grabs and {{Padding}} for Creator/{{ESPN}} during the traditionally quiet holiday week in sports, and the stadiums and cities the games are played in (until ESPN grabbed a monopoly on most bowl games in the 1990's, most of these games were still few and far between, aired on syndicated broadcast television and were special). If there was a playoff in college football, the teams in these bowls would be blown out of the first round of the playoffs by the top teams or not even make it, as they usually have records which are only one game above .500 (if that)[[note]]However, since most bowls have a lot of discretion in who they invite, and how much money the bowl thinks they'll make is often the deciding factor rather than trying to get the best team, sometimes actual good teams will get screwed over by the higher-tier bowls and get forced to settle for beating the hell out a scrub team in a bottom-tier bowl. Common victims of this are schools like Boise State, which usually wins its bowl games but is considered a less attractive choice because, being from tiny Idaho, they have a relatively small fanbase.[[/note]]. These games are usually sponsored by NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, such as the [[OverlyLongName San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl]], Quick Lane Bowl[[note]]Successor to the Motor City Bowl, later known as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl[[/note]], [=AdvoCare V100=] Texas Bowl [[note]]Originally just the Texas Bowl, then the [[OverlyLongName Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas]][[/note]], the Foster Farms Bowl[[note]]Formerly the Diamond Walnut Bowl; then the Emerald Bowl, which sounds innocuous but was actually named for Emerald Nuts; and still later the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl[[/note]], the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl[[note]]Formerly the [=MPCComputers.com=] Bowl and the Humanitarian Bowl[[/note]], the Belk Bowl[[note]]Formerly the Queen City Bowl, Continental Tire Bowl and Meineke Car Care Bowl[[/note]], the [[OverlyLongName Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl]][[note]]A new bowl game in Tucson that debuted in 2015, held at the original site of the Copper[=/=]Cactus Bowl before its move to Phoenix[[/note]], the Camping World Independence Bowl[[note]]Historically just the Independence Bowl, notable only because the 1982 edition was the first college football game ever broadcast by Creator/{{ESPN}}.[[/note]] or the St. Petersburg Bowl[[note]]Returned to its historic name of the St. Petersburg Bowl after a couple of years as the [[OverlyLongName Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg]][[/note]]. Many of these bowls ''used'' to have less embarrassing names, before the trend of sponsors using their own name as the ''sole'' name of the bowl instead of just tagging their name in front of the bowl name (something near-universally loathed by football fans) came about[[note]]This also means that when a sponsorship expires, the bowl will pick up an entirely new name. Which means that in addition to all their other shortcomings, these bowls also don't even have a consistent ''identity''[[/note]]. These games are solely of interest to the universities playing only (or will be a future OldShame if your team is invited to the not-very-prestigious-at-all Dollar General Bowl[[note]][[RunningGag Formerly the GMAC Bowl and GoDaddy Bowl]][[/note]]), and about the only accomplishment to be earned by the players outside of a free unwanted trip to Detroit, Boise, Shreveport, Louisiana or Birmingham, Alabama is a CosmeticAward which [[TrailersAlwaysLie means nothing]]. Unless the team lucks out and gets invited to the [[HulaAndLuaus Hawaii Bowl]] or Bahamas Bowl. There now so many lower tier bowl games that ''a majority of FBS teams'' will play in a bowl game every year, a fact widely ridiculed by fans. In the 2010–11 season, there was even some worry that there wouldn't be enough bowl eligible teams[[note]]A team must win at least half of its game to be bowl eligible.[[/note]] to play all the bowl games, which would have required teams with losing records to be invited to fill the remaining slots; two years later, this worry resurfaced when four separate teams ended up on postseason bans at once and all four would've otherwise been bowl eligible including one that went undefeated. While ultimately this didn't happen, it illustrates what a meager accomplishment being invited to a minor bowl has become. Once again, there are conference tie-ins for these bowls, but they tend to be a lot less strictly enforced than in higher-tier bowls (especially since a conference might not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all its tie-ins, but also because a major conference probably doesn't care all that much about the tie-in for its 6th place team and a minor conference lacks the influence to do anything about it if their tie-in is ignored). Since non-AQ conferences' tie-ins are exclusively with the bottom-tier bowls, non-AQ champions are almost always stuck in these bowls, but with exceptional seasons they can become BCS busters and jump all the way to the top four bowls.[[note]]Utah in 2004 (beat Pitt in the Fiesta Bowl), Boise State in 2006 (beat Oklahoma in an epic Fiesta Bowl), Hawaii in 2007 (curbstomped by Georgia in the Sugar Bowl), Utah in 2008 (beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl), Boise State and TCU in 2009 (controversially matched against one another in the Fiesta Bowl, which BCS critics declared the "[[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Separate But Equal]] Bowl", with Boise State winning), TCU again in 2010 (beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl), and Northern Illinois in 2012 (thrashed by Florida State in the Orange Bowl). Two of these schools later joined AQ conferences—Utah joined what would become the Pac-12 in 2011, and TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012.[[/note]]

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The lower tier of bowl games exists solely as cash grabs and {{Padding}} for Creator/{{ESPN}} during the traditionally quiet holiday week in sports, and the stadiums and cities the games are played in (until ESPN grabbed a monopoly on most bowl games in the 1990's, most of these games were still few and far between, aired on syndicated broadcast television and were special). If there was a playoff in college football, the teams in these bowls would be blown out of the first round of the playoffs by the top teams or not even make it, as they usually have records which are only one game above .500 (if that)[[note]]However, since most bowls have a lot of discretion in who they invite, and how much money the bowl thinks they'll make is often the deciding factor rather than trying to get the best team, sometimes actual good teams will get screwed over by the higher-tier bowls and get forced to settle for beating the hell out a scrub team in a bottom-tier bowl. Common victims of this are schools like Boise State, which usually wins its bowl games but is considered a less attractive choice because, being from tiny Idaho, they have a relatively small fanbase.[[/note]]. These games are usually sponsored by NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, such as the [[OverlyLongName San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl]], Quick Lane Bowl[[note]]Successor to the Motor City Bowl, later known as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl[[/note]], [=AdvoCare V100=] Texas Bowl [[note]]Originally just the Texas Bowl, then the [[OverlyLongName Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas]][[/note]], the Foster Farms Bowl[[note]]Formerly the Diamond Walnut Bowl; then the Emerald Bowl, which sounds innocuous but was actually named for Emerald Nuts; and still later the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl[[/note]], the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl[[note]]Formerly the [=MPCComputers.com=] Bowl and the Humanitarian Bowl[[/note]], the Belk Bowl[[note]]Formerly the Queen City Bowl, Continental Tire Bowl and Meineke Car Care Bowl[[/note]], the [[OverlyLongName Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl]][[note]]A new bowl game in Tucson that debuted in 2015, held at the original site of the Copper[=/=]Cactus Bowl before its move to Phoenix[[/note]], the Camping World Independence Bowl[[note]]Historically just the Independence Bowl, notable only because the 1982 edition was the first college football game ever broadcast by Creator/{{ESPN}}.[[/note]] or the St. Petersburg Bowl[[note]]Returned to its historic name of the St. Petersburg Bowl after a couple of years as the [[OverlyLongName Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg]][[/note]]. Many of these bowls ''used'' to have less embarrassing names, before the trend of sponsors using their own name as the ''sole'' name of the bowl instead of just tagging their name in front of the bowl name (something near-universally loathed by football fans) came about[[note]]This also means that when a sponsorship expires, the bowl will pick up an entirely new name. Which means that in addition to all their other shortcomings, these bowls also don't even have a consistent ''identity''[[/note]]. These games are solely of interest to the universities playing only (or will be a future OldShame if your team is invited to the not-very-prestigious-at-all Dollar General Bowl[[note]][[RunningGag Formerly formerly the GMAC Bowl and GoDaddy Bowl]][[/note]]), and about the only accomplishment to be earned by the players outside of a free unwanted trip to Detroit, Boise, Shreveport, Louisiana or Birmingham, Alabama is a CosmeticAward which [[TrailersAlwaysLie means nothing]]. Unless the team lucks out and gets invited to the [[HulaAndLuaus Hawaii Bowl]] or Bahamas Bowl. There now so many lower tier bowl games that ''a majority of FBS teams'' will play in a bowl game every year, a fact widely ridiculed by fans. In the 2010–11 season, there was even some worry that there wouldn't be enough bowl eligible teams[[note]]A team must win at least half of its game to be bowl eligible.[[/note]] to play all the bowl games, which would have required teams with losing records to be invited to fill the remaining slots; two years later, this worry resurfaced when four separate teams ended up on postseason bans at once and all four would've otherwise been bowl eligible including one that went undefeated. While ultimately this didn't happen, it illustrates what a meager accomplishment being invited to a minor bowl has become. Once again, there are conference tie-ins for these bowls, but they tend to be a lot less strictly enforced than in higher-tier bowls (especially since a conference might not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all its tie-ins, but also because a major conference probably doesn't care all that much about the tie-in for its 6th place team and a minor conference lacks the influence to do anything about it if their tie-in is ignored). Since non-AQ conferences' tie-ins are exclusively with the bottom-tier bowls, non-AQ champions are almost always stuck in these bowls, but with exceptional seasons they can become BCS busters and jump all the way to the top four bowls.[[note]]Utah in 2004 (beat Pitt in the Fiesta Bowl), Boise State in 2006 (beat Oklahoma in an epic Fiesta Bowl), Hawaii in 2007 (curbstomped by Georgia in the Sugar Bowl), Utah in 2008 (beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl), Boise State and TCU in 2009 (controversially matched against one another in the Fiesta Bowl, which BCS critics declared the "[[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Separate But Equal]] Bowl", with Boise State winning), TCU again in 2010 (beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl), and Northern Illinois in 2012 (thrashed by Florida State in the Orange Bowl). Two of these schools later joined AQ conferences—Utah joined what would become the Pac-12 in 2011, and TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012.[[/note]]



* The '''Big Ten''' (sometimes called "[=B1G=]", from its logo), which covers the Midwest and, for some reason (OK, ''[[MoneyDearBoy this]]'' reason), includes members in the distinctly non-Midwestern states of Maryland and New Jersey. It's the oldest conference of the NCAA, dating back all the way to the 1890s. Confusingly, it has fourteen member teams. The Big Ten champion is guaranteed a spot in the Rose Bowl. While the conference has many storied schools, the best-known are arguably (as of 2016) [[TheRival eternal rivals]] [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan]] and Ohio State.

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* The '''Big Ten''' (sometimes called "[=B1G=]", from its logo), which covers the Midwest and, for some reason (OK, ''[[MoneyDearBoy this]]'' reason), includes members in the distinctly non-Midwestern states of Maryland and New Jersey. It's the oldest conference of the NCAA, dating back all the way to the 1890s. Confusingly, it has fourteen member teams. The Big Ten champion is guaranteed a spot in the Rose Bowl. While the conference has many storied schools, the best-known are arguably (as of 2016) 2017) [[TheRival eternal rivals]] [[UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan Michigan]] and Ohio State.



* '''Archie Griffin Award''': While the Heisman is given to the "most outstanding" player, the Archie Griffin award is given to the "most ''valuable''" player in college football. (Which, unsurprisingly, is also frequently the Heisman winner.) ''Most recent winner:'' Deshaun Watson, Clemson (2015)

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* '''Archie Griffin Award''': While the Heisman is given to the "most outstanding" player, the Archie Griffin award is given to the "most ''valuable''" player in college football. (Which, unsurprisingly, is also frequently the Heisman winner.) ''Most recent winner:'' Deshaun Watson, Clemson (2015)Sam Darnold, USC
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* USC vs. Notre Dame ("The Battle for the [[FreudWasRight Jewelled]] [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z_dIrTe_D6k/Tp3jo6xvV0I/AAAAAAAAAVc/_ltnviiPVgk/s1600/jeweled-shillelagh_trophy.jpg Shillelagh"]])

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* USC vs. Notre Dame ("The Battle for the [[FreudWasRight Jewelled]] Jewelled [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z_dIrTe_D6k/Tp3jo6xvV0I/AAAAAAAAAVc/_ltnviiPVgk/s1600/jeweled-shillelagh_trophy.jpg Shillelagh"]])
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* '''Fred Biletnikoff Award''': Award given to the best Wide Receiver in college football. ''Most recent winner:'' Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma
* '''Gagliardi Trophy''': Award given to the "most outstanding" player in Division III football. ''Most recent winner:'' Joe Callahan, Wesley (Delaware) (2015)
* '''Gene Upshaw Award''': Award given to the best lineman, offensive or defensive, in Division II football. ''Most recent winner:'' Darius Allen, Colorado State–Pueblo (2014 and 2015)
* '''Harlon Hill Trophy''': Award given to the "most valuable" player in Division II football. ''Most recent winner:'' Jason Vander Laan, Ferris State (2014 and 2015)

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* '''Fred Biletnikoff Award''': Award given to the best Wide Receiver receiver in college football.football. Although the award rules state that anyone who catches the ball on offense is eligible, every winner to date has been a wide receiver. ''Most recent winner:'' Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma
* '''Gagliardi Trophy''': Award given to the "most outstanding" player in Division III football. ''Most recent winner:'' Joe Callahan, Wesley (Delaware) (2015)
Carter Hanson, Saint John's (MN)
* '''Gene Upshaw Award''': Award given to the best lineman, offensive or defensive, in Division II football. ''Most recent winner:'' Darius Allen, Colorado State–Pueblo (2014 and 2015)
Jordan Morgan, Kutztown
* '''Harlon Hill Trophy''': Award given to the "most valuable" player in Division II football. ''Most recent winner:'' Jason Vander Laan, Ferris State (2014 and 2015)Justin Dvorak, Colorado Mines
10th Dec '16 6:24:06 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (aka "The Heisman")''': The top award a college football player can hope to receive. It is given out annually to the "most outstanding" player in college football. It is also the oldest award on the list, with the first being presented in 1935. While any player at any position is eligible to win the award, it has historically been awarded to Quarterbacks and Running Backs by a wide margin. The winner is chosen by voters consisting of "informed, competent, and impartial" sports writers along with every living recipient of the award also getting a vote. ''Most recent winner:'' Derrick Henry, Alabama (2015)

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* '''Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (aka "The Heisman")''': The top award a college football player can hope to receive. It is given out annually to the "most outstanding" player in college football. It is also the oldest award on the list, with the first being presented in 1935. While any player at any position is eligible to win the award, it has historically been awarded to Quarterbacks and Running Backs by a wide margin. The winner is chosen by voters consisting of "informed, competent, and impartial" sports writers along with every living recipient of the award also getting a vote. ''Most recent winner:'' Derrick Henry, Alabama (2015)Lamar Jackson, Louisville



* '''Maxwell Award''': Award given to the "best football player in the United States." Predictably, the winner of this award is also frequently the Heisman winner as well. ''Most recent winner:'' Lamar Jackson, Louisville

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* '''Maxwell Award''': Award given to the "best football player in the United States." Predictably, the winner of this award is also frequently the Heisman winner as well. ''Most recent winner:'' Lamar Jackson, LouisvilleJackson
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