Big time payouts for big time teams. You know, like Bosie State and Utah. No real ranking here as they are pretty much all the same.
2nd Tier Bowls
These are for the teams with a decent season, but couldn’t find a way to either win the conference or squeeze into an at-large BCS bid. Good payouts, good matchups. All over $2 million. Maybe perhaps not on New Year’s Day, but that’s really not a measure of quality anymore.
3rd Tier Bowls
While also standing out in the bowl scene, these bowls fall under the $2 million mark. Again, good matchups for some. I’m still not sure how the Big 12 #7 or #8 and the SEC #8 can get $1.2 million a piece, but whatever, it’s a party.
Your Season Sucked
Think you had a good year? Got a winning record? Going to a bowl? Well, if it’s one of these, you can stop patting yourself on the back right now (unless you’re Rice University).
Other facts about college football’s illustrious post-season:
-# of teams in D-1A football: 118
-# of teams that get to the post season: 64 (54%)
-# of teams in D-1A and AA basketball: 326
-# of teams that get to the post season: 96 (29%)
-Of teams in the postseason, average # of games played in football postseason: 1.00
-Of teams in the postseason, average # of games played in basketball postseason: 1.96
-# of basketball National Champions decided like a figure skating competition: 0
In other news, the Carnegie Mellon Fighting Calculators were eliminated from a real live college football game this past weekend. They will certainly never live this down, even with 8 figure incomes.