One of the oddities of college football bowl season is that each bowl gives its participants a lavish gift basket as a celebration to end the season. According to NCAA rules, each bowl is allowed to award up to $550 worth of gifts to 125 participants per school (but if you give a player a free tattoo in the offseason then DEATH TO YOU!).
Not all gift baskets are the same, though, and some bowls give out much better swag then others. We've rounded up the winners and losers.
The BEST Bowl Gifts:
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette.
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas - Washington vs. Boise State.
Chick-fil-A Bowl - LSU vs. Clemson.
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas - Minnesota vs. Texas Tech.
The Bad, Terrible, No Good Bowl Gifts:
Gildan New Mexico Bowl - Arizona vs. Nevada.
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl - Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl - Utah State vs. Toledo.
Belk Bowl - Duke vs. Cincinnati.
Hyundai Sun Bowl - USC vs. Georgia Tech.
H/T David Broughton at Sports Business Daily.