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BOWLING FOR DOLLARS

By Charles Apple
The Spokesman Review

Once upon at time, playing in a bowl game meant something. It meant your team was one of the best of the best — good enough to merit a bonus game during the holidays ... preferably, in a warm climate.

But due to corporate sponsorships and a thirsty monster known as sports cable television, the number of bowl games has gotten out of hand. Even teams that finish their season with six wins and six losses can qualify for a bowl.

Here’s a look at a year-by-year history of college bowl games.

Alabama
41
Southern Cal
34
Georgia
31
Texas
29
Oklahoma
29
Penn State
29
Tennessee
28
Florida State
28
Nebraska
26
LSU
26

MOST BOWL APPEARANCES

Alabama
71

MOST BOWL LOSSES

NebraskaA
27

MOST BOWL APPEARANCES WITH NO WINS

Ball State
7

MOST BOWL APPEARANCES WITH NO LOSSES

Appalachian State
71

Sources: Sports-Reference.com, Intercollegiate Football Researchers Association, Rose Bowl Stadium, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, BCSFootball.org, History.com, Yahoo.com, BusinessWeek, Football.com, ESPN