The 2009–10 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision College Football Post-Season followed the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It comprises 34 team-competitive bowl games, and three all-star games. The games began play on December 19, 2009 and included the 2010 BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, California, played on January 7 at the Rose Bowl Stadium. The post-season concluded with three all-star games: the East-West Shrine Game on January 23, the Senior Bowl on January 30, and the Texas vs. The Nation Game on February 6.
The NCAA divided Division I schools into two divisions starting in 1978: The Football Bowl Subdivision (known as Division I-A from 1978–2005) does not have a playoff system, but instead stages Bowl Games. The Championship Game participants are chosen based on their end-of-season conference standings and positions in national rankings (compiled by polls and computers). Participants to other bowl games are based on this, plus discretion of that bowl's organizers (what teams will deliver a compelling game, including TV & Gate receipts). The Football Championship Subdivision (known through this same period as Division I-AA) plays in a sixteen-team, single elimination tournament for a recognized national championship, with the notable exception of the Ivy League and the Southwestern Athletic Conference, which abstain from participation in this playoff. The Ivies choose to limit their football schedule to 10 games and have a long-standing policy against playing postseason football, whereas the SWAC opts for a longer, more easily scheduled regular season, and profitable rivalry games like the nationally televised Bayou Classic in the Louisiana Superdome and the SWAC Championship Game. Between 1991 and 1999, the Heritage Bowl matched top teams from the historically black colleges and universities in a Division I-AA bowl game.
Selection of the teams
Number of bowl teams per state.
NCAA by-laws state that a school with a record of 6–6 in regular season play is eligible only if conferences cannot fill out available positions for bowl games with teams possessing seven (or more) wins (excluding games played in Hawaiʻi and conference championship games in the ACC, Big 12, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference and the SEC). An example was in 2008 when the Big Ten, the Big 12 and SEC each had two teams selected for the Bowl Championship Series games – Ohio State and Penn State from the Big Ten, Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 and Alabama and Florida from the SEC. With each conference sending two teams to the BCS, these three conferences forfeited several bowl game slots due to a lack of teams with a winning record.
As with the 2006 and 2008 seasons, all eligible teams with at least 7 wins made it in to a bowl game. Of the 71 eligible teams, only 68 could play in a game, and all three eligible teams that sat out bowl season were 6-6: Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, and Notre Dame, who opted not to play in a bowl game themselves after the firing of head coach Charlie Weis.
Fox ends BCS contract
Fox Sports no longer broadcast the Bowl Championship Series following the conclusion of the Orange Bowl on January 5; the network had carried the first three BCS National Championship stand-alone games. ABC telecast this season's contest because of their separate agreement with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the organizers of the Rose Bowl Game and the hosts of the 2010 national championship. Beginning in 2011, ABC sibling company ESPN will begin carrying all of the BCS bowls, in an agreement that will last through 2014. Fox has signed a long-term contract extension with the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic through 2014, with a new prime-time Friday night date starting in 2011.
Sponsorship and stadium changes
Maaco became the new title sponsor of the Las Vegas Bowl replacing Pioneer Corporation, and the game was rebranded as the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas. In another change, the Motor City Bowl thanks to Little Caesars now carries the name of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Advocare became the title sponsor of the Independence Bowl. In a stadium shift, the Cotton Bowl Classic moves from its self-named home for 73 years at the grounds of Fair Park to Jerry Jones's new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The St. Petersburg Bowl was initially to be played without a sponsor after being sponsored by MagicJack in 2008, but just a few weeks before the Bowl, Beef O'Brady's agreed to be the sponsor, so the game became the "St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef O'Brady's".1
New bowls in 2010–11
The Cotton Bowl in Fair Park will be the site of a new bowl game, the TicketCity Bowl, on New Years Day 2011, with the Big Ten and Conference USA providing opponents, and Yankee Stadium will host a game dubbed the Pinstripe Bowl in December 2010, pitting teams from the Big East and Big 12. This contest would be the first bowl game in the Metropolitan New York area since the now defunct Garden State Bowl, and the first in New York City since the now defunct Gotham Bowl was played in the original Yankee Stadium, while a third bowl, called the Cure Bowl benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure would pit members of the Sun Belt Conference and C-USA at Bright House Networks Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. The NCAA Football Issues Committee must approve of these games in the spring of 2010 to make them official.
As a result of head coaching changes between the regular season and the bowl season, the following teams played their postseason contests with interim head coaches:
In addition, the following coach retired, but worked his team's bowl game:
- Kelly left Cincinnati to take the same job at Notre Dame.
- Jones left Central Michigan to fill the Cincinnati vacancy.
- Leach was suspended by Texas Tech on December 28 when redshirt sophomore wide receiver Adam James, son of ESPN analyst Craig James, and his family filed a complaint alleging mistreatment by Leach after the younger James had suffered a concussion.2 Two days later, Leach was fired.3
- On December 26, Florida head coach Urban Meyer announced his resignation due to health concerns, effective after the Gators' Sugar Bowl appearance.4 However, Meyer had a change of heart and announced the following day that he would instead take an indefinite leave of absence, and expected to be back coaching by the start of the 2010 season. Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio took over Meyer's duties during his leave.5 Meyer returned to his job in time to lead the Gators' 2010 spring practice.6
All dates and game times for the 34 2009–10 season bowl games were announced on April 30, 2009, and are subject to change. They received licenses from the NCAA Football Issues Committee.78
NOTE: Rankings from final BCS Standings of December 6, 2009.
||New Mexico Bowl
University of New Mexico
|Wyoming 35 (7–6, 4–4 MWC)
Fresno State 28 (8–5, 6–2 WAC) (2 OT)
|St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef 'O' Brady's
St. Petersburg, FL
|Rutgers 45 (9–4, 3–4 Big East)
UCF 24 (8–5, 6–2 C-USA)
||R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
New Orleans, LA
|Middle Tennessee 42 (10–3, 7–1 Sun Belt)N 1
Southern Miss 32 (7–6, 3–5 C-USA)
||Maaco Bowl Las Vegas
||Sam Boyd Stadium
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
|(14) BYU 44 (11–2, 7–1 MWC)
(18) Oregon State 20 (8–5, 6–3 Pac-10)
||SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl
San Diego, CA
|(23) Utah 37 (10–3, 6–2 MWC)
California 27 (8–5, 5–4 Pac-10)
||Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl
|SMU 45 (8–5, 6–2 C-USA)
Nevada 10 (8–5, 7–1 WAC)N 2
||Little Caesars Pizza Bowl12
|Marshall 21 (7–6, 4–4 C-USA)N 3
Ohio 17 (9–5, 7–1 MAC)
|Meineke Car Care Bowl13
||Bank of America Stadium
|(17) Pittsburgh 19 (10–3, 5–2 Big East)
North Carolina 17 (8–5, 4–4 ACC)
San Francisco, CA
|(24) USC 24 (9–4, 5–4 Pac-10)
Boston College 13 (8–5, 5–3 ACC)
||Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl
|Clemson 21 (9–5, 6–2 ACC)16
Kentucky 13 (7–6, 3–5 SEC)17
||Advocare V100 Independence Bowl
|Georgia 44 (8–5, 4–4 SEC)19
Texas A&M 20 (6–7, 3–5 Big 12)
|UCLA 30 (7–6, 3–6 Pac-10)21 N 4
Temple 21 (9–4, 7–1 MAC)N 521
|Champs Sports Bowl
|(25) Wisconsin 20 (10–3, 5–3 Big Ten)
(15) Miami (FL) 14 (9–4, 5–3 ACC)
||Roady's Humanitarian Bowl
Boise State University
|Idaho 43 (8–5, 4–4 WAC)
Bowling Green 42 (7–6, 6–2 MAC)N 6
|Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
San Diego, CA
|(22) Nebraska 33 (10–4, 6–2 Big 12)
(20) Arizona 0 (8–5, 6–3 Pac-10)
||Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl
||Amon G. Carter Stadium
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX
|Air Force 47 (8–5, 5–3 MWC)
Houston 20 (10–4, 6–2 C–USA)25
|Brut Sun Bowl
||Sun Bowl Stadium
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX
|Oklahoma 31 (8–5, 5–3 Big 12)
(21) Stanford 27 (8–5, 6–3 Pac-10)
|Navy 35 (10–4)N 7
Missouri 13 (8–5, 4–4 Big 12) 26
||Sun Devil Stadium
Arizona State University
|Iowa State 14 (7–6, 3–5 Big 12)27
Minnesota 13 (6–7, 3–5 Big Ten)
|(11) Virginia Tech 37 (10–3, 6–2 ACC)
Tennessee 14 (7–6, 4–4 SEC)19
||Raymond James Stadium
|Auburn 38 (8–5, 3–5 SEC)
Northwestern 35 (8–5, 5–3 Big Ten) (OT)
|Konica Minolta Gator Bowl
||Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
|Florida State 33 (7–6, 4–4 ACC)
(16) West Virginia 21 (9–4, 5–2 Big East)
|Capital One Bowl
|(13) Penn State 19 (11–2, 6–2 Big Ten)
(12) LSU19 17 (9–4, 5–3 SEC)
Toronto, ON, CAN
|South Florida 27 (8–5, 3–4 Big East)
Northern Illinois 3 (7–6, 5–3 MAC)
|UConn 20 (8–5, 3–4 Big East)
South Carolina 7 (7–6, 3–5 SEC)19
|AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic
|Ole Miss 21 (9–4, 4–4 SEC)
(19) Oklahoma State 7 (9–4, 6–2 Big 12)
|AutoZone Liberty Bowl
||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
|Arkansas 20 (8–5, 3–5 SEC) 19
East Carolina 17 (9–5, 7–1 C–USA) (OT)
|Valero Energy Alamo Bowl
San Antonio, TX
|Texas Tech 41 (9–4, 5–3 Big 12)24
Michigan State 31 (6–7, 4–4 Big Ten)
||Ladd Peebles Stadium
|Central Michigan 44 (12–2, 8–0 MAC)
Troy 41 (9–4, 8–0 Sun Belt)N 8 (2 OT)
|Bowl Championship Series 2010 Schedule
|(8) Ohio State 26 (11–2, 7–1 Big Ten)
(7) Oregon 17 (10–3, 8–1 Pac-10)
|Allstate Sugar Bowl
New Orleans, LA
|(5) Florida 51 (13–1, 8–0 SEC)
(3) Cincinnati 24 (12–1, 7–0 Big East)
||Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
||University of Phoenix Stadium
|(6) Boise State 17 (14–0, 8–0 WAC)
(4) TCU 10 (12–1, 8–0 MWC)
||FedEx Orange Bowl
Miami Gardens, FL
|(10) Iowa 24 (11–2, 6–2 Big Ten)
(9) Georgia Tech 14 (11–3, 7–1 ACC)
||2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game
|(1) Alabama 37 (14–0, 8–0 SEC)
(2) Texas 21 (13–1, 8–0 Big 12)
- ^ Troy finished their regular season with a perfect 8–0 conference record, earning the Sun Belt title and the conference's lone automatic bowl bid; however, the New Orleans Bowl opted for Middle Tennessee, a Sun Belt team guaranteed an at-large, because Troy and Southern Miss had played each other in the 2008 New Orleans Bowl.
- ^ Hawaiʻi played a 13-game schedule this season, and lost to Wisconsin on December 5 to finish the season at 6–7, rendering them ineligible for a bowl game. As a result, the berth passed to another WAC team, Nevada.
- ^ Because the Big Ten received two bids into the BCS, the spot normally filled by the #7 Big Ten team was instead be filled by the at-large Thundering Herd.
- ^ Army, had to defeat Navy in its final game to be bowl-eligible, but lost 17–3 December 12. Conference USA has a contingency contract for this slot if Army fails to beat Navy; however, all bowl-eligible C–USA teams were already in bowls.
- ^ The ACC had only seven bowl-eligible teams this season. The MAC has a contingency slot with this bowl if the ACC does not produce eight bowl-eligible teams, and all five of its bowl-eligible teams have at least 7 wins, so Temple received this berth.
- ^ The MWC did not qualify enough teams to fill all of its bowl bids as a result of TCU receiving a BCS bid.
- ^ Navy won seven games to be bowl-eligible, as they are playing a 13-game schedule. They secured the bid on November 7 with a 23–21 win over Notre Dame.
- ^ This slot became an at-large slot after the ACC produced only seven bowl-eligible teams.
Post-BCS all-star games
• - Does not meet minimum game requirement of three teams needed for a conference to be eligible.
† - Bowl Challenge Cup winner.
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- ^ "2009 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl announces official date and sponsorship extension". NewOrleansBowl.com. April 21, 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2009.
- ^ "MAACO Announced As Title Sponsor". Las Vegas Bowl. April 14, 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2009.
- ^ "Motor City Bowl scheduled for Dec. 26". ESPN.com. May 27, 2009. Archived from the original on 29 May 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
- ^ "2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl Will Be Played On Saturday, December 26". Retrieved 1 May 2009.
- ^ "Emerald Bowl returns to prime time for 4th consecutive season". April 8, 2009. Archived from the original on 12 April 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2009.
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