How Much Does It Cost To Sponsor A Bowl Game?

With seemingly random companies like “Bad Boy Mowers” and “Cheribundi Tart Cherry” sponsoring bowls, you may wonder how costly it is to buy the naming rights to a bowl game. While even the cheapest bowls aren’t pocket change, it may not be as expensive as you think.

The cheapest cost to sponsor a bowl game can be estimated at around $500,000. The Birmingham Bowl recently was compensated in that amount from the city for their lack of a sponsor, providing a good estimate on their baseline expectation.

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl Signage

However, $500,000 isn’t going to get you the naming rights to a New Years Six game. Capital One reportedly paid up to $25 million to sponsor the Orange Bowl in 2017, and it’s safe to assume that cost has risen quite a bit since then.

Given private companies sponsor these bowls, it’s not always easy to track down exact values. the simple answer is, you could pay anywhere from half a million to upwards of $30 million to sponsor a bowl game depending on how important of a game it is.

4 College Football Teams That Will Exceed Expectations In 2022

Maryland Football, led by Taulia Tagovailoa, is ready to make some noise this season

Everyone wants their football team to win lots of games, but it’s always even more special when a team comes out of nowhere and defies preseason expectations. Here’s our four picks to make some noise this season and silence the haters:

1. Bowling Green

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Bowling Green Football

No offense to the Falcons, but we can imagine Bowling Green isn’t top of mind for many of our readers. However, they return the most overall production this upcoming college football season, and a wide open MAC means we have Scot Loeffler’s Falcons making a long shot run at a conference title.

2. TCU

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TCU Football

The Horned Frogs had a pretty middling season last year, just missing a bowl. However, this is the first year Sonny Dykes gets to cook with his own guys recruited, though TCU also boasts one of the highest returning production percentages. TCU will have experiences on all sides of the ball plus some great recruits, and we see Sonny’s Dykes finally bringing his winning culture to Fort Worth.

3. NC State

Devin Leary, NC State Football

NC State has lots of returning seniors (especially thanks to COVID amendments), an experienced QB in Devin Leary, and a reasonable strength of schedule. Nothing stopping NC State from getting double digit wins, and we expect it will be them or Clemson taking the ACC title. Write down the Wolfpack as must watch TV.

4. Maryland

Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland Football

Though Taulia may not have met the initial, galactic expectations his brother set for him, he’s been working in silence (more or less) and continually improving on his game. Furthermore, Maryland has finally recruited the supporting players he needs to succeed as well as developing some all American talent (like Biletnikoff contender Rakim Jarrett). Mike Locksley isn’t just building a spoiler team – Maryland could finish Top 3 in the Big Ten East, setting up for even more success down the line.

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4 College Football Teams That Will Exceed Expectations In 2022

Maryland Football, led by Taulia Tagovailoa, is ready to make some noise this season

Everyone wants their football team to win lots of games, but it’s always even more special when a team comes out of nowhere and defies preseason expectations. Here’s our four picks to make some noise this season and silence the haters:

1. Bowling Green

Bowling green football 2022
Bowling Green Football

No offense to the Falcons, but we can imagine Bowling Green isn’t top of mind for many of our readers. However, they return the most overall production this upcoming college football season, and a wide open MAC means we have Scot Loeffler’s Falcons making a long shot run at a conference title.

2. TCU

TCU football 2022
TCU Football

The Horned Frogs had a pretty middling season last year, just missing a bowl. However, this is the first year Sonny Dykes gets to cook with his own guys recruited, though TCU also boasts one of the highest returning production percentages. TCU will have experiences on all sides of the ball plus some great recruits, and we see Sonny Dykes finally bringing his winning culture to Fort Worth.

3. NC State

Devin Leary, NC State Football

NC State has lots of returning seniors (especially thanks to COVID amendments), an experienced QB in Devin Leary, and a reasonable strength of schedule. Nothing stopping NC State from getting double digit wins, and we expect it will be them or Clemson taking the ACC title. Write down the Wolfpack as must watch TV.

4. Maryland

Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland Football

Though Taulia may not have met the initial, galactic expectations his brother set for him, he’s been working in silence (more or less) and continually improving on his game. Furthermore, Maryland has finally recruited the supporting players he needs to succeed as well as developing some all American talent (like Biletnikoff contender Rakim Jarrett). Mike Locksley isn’t just building a spoiler team – Maryland could finish Top 3 in the Big Ten East, setting up for even more success down the line.

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Why College Football off-season is the worst

Off-seasons of sports you enjoy age always bad. It’s obvious why, life with sports to look forward to is just better. But, the CFB off-season is a special breed of bad, and here’s why.

1. NIL Updates

The CFB landscape has completely changed. Students are getting paid up to tens of millions to play college football, often through pretty artificial and transparent “endorsements”. While the occasional O Line getting sponsored by a burger chain is hilarious (or someone like DeColdest Crawford getting sponsored by an AC company), these just get old after a while and make many of us sad about the current business of the game.

2. Obsessing over high schoolers

Yes, recruitment is what fuels college football. But, getting push notifications about the latest 16 year old kid to commit to your rival school gets so exhausting when we don’t have the actual sport to watch. Yes, many of us obsess and follow the recruiting trail because we love the game, but it gets tiring.

3. Dealing with rival fanbases online

Meeting rival fans in person can be quite fun. As long as you don’t go full SEC fan and get stabbed by a rival in a parking lot, we all enjoy a good chirp. This is NOT the same on Twitter or Reddit. There’s nothing like going back and forth with some incompetent rival fan who thinks his team is better than yours because they won a few titles before their parents were born. Just get us to the games already where we actually have evidence that our team is better. And if they’re not, there’s always next season.

4. Bad CFB List Articles Online

Who wants to spend their time reading a crappy list article online when you could be watching a game instead. Wait…what?

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Greatest Non Playoff Teams of the CFB Playoff Era

There may be no worse feeling than your team having an amazing season and getting snubbed from the College Football Playoff. Only 4 teams can make it, so some amazing teams have missed the cut due to a tough loss or two (or none). So, here we pay homage to those amazing college football teams that just barely missed the cut.

5. 2017 UCF

2017 UCF is an extremely controversial team. They finished the regular season undefeated yet were snubbed from the playoff (though they were not the first G5 team to get this treatment, with Western Michigan being another recent example). Their weaker strength of schedule was held against them. That being said, they beat Auburn in an all timer Peach Bowl, demonstrating they had what it took to beat the big dogs. How many games would they have won had they been let into the playoff?

4. 2018 Ohio State

While many may celebrate Ohio State missing the playoff, you have to admit their 2018 team had a resume worth getting in. Their only regular season loss was a stunning upset from Purdue, 49-20. Despite this bad loss, they beat up on many teams they faced with a very high strength of schedule in the competitive Big Ten East. Perhaps what makes this snub so controversial was that a non conference champion 12-1 Alabama got in over them, after losing to Georgia in the SEC championship game. As we know, that Alabama team would go on to win it all.

3. 2015 Stanford Cardinal

2015 Stanford was greatly hurt by a Week One loss to Northwestern. Their only other loss that season was to a very strong Oregon team, 38-36. While two losses is generally too many to make the playoff, this year had a generally weaker field and Stanford looked like one of the most powerful teams out there. This is less of a playoff snub and more so one of the all around best football teams that just couldn’t get it together when they needed to. At least we’ll never forget Christian McCaffrey tearing up that Rose Bowl game against Iowa.

1. (Tie) 2014 TCU and Baylor

You all knew this would be here. Both TCU and Baylor were absolute forces of nature in 2014. This marked the first ever playoff snub, as this was the first year of the College Football Playoff. Both TCU and Baylor were seen as playoff caliber, with TCU’s only being to Baylor and Baylor’s only loss being to a 2 loss WVU (who would end the regular season 7-5). This snub wasn’t just painful for these fans, but it literally reshaped CFB. The Big 12 did not have a championship game at the time, so both 1 loss Big 12 teams would be left out in favor of conference championship game winners FSU, Oregon, Ohio State and Alabama. Immediately following this, the Big 12 began putting plans in place to reinstate their championship game between the two teams with the best record.

Who do you think was the best College Football Team that didn’t make the playoff? Who was the worst CFP snub? Let us know in the replies!

What does “FBS” Mean in College Football? Is “FCS” worse or better?

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FCS Jacksonville State upsets FBS Florida State

The college football landscape is confusing, certainly much more complicated than its professional counterpart, the NFL. So, when you hear terms like “FBS” and “FCS” thrown around while watching college football, it’s easy to get confused. Here’s a brief explanation of what exactly “FBS” and “FCS” mean in College Football.

FBS stands for “Football Bowl Subdivision”. The reason it’s called a subdivision is because both FBS and FCS are technically Division 1 football – but, “FBS” is the more competitive level. The primary difference between FBS and FCS Football is how the championship is played.

FBS Football has bowl games (hence, “Bowl Subdivision”). In the current version of this format, 2 of the New Years Six Bowls (rotating) are semifinal games between the top 4 college football teams, and then the two winners of those championship games go on to play the championship game, run by ESPN.

Appalachian State, at the time, a subdivision 1-AA team, upsets Michigan, a subdivision 1-A team
Appalachian State, at the time, a subdivision 1-AA team, upsets Michigan, a 1-A team

FCS stands for “Football Championship Subdivision”. In FCS Football, the top 24 FCS Subdivision teams play in a bracket style tournament for the NCAA Championship trophy.

Fun fact – this is the highest level college football championship awarded by the NCAA itself. The ESPN College Football Championship Game is what is almost always used to designate the NCAA champion, but there are technically other championship selectors that could make multiple different teams count as National Champions. For an example of this, see UCF in 2017, in which they were awarded National Champions by the Colley Matrix, even though Alabama won the National Championship game – most everyone refers to Alabama as the champions that year, but UCF technically has a rightful claim.

Another significant difference between the two subdivision is that FBS teams can award 85 football scholarships while FCS teams can only award 63. This contributes to FBS college football teams having an elevated standard of play, but the main driver between the increased competitive level of these schools is that the best conferences in the country form the Football Bowl Subdivision.

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North Dakota State, perennial FCS Champions

The subdivision split traces its roots to 1978, when Division 1 football was split into two subdivisions, 1-A and 1-AA. The main driver of this split was that the smaller D1 schools couldn’t keep up with the largely developed football programs of the largest D1 schools. This is similar to “mid majors” vs Power Conference basketball teams in College Basketball. In 2006, these two subdivisions were given the FBS and FCS names they hold today.

Though FBS is technically the higher level of play, FCS football is spectacular to watch. The large tournament system for the championship is extremely exciting and may even reflect the future state of the FBS playoff. Here at CFB Select, we love college football of all kinds – bookmark our site and follow us at @CFBSelect on Twitter if you do too!

Best Candidates for PAC 12 Realignment

The Big Ten has announced that USC and UCLA will join from the PAC 12. More PAC 12 schools are already reported as applying for admission to the Big Ten. Here’s who a desperate PAC 12 may invite to replace them.

Note: The PAC 12 would need to vote to relax it’s research school requirement before admitting most of these members.

San Diego State

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The San Diego state Aztecs have been reunited to the PAC 12 multiple times before, and they fall right in its footprint. Furthermore, they’re one of the better Mountain West Schools at both football and basketball.

UNLV

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The new Las Vegas Raiders stadium is quickly becoming the best away game in the NFL. Who’s to say you couldn’t have such an away game for college football? UNLV would bring much needed money into the PAC 12 as well.

Boise State

Boise state pac 12 realignment

Boise State was often rumored to the PAC 12 as well after their stand out performances in the field at the highest level (we all remember the Fiesta Bowl). They’d also fit in the PAC 12 realignment footprint.

Nevada (Reno)

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Nevada is one of the more realistic candidates as they would have less academic barriers to entry to hurdle. They also have a consistently relevant football program, producing the likes of Kaepernick and Carson Strong. Plus, a natural rival for the addition of UNLV.

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Fans Speak Out: Most Over-Hated Coaches in CFB

Despite good to great on field performance and calm demeanors, some college football coaches are just always hated by fans. Yesterday on Twitter we asked our fans who they think the most over hated coach in CFB is right now. Let us know in the replies if you agree or disagree.

Dabo Swinney

Despite skyrocketing from WR coach to the most decorated active CFB coach besides Saban, Dabo has many haters. In fact, this rise to the top is almost certainly a huge factor in most of the hate Dabo Swinney gets. That being said, some perceive his southern tone as occasionally ‘holier than thou’. Here’s some comments from our fans:

PJ Fleck

PJ Fleck started as one of the more inspiring stories in college football. His “row the boat” mantra and punching far above his weight as Western Michigan to an undefeated regular season, everyone seemed to be behind this man when he got the job at Minnesota. However, PJ Fleck hasn’t had nearly the support at Minnesota as he did at WMU. Here’s what our fans have to say:

Here’s some other great nominees for most over hated college football coach by our fans. Which currently active CFB coach do you think is hated on too much? Let us know in the replies and they’ll appear in our CFB forums.

Would you say you need to be one of the best CFB Coaches to be over hated? Will Dabo Swinney, Jim Harbaugh, Gus Malzahn, Scott Frost or PJ Fleck shake their hate if they have their most successful CFB season in 2022, or will it only make the hate worse? As always, let us know in the comments and they’ll appear in our CFB forums on the forums tab.

Why CFB Players Need a (Real) Union

Unions are, by nature, controversial. Anyone that’s worked at a company with the option to unionize has seen ads on both sides – high dues seem like an unfair and unnecessary cost, but organizing brings higher wages, better protections and workers rights.

All major professional sports leagues have their own union. The MLBPA just finished negotiations with league ownership, and last offseason marked a historic collective bargaining agreement for the NFL. But, what about amateur athletics?

It doesn’t seem to make sense at first, as “amateur” and “workers rights” don’t often align. But we need to face the facts – CFB athletes are no longer amateur athletes. With the advent of NIL deals, the capability for athletes to make real money is available – and the opportunity for them to get really screwed by team and corporate interests.

A “CFBPA” exists, but based on their website, it looks like it’s a private upstart with little industry backing.

Here are the reasons CFB needs a real union:

Protect players from predatory NIL agreements

Yes, NIL deals were founded to allow players to benefit, but anytime contract law comes into play, shady characters will come about. Students need real protections from these that can be strengthened with a players union.

Collective Bargaining for Future Salary and Benefits

If you haven’t seen the writing on the wall, wipe off your glasses. One way or another, players will receive salary of some kind in the next decade or two. Setting up a union in advance of this allows players to negotiate for a better deal with real power. Even if player payment is through more back door avenues like NIL, the players will be on the short end of the stick if they don’t have organizing power.

Player Safety

Schools say they’re committed to player safety, as does the NFL. But, most of the NFL’s safety improvements have come from pressure from ten players organization. If CFB players had a similar agreement, they’d have much more strength to negotiate for league wide protections like the NFL has implemented to reduce concussions.

Other Improvements

There are many other improvements that don’t fit under these general categories. For example, the NFLPA has a program that allows any player to get covered transit to reduce DUI incidents. Similar programs could protect young players – both retaining them in play by preventing punishable incidents and also improving their lives.

Roadblocks

Obviously some roadblocks exist. Anything involving the NCAA is a negotiating nightmare, and the conference structure as well as individual schools and teams would mean multiple different negotiations having to occur vs. a single ownership body. Working with schools is also difficult because many are government institutions. That being said, these roadblocks are not complete barriers and often serve as excuses to prevent players from organizing.

Let us know what you think in the replies.

Where James Madison falls in Conference Realignment

The James Madison Dukes will hopefully make the jump to FBS soon.
The James Madison Dukes will hopefully make the jump to FBS soon.

College Football has been dominated by a dynasty for the last decade. Then, in January 2017, they were finally dethroned by a new contender. No, we’re not talking about Clemson Alabama. We’re talking about North Dakota state, who has won the FCS championship 8 times since 2010, finally being dethroned by the James Madison Dukes.

But, the Dukes are making headlines once again with conference realignment. First, the SEC snatched Texas and Oklahoma in a stunning news break that took just a week to come to fruition. Then, the Big 12 bounced back by raiding the American Conference for Cincinnati, UCF, Houston and then plucking independent BYU. The ripples keep going – the American has now announced they’ll be taking 6 teams from Conference USA, and it appears more movements are to come with Marshall and potentially Southern Miss looking to join the Sun Belt.

FCS James Madison squares up against FBS NC State
FCS James Madison squares up against FBS NC State.

James Madison has frequently had their name thrown into these conference realignment conversations. But, it takes a lot to make the jump from FCS to FBS. Only a few schools have done it recently (namely Coastal Carolina and Liberty), but both have obviously managed enormous success since then. However, they have something JMU doesn’t have as much of – a willingness to throw money into their athletic department.

Liberty has their Christian boosters and Coastal has baseball money. While JMU has been quite successful since that 2016 championship, they don’t exactly have the athletic budget to pour into the upgrade. But, would they sustain success if they made it? And where would they even go?

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UNC vs James Madison. This could be a regular FBS matchup.

One things for sure – CUSA is not the answer. If CUSA even manages to survive this raid on their conference, they will have almost no contenders. WKU would probably be the best school remaining. So, why would JMU, who is doing just fine and succeeding in the contentious DC recruitment area, make this suicide jump?

The only valid place for them to go is the Sun Belt. The Sun Belt has quickly positioned themselves as the premiere G5 conference, or at least on equal footing with the American. Louisiana has been great as of late. Coastal is putting up massively winning records in back to back years and getting a lot of attention. Troy has had recent success, and will likely bring it back soon. If Southern Miss gets added, who knows how soon they could return to glory?

But, James Madison has a lot of advantages over these sunbelt teams. They’re arguably in the third best recruiting area in the country. They have a history of success, and a very meaningful trophy to show for it. They have a decently active alumni base who would get on board fast. And they’re stadium – it’s one of the most beautiful stadiums in CFB (though we did not include it on our FBS list).

So, what happens next for the James Madison Dukes? Do they stay in FCS? Do they make the jump? We expect we’ll be seeing them in the “Fun Belt” soon, but CFB is messy – don’t hold your breath.

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