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The 2011–12 NCAA football bowl games were a series of college footballbowl games. They concluded the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season, and included 35 team-competitive games and five all-star games. The games began on December 17, 2011 and, aside from the all-star games, concluded with the 2012 BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans, that was played on January 9, 2012.

The total of 35 team-competitive bowls was unchanged from the previous year. While bowl games had been the purview of only the very best teams for nearly a century, this was the sixth consecutive year that teams with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games. To fill the 70 available team-competitive bowl slots, a total of 14 teams (20% of all participants) with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games—13 had a .500 (6-6) season and, for the first time ever, a team with a sub-.500 (6-7) season was invited to a bowl game.

Selection of the teams[edit]

Main articles: Bowl eligibility and Automatic bids to college bowl games

In the previous year's bowl cycle, the NCAA scrapped a bylaw which mandated that a school with a non-losing record of 6–6 in regular season play were not eligible unless conferences could not fill out available bowl positions with teams with a winning record of seven (or more) wins. The new rule was stretched further in this 2011-12 bowl season when a team with a losing record, the 6-7 UCLA Bruins, were invited to a bowl game. The Bruins, the Pac-12 South Division winners, finished 6-6 but the USC Trojans (10–2), winners of the division, were barred from postseason play because of the University of Southern California athletics scandal of the mid-2000s, and the resulting two-year ban. The conference and the school applied for a waiver, which the NCAA accepted, based on their bowl eligibility after the sixth win, but having to play in an unmerited conference championship game.[1]

This interpretation of policy ultimately led to Western Kentucky, with a 7-5 winning record, or Ball State, with a 6-6 non-losing record, going uninvited.

Bowl eligibility[edit]


  • ACC(8): Clemson (ACC Champions), Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech (Coastal Division Champions), North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia, Wake Forest, NC State
  • Big East(5): Cincinnati (Big East co-Champions), West Virginia (Big East co-Champions), Rutgers, Louisville (Big East co-Champions), Pittsburgh
  • Big Ten(10): Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, Penn State, Wisconsin (Big Ten Champions), Nebraska, Michigan State (Legends Division Champions), Ohio State, Northwestern, Purdue
  • Big 12(8): Oklahoma State (Big 12 Champions), Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Missouri
  • Conference USA(5): Houston (C-USA West Division Champions), Southern Miss (C-USA Champions), Tulsa, SMU, Marshall
  • Independents(2): BYU, Notre Dame
  • MAC(6): NIU (Mid-American Conference Champions), Ohio (MAC East Division Champions), Ball State, Toledo (MAC West Division Co-Champions), Temple, Western Michigan
  • Mountain West(5): Air Force, Boise State, TCU (Mountain West Champions), San Diego State, Wyoming
  • Pac-12(7): Stanford (Pac-12 North Division Co-Champions), Oregon (Pac-12 Champions), Arizona State, Washington, California, Utah, UCLA (Pac-12 South Division Champions, 6–7, bowl-eligible per waiver) [2]
  • SEC(9): LSU (SEC Champions), Alabama, South Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia (SEC East Division Champions), Auburn, Florida, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State
  • Sun Belt(4): Louisiana–Lafayette, Arkansas State (Sun Belt Champions), Florida International, Western Kentucky
  • WAC(3): Louisiana Tech (WAC Champions), Nevada, Utah State

Number of bowl berths available: 70
Number of teams assured of bowl eligibility: 71 (72, with 6–7 UCLA becoming bowl-eligible per NCAA waiver)

Western Kentucky (7–5) and Ball State (6–6) were not extended invitations to bowl games.

Teams unable to become bowl-eligible[edit]

  • ACC(4): Boston College, Maryland & Duke (by record), Miami (FL) (via self-imposed sanctions)
  • Big East(3): South Florida, Syracuse, Connecticut
  • Big Ten(2): Indiana, Minnesota
  • Big 12(2): Kansas, Texas Tech
  • C-USA(7): UAB, Memphis, Tulane, Rice, UCF, UTEP, East Carolina
  • Independents(2): Army & Navy
  • MAC(7): Akron, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Miami (OH) & Kent State. Eastern Michigan was 6–6 but had two FCS wins.
  • Mountain West(3): New Mexico, UNLV & Colorado State
  • Pac-12(5): Colorado, Oregon State, Washington State & Arizona (by record), USC (via NCAA sanctions)
  • SEC(3): Ole Miss, Kentucky & Tennessee
  • Sun Belt(5): Florida Atlantic, Louisiana-Monroe, Middle Tennessee, Troy & North Texas
  • WAC(5): Idaho, San Jose State, Fresno State, Hawaii & New Mexico State

Fiesta Bowl controversy[edit]

Main article: Fiesta Bowl § Financial scandals

In March 2011, because of illegal campaign contributions to politicians friendly to the Fiesta Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors fired bowl CEO John Junker.[3] The scandal threatened the Fiesta Bowl's status as a BCS game for the 2011-12 season, as the BCS said it might replace the bowl in its lineup if officials could not convince them it should remain.[4][5] In May 2011, the BCS fined the Fiesta Bowl organization US $1 million without removing their BCS spot.


Meineke has transferred their sponsorship from the game in Charlotte to the Houston-based game previously known as the Texas Bowl, and was renamed the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Belk Department Stores assumes the title sponsorship for the North Carolina contest, renaming that game the Belk Bowl. The Idaho Potato Commission takes over as the title sponsor for the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho and has been renamed the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, while Montreal-based Gildan, a maker of T-shirts, underwear and socks, will begin sponsorship of the previously unsponsored New Mexico Bowl this season. All of the bowl games will have a presenting or title sponsor.

Moratorium on new bowl games[edit]

The NCAA has placed a three-year moratorium, starting with the 2011-12 bowl season, on any new bowl games. This follows the addition of two new games (Pinstripe Bowl, TicketCity Bowl) for the 2010-11 bowl season, bringing the total number of bowl games to 35. The expansion to 70 teams required to fill these 35 bowl games has challenged the ability to actually find enough teams with winning (7-5 or better) records to fill bowl slots. Teams with non-winning (6-6) and losing (6-7) records have participated in bowl games since the expansion to 35 games. By the 2012-13 bowl season, with multiple teams ineligible due to sanctions, the NCAA was forced to anticipate a need to allow teams with even worse (5-7) losing records to fill bowl selection slots in 2012-13.


The official schedule was released June 17, 2011.[6] Though it is traditionally the date for many bowl games to be played, none will be held on January 1, due to that date being on a Sunday and conflict with the National Football League's slate of Sunday games.[7]

Subsequently, the Fiesta Bowl moved from January 5 to January 2, in its traditional spot following the Rose Bowl, after the 2011 NFL lockout was settled. The Monday evening spot was held open for a possible Monday Night Football game.[8]

NOTE: All times are US EST (UTC −5).

Non-BCS games[edit]

Dec. 17Gildan New Mexico BowlUniversity Stadium
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
2:00 pm
ESPNESPN RadioWyoming Cowboys (8–4)
Temple Owls (8–4)
Wyoming 15
Temple 37
Famous Idaho Potato BowlBronco Stadium
Boise State University
Boise, ID
5:30 pm
Ohio Bobcats (9–4)
Utah State Aggies (7–5)
Ohio 24
Utah State 23
R+L Carriers New Orleans BowlMercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
9:00 pm
San Diego State Aztecs (8–4)
Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (8–4)
Sun Belt
San Diego State 30
Louisiana–Lafayette 32
Dec. 20Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. PetersburgTropicana Field
St. Petersburg, FL
8:00 pm
FIU Golden Panthers (8–4)
Marshall Thundering Herd (6–6)
Sun Belt
FIU 10
Marshall 20
Dec. 21San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia BowlSnapdragon Stadium
San Diego, CA
8:00 pm
#18 TCU Horned Frogs (10–2)
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8–4)
TCU 31
Louisiana Tech 24
Dec. 22Maaco Bowl Las VegasSam Boyd Stadium
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Whitney, NV
8:00 pm
Sports USA Radio Network#7 Boise State Broncos (11–1)
Arizona State Sun Devils (6–6)
Boise State 56
Arizona State 24
Dec. 24Sheraton Hawaii BowlAloha Stadium
Honolulu, HI
8:00 pm
ESPN RadioNevada Wolf Pack (7–5)
#21 Southern Miss Golden Eagles (11–2)
Nevada 17
Southern Miss 24
Dec. 26Advocare Independence BowlIndependence Stadium
Shreveport, LA
5:00 pm
ESPN2Sports USA Radio NetworkMissouri Tigers (7–5)
North Carolina Tar Heels (7–5)
Big 12
Missouri 41
North Carolina 24
Dec. 27Little Caesars Pizza BowlFord Field
Detroit, MI
4:30 pm
ESPNTBC RadioPurdue Boilermakers (6–6)
Western Michigan Broncos (7–5)
Big Ten
Purdue 37
Western Michigan 32
Belk BowlBank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
8:00 pm
Touchdown RadioNorth Carolina State Wolfpack (7–5)
Louisville Cardinals (7–5)
Big East
North Carolina State 31
Louisville 24
Dec. 28Military Bowl presented by Northrop GrummanRFK Stadium
Washington, DC
4:30 pm
Air Force Falcons (7–5)
Toledo Rockets (8–4)[n 1]
Air Force 41
Toledo 42
Bridgepoint Education Holiday BowlSnapdragon Stadium
San Diego, CA
8:00 pm
ESPN Radio#24 Texas Longhorns (7–5)
California Golden Bears (7–5)
Big 12
Texas 21
California 10
Dec. 29Champs Sports BowlCitrus Bowl
Orlando, FL
5:30 pm
Florida State Seminoles (8–4)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8–4)
Florida State 18
Notre Dame 14
Valero Alamo BowlAlamodome
San Antonio, TX
9:00 pm
#12 Baylor Bears (9–3)
Washington Huskies (7–5)
Big 12
Baylor 67
Washington 56
Dec. 30Bell Helicopters Armed Forces BowlGerald J. Ford Stadium
University Park, TX
BYU Cougars (9–3)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (8–4)
BYU 24
Tulsa 21
New Era Pinstripe BowlYankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
3:20 pm
Iowa State Cyclones (6–6)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8–4)
Big 12
Big East
Iowa State 13
Rutgers 27
Franklin American Mortgage Music City BowlLP Field
Nashville, TN
6:40 pm
Nevada Sports NetworkWake Forest Demon Deacons (6–6)
Mississippi State Bulldogs (6–6)
Wake Forest 17
Mississippi State 23
Insight BowlSun Devil Stadium
Tempe, AZ
10:00 pm
ESPN RadioIowa Hawkeyes (7–5)
#14 Oklahoma Sooners (9–3)
Big Ten
Big 12
Iowa 14
Oklahoma 31
Dec. 31Meineke Car Care Bowl of TexasReliant Stadium
Houston, TX
Texas A&M Aggies (6–6)
Northwestern Wildcats (6–6)
Big 12
Big Ten
Texas A&M 33
Northwestern 22
Hyundai Sun BowlSun Bowl Stadium
University of Texas El Paso
El Paso, TX
2:00 pm
CBSSports USA Radio NetworkGeorgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8–4)
Utah Utes (7–5)
Georgia Tech 27
Utah 30 (OT)
AutoZone Liberty BowlLiberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, TN
3:30 pm
ABCESPN RadioCincinnati Bearcats (9–3)
Vanderbilt Commodores (6–6)
Big East
Cincinnati 31
Vanderbilt 24
Kraft Fight Hunger BowlAT&T Park
San Francisco, CA
3:30 pm
ESPNTouchdown RadioIllinois Fighting Illini (6–6)[n 2]
UCLA Bruins (6–7)
Big Ten
Illinois 20
Chick-fil-A BowlGeorgia Dome
Atlanta, GA
7:30 pm
ESPN Radio#25 Auburn Tigers (7–5)
Virginia Cavaliers (8–4)
Auburn 43
Virginia 24
Jan. 2TicketCity BowlCotton Bowl
Dallas, TX
ESPNUNevada Sports Network#22 Penn State Nittany Lions (9–3)
#19 Houston Cougars (12–1)
Big Ten
Penn State 14
Houston 30
Outback BowlRaymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL
1:00 pm
ABCESPN Radio#17 Michigan State Spartans (10–3)
#16 Georgia Bulldogs (10–3)
Big Ten
Michigan State 33
Georgia 30 (3OT)
Capital One BowlCitrus Bowl
Orlando, FL
1:00 pm
ESPN#20 Nebraska Cornhuskers (9–3)
#9 South Carolina Gamecocks (10–2)
Big Ten
Nebraska 13
South Carolina 30
TaxSlayer.com Gator BowlEverBank Field
Jacksonville, FL
1:00 pm
ESPN2Touchdown RadioOhio State Buckeyes (6–6)
Florida Gators (6–6)
Big Ten
Ohio State 17
Florida 24
Jan. 6AT&T Cotton Bowl ClassicCowboys Stadium
Arlington, TX
8:00 pm
FOXWestwood One#8 Kansas State Wildcats (10–2)
#6 Arkansas Razorbacks (10–2)
Big 12
Kansas State 16
Arkansas 29
Jan. 7BBVA Compass BowlLegion Field
Birmingham, AL
1:00 pm
ESPNESPN RadioSMU Mustangs (7–5)
Pittsburgh Panthers (6–6)
Big East
SMU 28
Pittsburgh 6
Jan. 8GoDaddy.com BowlLadd Peebles Stadium
Mobile, AL
9:00 pm
Nevada Sports NetworkNIU Huskies (10–3)
Arkansas State Red Wolves (10–2)
Sun Belt
NIU 38
Arkansas State 20

2012 Bowl Championship Series schedule[edit]

Post-BCS all-star games[edit]

Note: The NFLPA Texas vs The Nation game was not played in 2012, and the NFLPA instead sponsored the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.


  1. ^Miller, Ted (November 29, 2011). "Losing Record? UCLA Still Wants a Bowl". ESPN. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  2. ^Yoon, Peter (November 30, 2011). "NCAA Approves UCLA Bowl Waiver". ESPN LA. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  3. ^"Fiesta Bowl fires CEO John Junker", AP, March 29, 2011 
  4. ^BCS confident it could cut ties with Fiesta Bowl if deemed necessary
  5. ^Wetzel, Dan, "BCS conducts shallow probe as party rages on", Yahoo! Sports, retrieved on 31 March 2011.
  6. ^"2011–12 Bowl Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  7. ^http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/longhorns/entries/2011/06/17/jan_1_2012_the.html
  8. ^http://brett-mcmurphy.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/29532522/31381391
  1. ^Navy, which had the primary contract for this slot, was not bowl-eligible. For the 2011 season, the TicketCity Bowl and Military Bowl have contingency contracts with the Big 12 if those games' primary partners are not available. Since the TicketCity Bowl's primary partners (the Big Ten and C-USA) both filled their slots, Navy's Military Bowl slot was passed to the Big 12; however the Big 12 did not have enough teams to fulfill their contract, so Toledo from the MAC was invited.
  2. ^Army, which had the primary contract for this slot, was not bowl-eligible. The ACC had a contingency contract for the slot, but could only fill it if it produced nine bowl-eligible teams. Miami's self-imposed bowl ban made it impossible for the conference to fill that slot.

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