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The 10 Oldest Bowl Games are All Spectacular Relics
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College football’s bowl season has become crowded over the years. Six wins is all it takes to secure a spot in the sport’s postseason. Back in the day, (says every dad as he leans back in his living room throne) only the best of the best were worthy enough to play in a bowl game.

How bowl game matchups are decided has drastically evolved in recent years. The BCS lasted 16 seasons before it got the boot in favor of the College Football Playoff in 2014. Since the CFP’s inception, the New Year’s Six, which include the Cotton Bowl, the Rose Bowl Game, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Peach Bowl and Sugar Bowl, take turns hosting the semifinal games.

As for the other 7,000 bowl games, it’s still an achievement to make it to the postseason. The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and Chick-Fil-A Bowl mean just as much as the Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas, and FBS programs like Alabama aren’t turning down a bowl opportunity anytime soon. You can say the same for all ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC, Big 12 programs and every other NCAA Division I school, too.

However, while every team strives to make the national championship game on ESPN, an appearance in a prestigious bowl on New Year’s Day is still something to hang your hat on. Naturally, the most prestigious bowl games tend have a lot of history behind them. In this case, history spans across the 20th century when the oldest bowl games began.

The 10 Oldest College Football Bowl Games

10. Fiesta Bowl

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First played: 1971

Location: Glendale, Arizona

Venue: State Farm Stadium

9. Peach Bowl

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First played: 1968

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

8. Liberty Bowl

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First played: 1959

Location: Memphis, Tennessee

Venue: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

7. Citrus Bowl

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First played: 1947

Location: Orlando, Florida

Venue: Camping World Stadium

6. Gator Bowl

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First played: 1946

Location: Jacksonville, Florida

Venue: TIAA Bank Field

5. Cotton Bowl Classic

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First played: 1937

Location: Arlington, Texas

Venue: AT&T Stadium

4. Sun Bowl

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First played: 1935

Location: El Paso, Texas

Venue: Sun Bowl Stadium

3. Sugar Bowl

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First played: 1935

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

2. Orange Bowl

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First played: 1935

Location: Miami Gardens, Florida

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Venue: Hard Rock Stadium

1. Rose Bowl

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First played: 1902; annually played since 1916

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Location: Pasadena, California

Venue: Rose Bowl Stadium

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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