'Senior citizen' of football bowls just keeps rolling along

For college football fans who can never get enough action, the bowl season kicks off Saturday with four games, beginning with the newly minted EagleBank Bowl in Washington. Keeping track of the 34 bowls (and their 68 opposing teams) can be confusing, but only one can claim to be "the Granddaddy of Them All." That's the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., which began in 1902. The first game was so lopsided (Michigan led Stanford, 48-0, when play was halted in the third quarter) that football was subsequently replaced by chariot racing until gridiron matchups were revived in 1916. Except for a few short-lived Texas games, the Rose Bowl had the New Year's Day sporting stage virtually to itself until 1935, when the Orange and Sugar bowls were launched. The oldest collegiate bowl games, with the year of their birth and the city in which each is played:

  • Rose (Pasadena, Calif.) 1902/1916
  • Orange (Miami) 1935
  • Sugar (New Orleans) 1935
  • Cotton (Dallas) 1937
  • Sun (El Paso, Texas) 1936
  • Gator (Jacksonville, Fla.) 1946
  • Capital One* (Orlando, Fla.)1947
  • Liberty (Memphis, Tenn.) 1959
  • Peach (Atlanta) 1968
  • Fiesta (Tempe, Ariz.) 1971
  • * formerly the Tangerine Bowl

    - National Collegiate Athletic Association

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