There are lots of reasons to want to take your team to a bowl game if you’re a head coach. You’ve got extra practice time for player development, a boost in recruiting, and the opportunity to spotlight your team to a national audience. Of course players like all those reasons as well, plus they get to visit the gift suite.
The NCAA allows bowl committees to provide each participant of their game with gifts totaling a combined maximum value of $550. In recent years, the majority of committees have opted to provide players with an opportunity to select items from a pop-up store, or gift suite, that is set up on campus or in the bowl’s host city prior to the game.
For their semifinal match-up against Alabama, in the Orange Bowl, Oklahoma players will have the opportunity to visit the gift suit. In addition, each player will receive a personalized bobblehead, a Tourneau watch, and a sling bag.
For playing in the Liberty Bowl, Oklahoma State players will receive a shopping trip to Bass Pro Shop, a Bose SoundLink micro Bluetooth speaker, a Bulova watch, Nike athletic shoes, sport sandals, a backpack and sunglasses, and a football.
Here’s a list of the various gifts that each bowl will be providing to their participants.
AutoNation Cure Bowl
Dec. 15 – Tulane vs. LouisianaO
■ Holloway Force jacket; sunglasses with carry case; Energizer powerbank; duffle bag; Pebble Beach slides; dopp kit; Sportek long-sleeve contender T-shirt; cap.
New Mexico Bowl
Dec. 15 – North Texas vs. Utah StateA
■ Gift suite; Oakley Jupiter Squared sunglasses; Oakley 5 Speed backpack; Bluetooth speaker; water bottle; beanie; Montgomery pen; Pacific Headwear trucker’s cap.
Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl
Dec. 15 – Fresno State vs. Arizona StateL
■ Gift suite; collectible Las Vegas item TBD; dad hat; beanie; fanny pack.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Dec. 15 – Georgia Southern vs. Eastern MichiganM
■ Gift suite; Fossil watch; Samsonite rolling duffle bag; beanie; Big Game football.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Dec. 15, 9 – Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State N
■ Gift suite; Fossil watch.
Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl
Dec. 18 – UAB vs. Northern Illinois
■ Gift suite; drawstring backpack; beach towel; football.
DXL Frisco Bowl
Dec. 19 – San Diego State vs. OhioF
■ Gift suite; Justin cowboy hat; beanie cap; coin; pin; Big Game football.
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
Dec. 20 – Marshall vs. South FloridaT
■ Gift suite.
Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl
Dec. 21 – FIU vs. ToledoN
■ Gift suite; Yeti rambler; string backpack; board shorts; towel; pin.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Dec. 21 – Western Michigan vs. BYUB
■ Gift suite; Oakley backpack; hydroflask; beanie.
Jared Birmingham Bowl
Dec. 22 – Memphis vs. Wake ForestB
■ Gift suite; Oakley backpack or sunglasses; cooling hoodie; football.
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Dec. 22 – Houston vs. ArmyF
■ Gift suite; Bluetooth speaker helmet; football.
Dollar General Bowl
Dec. 22 – Buffalo vs. TroyM
■ Yamaha sound bar with built-in subwoofer; Timely Watch Co. watch; Maui Jim sunglasses; Wilson game ball.
SoFi Hawai’i Bowl
Dec. 22 – Louisiana Tech vs. HawaiiH
■ Electronics gift suite; Oakley backpack; Oakley sunglasses; Tori Richard aloha shirt; shorts/swim trunks; performance T-shirt; beach towel.
Servpro First Responder Bowl
Dec. 26, 1:30 – Boston College vs. Boise StateD
■ Gift suite; RFID-blocking Ridge wallet; Big Game football
Quick Lane Bowl
Dec. 26 – Minnesota vs. Georgia TechD
■ $175 Best Buy gift card; JBL E55BT over-ear wireless headphones; life-sized Fathead decal for each participant of his likeness; backpack; shirts; mini helmet; football
Dec. 26 – California vs. TCUP
■ Fossil watch with engraved caseback; JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker; Baggo bag toss tailgate cornhole set; Yeti Roadie 20 cooler; Yeti rambler; dry duffel bag; RuMe reveal quart bag; Branded Bills cap; Dollar Shave Club starter set.
Walk-On’s Independence Bowl
Dec. 27 – Temple vs. DukeS
■ Gift suite; Timely Watch Co. watch; New Era skull cap; football.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Dec. 27 – Miami vs. WisconsinN
■ A variety of New Era products.
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
Dec. 27 – Baylor vs. VanderbiltH
■ Gift suite; Academy Sports + Outdoors gift card; Adidas backpack; belt buckle.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Dec. 28 – Purdue vs. AuburnN
■ Gift suite; Fossil watch.
Camping World Bowl
Dec. 28 – West Virginia vs. SyracuseO
■ $400 Best Buy gift card; Ogio backpack with luggage tag; Fossil watch.
Valero Alamo Bowl
Dec. 28 – Iowa State vs. Washington StateS
■ $425 Amazon gift card; Fossil watch; mini helmet; team panoramic photo.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Dec. 29 – Florida vs. MichiganA
■ $300 Vanilla Visa gift card; Fossil watch; Mophie Powerstation XL; Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker (3rd generation); football.
Dec. 29 – South Carolina vs. VirginiaC
■ Shopping trip to Belk department store; Fossil watch.
Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Dec. 29 – Arkansas State vs. NevadaT
■ Ghostek backpack with a power bank and external USB port; Beats Budst; Fire Kindle with built-in Alexa; hydroflask; cooling towel; Frito Lay products in each bag.
College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Dec. 29 – Clemson vs. Notre DameA
■ Would not disclose gifts.
College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl
Dec. 29 – Alabama vs. OklahomaM
■ Gift suite; Tourneau watch; personalized bobblehead of each student-athlete; sling bag.
Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman
Dec. 31 – Cincinnati vs. Virginia TechA
■ Dell Mobile Projector M318WL; $100 Amex Gift Card; ISlides.
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Dec. 31 – Stanford vs. PittsburghE
■ Gift suite; Timely Watch Co. watch; Majestic fleece pullover; Ogio Excelsior backpack; Under Armour cap; coin.
Dec. 31 – Michigan State vs. OregonS
■ Fossil watch; Timbuktu backpack; Roku; headphones; Redbox Bowl merchandise.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Dec. 31 – Missouri vs. Oklahoma StateM
■ Shopping trip to Memphis’ Bass Pro Shops; Bose SoundLink micro Bluetooth speaker; Bulova watch; Nike athletic shoes; sport sandals; backpack and sunglasses; football.
San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl
Dec. 31 – Northwestern vs. UtahS
■ Gift suite; Fossil watch; New Era cap.
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
Dec. 31 – NC State vs. Texas A&MJ
■ Fossil watch; Maui Jim sunglasses; Amazon Echo; ISlides; SIC tumbler; dopp kit.
Jan. 1 – Mississippi State vs. IowaT
■ Fossil watch; Jostens ring; $125 Best Buy gift card; Outback Steakhouse Gift card; hat.
VRBO Citrus Bowl
Jan. 1 – Kentucky vs. Penn StateO
■ $400 Best Buy gift card; Fossil watch; Ogio backpack with luggage tag.
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
Jan. 1 – LSU vs. UCFG
■ PS4 gift package; Fossil watch with engraved caseback; Ogio X-Fit backpack.
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
Jan. 1 – Washington vs. Ohio StateP
■ Gift suite; Fossil watch; Ogio backpack; New Era 9Fifty adjustable hat.
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Jan. 1 – Texas vs. GeorgiaN
■ Gift suite; Fossil watch; New Era cap; Rock ’Em socks; cufflinks