It’s that magical time of year when college football players actually get paid. Sort of.
Unlike any other point during the season, the NCAA allows players to receive gifts: up to $550 in value for playing in a bowl game.
A number of bowl organizers offer players a gift suite, where players choose their gifts. The Quick Lane Bowl flatters players by giving each participant a life-sized Fathead poster of himself. The Belk Bowl takes players on a shopping trip to its department store. TCU players headed to the Alamo Bowl will receive an Amazon Echo Show, a $175 Amazon gift card, a Fossil watch, a mini helmet, Rock ’Em socks and a team panoramic photo.
And by the time the bowl season is over, there’s typically a general consensus on which game gave the best gift package (last season it was the Quick Lane Bowl). Who will claim that honor this year? Here’s a look at the bowl gift list:
Las Vegas Bowl, Saturday (Boise State vs. Oregon) Gift suite, Oakley backpack and tag, hat, Rock’ Em socks, beanie.
New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, Saturday (Colorado State vs. Marshall) Gift suite, Oakley sunglasses, Oakley 5-Speed backpack, Lit tumbler, Gildan stadium blanket, cap, fidget spinner, baseball cap.
Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., Saturday (Arkansas State vs. Middle Tennessee State) Gift suite, Fossil Watch, a beanie, Ogio duffle bag, Big Game autograph football.
Frisco Bowl, Wednesday (SMU vs. Louisiana Tech) Commemorative football with bowl logo, Justin cowboy hat, swig stainless steel bottle with commemorative bowl logo, beanie cap with bowl logo, commemorative coin with bowl logo, commemorative lapel pin.
Gasparilla Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla., Thursday (Temple vs FIU) Gift suite, Oakley backpack, neck pillow.
Bahamas Bowl in Nassau, Friday (UAB vs. Ohio) Gift suite, ISlide sandals, beach towel, bowl pin, drawstring backpack.
Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho, Friday (Wyoming vs. Central Michigan) Gift suite, Oakley sunglasses, Under Armor backpack, beanie.
Birmingham Bowl, Dec. 23 (Texas Tech vs. South Florida) Gift suite, Oakley sunglasses, beanie, Big Game football.
Armed Forces Bowl, at Amon G. Carter Stadium, Dec. 23 (Army vs. San Diego State) Gift suite.
Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 23 (Toledo vs. Appalachian State) Amazon Echo, Maui Jim sunglasses, Timely Watch Co. watch, Wilson football.
Hawaii Bowl, Dec. 24 (Fresno State vs. Houston) Gift suite, Oakley backpack and sunglasses, Tori Richard aloha shirt, beach towel, Pro Athletics surf trunks, performance T-shirt