Dan Gartland
Tuesday December 6th, 2016

College football players aren’t allowed to accept gifts, unless they’re playing in a bowl game. Paying players is strictly prohibited, except in the form of up to $550 in bowl game gifts. But not all gift packages are created equal. 

Sports Business Daily has compiled a list of the gifts from all 40 bowl games this season. There are plenty of watches and speakers, as well as the mysterious “gift suite” (where players get to choose a gift from a few different options). Let’s take a look at the winners and losers. 

College football bowl games schedule: All 2016–17 games, matchups, TV channels

The Best

5. Bahamas Bowl — Old Dominion vs. Eastern Michigan

Gift suite; S’Well insulated drink bottle (From $25, Nordstrom.com); Jabba Bluetooth speakers; drawstring backpack; beach towel; bowl pin

A water bottle, speakers, backpack and towel are essentials when going to the beach. Hopefully the coaches give their players enough time to take advantage of it. 

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4. Cotton Bowl — Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin

Would not disclose

The mystery box is always an alluring option. 

3. Citrus Bowl — Louisville vs. LSU

$305 Best Buy shopping trip; Timely Watch Co. watch; EA Sports video game; ISlide sandals; $25 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card

You could use the $305 to buy a console for the video game you get. Hopefully they let you choose which EA Sports title you want. 

2. TaxSlayer Bowl — Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky

Fossil watch; carry-on bag; Under Armour sunglasses (From $89.99, underarmour.com); football; bobblehead with player’s face, name and uniform number

The bobblehead could either be really cool or really creepy. 

1. Quick Lane Bowl — Boston College vs. Maryland

$200 Best Buy gift card; JBL headphones; life-sized Fathead decal for each participant of his likeness; hoodie; winter hat; Rock ’Em Apparel socks; backpack; vintage football

I’m sure at least a few players would trade a playoff appearance for a Fathead of their self.

The Worst

5. Belk Bowl — Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas

Shopping trip to Belk department store; Fossil watch

Belk seems like a fine enough store, but the players would probably prefer something other than clothes and home goods. 

4. Armed Forces Bowl —Navy vs. Louisiana Tech

Gift suite; Finrod’s Festive Wear holiday sweater; football; beanie

Are ugly sweaters acceptable under the Naval Academy’s dress code?

3. Pinstripe Bowl

A variety of New Era products

How many hats could you possibly need?

2. Music City Bowl — Nebraska vs. Tennessee

Gift suite; Fossil watch

That gift suite is doing a lot of heavy lifting here. 

1. Liberty Bowl — TCU vs. Georgia

Bass Pro Shops shopping trip; Oculus Pro Team HD binoculars; Bulova watch; Nike athletic shoes, sport sandals, backpack and sunglasses; football

The value of the gift packages is capped at $550 and the binoculars cost $150. If they don’t like hunting, players are going to have a hard time finding a use for those. 

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