Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Proponents of a playoff system like to talk about how abused that college football players are, serving as the unpaid participants in a multi-million dollar revenue sources for college athletic departments.
All of that is true. But bowl participants do receive a little extra. It's become a race to see which bowl provides the best gifts to its participating teams each season. The NCAA allows up to $500 to 125 participants.
The Sports Business Journal provided an extensive list of every bowl and their respective gifts. Here's what Big 12 teams have to look forward to when they arrive at their bowl games.
Missouri: Valero Alamo Bowl -- Sony 80-gigabyte PS3 system with game, Fossil watch.
Oklahoma State: Pacific Life Holiday Bowl -- ESPN Insignia LCD 19-inch HDTV/DVD, Tourneau watch, Sport-Tek hooded sweatshirt, $45 Best Buy gift card
Kansas: Insight Bowl -- Vizio 26-inch LCD HDTV, Bulova watch, hat.
Texas Tech: AT&T Cotton Bowl -- Watch. I've got to believe the organizers at the Cotton Bowl, one of the best-run bowls around have got more than that for players than that. But that's what the Sports Business Journal has listed. I'm sure it won't necessarily be a lump of coal, or anything like that.
Nebraska: Konica Minolta Gator Bowl -- Bulova watch, Jostens ring, Oakley Split Thump MP3 sunglasses, fitted cap, two-piece Mercury luggage rolling duffel and sling bag.
Texas: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl -- Fox Myvu personal media viewer, Apple iPod Nano, Kenneth Cole watch, hat
Oklahoma: FedEx BCS National Championship Game -- Fox gifting suite; $300 in Sony Electronics, Tourneau watch, New Era 59fifty Hat, Crocs shoes, Ogio duffle bag