The bowl season isn't just about games. Sure, that's what the fans invest their time into, but there's way more to it than just 60 minutes of football and a shiny trophy.
Players and coaches get a week to frolic around the bowl city and dive into a fun week away from the norms of a regular game week. There are amusement parks, milkshake contests and museums to check out.
There are also sweet bowl gifts and swag that players are rewarded with by making it to the postseason. Trinkets and gift certificates add to the fun that is bowl week for all of these players.
Each year, the Sports Business Journal lets us exactly what all these players will be getting for making bowl games.
This year, the ever popular gift suites are getting a nice upgrade. Not only could players get jewelry, high-end electronics or a mountain bike, but there's a home-theater recliner that you can plug your electronics that's part of the gift suite. I'm sure plenty of players would love to come home to that after a long day of practice.
Here's the deal on gift suites:
Gift suites are set up as private events in which game participants, and often bowl VIPs, are given an order form and allowed to select a gift, or gifts, up to a value that is predetermined by each specific bowl, not to exceed the NCAA limit of $550 per person.
What are players getting this year for all of their hard work? You can see the full list of bowl swag for each game here.
Here's what SEC players will be getting:
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech
AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Rice
Sol Republic Tracks HD headphones
Nike athletic shoes and sport sandals
Nike Kevin Durant backpack
Chick-fil-A Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Duke
Russell Athletic cap
Russell Athletic bag
$300 Visa gift card
Chick-fil-A gift card
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl: Georgia vs. Nebraska
Mercury Luggage Seward Trunk luggage set
Capital One Bowl: South Carolina vs. Nebraska
$450 Best Buy gift card and shopping trip*
Timely Watch Co. watch
Russell Athletic workout shirt
Outback Bowl: LSU vs Iowa
$150 Best Buy gift card
Outback Steakhouse gift card
AT&T Cotton Bowl: Missouri vs. Oklahoma State
Information not available, bowl committee would not disclose
BBVA Compass Bowl: Vanderbilt vs. Houston
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
Big Game football
Vizio BCS National Championship Game: Auburn vs. Florida State
New Era 59Fifty Hat
Oakley Flak Pack XL backpack
* - To be spent during the team’s official store visit. Balance not used that day will be forfeited.