1. MAACO Las Vegas
Sat., Dec. 22, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN), Las Vegas
Washington vs. Boise State
You can't beat this $550-limit gift suite. No quill pens or Timely watches, or coins, or footballs. Just a no-strings-attached gift suite. Think of it as skipping the middleman on that ugly sweater you get for Christmas and then return. OK, and you're in Las Vegas.
Tues., Jan. 1, 2 p.m.
Wisconsin vs. Stanford
Features a gift suite where a player can choose a recliner or blender to make healthy food, plus a Fossil watch (Did Fred Flintstone get one of these at his bowl game? Because they're everywhere); an Oakley backpack and a New Era Thirty9 Thirty cap, most likely with a Rose Bowl logo on it.
3. Valero Alamo
Sat., Dec. 29, 3:45 p.m. (ESPN),
Texas vs. Oregon State
Apple iPad mini, Fossil watch, $100 Best Buy gift card, panoramic team photo, Schutt mini helmet. An iPad mini and a Best Buy card would cause lots of kids to say, "Best Christmas ever!" And those make up for the mini helmet.
4. Franklin American
Mortgage Music City
Mon., Dec. 31, 9 a.m. (ESPN), Nashville
North Carolina State
Gift suite, Fossil watch. Neat, simple, engraved timepiece, and let the shopping begin.
5. Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman
Dec. 27, noon (ESPN),
Bowling Green vs. San Jose St.
Apple iPad mini, Timely watch, beanie. The iPad alone makes this a winner. Yes, San Jose State will get better gifts than USC. Take that, Trojans.
Dec. 27, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN), Charlotte, N.C.
Cincinnati vs. Duke
Perfect for the Dukie who has everything. Teams get a shopping trip to a Belk department store. And the Fossil watch. Who wears these things?
7. Famous Idaho Potato
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN),
Toledo vs. Utah State
Gift suite, North End winter coat, Kombi winter gloves, Tiger Woods Victory Nike beanie, Ogio Bullion backpack, Big Game football. It's still a Tiger victory beanie? But a gift suite and a North End coat? Sweet.
8 (tie). Russell Athletic Sports
Fri., Dec. 28, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN), Orlando
Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers
A $420 shopping trip to Best Buy, Timely watch. Wouldn't want to be in the Best Buy when the guys come through. Hope they bring calculators.
8 (tie) Capitol One
Jan. 1, 10 a.m. (Ch. 7), Orlando
Georgia vs. Nebraska
A $420 shopping trip to Best Buy, Fossil watch. Couldn't find a difference between a Fossil watch and a Timely watch.
10. Discover Orange
Jan. 1, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN), Miami
Northern Illinois vs.
Gift suite and Tourneau watch. Classy watch. Shop till you drop in the suite. Typical day for Florida State players but something new for Northern Illinois.
Dec. 31, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN),
Clemson vs. LSU
$300 gift card, Fossil watch, Chick-fil-A Bowl hat, Russell Athletic travel bag, Chick-fil-A gift card. This is not a political statement, just a love of Chick-fil-A. Yum.
12. Discover BCS National Championship Game
Mon., Jan. 7, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN), Miami Gardens, Fla.
Notre Dame vs. Alabama
Gift suite, Tourneau watch. To the victor goes the classy watch. And the spoils of the suite.
13. Meineke Car Care of Texas
Dec. 28, 6 p.m. (ESPN),
Minnesota vs. Texas Tech
Fossil watch, 32-inch flat-screen TV, belt buckle, T-shirt, lapel pin, backpack. Players will keep the TV. It might be a belated "Merry Christmas, Dad," for the belt buckle.
14. (tie) San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia
Thursday, 5 p.m. (ESPN),
BYU vs. San Diego State
Best Buy gift card, Tourneau watch, Maui Jim sunglasses gift certificate, cap.
14 (tie) Bridgepoint Education Holiday
Dec. 27, 6:45 p.m. (ESPN),
UCLA vs. Baylor
Best Buy gift card, Tourneau watch, Maui Jim gift certificate, cap. San Diego shopper must have gotten two-for-one deals
16. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Dec. 29, 8:45 a.m. (ESPN),
Rice vs. Air Force
Sony gift suite, Fossil watch, Dakine backpack, Big Game football. Forget the last three items. Drool over an all-Sony gift suite.
17. TaxSlayer.com Gator
Jan. 1, 9 a.m. (ESPN2),
Fossil watch, Dome hat, Mercury garment bag and carry-on bag, Jostens ring, football. Players will already have their luggage; it's been logo-stamped and mailed. If you see it during your holiday travels, give the guys a big hello. But with all these gifts, shouldn't they get a tax slayer?
18. Allstate Sugar
Wed., Jan. 2, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN), New Orleans
Louisville vs. Florida
Gift suite, Fossil watch, New Era cap, Boxer and Stone hoodie. Would have been higher but value is deducted from the suite for that Fossil watch.
19. R+L Carriers New Orleans
Dec. 22, 9 a.m. (ESPN)
East Carolina vs.
Beats by Dre headphones, Fossil watch, Oakley backpack. Those headphones seem trendy but don't most kids already have them?
20. Tostitos Fiesta
Thurs., Jan. 3, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN), Glendale, Ariz.
Oregon vs. Kansas State