2002-03 NCAA Football Bowl Games
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2002%E2%80%9303 NCAA Football Bowl Games
2002-03 NCAA football bowl games
Season2002
Number of bowls28
All-star games5
Bowl gamesDecember 17, 2002 -
January 3, 2003
National Championship2003 Fiesta Bowl
Location of ChampionshipSun Devil Stadium,
Tempe, Arizona
ChampionsOhio State Buckeyes
Bowl Challenge Cup winnerBig Ten[1]
Bowl record by conference
Conference Bowls Record Final AP Poll
Big 12 8 5-3 (0.625) 4
ACC 7 4-3 (0.571) 4
Big Ten 7 5-2 (0.714) 4
Pac-10 7 2-5 (0.286) 2
SEC 7 3-4 (0.429) 3
Big East 5 3-2 (0.600) 4
Conference USA 5 2-3 (0.400) 1
Mountain West 3 0-3 (0.000) 0
WAC 3 2-1 (0.667) 1
MAC 2 1-1 (0.500) 1
Sun Belt 1 1-0 (1.000) 0
Independents 1 0-1 (0.000) 1

The 2002-03 NCAA football bowl games were a series of 28 post-season games (including the Bowl Championship Series) played in December 2002 and January 2003 for Division I-A football teams and their all-stars. The post-season began with the New Orleans Bowl on December 17, 2002, and concluded on February 1, 2003, with the season-ending Hula Bowl.

A new record of 28 team-competitive bowls, and two all-star games, were played, including the inaugural Continental Tire Bowl, Hawaii Bowl and San Francisco Bowl. To fill the 56 available team-competitive bowl slots, a total of three teams with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games—all three had a .500 (6-6) season.

Poll rankings

The below table lists top teams (per polls taken after the completion of the regular season and any conference championship games), their win-loss records (prior to bowl games), and the bowls they later played in. The AP column represents rankings per the AP Poll,[2] while the BCS column represents the Bowl Championship Series rankings.[3]

dagger denotes a BCS bowl game
double-dagger ineligible for bowl play due to NCAA sanctions

Schedule

Non BCS Contests[4]
Date Game Site Time
(US EST)
TV Matchup
(pre-game record)
AP
pre-game
rank
USA Today
pre-game
rank
12/17 New Orleans Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
7:00 PM ESPN2 North Texas 24 (7-5),
Cincinnati 19 (7-6)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/18 GMAC Bowl Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Mobile, Alabama
8:00 PM ESPN Marshall 38 (10-2),
Louisville 15 (7-5)
NR
NR
#24
NR
12/23 Tangerine Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Florida
6:30 PM ESPN Texas Tech 55 (8-5),
Clemson 15 (7-5)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/25 Las Vegas Bowl Sam Boyd Stadium
Whitney, Nevada
4:30 PM ESPN UCLA 27 (7-5),
New Mexico 13 (7-6)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/25 Hawai'i Bowl Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, Hawaii
8:00 PM ESPN Tulane 36 (7-5),
Hawaii 28 (10-3)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/26 Motor City Bowl Ford Field
Detroit, Michigan
5:00 PM ESPN Boston College 51 (8-4),
Toledo 25 (9-4)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/26 Insight Bowl Bank One Ballpark
Phoenix, Arizona
8:30 PM ESPN Pittsburgh 38 (8-4),
Oregon State 13 (8-4)
#24
NR
#23
NR
12/27 Houston Bowl Reliant Stadium
Houston, Texas
2:30 PM ESPN Oklahoma State 33 (7-4),
Southern Miss 23 (7-4)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/27 Independence Bowl Independence Stadium
Shreveport, Louisiana
5:30 PM ESPN Ole Miss 27 (6-6),
Nebraska 23 (7-6)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/27 Holiday Bowl Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, California
8:00 PM ESPN Kansas State 34 (10-2),
Arizona State 27 (8-5)
#6
NR
#6
NR
12/28 Continental Tire Bowl Ericsson Stadium
Charlotte, North Carolina
12:00 PM ESPN Virginia 48 (8-5),
West Virginia 22 (9-3)
NR
#15
NR
#13
12/28 Alamo Bowl Alamodome
San Antonio, Texas
8:00 PM ESPN Wisconsin 31 (7-6),
Colorado 28 (9-4) (OT)
NR
#14
NR
#14
12/30 Music City Bowl LP Field
Nashville, Tennessee
2:00 PM ESPN Minnesota 29 (7-5),
Arkansas 14 (9-4)
NR
#25
NR
NR
12/30 Seattle Bowl Qwest Field
Seattle, Washington
5:00 PM ESPN Wake Forest 38 (6-6),
Oregon 14 (7-5)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/31 Humanitarian Bowl Bronco Stadium
Boise, Idaho
12:00 PM ESPN Boise State 34 (11-1),
Iowa State 16 (7-6)
#18
NR
#15
NR
12/31 Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium
El Paso, Texas
2:00 PM CBS Purdue 34 (6-6),
Washington 24 (7-5)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/31 Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, Tennessee
2:30 PM ESPN TCU 17 (9-2),
Colorado State 3 (10-3)
NR
#23
NR
#21
12/31 Silicon Valley Classic Spartan Stadium
San Jose, California
3:30 PM ESPN2 Fresno State 30 (8-5),
Georgia Tech 21 (7-5)
NR
NR
NR
NR
12/31 Peach Bowl Georgia Dome
Atlanta, Georgia
7:30 PM ESPN Maryland 30 (10-3),
Tennessee 3 (8-4)
#20
NR
#18
NR
12/31 San Francisco Bowl Pacific Bell Park
San Francisco, California
8:30 PM ESPN2 Virginia Tech 20 (9-4),
Air Force 13 (8-4)
#21
NR
#19
NR
1/1 Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida
11:00 AM ESPN Michigan 38 (9-3),
Florida 30 (8-4)
#12
#22
#11
#20
1/1 Cotton Bowl Classic Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
11:00 AM FOX Texas 35 (10-2),
LSU 20 (8-4)
#9
NR
#9
#25
1/1 Gator Bowl Alltel Stadium
Jacksonville, Florida
12:30 PM NBC NC State 28 (10-3),
Notre Dame 6 (10-2)
#17
#11
#17
#12
1/1 Capital One Bowl Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Florida
1:00 PM ABC Auburn 13 (8-4),
Penn State 9 (9-3)
#19
#10
#22
#10
Bowl Championship Series[4]
Date Game Site Time
(US EST)
TV Matchup AP rank BCS rank
1/1 Rose Bowl Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
4:30 PM ABC Oklahoma 34 (11-2) (Big 12 Champion),
Washington State 14 (10-2) (Pac-10 co-Champ)
#8
#7
#7
#6
1/1 Sugar Bowl Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
8:30 PM ABC Georgia 26 (12-1) (SEC Champion),
Florida State 13 (9-4) (ACC Champion)
#4
#16
#3
#14
1/2 Orange Bowl Pro Player Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
8 PM ABC USC 38 (10-2) (Pac-10 co-Champion),
Iowa 17 (11-1) (Big Ten co-Champion)
#5
#3
#4
#5
1/3 Fiesta Bowl (BCS National Championship Game) Sun Devil Stadium
Tempe, Arizona
8 PM ABC Ohio State 31 (13-0) (Big Ten co-Champion),
Miami 24 (12-0) (Big East Champion)
#2
#1
#2
#1

All-star games

Date Game Winning Team Losing Team Venue City
January 11, 2003 East-West Shrine Game East Team 20 West Team 17 SBC Park San Francisco, California
January 18, 2003 Senior Bowl North Team 17 South Team 0 Ladd-Peebles Stadium Mobile, Alabama
January 25, 2003 Gridiron Classic Team USA 20 Team Florida 17 Citrus Bowl Orlando, Florida
January 25, 2003 Paradise Bowl Midwest All-Stars 36 West All-Stars 31 Hansen Stadium St. George, Utah
February 1, 2003 Hula Bowl South (Aina) 27 North (Kai) 24 War Memorial Stadium Wailuku, Hawaii

References

  1. ^ "Bowl Challenge Cup standings". 2003-01-05. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "The AP Top 25". The Times. Shreveport, Louisiana. December 9, 2002. p. 18. Retrieved 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "BCS Standings". The Times. Shreveport, Louisiana. December 9, 2002. p. 18. Retrieved 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b "FBS (I-A) Schedule - 2002 (Bowls)". Retrieved .

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