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All-Time Bowl Wins

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Thought it would not be christened as such until 1923, the first "bowl game" took place Jan. 1, 1902, between Michigan and Stanford. The Wolverines routed the Cardinal, 49-0, inducing a forefeit with eight minutes left.

The game, staged as a spectacle to draw crowds to the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Calif., resurfaced in 1916 and continued annually. The game moved to a massive new stadium called the Rose Bowl in 1923, and the bowl game had its name.

Other warm-weather locations copied the game in the 1930s to draw tourists -- as well as consternation from the NCAA, which held that bowl games "serve no sound educational ends, and such promotions merely trade upon intercollegiate football for commercial purposes."

Originally limited to New Year's Day, the bowl schedule since has expanded to 35 games and will grow to 39 in 2013-14.

Alabama has the most all-time bowl wins (35) and appearances (61). Nebraska (25) has the most bowl losses, while Ball State (7) has the most appearances without a win.

School Bowl Wins Bowl Record Bowl Winning%
Alabama 35 35-23-3 .574
USC 33 33-17 .660
Oklahoma 28 28-18-1 .596
Texas 27 27-23-2 .519
Georgia 27 27-19-3 .551
Penn State 27* 27-15-2 .636
Tennessee 25 25-24 .510
Florida State 26 26-14-2 .619
Nebraska 25 25-25 .500
Georgia Tech 23 23-19 .548
LSU 23 23-21-1 .523
Mississippi 23 23-12 .657
Auburn 22 22-14-2 .579
Ohio State 20 20-24 .455
Michigan 20 20-23 .465
Florida 20 20-20 .500
Miami 18 18-17 .514
Clemson 18 18-18 .500
Texas A&M 16 16-19 .457
Notre Dame 16 16-17 .485
Washington 16 16-16-1 .500
Oklahoma State 15 15-8 .652
Syracuse 15 15-9-1 .600
UCLA 15 15-17-1 .455
West Virginia 14 14-18 .438
North Carolina State 14 14-12-1 .537
Iowa 14 14-12-1 .519
North Carolina 14 14-16 .467
Texas Tech 14 14-21-1 .389
Missouri 14 14-16 .467
Arkansas 13 13-23-3 .372
BYU 13 13-18-1 .406
TCU 13 13-15-1 .466
Arizona State 13 13-13-1 .500
Boston College 13 13-10 .565
Utah 13 13-4 .765
Pittsburgh 13 13-17 .433
Colorado 12 12-16 .429
Oregon 12 12-15 .444
Maryland 11 11-11-2 .500
Stanford 11 11-13-1 .440
Wisconsin 11 11-14 .440
Southern Mississippi 11 11-12 .478
Toledo 11 11-6 .647
Virginia Tech 10 10-17 .370
Air Force 10 10-12-1 .457
California 10 10-10-1 .500
Fresno State 10 10-12 .455
Baylor 10 10-10 .500
Michigan State 10 10-14 .417
Mississippi State 10 10-7 .588
Houston 9 9-12-1 .409
Tulsa 9 9-10 .474
Purdue 9 9-8 .529
Boise State 9 9-5 .643
Oregon State 9 9-6 .600
Louisville 9 9-8-1 .500
Illinois 8 8-9 .471
Kentucky 8 8-7 .533
Cincinnati 8 8-6 .571
East Carolina 8 8-8 .500
Marshall 8 8-3 .727
Navy 8 8-10-1 .421
Virginia 7 7-11 .389
Arizona 7 8-9-1 .444
SMU 7 7-7-1 .500
Miami (Ohio) 7 7-3 .700
South Carolina 7 7-12 .368
Kansas State 7 7-10 .412
Wyoming 6 6-7 .462
Kansas 6 6-6 .500
Rice 6 6-5 .545
Wake Forest 6 6-4 .600
Washington State 6 6-5 .545
San Jose State 6 6-3 .667
Colorado State 6 6-7 .462
San Diego State 6 6-6 .500
Minnesota 5 5-11 .313
UTEP 5 5-8 .385
Hawaii 5 5-6 .455
Louisiana Tech 5 5-4-1 .500
Rutgers 5 5-4 .556
Nevada 4 4-9 .308
Bowling Green 4 4-7 .364
Tulane 4 4-7 .364
Northern Illinois 4 4-5 .444
South Florida 4 4-2 .667
Louisiana-Lafayette 4 4-1 .800
Vanderbilt 4 4-2-1 .667
Iowa State 3 3-9 .25
New Mexico 3 3-8-1 .292
Duke 3 3-7 .300
Indiana 3 3-6 .333
Central Michigan 3 3-4 .429
Memphis 3 3-3 .500
Army 3 3-2 .600
Connecticut 3 3-2 .600
UNLV 3 3-2 .600
Central Florida 3 3-3 .500
Utah State 3 3-5 .375
North Texas 3 3-5 .375
Northwestern 2 2-9 .182
Ohio 2 2-6 .250
Middle Tennessee State 2 2-4 .333
Troy State 2 2-3 .400
Temple 2 2-2 .500
New Mexico State 2 2-0-1 .667
Florida Atlantic 2 2-0 1.000
Idaho 2 2-0 1.000
Arkansas State 2 2-3-1 .333
Eastern Michigan 1 1-1 .500
Florida International 1 1-1 .500
Western Kentucky 1 1-1 .500
Ball State 0 0-7 .000
Western Michigan 0 0-5 .000
Kent 0 0-3 .000
Akron 0 0-2 .000
UAB 0 0-1 .000
Buffalo 0 0-2 .000
Louisiana-Monroe 0 0-1 .000
Massachusetts 0 0-1 .000


*Penn State is the most recent school to vacate wins due to NCAA sanctions. This list does not remove vacated wins from a team's bowl record.