So what does it take to get dropped from the college bowl rotation? Ask the fine folks of the Silicon Valley Football Classic. They have been dropped from the college bowl rotation.

It looks like the Silicon Valley Football folks knew the end was coming. They didn’t renew their domain name and the page has changed significantly.

The last Silicon Valley Bowl saw Northern Illinois beating Troy 34-21 in the rain. 5,000 braved the weather to stay and watch the game.

It was also played in the dim light as an electrical transformer blew prior to the game.

The new college bowl game that was approved was the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. It will be played on December 29, 2005 at Qualcomm Stadium and will be shown on ESPN.

To be dropped from the college bowl rotation you fail to meet these criteria:

One of the licensing criteria requires bowls to maintain an average attendance of 25,000 or 70 percent of stadium capacity over a three-year period. Although the subcommittee noted improvement in attendance for the Las Vegas and New Orleans Bowls, both bowls were licensed with continued concern regarding the required attendance criteria.

So how much money does the NCAA make off of college bowl games? A ton:

In reviewing the 2004-05 bowl season, the subcommittee said that approximately $186.4 million in bowl revenue was distributed to participating teams and conferences, and about 1.35 million fans attended the bowl games. Approximately 5,300 student-athletes experienced the postseason football bowl games.

The full list of approved college bowl games:

  1. AutoZone Liberty
  2. Capital One
  3. Champs Sports
  4. Chick-Fil-A Peach
  5. Emerald
  6. Houston
  7. Fed Ex Orange
  8. Gaylord Hotels Music City
  9. GMAC, Independence
  10. Insight
  11. Pioneer Pure Vision Las Vegas
  12. MasterCard Alamo
  13. Meineke Car Care
  14. MPC Computers
  15. Motor City
  16. Nokia Sugar
  17. Outback
  18. Pacific Life Holiday
  19. PlainsCapital Fort Worth
  20. Rose
  21. SBC Cotton
  22. Sheraton Hawaii
  23. Tostitos Fiesta
  24. Toyota Gator
  25. Vitalis Sun
  26. Wyndham New Orleans.