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Ask Sports: How many of these bowl games are new this year?

Bowling Green wide receiver Roger Lewis (1) scores the go-ahead 78-yard touchdown with 1:04 left against South Alabama safety Roman Buchanan (23) in the fourth quarter of the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday. (Dec. 20, 2014)
Bowling Green wide receiver Roger Lewis (1) scores the go-ahead 78-yard touchdown with 1:04 left against South Alabama safety Roman Buchanan (23) in the fourth quarter of the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday. (Dec. 20, 2014) Associated Press

How many of these bowl games are new this year? What happened to the Weed Eater Bowl?

One fact was well-illustrated in Louisiana Lafayette’s 16-3 win over Nevada in the R+L New Orleans Bowl on Saturday to kick off the college bowl season – a 10 a.m. kickoff time nearly two full weeks before New Year’s Day means we have a pretty crowded bowl schedule.

That game was one of five Saturday. By the time the first College Football Playoff crowns a champion Jan. 12, 39 games will have been played.

After holding the line at 35 bowl games for a relatively-long five years, Football Bowl Subdivision jumped to 39 this year continuing the trend that of bowl-game explosion that started more than 20 years ago.

While one of those new games is the welcomed championship game, not everyone will be excited about the inaugural Boca Raton or Camellia Bowls.

Here’s a cheat sheet of this year’s bowl schedule, their histories and what’s new this year about each one. (We didn’t include every sponsor, but just when the actual name of the bowl changed, like the Peach Bowl becoming the Chick-fil-A Bowl and back again.)

The memorable Poulan Weed-Eater Independence Bowl (1991-97) lives on as the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.

Bowl Name

Site

First year

Bowl’s previous names

Teams

R+L Carriers New Orleans

New Orleans

2001

None

La.-Lafayette vs. Nevada

Gildan New Mexico

Albuquerque

2006

None

Utah State vs. UTEP

Royal Purple Las Vegas

Las Vegas

1992

None

Utah vs. Colorado State

Famous Idaho Potato

Boise, Idaho

1997

Humanitarian Bowl, MPC Computers Bowl

W. Michigan vs. Air Force

Raycom Media Camellia

Montgomery, Ala.

2014

None

Bowling Green vs. South Alabama

Miami Beach

Miami, Fla.

2014

None

BYU vs. Memphis

Boca Raton

Boca Raton, Fla.

2014

None

Marshall vs. Northern Illinois

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia

San Diego

2005

None

Navy vs. San Diego State

Popeyes Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

2014

None

Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky

Hawaii

Honolulu

2002

None, not the same as the defunct

Aloha Bowl

Fresno State vs. Rice

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas

Dallas

2011

TicketCity Bowl

Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech

Quick Lane

Detroit

2014

New bowl, replaces Pizza/Motor City Bowl

Rutgers vs. North Carolina

Bitcoin St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Fla.

2008

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl

UCF vs. NC State

Military

Annapolis, Md.

2008

EagleBank Bowl

Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech

Hyundai Sun

El Paso

1935

John Hancock Bowl

Duke vs. Arizona State

Duck Commander Independence

Shreveport, La.

1976

AdvoCare V100 Bowl

Miami vs. South Carolina

New Era Pinstripe

New York

2010

None

Penn State vs. Boston College

National University Holiday

San Diego

1978

None

Nebraska vs. Southern Cal

AutoZone Liberty

Memphis, Tenn.

1959

Always the Liberty Bowl, but previously played in Philadelphia and Atlantic City

Texas A&M vs. West Virginia

Russell Athletic

Orlando, Fla.

1990

Blockbuster Bowl, Carquest Bowl, MicronPC Bowl, Tangerine Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl

Oklahoma vs. Clemson

AdvoCare Texas

Houston

2006

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas

Arkansas vs. Texas

Franklin American Mortgage Music City

Nashville, Tenn.

1998

None

Notre Dame vs. LSU

Belk

Charlotte, N.C.

2002

Continental Tire Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl

Georgia vs. Louisville

Foster Farms

Santa Clara, Calif.

2002

San Francisco Bowl, Emerald Bowl, Fight Hunger Bowl

Stanford vs. Maryland

Outback

Tampa, Fla.

1986

Hall of Fame Bowl

Auburn vs. Wisconsin

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus

Orlando, Fla.

1947

Tangerine Bowl, Capital One Bowl

Missouri vs. Minnesota

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces

Fort Worth

2003

Fort Worth Bowl

Houston vs. Pittsburgh

TaxSlayer

Jacksonville, Fla.

1946

Gator Bowl

Iowa vs. Tennessee

Valero Alamo

San Antonio

1993

None

Kansas State vs. UCLA

TicketCity Cactus

Tempe, Ariz.

1989

Copper Bowl, Insight Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Washington vs. Oklahoma St.

Birmingham

Birmingham, Ala.

2006

PapaJohns.com Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl

East Carolina vs. Florida

GoDaddy

Mobile, Ala.

1999

Mobile Alabama Bowl, GMAC Bowl

Toledo vs. Arkansas State

Chick-fil-A Peach *

Atlanta

1968

Chick-fil-A Bowl

Mississippi vs. TCU

Vizio Fiesta *

Glendale, Ariz.

1971

Boise St. vs. Arizona

Capital One Orange *

Miami Gardens, Fla.

1935

Miss. St. vs. Georgia Tech

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic*

Arlington, Texas

1937

Cotton Bowl

Michigan St. vs. Baylor

Rose *

Pasadena, Calif.

1902

Florida St. vs. Oregon

Allstate Sugar *

New Orleans, La.

1935

Ohio St. vs. Alabama

College Football Playoff National Championship

Arlington, Texas

2015

Semifinal winners

*- New Year’s Six Bowl games

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