The college football bowl season kicks off Saturday afternoon with a showdown between 6-6 teams in the New Mexico Bowl.
Forgot about that one already? That's OK, with 35 bowls in 28 days, it's hard to keep track of them all.
This guide to the bowl-a-rama, filled with the clunkers, the handful of must-watchers and a few tidbits sprinkled in, should (hopefully) make it a little easier.
HEISMAN, NATIONAL CHAMP
Auburn's Cam Newton has one big trophy in his hand and is now trying to join an elite list.
This year's Heisman Trophy winner gets a shot at becoming the 14th player to win college football's most prestigious individual award and a national championship in the same season against Oregon on Jan. 10.
It's happened five times since 1993, including Alabama's Mark Ingram last season, but just once — Pitt's Tony Dorsett in 1976 — in the previous 54 years.
San Diego State earned a berth in the Poinsettia Bowl and Hawaii is in the Hawaii Bowl, giving those teams a nice home-field advantage.
SMU got an unexpected one; the Mustangs will face Army in the Armed Forces Bowl in their own stadium because TCU's is being renovated.
For long distances, Tulsa gets the nod for playing in Hawaii, close to 4,000 miles away.
The longest road trip actually on the road? Boston College in the San Francisco Bowl and Stanford in the Orange Bowl in Miami, both close to 3,100 miles.
In the ever-changing tilt-a-whirl of bowl sponsorships, four bowls have switched names this season: GoDaddy.com (formerly GMAC), uDrove (Roady's) Humanitarian, Kraft Fight Hunger (Emerald) and Bridgepoint (Pacific Life) Holiday.
The Holiday Bowl is making its sixth title sponsor change, but is still short of the name-switching champ, the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando. Since 1990, it's been the Blockbuster Bowl, Carquest Bowl, MicronPC Bowl, MicronPC.com Bowl, Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl, Mazda Tangerine Bowl and became the Champs Sports Bowl in 2004.
The Meineke Bowl will switch names in 2011, becoming the Belk Bowl after the department store chain, and the Gator Bowl has hooked up with Progressive insurance for next year.
The New Year's Day Outback Bowl will feature a 46-year-old coach on his way out, an 84-year-old who's coming back for another season.
Florida's Urban Meyer will be coaching his last game, walking away from the Gators.
Across the field will be Penn State's Joe Paterno, who's decided to come back after making a record 37th postseason appearance in his 45th season of coaching, another major-college record.
—$18 million. Payout for BCS bowls, highest among the 35 bowls.
—$500,000. Payout for New Orleans Bowl, believed to be (not all the bowls are so forthcoming with money info) lowest among the bowls.
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