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1997 Football Alliance


The Bowl Alliance was formed in 1995 to create a mechanism for providing college football
fans with the best possible bowl games, including a game between the two top-ranked college
football teams, when possible, and to maximize the number of opportunities for a variety of
high quality bowl game matchups.



The FedEx Orange, Nokia Sugar and Tostitos Fiesta bowls have joined with the Atlantic Coast,
The Big East Football, Big 12, Big Ten, Pacific 10, and Southeastern conferences and the
University of Notre Dame to form the Alliance.



The champions of the Atlantic Coast, Big East Football, Big 12, and Southeastern conferences
will appear in one of the aforementioned bowl games following the 1997 regular season. The
remaining two At-Large positions may be filled by any Division I-A college football team
eligible for postseason competition including those teams from the Big Ten and Pacific-10,
not committed to the Rose Bowl, if they meet one of the following requirements:



1) has won at least eight college football games during the most recently completed regular
season; not to include wins in either the Pigskin and/or Kickoff Classic;

2) is ranked among the Top 12 bowl eligible teams in either the AP or the CNN/USA Today final
regular season polls; or

3) is ranked no lower in either the AP or the CNN/USA Today poll than the lowest ranked team
selected by a Bowl from the Conference Champions.



In the event that two or more teams tie for the championship of the Atlantic Coast or The Big East
Football conferences, the conference tie-breaking procedures will be followed.



The Alliance pairings will be announced on December 7. The selection order shall be as follows:



Selections 1 & 2 FedEx Orange Bowl

Selections 3 & 5 Nokia Sugar Bowl

Selections 4 & 6 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Mandatory 1 vs. 2 Pairing



The FedEx Orange Bowl shall select any team ranked number 1 in the AP poll and any team ranked
number 1 in the CNN/USA Today Poll if the teams so ranked are different and two such teams are
available. In any other case, the FedEx Orange Bowl shall select any team ranked number 1 in
either the AP poll or the CNN/USA Today Poll and any team ranked number 2 in either the AP Poll
or the CNN/USA Today Poll if two teams so ranked are available. All other team selections shall
come from the pool of teams specified above and will be at the discretion of the participating bowls.



The Alliance Bowls

FedEx Orange Bowl

January 2 (8 p.m. EST) CBS

Pro Player Stadium (75,192)

1997 Result: Nebraska 41, Virginia Tech 21

1997 Attendance: 51,212

1997 Payout Per Team: $8,486,500

1998 Projected Payout: $8,892,000



Nokia Sugar Bowl

January 1 (8 p.m. EST) ABC

Louisiana Superdome (75,000)

1997 Result: Florida 52, Florida State 20

1997 Attendance: 78,344

1997 Payout Per Team: $8,736,000

1998 Projected Payout: $8,641,500



Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

December 31 (7:30 p.m. EST) CBS

Sun Devil Stadium (73,656)

1997 Result: Penn State 38, Texas 15

1997 Attendance: 65,106

1997 Payout Per Team: $8,486,500

1997 Projected Payout: $8,641,500

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