The custom of calling post-season collegiate contests "bowl" games stems from the granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl, so-called for the eponymous bowl-shaped stadium. But our first association with the word "bowl" of course is as a container, most often for food, keys, change, or cereal milk and cigarette ashes and mascara tears. Many bowl games have embraced this association; in the defunct category alone, there was a Glass Bowl, a Cherry Bowl, a Pecan Bowl, a Pineapple Bowl, an Oyster Bowl, a Wheat Bowl, a Raisin Bowl and, most endearingly, a Salad Bowl.


Hereforth are the current bowl games, ranked in descending order from most to least appealing to imagine as an actual bowl, whether in contents or material. For simplicity, title sponsors are omitted unless their name is inextricably the bowl's title. Note: This post is most suitable for 7-year-olds to read aloud, and then maybe to illustrate.

1. Orange Bowl
2. Sugar Bowl
3. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
4. Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
5. Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
6. Cotton Bowl
7. Chick-fil-A Bowl
8. Beef O'Brady's Bowl
9. Rose Bowl
10. Sun Bowl
11. Poinsettia Bowl
12. Outback Bowl
13. Independence Bowl
14. Liberty Bowl
15. New Orleans Bowl
16. Hawaii Bowl
17. New Mexico Bowl
18. Alamo Bowl
19. Music City Bowl
20. Pinstripe Bowl
21. Fight Hunger Bowl
22. Gator Bowl
23. Military Bowl
24. Armed Forces Bowl
25. BBVA Compass Bowl
26. Capital One Bowl
27. Belk Bowl
28. MAACO Bowl
29. Bowl
30. Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
31. Heart of Dallas Bowl
32. Russell Athletic Bowl
33. Little Caesars Pizza Bowl