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Bowl Season Stories

Bowl Season -- a celebration of college football. Join us as we go off the gridiron and talk about the storylines, trends and traditions that make Bowl Season so incredibly special. Bowl Season Executive Director Nick Carparelli will bring in the best in the business each week to break down the moments the memories and the magic of the college football season. Nick will host industry leaders and college football legends. Together, they'll highlight the student-athletes, and spirit of competition, that captivate millions of fans and enrich communities across the country. Download, Set, Hike!

(S2-E20) Matt Fortuna, Frank Gore Jr., Gary Stokan

Matt Fortuna recaps the electric 2022-2023 Bowl Season, his favorite bowl game experiences and how Bowl Season will have a significant role in college football; Frank Gore Jr. breaks down setting the FBS bowl rushing record at the LendingTree Bowl, his experience during Bowl Season & what’s next for his career; Gary Stokan on the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl becoming the most-watched primetime CFB Playoff Semifinal since year one & how rewarding the game is for the players, families and coaches.

(S2-E19) Ryan McGee, Joey McGuire, David Eads

Ryan McGee recaps Bowl Season and another great year of memorable bowl match-ups. Texas Tech Head Football Coach, Jerry McGuire highlights their win at the Texas Bowl, and what made their Bowl Season appearance so special. The Executive Director of Rose Bowl, David Eads, highlights the Grandaddy of Them All and its iconic history.

(S2-E18) Dave Clawson, Doug Mosley, Greg Nortman

Dave Clawson on Wake Forest’s 27-17 victory over Missouri in the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl, the value of going to a bowl game and his best bowl memories; Doug Mosley on the days leading up to the Boca Raton Bowl, the close matchup and how his background helped him lead the bowl; Greg Nortman on the value Logitix brings to Bowl Season.

(S2-E17) Deion Branch, Jerry Silverstein, Blake Lawrence

Deion Branch dives into his first coaching win being in a bowl game and his experience playing and coaching at Louisville, Jerry Silverstein on how the LendingTree Bowl helped kick off Bowl Season, Frank Gore Jr.’s record breaking performance & the experience for the student-athletes; Blake Lawrence gives insight on the NIL space & the importance of their partnership with Bowl Season.

(S2-E16) EJ Manuel, Johnny Williams, Pat Ryan

EJ Manuel on being undefeated in his four bowl appearances, his best advice to student athletes today, and how college football helped him grow in his career; Johnny Williams provides insight on Montgomery, Alabama having some of the best hospitality & how the Camellia Bowl impacts the community in a positive way; Pat Ryan on how Eventellect is the best service for single game ticketing in the nation.

(S2-E15) PJ Fleck, Mark Holtzman, David Saphirstein

PJ Fleck previews Minnesota’s appearance in the Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl, their successful season and how the bowl experience has been as a coach; Mark Holtzman discusses hosting their game at Yankee Stadium and what to expect from an experiences stand point; David Saphirstein gives insight on how Venue Edge is creating immersive experiences for fans at bowl games.

(S2-E14) Amanda Christovich, Brady Quinn, Daryl Garvin, Lynn Boggs

Amanda Christovich breaks down the business of Bowl Season, the massive TV deals CFB conferences are receiving & how NIL can be implemented at bowl games; Brady Quinn highlights his time at Notre Dame, the memories he will never forget during his bowl game experiences & why Bowl Season is essential to college football postseason; Daryl Garvin on how the Easypost Hawaii Bowl is a premier destination & how important the events surrounding the game are; Lynn Boggs highlights University FanCards & how it helps fans represent their team anywhere.

(S2-E13) Jean-Jacques Taylor, Scott Hanson, Kym Adair

Jean-Jacques Taylor provides insight on Jackson State’s dominance & how Deion Sanders has transformed the landscape of HBCU football; Scott Hanson pulls back the curtain on walking on at Syracuse, going 4-0 in bowl games & his day when hosting NFL RedZone; Kym Adair on how Barstool Sports is a game changing sponsor & the value they bring to the Arizona Bowl.

(S2-E12) Molly McGrath, Thaddeus Bullard, Brad Michaels

Molly McGrath on how Bowl Season is an exclamation point on the season, the current landscape of college football & how she thinks it will all play out; Thaddeus Bullard on how Bowl Season creates a perfect storybook ending to college careers, playing under Steve Spurrier & the importance of the philanthropic work each bowl game does for their communities; Brad Michaels on the creation of the Quick Lane Bowl, how playing at Ford Field is a perk and the synergy between the Lions & the Quick Lane Bowl.

(S2-E11) Stephon Gilmore, Mark Meadows, Dan Barrett

Stephon Gilmore dives into his time playing under Steve Spurrier, playing in three bowl games & the importance of team camaraderie; Mark Meadows on how the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl continues to improve & how the community has embraced the bowl game; Dan Barrett on how BrandR brings colleges, athletes & branding together.

(S2-E10) Pat Forde, Roy Williams, Sean Johnson

Pat Forde talks all things Bowl Season & his favorite traditions in college football; Roy Williams relives winning the National Championship with Oklahoma, why the Cotton Bowl is an elite bowl game and explains his iconic play at the Red River Shootout & how that safety wasn’t supposed to happen; Sean Johnson spills the secret on how they’ve pulled off hosting two bowl games in the same city and the importance of college students to their success.

(S2-E9) Don McPherson, Greg McGarity, Jackson Burnett, Jay Hertwig

Don McPherson on his experience going to the Sugar Bowl, what it meant to Syracuse to make the trip to New Orleans and why the bowl system is one of the best traditions in college football; Grege McGarity describes the difficulties of making a bowl game happen during COVID-19, the important role charities play in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and his favorite bowl game memory of all-time.

(S2-E8) Callie Bundy, Jamal Anderson, Steve Ehrhart

Callie Bundy explains how she became one of the most popular sports influencers by tossing around the football & why tradition is so important in Bowl Season; Jamal Anderson tells the story of how the “Dirty Bird Dance” came to be, is expectation for his Utah Utes & ending a 28 year bowl appearance drought for Utah; Steve Ehrhart discusses the importance of Bowl Season & what to expect from the 2022 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

(S2-E7) Ben Skowronek, Jason Gannon

Ben Skowronek on how Northwestern shaped him to become an NFL player, the important moments he had with his teammates during Bowl Season & playing in the College Football Playoff Semi-Final; Jason Gannon tells college football fans how the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl has a venue like no other in SoFi Stadium & how their bowl game continues to evolve.

(S2-E6) Laine Higgins, Kordell Stewart, Billy Ferrante

Laine Higgins breaks down the college football season surprises, how her connection to Michigan grew her love for football & the magical moment of experiencing her first bowl game; Kordell Stewart pulls back the curtain on his time at Colorado, how the bowl game destinations gave him an experience of a lifetime & the secret behind his nickname “Slash”; Billy Ferrante on the New Orleans Bowl’s commitment to at-risk youth & how the game has evolved.

(S2-E5) Rachel Lindsay, Bill Belichick, Steve Hogan

Rachel Lindsay highlights College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard For Teachers week & the importance for celebrating teachers for the Big Day; Bill Belichick flashes back to his memories growing up around Navy football & the bowl games he remembers;Steve Hogan on important Bowl Season is to the fabric of college football & how the impact on the local community holds a special place in players memories when they visit the Citrus Bowl.

(S2-E4) Charlie Ward, Lea Miller-Tooley, Rob Steeger

Charlie Ward flashes back to being one of the most decorated college football players of all time, winning a national championship and how a mechanical bull got FSU’s competitive spirits flowing; Lea Miller-Tooley explains how she brought the first international bowl game since 1937 to the Bahamas, the evolution of NIL and how it can change Bowl Season; Rob Steeger on how Digital Seat can bring college football fans together.

(S2-E3) Shehan Jeyarajah, Tre Stallings, Jeff Siembieda

Shehan Jeyarajah dives into week one of the college football season; why conference realignment is a tragedy for rivalries & what matchups to watch this weekend; Tre Stallings on how Ole Miss helped his career for the long haul, how his job now is developing the Bowl Season experience for athletes & what it was like playing with Eli Manning; Jeff Siembieda on starting the New Mexico Bowl & how it became a staple in Albuquerque.

(S2-E2) Nick Florence, Jeff Hundley, Nick Akrap

Nick Florence “relives the glory days” of breaking records at Baylor during his senior season campaign, how much he learned from Robert Griffin III and how bowl games can give athletes an opportunity to change the world; Jeff Hundley dives into the history of the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the importance of the game to the surrounding communities; Nick Akrap on the art of tailgating & how Tailgreeter became the solution for fans.

(S2-E1) Ross Dellenger, Jacob Hester, Steve Beck

Ross Dellenger dives into the fluid landscape of the upcoming season of college football, drops his early predictions for the season and his favorite bowl memories; Jacob Hester explains why this college football season is going to be chaos, how bowl games changed his life and the secret story behind LSU visiting Disney; Steve Beck on the evolution of the Military Bowl in his 14 year tenure and the significance of playing in the nation's capital.

(S1-E21) Heather Dinich, Britain Covey, David Fletcher

Heather Dinich recaps the College Football Playoff National Championship, her favorite bowl memories as a reporter & the 2021-2022 Bowl Season; Britain Covey on his highlight play in the Rose Bowl, the rewarding part of bowl games for athletes & embracing the bowl moments; David Fletcher on the TaxAct Texas Bowl being the last bowl game before the National Championship & its impact on the Houston community.

(S1-E20 CFP Special Edition) Reggie Wayne, Amani Toomer, Chris Johnson

Live from the College Football Playoff National Championship, Miami Hurricanes Hall of Famer Reggie Wayne talks building the foundation for the Canes’ championship & his memories from the Sugar Bowl; New York Giants & Michigan legend Amani Toomer on going to the Rose Bowl, what makes bowl season special & his most significant bowl memory; Tennessee Titans & East Carolina great Chris Johnson on breaking the bowl record for all-purpose yards, experiencing different cities for bowl games & bonding with teammates.

(S1-E19) Pete Thamel, Gene Chizik, Rick Baker

Pete Thamel takes a trip down memory lane to highlight his greatest Bowl Game, gives his analysis of this year’s Bowl Season & drops his CFP Championship predictions; Gene Chizik on why Bowl Season is so important to players & coaches, the value of winning a bowl games & how his mentors shaped his career; Rick Baker on his four decades at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic & what makes the game so special.

(S1-E18) Mark Richt, Dan Novakov, Missy Setters

Mark Richt on the Peach Bowl & his former Georgia team in the College Football Playoff, Dan Novakov on the 86th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic & his bowl memories from Notre Dame, Missy Setters on the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl hosting one of the biggest upsets in Bowl Season.

(S1-E17) Sean McDonough, Barry Alvarez, John Saccenti

Sean McDonough on calling games with no fans, attending nearly every bowl game & why the Sun Bowl is one of his favorite memories from Bowl Season; Barry Alvarez on the highlights of his 30+ Bowl Game experiences & reasons for coming out of retirement to coach again; John Saccenti on growing the Las Vegas Bowl, moving to Allegiant Stadium & the advantages of being in Las Vegas.

(S1-E16) Dari Nowkhah, Kenny Vaccaro, Fred Olsen

Dari Nowkhah on a record number of SEC teams appearing in bowl games & his favorite memories of Bowl Season; Kenny Vaccaro talks about how Texas held Cal to 7 rushing yards in the Holiday Bowl & playing under Mack Brown; Fred Olsen on the inaugural Wasabi Fenway Bowl & what to expect in Boston.

(S1-E15) Chris Doering, Kevin McDonald

Chris Doering on his five bowl game experiences at the University of Florida, why New Orleans was his favorite bowl destination & players opting out of bowl games; Kevin McDonald on the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl’s community initiatives, NFL stars who’ve delivered standout performances in this bowl & his favorite memories as he heads to retirement.

(S1-E14) Ralph Russo, Roman Harper, Scott Ramsey

Ralph Russo on the end of the regular season of college football, the “Snow Bowl” in Louisiana & his wishlist of bowl games; Roman Harper on his excitement going into the Cotton Bowl, building the foundation of Alabama’s program & pulling the curtain back on the Music City Bowl; Scott Ramsey on building the Music City Bowl as a premier destination & experience.

(S1-E13) Tom Hart, Cole Cubelic, Bill Hancock

Tom Hart on the upcoming weeks in college football and his favorite bowl memories as a commentator, Cole Cubelic on his first bowl experience in Shreveport & how his first start senior season was at the Iron Bowl, Bill Hancock on the College Football Playoff heading to Indianapolis & his incredible career.

(S1-E12) Joel Klatt, Richard Giannini

Joel Klatt on Bowl Season approaching, his favorite bowl experiences as a player and analyst and calling games with Gus Johnson, Bahamas Bowl Executive Director Richard Giannini on his 50-year sports career and the Bahamas Bowl kicking off Bowl Season.

(S1-E11) Kevin McNamara, Chad Hennings, Eric Poms

Kevin McNamara on releasing the first Bowl Season Projections & the state of college football, Chad Hennings on playing for Air Force during bowl games and winning the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy, Eric Poms on the Orange Bowl being a CFP Semifinal and favorite Orange Bowl memories.

(S1-E10) Holly Rowe, Dave Wannstedt, Alan Gooch

Holly Rowe on another crazy week in college football & the importance of cancer research in the CFB community, Dave Wannstedt on his coaching career & watching The Temptations perform during halftime of the Orange Bowl, Alan Gooch on the Cure Bowl's importance & impact on breast cancer research.

(S1-E9) Eric Mac Lain, Brian Cushing, Derrick Fox

Eric Mac Lain on the midway point of the college football season, Brian Cushing on one of the most iconic bowl games ever & his experience at USC, Derrick Fox on being the only Alamo Bowl Executive Director & the history of the game.

(S1-E8) Christine Williamson, Pepper Johnson, Bernie Olivas

Christine Williamson on the Red River Showdown & another record breaking weekend in college football, Pepper Johnson on Cris Carter stories, his four bowl game experiences & IMG football development, Bernie Olivas on the Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl & the impact on the El Paso community.

(S1-E7) Woodrow “Woody” Dantzler, Brant Ringler

Woodrow “Woody” Dantzler on being a Clemson Tiger, the “Dantzler vs Vick” matchup & playing in the Peach, Gator and Humanitarian Bowls, and Brant Ringler on why Texas football is vital to bowl games & creating the Armed Forces Bowl.

(S1-E6) Anthony Becht, Scott Glaser

Anthony Becht talks about making the most of his only D1 scholarship offer at West Virginia, making it to three straight bowl games and his podcast "Spittin' Fire." Executive Director of the Gasparilla Bowl, Scott Glaser, on the move to Tampa Bay, the meaning of “Gasparilla" & his close ties to USF.

(S1-E5) Dennis Dodd, Tony Casillas, Mike Nealy

Dennis Dodd on the landscape of college football; Tony Casillas on playing under Barry Switzer, being a Boomer Sooner & feeling like Scarface in Miami at the Orange Bowl; Mike Nealy on the community impact of the Guaranteed Rate & Fiesta Bowl & his favorite moment since becoming an Executive Director.

(S1-E4) Grace Raynor, Rocket Ismail, Britton Banowsky

Grace Raynor on the early season surprises, Rocket Ismail hits Notre Dame memory lane on the Fiesta Bowl & Orange Bowl & his Heisman candidacy, Britton Banowsky on College Football Foundation’s Extra Yard For Teachers Week & The Big Day.

(S1-E3) Nicole Auerbach, Daryl Johnston, Danny Morrison

Nicole Auerbach joins talk about what we learned from week 1, Daryl Johnston reflects on bowl game experiences at Syracuse, and Danny Morrison recaps Duke’s Mayo Bowl Classic and looks ahead to the Duke's Mayo Bowl.

(S1-E2) Kirk Herbstreit, Mark Neville

Kirk Herbstreit talks college memories, new book “Out Of The Pocket”, Mark Neville talks season kickoff and Holiday Bowl

(S1-E1) Tony Dorsett, John Grant

Tony Dorsett talks Bowl Season memories from Pitt, John Grant talks season kickoff and Celebration Bowl.

Bowl Season Stories Preview

Nick Carparelli, Executive Director of Bowl Season, gives a preview of what to expect on this celebration of college football.