It's the most wonderful time of the year -- to be a bowl-bound Big Ten football player, that is.
Like every year, the bowls will distribute gifts to each of the participating players (the NCAA allows bowls to distribute up to $550 for 125 players per team). Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal has the complete list of bowl swag.
Let's take a look:
Texas Bowl (Minnesota): Samsung Galaxy Tab 3; Fossil watch; belt buckle, T-shirt; Ogio backpack; lapel pin
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl (Nebraska): Fossil watch; Dome hat; Mercury Luggage Seward Trunk luggage set; football, Jostens ring
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (Michigan): Gift suite; Fossil watch; Ogio Cube backpack
Outback Bowl (Iowa): $150 Best Buy gift card; Fossil watch; cap; Jostens ring, Outback Steakhouse gift card
Capital One Bowl (Wisconsin): $450 Best Buy gift card and shopping trip; Timely Watch Co. watch; Russell Athletic workout shirt
Discover Orange Bowl (Ohio State): Gift suite; Tourneau watch
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO (Michigan State): Gift suite; Fossil watch; New Era 59Fifty cap; Ogio backpack
Gift suites allow players to select from a list of items, which include electronics, jewlery, headphones and even mountain bikes. Sports Business Journal notes that a home theater recliner with built-in USB ports will be part of gift suites this year. I was with Northern Illinois players as they collected their gift suites at the 2013 Orange Bowl. There were a lot of options.
What are your thoughts on the bowl swag? Wisconsin players look like the big winners, but the gift suites at the BCS bowls should be pretty impressive.