Aloha, Humanitarian Bowl?

The Fresno State Bulldogs have appeared in 13 bowl games that no longer exist. That could be a bad omen for the Humanitarian Bowl, which pits the Bulldogs against the Northern Illinois Huskies.

College bowl season started today with two 6-6 teams—Brigham Young University and the University of Texas-El Paso—meeting in the New Mexico Bowl, the first of 35 bowl games that will be played this season. Just imagine how many games there might be if not for the fact that more than thirty major-college bowl games are now defunct, the most recent failure being Toronto’s International Bowl, which was played four times (2007-10).

Which current bowl is in the most jeopardy of being discontinued? For what it’s worth, the Fresno State Bulldogs have appeared in 13 bowl games that no longer exist. That could be a bad omen for the Humanitarian Bowl, which pits the Bulldogs against the Northern Illinois Huskies in Boise, Idaho.

Following are the ten longest-running, now-discontinued bowls.

Bluebonnet Bowl (1959-87)
Aloha Bowl (1982-2000)
All-American Bowl (1977-90)
California Bowl (1981-91)
Freedom Bowl (1984-94)
Houston Bowl (2000-05)
Raisin Bowl (1946-49)
Salad Bowl (1948-52)
Oahu/Seattle Bowl (1998-2002)
Silicon Valley Bowl (2000-04)