As the bowl season stumbles into disarray, I wonder how some of these bowls got to where they are?
For instance, how did the Fiesta Bowl become a top tier bowl?
It started much later than the other three of the big 4, and until very recently it was a very minor bowl. Compare this to the Cotton Bowl, one of the most storied bowls. Its origins correspond closely with the orange, sugar, and rose, and, until bcs-times it was considered one of the better games. Now it is one of the second-tier bowls. Go figure.
Also, the sun bowl. It is one of the older games, but it never achieved the standing of its age-peers--any thoughts?
(Sorry if this is too heavy for the FAC)