One of the best parts about going to a bowl game for the players - other than the extra practices and travel to exotic locations like the Bahamas and Boise - is the swag. Bowl games and their sponsors spoil the players with gift packages including some awesome loot like TVs and speakers.
Seven MAC teams are involved in bowl games this year, which means there is a lot of swag to go around. Per Sports Business Journal, here is the swag for each bowl game a MAC team is participating in this year:
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl - Ohio Bobcats
Swag: gift suite, Fossil watch, commemorative game coin and case, cap and beanie, Ogio duffle bag, Big Game autograph football
Swag meter: 5/10 - the duffle bag and watch are nice at least.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl - Akron Zips
Swag: gift suite, Coleman two-person tent (!!!), beanie, Oakley backpack, Big Game football
Swag meter: 9/10 - A tent? How awesome is that?
Marmot Boca Raton Bowl - Toledo Rockets
Swag: gift suite, beach towel, beach bag, Tervis Tumbler, sunglasses, flip-flops
Swag meter: 7/10 - A trip to the beach in December is well worth it, especially coming from Toledo. The $15 Tervis from Bed, Bath & Beyond that's throw in here just makes it.
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl - Northern Illinois Huskies
Swag: gift suite, Fossil watch, cap
Swag meter: 3/10 - That gift suite better be nice.
GoDaddy Bowl - Bowling Green Falcons
Swag: Timely Watch Co. watch, Sol Republic Punk speakers, 32-quart Lit cooler, Wilson game ball
Swag meter: 10/10 - This is one of the best ones with a nice watch and speakers. But, to get a cooler made by a company named "Lit" takes it to the top.
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl - Western Michigan Broncos
Swag: gift suite, Oakley backpack, cap, Rock 'Em Apparel socks, Jabra Bluetooth speaker
Swag meter: 8/10 - It's a trip to the Bahamas, so it has to be good. The players will love the speaker and backpack, but they'll really love the customized socks.
Quick Lane Bowl - Central Michigan Chippewas
Swag: JBL headphones, custom-made, life-sized decal for each player with his likeness, hoodie, winter hat, baseball cap, Ogio backpack, vintage football, $200 Best Buy gift card
Swag meter: 10/10 - You can tell this was a bowl game that an ACC team was supposed to be in. Awesome headphones, a nice backpack and a $200 Best Buy gift card are sweet prizes. But how often do you get a customized life-size decal of yourself?