NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- College football is three games and $3.7 million in payouts into its bowl season with three weeks to go until the national title game. Let the holiday money parade begin.The season began Saturday with the New Mexico, Humanitarian and New Orleans bowls, the first of 34 that will be played between now and the Bowl Championship Series title game in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 10. Who won? Some more than others. The Mountain West Conference and the Western Athletic Conference got $750,000 each for Brigham Young University and the University of Texas-El Paso's time in Albequerque, with the WAC getting another $750,000 for Fresno State University's matchup against Northern Illinois University -- which also brought in $750,000 for the Mountain West Conference. That's better than the $325,000 payout the Sun-Belt Conference and the Mid-American Conference each got for the Troy-Ohio contest in New Orleans, but still well behind the $17 million to $18 million conferences earn for each team sent to the five BCS bowls.
|The Fiesta Bowl is one of 34 that will be played before the Bowl Championship Series title game Jan. 10.|