1. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Dec. 17 in New Orleans
San Diego State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
How low is this bowl's payout? Middle Tennessee State is an eight-and-a-half-hour drive away and the school and its Sun Belt Conference still lost $50,000 sending the team there in 2009. While playing in the Superdome is nothing to scoff at -- especially considering it's hosting this year's title game and the 2013 Super Bowl -- the money being offered to poor San Diego State is only questionably enough to send the team all the way from California, never mind a band and fans. Even when they arrive, the teams have the "honor" of playing in a 76,000-seat stadium that has never drawn more than 31,000 for this event. Like all too many a night on Bourbon Street, this bowl seems like a really good idea at the time but ends up costing a whole lot later.