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1988 Bowl Games

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National Champion: Notre Dame (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI, USA-CNN)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Lou Holtz (Notre Dame)

AP Preseason #1: Florida State ▪ AP Final #1: Notre Dame

17 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1989-01-02 Citrus Bowl Clemson 13 Oklahoma 6 Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)
1989-01-02 Cotton Bowl UCLA 17 Arkansas 3 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
1989-01-02 Fiesta Bowl Notre Dame 34 West Virginia 21 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
1989-01-02 Hall of Fame Bowl Syracuse 23 Louisiana State 10 Hall of Fame Bowl (Tampa, FL)
1989-01-02 Orange Bowl Miami (FL) 23 Nebraska 3 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
1989-01-02 Rose Bowl Michigan 22 Southern California 14 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1989-01-02 Sugar Bowl Florida State 13 Auburn 7 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
1989-01-01 Gator Bowl Georgia 34 Michigan State 27 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
1988-12-31 Peach Bowl North Carolina State 28 Iowa 23 Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)
1988-12-30 Holiday Bowl Oklahoma State 62 Wyoming 14 Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA)
1988-12-29 All-American Bowl Florida 14 Illinois 10 All-American Bowl (Birmingham, AL)
1988-12-29 Freedom Bowl Brigham Young 20 Colorado 17 Freedom Bowl (Anaheim, CA)
1988-12-28 Liberty Bowl Indiana 34 South Carolina 10 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
1988-12-25 Aloha Bowl Washington State 24 Houston 22 Aloha Bowl (Honolulu, HI)
1988-12-24 Sun Bowl Alabama 29 Army 28 Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX)
1988-12-23 Independence Bowl Southern Mississippi 38 Texas-El Paso 18 Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA)
1988-12-10 California Bowl Fresno State 35 Western Michigan 30 California Bowl (Fresno, CA)