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College Football Betting Online: The bowl game played annually in the Bay Area since 2002 has recently taken on a Rose Bowl-type theme. Since 2014 the Foster Farms Bowl has been affiliated with members of the Pac-12 and Big Ten Conferences, much like the Granddaddy of them All, which took champions from both leagues until the BCS began rotating its title game between the different bowl outlets several years ago.
There has always been a food-related theme to the bowl game since its inception. In 2002, Diamond Foods reached an agreement as the title sponsor and the game was known as the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl. The sponsorship continued through the 2009 season game with the name changing to the Emerald Bowl in 2004. Diamond Foods is based in nearby Stockton, Calif. and Emerald is a subsidiary of the parent company.
Kraft Foods purchased naming rights in 2010 as part of the company’s program to reduce hunger around the world. The game was known as the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Northern California poultry company Foster Farms reached a multi-year sponsorship deal with the bowl in 2014, giving the game its current title.
Through 2013 the game was played at ATT Park, home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, and required some odd configurations to the baseball-specific field. Both team benches were on the same side of the field separated by a barrier at mid-field.
In 2014 the game moved to the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. The Niners took over management of the bowl game from the San Francisco Bowl Game Association in 2016 and announced a multi-year broadcast deal with FOX Sports starting that same year. The Foster Farms Bowl is the only bowl game televised on FOX and will take place on Wednesday, December 27 with kickoff scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET.
Despite its affiliation with the Pac-12 and affinity for keeping teams close to home for attendance purposes, Boston College has appeared in the most bowl games, making three trips out to Northern California. UCLA has also appeared in three Foster Farms Bowl games and has yet to produce a victory.
The first game was played on December 31, 2002 and attracted fewer than 26,000 fans for a matchup between Virginia Tech and Air Force. The lack of pre-game hype prompted one columnist to write that the city of San Francisco didn’t seem to care for its new bowl game. Tech won the inaugural contest 20-13.
Only one game in the previous 14 had been decided by fewer than seven points and that was the 2011 matchup between Illinois and UCLA. The Fighting Illini came away with a 20-14 victory. That changed last season in the closest and most exciting game in the bowl’s history. Making their second visit to the Foster Farms Bowl, the Utah Utes got a field goal with a little over a minute to play to squeeze out a 26-24 win over Indiana in the Hoosiers’ first appearance.
2016 – Foster Farms Bowl – Utah 26, Indiana 24
2015 – Foster Farms Bowl – Nebraska 39, UCLA 29
2014 – Foster Farms Bowl – Stanford 45, Maryland 21
2013 – Fight Hunger Bowl – Washington 31, BYU 16
2012 – Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl – Arizona State 62, Navy 28
2011 – Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl – Illinois 20, UCLA 14
2010 – Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl – Nevada 20, Boston College 13
2009 – Emerald Bowl – USC 24, Boston College 13
2008 – Emerald Bowl – California 24, Miami (Fla.) 17
2007 – Emerald Bowl – Oregon State 21, Maryland 14
2006 – Emerald Bowl – Florida State 44, UCLA 27
2005 – Emerald Bowl – Utah 38, Georgia Tech 10
2004 – Emerald Bowl – Navy 34, New Mexico 19
2003 – San Francisco Bowl – Boston College 35, Colorado State 21
2002 – San Francisco Bowl – Virginia Tech 20, Air Force 13
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