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2019 Redbox Bowl - California Golden Bears vs Illinois Fighting Illini

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Although they are a classic “Pac 12 After Dark” type of program the California Golden Bears are emerging as one of the most consistent schools in all of college football. Head coach Justin Wilcox brought a much-needed emphasis on defense and that has propelled the Golden Bears to their second consecutive bowl game. By contrast Lovie Smith has had a harder lift as head coach of the Fighting Illini of Illinois and has needed four seasons to get this moribund program into a bowl game. Smith is also a defensive mastermind that has overcome a tough conference and the need for a vastly improved roster. The Illini and Bears meet in the Red Box Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco.

2019 Redbox Bowl at a Glance

Date: Monday, December 30, 2019

Time: 4:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California


Matchup: California Golden Bears vs. Illinois Fighting Illini

Odds: California -6.5, total 42

2019 Red Box Bowl Game Preview

The Fighting Illini of Illinois enter the Red Box Bowl with a record of 6-6 straight up, 8-4 against the spread with 5-7 under the total. Overall national metrics have Illinois ranked 78th for scoring offense and 53rd for points allowed. Illinois shocked the country with its 24-23 home win over the Wisconsin Badgers as 28.5-point dogs and took off from there. It was a level of credibility for the program that has been lacking since the 2007 Rose Bowl season. Michigan transfer quarterback Brandon Peters threw for 1611 yards passing with 17 touchdowns. Running backs Reggie Corbin and Dre Brown each averaged over 4.9 yards per carry. Wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe caught 33 passes for 634 yards with 19.2 yards per catch and nine touchdowns.

The California Golden Bears are 7-5 straight up, 6-6 against the spread with 4-8 under the total. Cal’s signature win this year was a 20-19 lightning delayed payout at the Washington Huskies as 13.5-point dogs in the middle of the night. National metrics have the Golden Bears ranked 115th for scoring offense but 32nd for points allowed. California finished strong with wins at Stanford and UCLA to clinch a winning season and bowl bid.

2019 Red Box Bowl Format

The Red Box Bowl was founded in 2002 as the Diamond Foods San Francisco Bowl. It has also been known as the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, Emerald Bowl, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Fight Hunger Bowl, and the Foster Farms Bowl. This is the second year of title sponsorship for Red Box. The payout is $2.2 million with conference ties ins with the Pac 12 and Big Ten.

Redbox Bowl Game Results

2018 Oregon Michigan State 7-6
2017 Purdue Arizona 38-35
2016 Utah Indiana 26-24
2015 Nebraska UCLA 37-29
2014 Stanford Maryland 45-21
2013 Washington BYU 31-16
2012 Arizona State Navy 62-28
2011 Illinois UCLA 20-14
2010 Nevada Boston College 20-13
2009 USC Boston College 24-14
2008 California Miami, Fla. 24-17
2007 Oregon State Maryland 21-14
2006 Florida State UCLA 44-27
2005 Utah Georgia Tech 38-10
2004 Navy New Mexico 34-19
2003 Boston College Colorado State 35-21
2002 Virginia Tech Air Force 20-13

Only one game in the first 14 editions of this game was decided by less than seven points and that was the 2011 matchup between Illinois and UCLA. The Fighting Illini came away with a 20-14 victory. That’s changed recently, though.

The 2016 matchup between Utah and Indiana produced the second-closest bowl game to date with the Utes kicking a field goal with a little over a minute to play to squeeze out a 26-24 win in the Hoosiers’ first appearance in this gamw.

In 2017, Purdue and Arizona combined for the second-most points in Redbox Bowl history with the Boilermakers getting a late touchdown for the 38-35 victory. The teams combined for nearly 1,000 yards of offense. Arizona State and Navy established the record for most points in ASU’s 62-28 win in 2012.

Last year’s edition of the Redbox Bowl was the closest and lowest-scoring game in bowl history. No team had scored less than 10 points in this game before last year, when both Oregon and Michigan State finished in the single digits.

Most All-Time Wins at Redbox Bowl

2 Utah 2005, 2016
1 Oregon 2018
1 Purdue 2017
1 Nebraska 2015
1 Stanford 2014
1 Washington 2013
1 Arizona State 2012
1 Illinois 2011
1 Nevada 2010
1 USC 2009
1 California 2008
1 Oregon State 2007
1 Florida State 2006
1 Navy 2004
1 Boston College 2003
1 Virginia Tech 2002

UCLA, Maryland, Boston College and Navy have had the opportunity to win multiple bowl games, but only the Utes from Utah have achieved multiple wins here. The wins came in Utah’s only two visits, the first as a member of the MWC in 2005 and in 2016 representing the Pac-12.

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 Redbox Bowl games and has yet to produce a victory.

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.

Redbox, a company that delivers DVD and video game rentals through retail kiosks, purchased naming rights to the bowl in 2018, rebranding the game as the Redbox Bowl. It ended a food-related theme to the game that was around since its inception in 2002.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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