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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.
The 2017 Foster Farms Bowl will take place on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET with FOX carrying all the action.
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Arizona Wildcats -3.5
Purdue Boilermakers +3.5
It’ll be an uphill battle for the Boilermakers in this one. Purdue hasn’t beaten a major conference opponent in a bowl game for 15-years. They’re just 3-7 in their last 10 bowl games overall. Heading into the Foster Farms Bowl, the Boilermakers are—once again—underdogs. Can they surprise and get the upset?
The Boilermakers’ hopes rest firmly on the shoulders of Elijah Sindelar. The second string QB got the starts against Iowa and Indiana, leading Purdue to victory. He’ll need to do it again with David Blough out.
The passing game is the strength of this offense and Sindelar really grew in his role under center. He combined for five touchdowns without an interception in his final two games of the season. He, however, doesn’t provide much of a threat on the ground. The combination of Markell Jones and D.J. Knox can move the ball on the ground when needed, but the rushing attack is below average based on yardage and has only scored 11 total touchdowns on the ground.
The Boilermakers aren’t likely to run wild, even against a below average Arizona defense, but they should take advantage of a pass defense ranked 122nd in passing yards allowed and a scoring defense ranked No. 110 in the nation.
While Purdue is better in the air, Arizona is quite the opposite with the Wildcats thriving on the ground.
Arizona is a formidable opponent. Neither the Boilermakers nor the Wildcats had a particularly strong season, but Arizona did finish with an extra win and does boast the third best running game based on rushing yards, tallying 324.8 per game.
Fortunately for Pudue, their defense is stronger upfront than in the secondary and that matches up favorably against an Arizona team that passes just enough to get by.
Khalil Tate is a strong college QB even without much of an arm. He’s thrown eight interceptions to nine touchdowns, but his legs are what make him noteworthy. With 1,353 rushing yards and 10.2 yards per carry, the opposition know what is coming and cannot stop it.
Arizona brings a triple option run game, too, complementing Tate with J.J. Taylor and Nick Wilson. All three runners have more than 120 carries and have combined for 23 touchdowns.
Foster Farms Bowl Format
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.
Foster Farms Bowl Game Results
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.
Most All-Time Wins at Foster Farms Bowl
13 Teams Tied
UCLA, Maryland, Boston College, Navy and others have had the opportunity to win multiple Foster Farm Bowls, but only the Utes from Utah have accomplished multiple wins, carrying out the feat with a win last year.
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.
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