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2020 Gator Bowl - Indiana Hoosiers vs Tennessee Volunteers

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The 75th edition of the Gator Bowl features teams thirsty for a bowl appearance and a bowl victory. The Tennessee Volunteers and Indiana Hoosiers renew the SEC/Big Ten format for this seasons playing with both squads competing in their first bowl game since 2016. Both enter riding a wave of momentum but only one will keep it. The Vols won five straight to close the season at 7-5 while the Hoosiers emerged victorious in five of their last seven games to end the regular season at 8-4. A matchup between similar teams should be close and oddsmakers pegged the Vols as a short 1.5-point favorite in just the second meeting between the schools.

2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl at a Glance

Date: Thursday, January 2, 2020

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Venue: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

TV: ESPN

Matchup: Indiana Hoosiers vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Odds: Tennessee -1.5, total 51.5

Gator Bowl Preview

Enjoying their finest season in nearly three decades, the Hoosiers look to keep the good times rolling as they make their first bowl appearance in three years and just the 12th in the program’s 121 seasons. A lot of teams have played in the Gator Bowl over its lengthy history, but Indiana is making its first trip and searching for its first bowl victory since shutting out Baylor 24-0 in the 1991 Copper Bowl. They’ve gone 0-4 since then with a 26-24 loss to Utah in the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl being their last postseason trip. The Hoosiers strung together four straight victories to become bowl eligible and capped the regular season with a win over traditional rival Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket.

A former starter, Peyton Ramsey was relegated to the bench this season in favor of Michael Penix Jr. When Penix went down for the season Ramsey stepped in and led a sneaky good offense. The Hoosiers matched a school record by topping the 30-point mark nine times and averaged 32.6 points per game for the season. With Ramsey throwing for 2,227 yards they had the 13th-best passing attack in the FBS. Stevie Scott III rushed for 845 yards to supplement the offense that placed second in the Big Ten in total yards with 443.6 per game. The Hoosiers have their most wins since getting eight in 1993 and they can match a program record with a win over Tennessee.

The Vols’ postseason history is bit more extensive, but they are also returning to a bowl game for the first time in three seasons and looking to extend a winning streak that stands at three games. The run started with a Gator Bowl victory over Iowa in the 2015 season and continued the next two years in the Outback Bowl and Music City Bowl. Tennessee is 4-2 in its previous six trips to the Gator Bowl and has a 28-24 all-time bowl record. Getting invited to a bowl game appeared to be a longshot after the Vols lost four of their first five games, including home setbacks to Georgia State and BYU in the first two outings. Following a closer than expected loss to Alabama, the Vols ran the table to finish 7-5.

Taking better care of the football helped the win total. The Vols committed 14 turnovers in their first seven games and had only four over the last five. Jarrett Guarantano took a beating from the faithful early in the season for the team’s troubles. He was replaced by Brian Maurer for a few games before returning to lead the season-ending run.

Gator Bowl Format

The early years of the bowl held a local flair as teams from the Southern Conference were invited to play an at-large opponent. In 1953, a team from the Southeastern Conference replaced the SoCon as the local representative. With the game taking place in their neck of the woods, the SEC made an appearance in 20 of 24 games between 1953 and 1975 with two SEC teams facing each other three times in that span.

There were no formal conference affiliations after 1975, but the bowl would typically invite a team from the southeast to compete from 1976 through 1995. Beginning in 2006, the bowl would typically host the second-place teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East. The ACC officially became involved with the 2007 edition with a team from the conference taking on a team from the Big East, Big 12 or Notre Dame.

The Big Ten entered the picture for the 2010 edition and in 2015 the bowl will return to a hybrid arrangement for a six-year period. The deal features SEC teams playing ACC teams for three years and Big Ten teams the other three years. Notre Dame is eligible during ACC years.

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Game Results (Since 2000)

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2018 Texas A&M North Carolina State 52-13
2017 Mississippi State Louisville 31-27
2016 Georgia Tech Kentucky 33-18
2016 Georgia Penn State 24-17
2015 Tennessee Iowa 45-28
2014 Nebraska Georgia 24-19
2013 Northwestern Mississippi State 34-20
2012 Florida Ohio State 24-17
2011 Mississippi State Michigan 52-14
2010 Florida State West Virginia 33-21
2009 Nebraska Clemson 26-21
2008 Texas Tech Virginia 31-28
2007 West Virginia Georgia Tech 38-35
2006 Virginia Tech Louisville 35-24
2005 Florida State West Virginia 30-18
2004 Maryland West Virginia 41-7
2003 North Carolina State Notre Dame 28-6
2002 Florida State Virginia Tech 30-17
2001 Virginia Tech Clemson 41-20
2000 Virginia Tech Clemson 28-13

The initial Gator Bowl was bankrolled by several members of the Jacksonville community and it didn’t start well. Playing at the old Fairfield Stadium with a capacity of 7,600, the inaugural game between Wake Forest and South Carolina attracted a sparse gathering. The 1949 matchup between Clemson and Missouri saw the Gator Bowl arrive. With an attendance of 32,939, the game nearly matched the total from the first three games combined. Attendance continued to increase and by the 1970s crowds regularly reached 70,000.

The regional attraction helped with the game’s popularity. The sport blew up in the 1970s, especially in the southeast, and the game’s ties to the SEC and ACC continued a tradition of high-level action. The game has featured nationally ranked opponents facing each other 36 times in its history.

Many of college football’s biggest names have participated in the Gator Bowl. There have been close games and blowouts, defensive struggles and offensive outbursts. We’ve even seen fireworks on the sideline.

In the 1978 game between Ohio State and Clemson, legendary Buckeyes’ coach Woody Hayes blew a gasket after a late-game interception by Charlie Bauman, who ran out of bounds on the OSU sideline. Hayes struck Bauman with his right forearm. The play sealed the Tigers' 17-15 win and Hayes was fired the next day before leaving Jacksonville.

Most All-Time Wins at TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
7 Florida 1952, 1960, 1962, 1969, 1983, 1992, 2012
6 Florida State 1964, 1982, 1985, 2001, 2004, 2009
5 North Carolina 1963, 1979, 1981, 1996, 1997
4 Auburn 1954, 1970, 1972, 1974
4 Clemson 1948, 1978, 1986, 1989
4 Georgia Tech 1956, 1965, 1998, 2016
4 Tennessee 1957, 1966, 1994, 2014
3 Georgia 1971, 1988, 2015
3 Maryland 1949, 1975, 2003
3 Texas Tech 1953, 1973, 2007

With its roots so close to home, it isn’t surprising to see many teams based in the southeastern part of the country making so many appearances in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. The University of Florida is just 70 miles away in Gainesville, and they’ve made the trek nine times, the most of any team. The trips have been worth it with the Gators winning seven times, also a bowl record.

Florida State isn’t far behind. The Seminoles are 6-0-1 at the bowl with their only blemish being a tie with Penn State in the 1967 game. The ACC is well represented by other teams as well. Clemson has made nine appearances with four wins in this game, while Georgia Tech has split its eight meetings. North Carolina is 5-2 and the only team to win back-to-back games. The Tar Heels did that in the 1996 and 1997 seasons.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
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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