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TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Betting OddsCollege Football Betting Online: It’s only fitting that the game originally known as the Gator Bowl takes place in Florida. The contest hit some snags in the early years and was on the verge of being discontinued due to poor attendance and apathy from the Jacksonville community. But the organizers stuck it out and the game has flourished as one of the best attended bowl games. The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl has been held annually since 1946 making it the sixth oldest bowl game.

The 2017 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl will take place on Saturday, December 30 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. ESPN will air the game with kickoff set for 12 p.m. ET.

TaxSlayer 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. Starting with the 1953 playing, the Gator Bowl started featuring a Southeastern Conference team against an at-large. 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 three times in that span.

There were no conference affiliations but the bowl would typically invite a team from the southeast to compete from 1976 through 1995. Starting 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 game taking on a team from the Big East, Big 12 or Notre Dame.

The Big Ten entered the picture for the 2010 game and in 2015 the bowl will returned 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. All the arrangements are based on having enough bowl-eligible teams.

TaxSlayer Bowl Game Results

SeasonWinnersLosers
2016 Georgia Tech Kentucky
2015 Georgia Penn State
2014 Tennessee Iowa
2013 Nebraska Georgia
2012 Northwestern Mississippi State
2011 Florida Ohio State
2010 Mississippi State Michigan
2009 Florida State West Virginia
2008 Nebraska Clemson
2007 Texas Tech Virginia
2006 West Virginia Georgia Tech
2005 Virginia Tech Louisville
2004 Florida State West Virginia
2003 Maryland West Virginia
2002 North Carolina State Notre Dame
2001 Florida State Virginia Tech
2000 Virginia Tech Clemson
1999 Miami, Fla. Georgia Tech
1998 Georgia Tech Notre Dame
1997 North Carolina Virginia Tech
1996 North Carolina West Virginia
1995 Syracuse Clemson
1994 Tennessee Virginia Tech
1993 Alabama North Carolina
1992 Florida North Carolina State
1991 Oklahoma Virginia
1990 Michigan Mississippi
1989 Clemson West Virginia
1988 Georgia Michigan State
1987 LSU South Carolina
1986 Clemson Stanford
1985 Florida State Oklahoma State
1984 Oklahoma State South Carolina
1983 Florida Iowa
1982 Florida State West Virginia
1981 North Carolina Arkansas
1980 Pittsburgh South Carolina
1979 North Carolina Michigan
1978 Clemson Ohio State
1977 Pittsburgh Clemson
1976 Notre Dame Penn State
1975 Maryland Florida
1974 Auburn Texas
1973 Texas Tech Tennessee
1972 Auburn Colorado
1971 Georgia North Carolina
1970 Auburn Mississippi
1969 Florida Tennessee
1968 Missouri Alabama
*1967 Penn State/Florida State Florida State/Penn State
1966 Tennessee Syracuse
1965 Georgia Tech Texas Tech
1964 Florida State Oklahoma
1963 North Carolina Air Force
1962 Florida Penn State
1961 Penn State Georgia Tech
1960 Florida Baylor
1959 Arkansas Georgia Tech
1958 Mississippi Florida
1957 Tennessee Texas AM
1956 Georgia Tech Pittsburgh
1955 Vanderbilt Auburn
1954 Auburn Baylor
1953 Texas Tech Auburn
1952 Florida Tulsa
1951 Miami (FL) Clemson
1950 Wyoming Washington & Lee
1949 Maryland Missouri
1948 Clemson Missouri
*1947 Maryland/Georgia Georgia/Maryland
1946 Oklahoma North Carolina State
1945 Wake Forest South Carolina

*1947 and 1967 Gator Bowls ended in ties

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 games 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 Bowl

WinsTeamYears 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

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 has about a 70 mile drive from Gainesville to Jacksonville and they’ve made the trek nine times, the most of any team in the TaxSlayer Bowl. 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, Georgia Tech has split its eight meetings and 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.

Last year’s TaxSlayer Bowl saw the favorite Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets knock off Kentucky 33-18 to cover the 3-point spread. The favored team is now 14-3 straight up and 13-5 ATS in the last 18 games. The 2001 bowl game between Virginia Tech and Florida State was a pick em.

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    12:30 PM

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    11:00 AM

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  • Sep 23

    3:00 PM

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    4:00 PM

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    12:30 PM

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  • Sep 23

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  • Sep 23

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  • Sep 23

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  • Sep 23

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  • Sep 23

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  • Sep 23

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  • Sep 23

    11:00 AM

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  • Sep 23

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  • Sep 23

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  • Sep 23

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