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College Football Betting Online: Entering its 40th season, the Holiday Bowl has been one of the most underrated games of the bowl season with 19 of the previous 39 games ending within a single score and 11 of those decided by a field goal or less. We’ve also typically seen plenty of offense at the Holiday Bowl with the winning team scoring at least 40 points 13 times and the losing squad putting up at least a 30-spot on 11 occasions.
The 2017 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl will take place on Thursday, December 28 at Qualcomm Stadium. FS1 will broadcast all the action starting at 9 p.m. ET.
Holiday Bowl Format
The game was started to give the Western Athletic Conference an automatic bowl bid following the defection of Arizona and Arizona State to the Pac-8 in 1977. Along with them went the Fiesta Bowl, which had an affiliation with the WAC. The WAC champ played an at large team until 1986 when the Big Ten agreed to send a bowl-eligible team. That arrangement lasted until 1984.
The Big 8 Conference took over for the Big Ten in 1995 and the affiliation remained as the league grew to the Big 12 the following year. The WAC ended its association with the game after the 1997 season, at which point the Holiday Bowl became a matchup between the Pac-10 and Big 12.
The Big Ten agreed to return a team to the Holiday Bowl after a 20-year absence starting with the 2014 contest, making the bowl a current matchup between the No. 3 Pac-12 team and the No. 4 Big Ten club. The first tilt in the new alignment featured the No. 24 USC Trojans nipping the No. 25 Nebraska Corhnuskers 45-42.
Citrus Bowl Game Results
|2016 ||Minnesota ||Washington State |
|2015 ||Wisconsin ||USC |
|2014 ||USC ||Nebraska |
|2013 ||Texas Tech ||Arizona State |
|2012 ||Baylor ||UCLA |
|2011 ||Texas ||California |
|2010 ||Washington ||Nebraska |
|2009 ||Nebraska ||Arizona |
|2008 ||Oregon ||Oklahoma State |
|2007 ||Texas ||Arizona State |
|2006 ||California ||Texas AM |
|2005 ||Oklahoma ||Oregon |
|2004 ||Texas Tech ||California |
|2003 ||Washington State ||Texas |
|2002 ||Kansas State ||Arizona State |
|2001 ||Texas ||Washington |
|2000 ||Oregon ||Texas |
|1999 ||Kansas State ||Washington |
|1998 ||Arizona ||Nebraska |
|1997 ||Colorado State ||Missouri |
|1996 ||Colorado ||Washington |
|1995 ||Kansas State ||Colorado State |
|1994 ||Michigan ||Colorado State |
|1993 ||Ohio State ||BYU |
|1992 ||Hawai’i ||Illinois |
|1991 ||BYU/Iowa ||Iowa/BYU |
|1990 ||Texas AM ||BYU |
|1989 ||Penn State ||BYU |
|1988 ||Oklahoma State ||Wyoming |
|1987 ||Iowa ||Wyoming |
|1986 ||Iowa ||San Diego State |
|1985 ||Arkansas ||Arizona State |
|1984 ||BYU ||Michigan |
|1983 ||BYU ||Missouri |
|1982 ||Ohio State ||BYU |
|1981 ||BYU ||Washington State |
|1980 ||BYU ||SMU |
|1979 ||Indiana ||BYU |
|1978 ||Navy ||BYU |
BYU dominated the WAC at the time of the Holiday Bowl’s inception and the Cougars appeared in the first seven games. Their bowl-record fourth win in 1984 capped a perfect season and the Cougs were named National Champions after knocking off Michigan. The WAC’s agreement called for the league champion to play in the bowl and BYU came back to defeat a mediocre Wolverines team. BYU was the only undefeated team in college football that season and the last non-Power Five Conference team to win the National Championship.
Thanks to BYU, the Holiday Bowl got a reputation for miraculous finishes. BYU erased a 20-point deficit to SMU in the last two minutes of the 1980 game, getting a game-tying touchdown pass from Jim McMahon on the final play. The extra point gave BYU a 46-45 win.
In 1983 quarterback Steve Young accomplished a rare feat in the game of football. He caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the final seconds to give BYU a win over Missouri. He also threw a scoring pass and ran for a touchdown. Six different BYU quarterbacks have earned game MVP honors. Along with McMahon and Young, Marc Wilson, Robbie Bosco, Ty Detmer and John Walsh all took home the hardware.
Most All-Time Wins at Holiday Bowl
|4 ||BYU ||1980, 1981, 1983, 1984 |
|3 ||Kansas State ||1995, 1999, 2002 |
|3 ||Texas ||2001, 2007, 2011 |
|2 ||Iowa ||1986, 1987 |
|2 ||Ohio State ||1982, 1993 |
|2 ||Oregon ||2000, 2008 |
|2 ||Texas Tech ||2004, 2013 |
Along with the most victories of any school in the Holiday Bowl, BYU easily has the most appearances. The Cougars appeared in 11 of the game’s first 16 contests and they haven’t been back since losing to Ohio State in 1993. The Buckeyes are the only team the Cougars faced twice and BYU dropped both.
While the Pac-12 is widely considered the best conference in the western part of the country, the success hasn’t translated to the Holiday Bowl. Since the then Pac-10 aligned with the game in 1998, conference teams have gone just 7-12, they haven’t won back-to-back games and have dropped five of the last six matchups.
Washington State was the latest Pac-12 team to falter in the Holiday Bowl, losing last year’s game 17-12 to Minnesota. Oregon at 2-1 and Colorado at 1-0 are the only current Pac-12 teams to have a winning record in the bowl. Colorado’s victory is tainted, though. Their win came in 1996 when the Buffs were members of the Big 12 Conference.
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