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National University Holiday Bowl OddsCollege 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

SeasonWinnersLosers
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

WinsTeamYears Won
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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  • 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

    12:30 PM

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  • Sep 23

    3:00 PM

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  • Sep 23

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    7:30 PM

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    • Connecticut
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