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College Football Betting Online: With the backing of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, the Quick Lane Bowl got its NCAA certification and started play following the 2014 season. The game pits bowl eligible teams from the Big Ten Conference against an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference at Ford Field, home of the Lions.
Ford Motor Company, based in Detroit, acquired naming rights to the game several months before the inaugural contest. The bowl was named the Quick Lane Bowl for Ford’s tire and auto center chain. A multi-year extension was agreed on in 2016, guaranteeing the Quick Lane sponsorship of the game through the 2019 season.
Detroit hosted the Motor City Bowl, which later became the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl from 1997 through 2013. After playing five seasons at the Pontiac Silverdome, the game moved to Ford Field. The announcement of the Lions' bowl game was the clincher for the pizza bowl, which was left without a venue. With the approval and support of the Big Ten and ACC, the Lions’ plans for a bowl game became reality, essentially taking the place of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. The Lions are the only NFL organization to own and operate a post-season college football bowl game.
There was talk of possibly moving the pizza bowl across the street to Comerica Park, home of the Tigers MLB team. Organizers were not sure the city could support two bowl games and plans for a move never materialized and the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl disappeared.
The Quick Lane Bowl inherited the December 26 time slot of its predecessor and the inaugural game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and North Carolina Tar Heels was played on that day in 2014. In the first ever bowl game between the schools Rutgers got the outright 40-21 win as a 3.5-point underdog. The 2017 game will be played on Tuesday, December 26 and televised by ESPN at 5:15 p.m. ET.
In one of the more thrilling games of the 2016 bowl season, Boston College held off a furious second half rally from the favored Maryland Terrapins to win its first postseason game in nine years, 36-30. The Eagles built a 36-13 lead in the third quarter before Maryland rattled off the final 17 points. In a strange twist the game’s MVP was awarded to the entire Boston College defensive line, which recorded eight quarterback sacks, knocked down a number of other balls at the line of scrimmage and harassed QB Perry Hills all game.
2016 – Quick Lane Bowl – Boston College 36, Maryland 30
2015 – Quick Lane Bowl – Minnesota 21, Central Michigan 14
2014 – Quick Lane Bowl – Rutgers 40, North Carolina 21
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