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College Football Betting Online: Though it’s not a “New Year’s Six” bowl game, the Outback Bowl has been played on New Year’s Day annually since the second year of its existence, unless that day falls on a Sunday then the game will take place on January 2. The game has featured some quality matchups with the Big Ten and Southeastern Conference affiliated with the bowl since 1995 when Outback Steakhouse agreed to a naming rights deal.
The 2017 Outback Bowl will take place on Monday, January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET with ESPN covering all the action.
Outback Bowl Format
In 1986 the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame looked to relocate the Hall of Fame Bowl to Tampa, Fla. This ended a nearly decade-long association with the city of Birmingham, Ala. and started a new chapter in what would eventually become the Outback Bowl.
The Hall of Fame Bowl did not have any conference affiliations and usually matched a team from the Southeastern Conference or the Atlantic Coast Conference against another school. The first Hall of Fame game in Florida took place on December 23, 1986 at Tampa Stadium with Boston College upsetting No. 17 Georgia.
Outback Steakhouse reached a naming rights agreement with the bowl in 1995, officially changing the name to its current title. At the same time the bowl reached a pact with the SEC and Big Ten, creating a Power 5 conference matchup that remains today.
Outback Bowl Game Results
|2016 ||Florida ||Iowa |
|2015 ||Tennessee ||Northwestern |
|2014 ||Wisconsin ||Auburn (OT) |
|2013 ||LSU ||Iowa |
|2012 ||South Carolina ||Michigan |
|2011 ||Michigan State ||Georgia (OT) |
|2010 ||Florida ||Penn State |
|2009 ||Auburn ||Northwestern (OT) |
|2008 ||Iowa ||South Carolina |
|2007 ||Tennessee ||Wisconsin |
|2006 ||Penn State ||Tennessee |
|2005 ||Florida ||Iowa |
|2004 ||Georgia ||Wisconsin |
|2003 ||Iowa ||Florida |
|2002 ||Michigan ||Florida |
|2001 ||South Carolina ||Ohio State |
|2000 ||South Carolina ||Ohio State |
|1999 ||Georgia ||Purdue (OT) |
|1998 ||Penn State ||Kentucky |
|1997 ||Georgia ||Wisconsin |
|1996 ||Alabama ||Michigan |
|1995 ||Penn State ||Auburn |
|1994 ||Wisconsin ||Duke |
|1993 ||Michigan ||North Carolina State |
|1992 ||Tennessee ||Boston College |
|1991 ||Syracuse ||Ohio State |
|1990 ||Clemson ||Illinois |
|1989 ||Auburn ||Ohio State |
|1988 ||Syracuse ||LSU |
|1987 ||Michigan ||Alabama |
|1986 ||Boston College ||Georgia |
The game has been all about the current conference relationship it has. Big Ten teams have appeared in 27 of the 30 games while the SEC has 26 showings. Since an agreement was reached between the two leagues for the 1995 season game, they’ve squared off against each other with the SEC holding a 14-8 lead. Last season’s game marked the third straight and fifth in the last six matchups with both teams ranked in the top-25 of the AP poll.
Florida, ranked No. 20, beat No. 21 Iowa 30-3 on January 2, 2017, giving the SEC its second straight win and fourth in the last five bowls.
The last game to include a team not from the Big Ten or SEC took place in the 1994 season when Duke represented the ACC. The Blue Devils didn’t do a very job as they got clobbered 34-20 by Wisconsin. Every bowl game has included a representative from either the Big Ten or the SEC and the seven games without one all took place prior to the game becoming known as the Outback Bowl.
Most All-Time Wins at Outback Bowl
|3 ||Florida ||2005, 2010, 2016 |
|3 ||Georgia ||1997, 1999, 2004 |
|3 ||Michigan ||1987, 1993, 2002 |
|3 ||Penn State ||1995, 1998, 2006 |
|3 ||South Carolina ||2000, 2001, 2012 |
|3 ||Tennessee ||1992, 2007, 2015 |
With a conference affiliation that has remained the same for over two decades, you’re bound to get repeat offenders. The Outback Bowl has its share of them with 15 teams making multiple appearances in the game. Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin from the Big Ten, along with Florida and Georgia from the SEC have all appeared in a record five Outback Bowls.
No team has won more than three games and Syracuse, which competed as both an independent and member of the Big East in the first six years of the game, is the only team to compete in more than one game without a loss.
Florida moved into a tie with five other teams for the most wins in bowl history by defeating Iowa 30-3 in last season’s game. The Gators prevented the Hawkeyes from claiming their third Outback Bowl championship. South Carolina won back-to-back games in the 2000 and 2001 season, the only team to do that, and claimed its third victory in the 2012 season playing. Georgia and Tennessee from the SEC also have three wins.
December 23, 1986 Hall of Fame Bowl – Boston College 27, Georgia 24
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