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College Football Betting Online: The 2016 Birmingham Bowl was a classic, as South Florida defeated South Carolina in the first overtime game in the bowl’s history. That game will be hard to top, but the 2017 version will do its best to become another competitive affair.
Even though this game usually features one of the lowest-seeded SEC bowl-eligible teams, it still gets a quality team because the conference is so good. The city of Birmingham didn’t have a bowl game for several decades, and the fans really respond when a team that is close in proximity is chosen, as tens of thousands of fans gobble up seats and bring a raucous atmosphere.
The 2017 Birmingham Bowl will take place on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. ESPN will televise this game at 12 p.m. ET.
Birmingham Bowl Format
The SEC’s ninth-place team is tied in to the Birmingham Bowl, which sounds like a lot, but the conference usually has that many. The SEC team is scheduled to face off against one of the best teams from the American Athletic Conference.
If one of the conferences can’t fulfill the request, the Birmingham Bowl will go to the Conference USA or the Mid-American Conference for a foe. If there is no program available there, then it will accept an at-large team.
The Big East was also formerly a conference tie-in of the Birmingham Bowl.
Birmingham Bowl Game Results
|Season ||Winner ||Losers |
|2016 ||South Florida ||South Carolina |
|2015 ||Auburn ||Memphis |
|2014 ||Florida ||East Carolina |
|2013 ||Vanderbilt ||Houston |
|2012 ||Ole Miss ||Pittsburgh |
|2011 ||SMU ||Pittsburgh |
|2010 ||Pittsburgh ||Kentucky |
|2009 ||Connecticut ||South Carolina |
|2008 ||Rutgers ||N.C. State |
|2007 ||Cincinnati ||Southern Miss |
|2006 ||South Florida ||East Carolina |
South Florida has put a pair of bookends on the history of the Birmingham Bowl, though that will obviously change in 2017 unless the Bulls can come up with another win. The SEC has done well here in the bowl game’s history with a record of 4-3. The American conference is not far behind with a record of 6-5.
The 2016 game was the highest-scoring contest in the Birmingham Bowl’s history. With SEC teams in the mix it is not a surprise to see some impressive defensive efforts. Auburn only allowed 10 points to Memphis in an easy win in 2015.
Some of the more notable MVPs from the Birmingham Bowl include Cincinnati quarterback Ben Mauk in 2007, Pittsburgh running back Dion Lewis in 2010, Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews in 2013, Auburn running back Jovon Robinson in 2015 and South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers last season.
This bowl game used to be known as the PapaJohns.com Bowl and the BBVA Compass Bowl but it is now back to the Birmingham Bowl since there is no title sponsor.
Most All-Time Wins at Birmingham Bowl
|Wins ||Teams ||Years Won |
|South Florida |
|2006, 2016 |
South Florida became the first team in Birmingham Bowl history to win twice when it defeated South Carolina last season. Its original victory came in 2006 by a score of 24-7 over East Carolina.
Pittsburgh has the most appearances of any team at the Birmingham Bowl with three but has only won here once, defeating Kentucky 27-10 in 2010. South Carolina and East Carolina have both made it to the Birmingham Bowl twice but both lost their two appearances.
Birmingham Bowl Preview
The Birmingham Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A college football bowl game approved in April 2006 and played annually at the 71,594-seat Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. This season’s game will be played on Thursday, December 29 at 2 p.m. ET and televised on ESPN
The game originally promoted the website of Papa John's Pizza, which became the title sponsor signing a multi-year agreement on November 16, 2006. The company declined to renew its sponsorship in 2010, so the bowl name reverted to its working title
On November 10, 2010, bowl officials announced a new sponsorship deal with BBVA Compass, a subsidiary of Bilbao, Spain-based Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, which is based in Birmingham. On April 3, 2013, BBVA Compass decided not to renew its sponsorship of the bowl game following the January 2014 game. Once again the bowl reverted to its working title as the Birmingham Bowl.
The bowl originally had a four-year agreement with Conference USA to match a representative of that conference against an opponent from the Big East Conference, but the bowl's officials later appealed to the NCAA for a recertification which was granted in late April 2008. In 2008 and 2009, the bowl featured the Southeastern Conference's ninth bowl-eligible team and a team from the Big East Conference.
The game currently features teams from the SEC and the American Athletic Conference. Should either of these conferences not fulfill their bowl commitments, a team from C-USA or the Mid-American Conference will take their place, provided it is bowl eligible. Otherwise, the game will choose an at-large team.
The PapaJohns.com Bowl marked the return of post-season football to the city of Birmingham, which previously hosted the Dixie Bowl from 1947-1948, the Hall of Fame Classic from 1977-1985, and the All-American Bowl from 1986-1990.
The inaugural game was played on December 23, 2006 with South Florida, the Big East's representative, beating Conference USA's East Carolina, 24-7 in front of an announced crowd of 32,023. After being held in December for its first three years, the PapaJohns.com Bowl was played on January 2, 2010. As a result, there was no game during the 2009 calendar year.
The Auburn Tigers entered as 2.5-point favorites in last season’s game and handled Memphis easily, 31-10, giving the favored team a 5-1 SU and ATS record in the last six Birmingham Bowl games. The teams also cashed the under for the eighth time in 10 bowl games. You can wager on the Birmingham Bowl at Bookmaker.eu.
2016 Birmingham Bowl –South Florida 46, South Carolina 39
2015 Birmingham Bowl – Auburn 31, Memphis 10
2014 Birmingham Bowl – Florida 28, East Carolina 20
2013 BBVA Compass Bowl – Vanderbilt 41, Houston 24
2012 BBVA Compass Bowl – Mississippi 38, Pittsburgh 17
2011 BBVA Compass Bowl – SMU 28, Pittsburgh 6
2010 BBVA Compass Bowl – Pittsburgh 27, Kentucky 10
2009 PapaJohns.com Bowl – Connecticut 20, South Carolina 7
2008 PapaJohns.com Bowl – Rutgers 29, North Carolina State 23
2007 PapaJohns.com Bowl – Cincinnati 31, Southern Mississippi 21
2006 PapaJohns.com Bowl – South Florida 24, East Carolina 7
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