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Outback Bowl
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Outback Bowl logo
Stadium Raymond James Stadium
Location Tampa, Florida
Previous Stadiums Legion Field (1977-85)
Tampa Stadium (1986-98)
Operated 1986-present
Conference Tie-ins Big Ten, SEC
Payout US$3,300,000 (As of 2008)
Sponsors
Outback Steakhouse
Former names
Hall of Fame Bowl (1986-1994)
2009 Matchup
Iowa vs. South Carolina (Iowa 31-10)
2010 Matchup
Auburn vs. Northwestern (Auburn 38-35 (OT))

The Outback Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The bowl was first called the Hall of Fame Bowl from 1986 to 1994. The name "Outback" comes from the game's title sponsor, Outback Steakhouse.

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History

The Hall of Fame Bowl was held at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama from 1977–1985. In the spring of 1986, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame decided to discontinue their association with the bowl and realigned with a new bowl game to begin in Tampa, first at Tampa Stadium (later Houlihan's Stadium) from 1986 until 1998 and then into "The New Sombrero" Raymond James Stadium beginning in 1999. The Birmingham bowl continued for a few more years as the All-American Bowl until folding.

The new bowl game in Tampa became the first bowl in the community since the Cigar Bowl from 1947–1954. It was also the first major college bowl ever to be played in Tampa because the Cigar Bowl matched small colleges (a notable participant in that bowl was Florida State, who later became a major college football power). The Bowl is organized by the Tampa Bay Bowl Association and since the 1996 game has contracts with the SEC and the Big Ten Conference. The minimum payout for each participating school is US$3.3 million.

In late 2009 and early 2010, the Outback Bowl announced that it has extended its contract with the Big Ten Conference through the 2013 football season and with the Southeastern Conference through the 2014 game.[1] The bowl will continue to invite the third pick of teams from the Big Ten to face the third pick from the SEC. Before the 1996 game, the Big Ten, which began its Outback Bowl association in 1993, faced teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.[2]

The Outback Bowl currently airs on ESPN as its only New Year's Day bowl game; prior to its move the bowl aired on NBC.

Game results

Season Date Played Winning Team Losing Team Notes
1986 December 23, 1986 Boston College 27 Georgia 24 notes
1987 January 2, 1988 Michigan 28 Alabama 24 notes
1988 January 2, 1989 Syracuse 23 LSU 10 notes
1989 January 1, 1990 Auburn 31 Ohio State 14 notes
1990 January 1, 1991 Clemson 30 Illinois 0 notes
1991 January 1, 1992 Syracuse 24 Ohio State 17 notes
1992 January 1, 1993 Tennessee 38 Boston College 23 notes
1993 January 1, 1994 Michigan 42 NC State 7 notes
1994 January 2, 1995 Wisconsin 34 Duke 20 notes
1995 January 1, 1996 Penn State 43 Auburn 14 notes
1996 January 1, 1997 Alabama 17 Michigan 14 notes
1997 January 1, 1998 Georgia 33 Wisconsin 6 notes
1998 January 1, 1999 Penn State 26 Kentucky 14 notes
1999 January 1, 2000 Georgia 28 Purdue 25 (OT) notes
2000 January 1, 2001 South Carolina 24 Ohio State 7 notes
2001 January 1, 2002 South Carolina 31 Ohio State 28 notes
2002 January 1, 2003 Michigan 38 Florida 30 notes
2003 January 1, 2004 Iowa 37 Florida 17 notes
2004 January 1, 2005 Georgia 24 Wisconsin 21 notes
2005 January 2, 2006 Florida 31 Iowa 24 notes
2006 January 1, 2007 Penn State 20 Tennessee 10 notes
2007 January 1, 2008 Tennessee 21 Wisconsin 17 notes
2008 January 1, 2009 Iowa 31 South Carolina 10 notes
2009 January 1, 2010 Auburn 38 Northwestern 35 (OT) notes

MVPs

Date MVP(s) Team Position
December 23, 1986 James Jackson Georgia QB
Garry Moss Georgia CB
January 2, 1988 Jamie Morris Michigan TB
January 2, 1989 Robert Drummond Syracuse RB
January 1, 1990 Reggie Slack Auburn QB
January 1, 1991 DeChane Cameron Clemson QB
January 1, 1992 Marvin Graves Syracuse QB
January 1, 1993 Heath Shuler Tennessee QB
January 1, 1994 Tyrone Wheatley Michigan RB
January 2, 1995 Terrell Fletcher Wisconsin RB
January 1, 1996 Bobby Engram Penn State WR
January 1, 1997 Dwayne Rudd Alabama LB
January 1, 1998 Mike Bobo Georgia QB
January 1, 1999 Courtney Brown Penn State DE
January 1, 2000 Drew Brees Purdue QB
January 1, 2001 Ryan Brewer South Carolina RB
January 1, 2002 Phil Petty South Carolina QB
January 1, 2003 Chris Perry Michigan TB
January 1, 2004 Fred Russell Iowa RB
January 1, 2005 David Pollack Georgia DE
January 2, 2006 Dallas Baker Florida WR
January 1, 2007 Tony Hunt Penn State RB
January 1, 2008 Erik Ainge Tennessee QB
January 1, 2009 Shonn Greene Iowa RB
January 1, 2010 Darvin Adams Auburn WR

Appearances by Team

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Georgia 4 3-1
T1 Michigan 4 3-1
T1 Wisconsin 4 1-3
T1 Ohio State 4 0-4
T5 Penn State 3 3-0
T5 Auburn 3 2-1
T5 Iowa 3 2-1
T5 South Carolina 3 2-1
T5 Tennessee 3 2-1
T5 Florida 3 1-2
T11 Syracuse 2 2-0
T11 Alabama 2 1-1
T11 Boston College 2 1-1
T14 Clemson 1 1-0
T14 Duke 1 0-1
T14 Illinois 1 0-1
T14 Kentucky 1 0-1
T14 LSU 1 0-1
T14 NC State 1 0-1
T14 Northwestern 1 0-1
T14 Purdue 1 0-1

See also

References

  1. ^ Outback Bowl renews SEC tie , NCAA News, March 11, 2010
  2. ^ Outback Bowl, Big Ten extend partnership , NCAA News Online, October 14, 2009

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