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The OUTBACK BOWL is an annual college football bowl game played at Raymond James Stadium
Raymond James Stadium
in Tampa, Florida
Tampa, Florida
, usually on New Years Day
New Years Day
. The event was originally called the HALL OF FAME BOWL from 1986 to 1994 until being renamed in 1995 for its new title sponsor, Outback Steakhouse . It is organized by the Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay
Bowl Association under Jim McVay, who has been the president/CEO since 1988.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Cigar Bowl * 1.2 Hall of Fame Bowl * 1.3 Outback Bowl
Outback Bowl

* 2 The game * 3 Game results * 4 MVPs * 5 Appearances by team * 6 Appearances by Conference * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links

HISTORY

CIGAR BOWL

The Outback Bowl
Outback Bowl
was not Tampa's first bowl game; the Cigar Bowl was played at old Phillips Field near downtown from 1947 to 1954. However, the earlier event matched small college teams, so the Outback / Hall of Fame Bowl is the first major bowl game to be played in the area.

HALL OF FAME BOWL

The Hall of Fame Classic was held at Legion Field
Legion Field
in Birmingham, Alabama from 1977 to 1985. In the spring of 1986, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
decided to discontinue their association with the bowl and realign with a new bowl game to be played in Tampa Stadium
Tampa Stadium
which would inherit the Hall of Fame Bowl name. Initially, the Hall of Fame Bowl did not have agreements with any conferences, so it usually matched a school from either the Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
or the Atlantic Coast Conference against a team from another region of the country.

OUTBACK BOWL

Outback Steakhouse
Outback Steakhouse
became the game's title sponsor in 1995. At the same time, the newly renamed Outback Bowl
Outback Bowl
signed agreements with the Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
and the Big Ten Conference
Big Ten Conference
, creating an annual inter-sectional matchup that has continued ever since.

In 1999, the Outback Bowl
Outback Bowl
moved from Tampa Stadium
Tampa Stadium
into Raymond James Stadium , which had recently been built adjacent to the old stadium.

THE GAME

The Outback Bowl
Outback Bowl
is played on New Year\'s Day unless January 1 falls on a Sunday, in which case it is moved to the following Monday. It is usually the first game to start on a day which is traditionally full of college bowl games, and has kicked off as early as 11AM. ESPN
ESPN
has had television rights to the game since 1993. Under an extension of those rights signed in 2010, ESPN
ESPN
broadcasts the game on either ABC , ESPN, or ESPN2
ESPN2
, in conjunction with the Citrus Bowl
Citrus Bowl
and the Gator Bowl . Before 1993, the Hall of Fame Bowl aired on NBC .

Upon signing agreements with the SEC and Big 10 in 1995, the Outback Bowl had the third pick of teams from each conference after the Bowl Championship Series teams were placed. Since 2014, both the SEC and Big 10 have worked with a group of several bowl games (including the Outback Bowl) to place their bowl-eligible teams after the College Football Playoff and associated bowls have made their selections.

As of 2017, the Outback Bowl
Outback Bowl
payout was $3.5 million for each team.

GAME RESULTS

For "Hall of Fame Bowl" results from 1977 to 1985, see All-American Bowl .

SEASON DATE PLAYED WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM NOTES

1986 December 23, 1986 BOSTON COLLEGE 27 #17 Georgia 24 notes

1987 January 2, 1988 MICHIGAN 28 Alabama 24 notes

1988 January 2, 1989 #17 SYRACUSE 23 #16 LSU 10 notes

1989 January 1, 1990 #9 AUBURN 31 #21 Ohio State 14 notes

1990 January 1, 1991 #14 CLEMSON 30 #16 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 #14 SOUTH CAROLINA 31 Ohio State 28 notes

2002 January 1, 2003 #11 MICHIGAN 38 Florida 30 notes

2003 January 1, 2004 #13 IOWA 37 #15 Florida 17 notes

2004 January 1, 2005 #7 GEORGIA 24 #17 Wisconsin 21 notes

2005 January 2, 2006 #16 FLORIDA 31 #25 Iowa 24 notes

2006 January 1, 2007 PENN STATE 20 #17 Tennessee 10 notes

2007 January 1, 2008 #16 TENNESSEE 21 #18 Wisconsin 17 notes

2008 January 1, 2009 IOWA 31 South Carolina 10 notes

2009 January 1, 2010 AUBURN 38 Northwestern 35 (OT) notes

2010 January 1, 2011 FLORIDA 37 Penn State 24 notes

2011 January 2, 2012 #17 MICHIGAN STATE 33 #16 Georgia 30 (3OT) notes

2012 January 1, 2013 #10 SOUTH CAROLINA 33 #18 Michigan 28 notes

2013 January 1, 2014 #14 LSU 21 Iowa 14 notes

2014 January 1, 2015 #18 WISCONSIN 34 #19 Auburn 31 (OT) notes

2015 January 1, 2016 #23 TENNESSEE 45 #13 Northwestern 6 notes

2016 January 2, 2017 #20 FLORIDA 30 #21 Iowa 3 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
Bobby Engram
Penn State WR

January 1, 1997 Dwayne Rudd Alabama LB

January 1, 1998 Mike Bobo
Mike Bobo
Georgia QB

January 1, 1999 Courtney Brown Penn State DE

January 1, 2000 Drew Brees
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

January 1, 2011 Ahmad Black Florida S

January 2, 2012 Brandon Boykin Georgia CB

January 1, 2013 Ace Sanders South Carolina WR/PR

January 1, 2014 Jeremy Hill LSU RB

January 1, 2015 Melvin Gordon
Melvin Gordon
Wisconsin RB

January 1, 2016 Jalen Hurd Tennessee RB

January 2, 2017 Chauncey Gardner Florida DB

APPEARANCES BY TEAM

RANK TEAM APPEARANCES RECORD

T1 Florida 5 3–2

T1 Georgia 5 3–2

T1 Iowa 5 2–3

T1 Michigan 5 3–2

T1 Wisconsin 5 2–3

T6 Penn State 4 3–1

T6 Tennessee 4 3–1

T6 South Carolina 4 3–1

T6 Auburn 4 2–2

T6 Ohio State 4 0–4

T11 Syracuse 2 2–0

T11 Alabama 2 1–1

T11 LSU 2 1–1

T11 Boston College 2 1–1

T11 Northwestern 2 0–2

T16 Clemson 1 1–0

T16 Michigan State 1 1–0

T16 Duke 1 0–1

T16 Illinois 1 0–1

T16 Kentucky 1 0–1

T16 NC State 1 0–1

T16 Purdue 1 0–1

APPEARANCES BY CONFERENCE

RANK CONFERENCE APPEARANCES RECORD

1 Big Ten 27 11–16

2 SEC 26 15–11

3 ACC 3 1–2

4 Independent 2 2–0

4 The American 2 1–1

* Both Syracuse and Boston College participated in games as Independents and as members of the Big East Conference, now the American Athletic Conference. For legal reasons, all football records retained with The American.

SEE ALSO

* List of college bowl games

REFERENCES

* ^ "College Bowl Game Payouts". statisticbrain.com. 2015. * ^ "2018 Outback Bowl
Outback Bowl
to Kickoff at Noon on New Year\'s Day". outbackbowl.com. May 10, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017. * ^ " ESPN
ESPN
Signs Deal with Gator Bowl, Extends Agreements with Capital One Bowl and Outback Bowl; All Three Games to be Televised on New Year\'s Day". ESPN. Retrieved 24 December 2012. * ^ SEC Bowl Schedule * ^ Big 10 Bowl Partners

EXTERNAL LINKS

* Official website

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