Military Bowl

Military Bowl
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Stadium Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Location Annapolis, Maryland
Previous stadiums Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Previous locations Washington, D.C. (2008–2012)
Operated 2008–present
Conference tie-ins ACC & American
Previous conference tie-ins Army, Navy, C-USA
Payout US$1 million (each)
EagleBank (2008–2009)
Northrop Grumman (2010–present)
Former names
Congressional Bowl (2008, working title)
EagleBank Bowl (2008–09)
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman (2010)
2016 matchup
Temple vs. Wake Forest (Wake Forest 34–26)
2017 matchup
Virginia vs. Navy (Navy 49–7)

The Military Bowl is a post-season National Collegiate Athletic Association-sanctioned Division I college football bowl game that has been played annually each December in the Washington metropolitan area since 2008. The game was originally held at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. before moving to Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland in 2013.[1] The 2014 through 2019 games are featuring teams from the American Athletic Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference.[2][3]

During initial planning stages, the game was known as the Congressional Bowl, but was first played in 2008 as the EagleBank Bowl with sponsored by Washington-area financial institution EagleBank. After Northrop Grumman, one of the world's leading defense contractors, became its sponsor in 2010, it was officially renamed the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman.[4]


The idea for the EagleBank Bowl originated with the Washington, D.C. Bowl Committee, a group founded by Marie Rudolph and Sean Metcalf in December 2006 with the intended purpose of bringing a bowl game to the Washington, D.C. area as a boon to the region's economy.[5] The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission and the Washington, D.C. Convention and Tourism Corporation announced their support of the proposed event in 2007.[5]


The bowl game was one of two approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the 2008 college football bowl season, the other being the St. Petersburg Bowl. The NCAA's Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee approved the bowl on April 30, 2008, allowing the committee that had proposed the game to host it after the 2008 college football season.[6] The inaugural game had its kickoff scheduled for 11 AM EST on December 20, 2008, making it the first bowl game of the 2008–09 bowl season.

In 2010, organizers announced that the NCAA had granted a four-year extension of the game's Bowl Certification, taking it through the 2013–14 bowl season;[7] additionally, the game received sponsorship from Northrop Grumman and was renamed. In 2010, the game generated in excess of $18 million for the Washington, D.C. area. Also, over $100,000 was donated to the USO.[8]

Conference tie-ins

Prior to the game's approval by the NCAA, Navy and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) signed agreements to participate in the game if it was approved.[9][10] Under the agreement, the ACC would provide its ninth-best team for the bowl if the league had nine bowl eligible teams.[11] In December 2008, the initial game featured Navy against Wake Forest representing the ACC.

Along with its ACC tie-in, the bowl signed an agreement with Army to play in the 2009 edition of the game, however Army did not finish its season bowl eligible. Additionally, the ACC did not have enough eligible teams and Conference USA (C-USA) could not provide a team, so organizers chose Mid-American Conference (MAC) team Temple to fill one spot and Pac-10 Conference team UCLA to fill the other spot.

For the 2010 through 2013 games, the bowl reached agreement for an ACC team to face a C-USA team (2010), Navy (2011), Army (2012), and a Big 12 team (2013).[7] If Navy or Army were not bowl eligible, a Big 12 team would be selected in 2011, and a C-USA team in 2012.[12] In 2012, Army was not bowl eligible and the ACC could not supply a team,[13] so a MAC vs. Western Athletic Conference (WAC) matchup was organized.

Starting with the 2014 game, organizers entered a six-year agreement for the game to feature an ACC vs. American Athletic Conference (The American) matchup.[14][3]

Season Contracted tie-ins Date played Actual participants
2008 ACC Navy December 20, 2008 ACC Navy
2009 ACC Army December 29, 2009 MAC Pac-10
2010 ACC C-USA December 29, 2010 ACC C-USA
2011 Navy alt. Big 12 December 28, 2011 MAC Mountain West
2012 Army alt. C-USA December 27, 2012 MAC WAC
2013 Big 12 December 27, 2013 ACC C-USA
2014 ACC The American December 27, 2014 ACC The American
2015 December 28, 2015 ACC The American
2016 December 27, 2016 ACC The American
2017 December 28, 2017 ACC The American

Bold conference denotes winner of games played.

Game results

No.GameDateWinning TeamLosing TeamSiteAttendance
12008 EagleBank BowlDecember 20, 2008Wake Forest29Navy19Robert F. Kennedy
Memorial Stadium

Washington, D.C.
22009 EagleBank BowlDecember 29, 2009UCLA30Temple2123,072
32010 Military BowlDecember 29, 2010Maryland51East Carolina2038,062
42011 Military BowlDecember 28, 2011Toledo42Air Force4125,042
52012 Military BowlDecember 27, 2012San Jose State29Bowling Green2017,835[13]
62013 Military BowlDecember 27, 2013Marshall31Maryland20Navy–Marine Corps
Memorial Stadium

Annapolis, MD
72014 Military BowlDecember 27, 2014Virginia Tech33Cincinnati1734,277
82015 Military BowlDecember 28, 2015Navy44Pittsburgh2836,352
92016 Military BowlDecember 27, 2016Wake Forest34Temple2626,656
102017 Military BowlDecember 28, 2017Navy49Virginia735,921[15]


Date MVP School Position
December 20, 2008Riley SkinnerWake ForestQB
December 29, 2009Akeem AyersUCLALB
December 29, 2010Da'Rel ScottMarylandRB
December 28, 2011Bernard ReedyToledoWR
December 27, 2012David FalesSan Jose StateQB
December 27, 2013Rakeem CatoMarshallQB
December 27, 2014J. C. ColemanVirginia TechRB
December 28, 2015Keenan ReynoldsNavyQB
December 27, 2016Thomas BrownWake ForestLB
December 28, 2017Zach AbeyNavyQB

Most appearances

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
T2Wake Forest22–0
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Marshall, San Jose State, Toledo, UCLA, Virginia Tech
Lost: Air Force, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia

Appearances by conference

Through the December 2017 playing, there have been 10 games (20 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
2The American422.500
T5Independents[n 1]101.000
T5Mountain West101.000
  1. Navy (2008)

See also


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