Outback Bowl

Outback Bowl
Stadium Raymond James Stadium
Location Tampa, Florida
Previous stadiums Tampa Stadium (1986–1998)
Operated 1986–present
Conference tie-ins Big Ten, SEC
Payout US$3,500,000 (as of 2015)[1]
Outback Steakhouse (1996–present)
Former names
Hall of Fame Bowl (1986–1995)
2016 season matchup
Florida vs. Iowa (Florida 30–3)
2017 season matchup
Michigan vs. South Carolina (South Carolina 26–19)[2]

The Outback Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, usually on 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 Bowl Association under Jim McVay, who has been the president/CEO since 1988.


Cigar Bowl

The 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 in Birmingham, Alabama from 1977 to 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 realign with a new bowl game to be played in 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 or the Atlantic Coast Conference against a team from another region of the country.

Outback Bowl

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

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

The game

The 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 has had television rights to the game since 1993. Under an extension of those rights signed in 2010, ESPN broadcasts the game on either ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2, in conjunction with the Citrus Bowl and the New Year's Six bowl games.[3] 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.[4][5]

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

Game results

Rankings are based on the AP Poll prior to the game being played.

Season Date Played Winning Team Losing Team Attnd.[6] Notes
1986December 23, 1986Boston College27#17 Georgia2441,000notes
1987January 2, 1988Michigan28Alabama2461,075notes
1988January 2, 1989#17 Syracuse23#16 LSU1051,112notes
1989January 1, 1990#9 Auburn31#21 Ohio State1468,085notes
1990January 1, 1991#14 Clemson30#16 Illinois063,154notes
1991January 1, 1992Syracuse24Ohio State1757,789notes
1992January 1, 1993Tennessee38Boston College2352,056notes
1993January 1, 1994Michigan42NC State752,649notes
1994January 2, 1995Wisconsin34Duke2061,384notes
1995January 1, 1996Penn State43Auburn1465,313notes
1996January 1, 1997Alabama17Michigan1453,161notes
1997January 1, 1998Georgia33Wisconsin656,186notes
1998January 1, 1999Penn State26Kentucky1466,005notes
1999January 1, 2000Georgia28Purdue25 (OT)54,059notes
2000January 1, 2001South Carolina24Ohio State765,229notes
2001January 1, 2002#14 South Carolina31Ohio State2866,249notes
2002January 1, 2003#11 Michigan38Florida3065,101notes
2003January 1, 2004#13 Iowa37#15 Florida1765,657notes
2004January 1, 2005#7 Georgia24#17 Wisconsin2162,414notes
2005January 2, 2006#16 Florida31#25 Iowa2465,881notes
2006January 1, 2007Penn State20#17 Tennessee1065,601notes
2007January 1, 2008#16 Tennessee21#18 Wisconsin1760,121notes
2008January 1, 2009Iowa31South Carolina1055,117notes
2009January 1, 2010Auburn38Northwestern35 (OT)49,383notes
2010January 1, 2011Florida37Penn State2460,574notes
2011January 2, 2012#17 Michigan State33#16 Georgia30 (3OT)49,429notes
2012January 1, 2013#10 South Carolina33#18 Michigan2854,527notes
2013January 1, 2014#14 LSU21Iowa1451,296notes
2014January 1, 2015#18 Wisconsin34#19 Auburn31 (OT)44,023notes
2015January 1, 2016#23 Tennessee45#13 Northwestern653,202notes
2016January 2, 2017#20 Florida30#21 Iowa351,119notes
2017January 1, 2018South Carolina26Michigan1945,687notes


Date MVP(s)[6] Team Position
December 23, 1986James JacksonGeorgiaQB
Garry MossCB
January 2, 1988Jamie MorrisMichiganTB
January 2, 1989Robert DrummondSyracuseRB
January 1, 1990Reggie SlackAuburnQB
January 1, 1991DeChane CameronClemsonQB
January 1, 1992Marvin GravesSyracuseQB
January 1, 1993Heath ShulerTennesseeQB
January 1, 1994Tyrone WheatleyMichiganRB
January 2, 1995Terrell FletcherWisconsinRB
January 1, 1996Bobby EngramPenn StateWR
January 1, 1997Dwayne RuddAlabamaLB
January 1, 1998Mike BoboGeorgiaQB
January 1, 1999Courtney BrownPenn StateDE
January 1, 2000Drew BreesPurdueQB
January 1, 2001Ryan BrewerSouth CarolinaRB
January 1, 2002Phil PettySouth CarolinaQB
January 1, 2003Chris PerryMichiganTB
January 1, 2004Fred RussellIowaRB
January 1, 2005David PollackGeorgiaDE
January 2, 2006Dallas BakerFloridaWR
January 1, 2007Tony HuntPenn StateRB
January 1, 2008Erik AingeTennesseeQB
January 1, 2009Shonn GreeneIowaRB
January 1, 2010Darvin AdamsAuburnWR
January 1, 2011Ahmad BlackFloridaS
January 2, 2012Brandon BoykinGeorgiaCB
January 1, 2013Ace SandersSouth CarolinaWR/PR
January 1, 2014Jeremy HillLSURB
January 1, 2015Melvin GordonWisconsinRB
January 1, 2016Jalen HurdTennesseeRB
January 2, 2017Chauncey GardnerFloridaDB
January 1, 2018[7]Jake BentleySouth CarolinaQB

Most appearances

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
T2South Carolina54–1
3Penn State43–1
T3Ohio State40–4
T4Boston College21–1
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Clemson, Michigan State
Lost: Duke, Illinois, Kentucky, NC State, Purdue

Appearances by conference

Through the January 2018 playing, there have been 32 games (64 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
1Big Ten291118.379
T4Independents[n 1]2201.000
T4Big East[n 2]211.500
  1. Boston College (1986) and Syracuse (1988) were not affiliated with a conference during their first appearance.
  2. Syracuse (1992) and Boston College (1993) later participated as members of the original Big East Conference.

See also


  1. "College Bowl Game Payouts". statisticbrain.com. 2015.
  2. "2018 Outback Bowl to Kickoff at Noon on New Year's Day". outbackbowl.com. May 10, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  3. "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.
  4. "2016-17 SEC Bowl Schedule". secsports.com. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  5. "Big Ten Bowl Partners". bigten.org. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  6. 1 2 "Quick Game Summary". outbackbowl.com. 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  7. "Outback Bowl on Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
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