Chick-fil-A Bowl

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Chick-fil-A Bowl
Chick-fil-A Bowl logo
StadiumGeorgia Dome
LocationAtlanta, Georgia
Previous stadiumsGrant Field (1968—1970)
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (1971—1991)
Conference tie-insACC, SEC
PayoutUS$3,967,500 (ACC) (As of 2011)[1]
US$2,932,500 (SEC) (As of 2011)[1]
Chick-fil-A (1998–present)
Former names
Peach Bowl (1968–1997)
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (1998–2005)
2012 matchup
LSU vs. Clemson (Clemson 25-24)
2013 matchup
Texas A&M vs. Duke (December 31, 2013)
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Chick-fil-A Bowl
Chick-fil-A Bowl logo
StadiumGeorgia Dome
LocationAtlanta, Georgia
Previous stadiumsGrant Field (1968—1970)
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (1971—1991)
Conference tie-insACC, SEC
PayoutUS$3,967,500 (ACC) (As of 2011)[1]
US$2,932,500 (SEC) (As of 2011)[1]
Chick-fil-A (1998–present)
Former names
Peach Bowl (1968–1997)
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (1998–2005)
2012 matchup
LSU vs. Clemson (Clemson 25-24)
2013 matchup
Texas A&M vs. Duke (December 31, 2013)

The Chick-fil-A Bowl, previously the Peach Bowl, is an annual college football bowl game played in Atlanta, Georgia since December 1968. The first three Peach Bowls were played at Grant Field on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta. Between 1971 and 1991, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium hosted the game. Since 1992, the Georgia Dome has played host. The proposed New Falcons Stadium is planned to begin hosting the game in 2017. Seven of the first ten meetings (all but the 1968, 1971 and 1974 games) pitted an Atlantic Coast Conference team against an at-large opponent. From 1993 until 2013, the game has matched a Southeastern Conference team against one from the ACC. In 2005, the bowl hosted its first-ever matchup of top 10-rated teams.

The game was originally created as a fund-raiser by the Lions Clubs of Georgia but in 1968, after years of lackluster attendance and revenue, the game was taken over by the Chamber of Commerce.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A became the title sponsor of the event with the January 1998 game. Starting with the 2006 season, Chick-fil-A assumed complete naming rights to the game in a five year, $22 million, sponsorship deal, ending almost forty years of the Peach Bowl name. A new logo was unveiled April 6, 2006.

The funds from the deal will be used to increase payouts for the participating teams in hopes of further enhancing the bowl's stature. In response, the ACC has given the committee the first pick of its teams after the BCS beginning in 2006. The bowl currently has the fifth overall selection from the SEC (including the BCS). However, the BCS has taken two SEC schools in every season since 2006, leaving the Chick-Fil-A with the sixth pick from the conference. The 2010 game was a sellout, the fourteenth consecutive year as such.[2] In 2007 the Chick-fil-A Bowl became the best-attended non-BCS bowl for the last decade, and had the 3rd longest bowl sellout streak behind the Rose and Fiesta Bowls.

Starting with the 2014 season, the game will feature College Football Playoff matchups, with the 2016, 2019, 2022, and 2025 games featuring a national semifinal, and the playoff selection committee selecting the matchup in other years.[3] It has been reported that the new playoff system will require the game's name to be changed back to Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl for consistency with the other playoff bowls.[4][5] However, it is still called Chick-fil-A Bowl by both its own website and the playoff system website.[6]

The 2007 game was played on December 31, 2007 featuring the second Chick-fil-A/Peach Bowl matchup between #15 Clemson and #21 Auburn. Clemson lost to Auburn 23—20 in the first ever Chick-fil-A or Peach Bowl to require overtime play.[7][8] With a 5.09 share (4.92 million households), the 2007 game was the highest-rated ESPN-broadcast bowl game of the 2007-2008 season as well as the highest rated in the game's history.[9] The rating was also higher than two New Year's Day bowls, the Cotton and the Gator.[10] In October 2009, the bowl extended the Atlantic Coast Conference contract through 2013. According to Sports Illustrated, although the bowl generated $12.3 million in profit in 2007, only $5.9 million of that was paid out to the participating schools.[11] On December 31, 2012 the bowl set new records for viewership. The New Year’s Eve telecast – a 25-24 Clemson victory over LSU – averaged 8,557,000 viewers (a 5.6 household coverage rating), making it ESPN's most-viewed non-BCS bowl ever.[12][13]

Bowl facts[edit]

Game results[edit]

All rankings are taken from the AP Poll.

Date PlayedWinning TeamLosing TeamNotes
December 30, 1968LSU31#19 Florida State27notes
December 30, 1969#19 West Virginia14South Carolina3notes
December 30, 1970#8 Arizona State48North Carolina26notes
December 30, 1971#17 Mississippi41Georgia Tech18notes
December 29, 1972North Carolina State49#18 West Virginia13notes
December 28, 1973Georgia17#18 Maryland16notes
December 28, 1974Texas Tech6Vanderbilt6notes
December 31, 1975West Virginia13North Carolina State10notes
December 31, 1976Kentucky21#19 North Carolina0notes
December 31, 1977North Carolina State24Iowa State14notes
December 25, 1978#17 Purdue41Georgia Tech21notes
December 31, 1979#19 Baylor24#18 Clemson18notes
January 2, 1981#20 Miami (Florida)20Virginia Tech10notes
December 31, 1981West Virginia26Florida6notes
December 31, 1982Iowa28Tennessee22notes
December 30, 1983Florida State28North Carolina3notes
December 31, 1984Virginia27Purdue24notes
December 31, 1985Army31Illinois29notes
December 31, 1986Virginia Tech25#18 North Carolina State24notes
January 2, 1988#17 Tennessee27Indiana22notes
December 31, 1988North Carolina State28Iowa23notes
December 30, 1989Syracuse19Georgia18notes
December 29, 1990Auburn27Indiana23notes
January 1, 1992#12 East Carolina37#21 North Carolina State34notes
January 2, 1993#19 North Carolina21#24 Mississippi State17notes
December 31, 1993#24 Clemson14Kentucky13notes
January 1, 1995#23 North Carolina State28#16 Mississippi State24notes
December 30, 1995#18 Virginia34Georgia27notes
December 28, 1996#17 LSU10Clemson7notes
January 2, 1998#13 Auburn21Clemson17notes
December 31, 1998#19 Georgia35#13 Virginia33notes
December 30, 1999#15 Mississippi State17Clemson7notes
December 29, 2000LSU28#15 Georgia Tech14notes
December 31, 2001North Carolina16Auburn10notes
December 31, 2002#20 Maryland30Tennessee3notes
January 2, 2004Clemson27#6 Tennessee14notes
December 31, 2004#14 Miami (Florida)27#20 Florida10notes
December 30, 2005#10 LSU40#9 Miami (Florida)3notes
December 30, 2006Georgia31#14 Virginia Tech24notes
December 31, 2007#22 Auburn23#15 Clemson20 (OT)notes
December 31, 2008LSU38#14 Georgia Tech3notes
December 31, 2009#12 Virginia Tech37Tennessee14notes
December 31, 2010#23 Florida State26#19 South Carolina17notes
December 31, 2011Auburn43Virginia24notes
December 31, 2012#14 Clemson25#9 LSU24notes
December 31, 2013#22 DukeTBA#20 Texas A&MTBAnotes


Date playedMVP(s)TeamPosition
December 30, 1968Mike HillmanLSUQB
Buddy MillicanLSUDE
December 30, 1969Ed WilliamsWest VirginiaFB
Carl CrennelWest VirginiaMG
December 30, 1970Monroe EleyArizona StateHB
Junior Ah YouArizona StateDE
December 30, 1971Norris WeeseMississippiQB
Crowell ArmstrongMississippiLB
December 29, 1972Dave BuckeyNorth Carolina StateQB
George BellNorth Carolina StateDT
December 28, 1973Louis CarterMarylandTB
Sylvester BolerGeorgiaLB
December 28, 1974Larry IsaacTexas TechTB
Dennis HarrisonVanderbiltDB
December 31, 1975Dan KendraWest VirginiaQB
Ray MarshallWest VirginiaLB
December 31, 1976Rod StewartKentuckyTB
Mike MartinKentuckyLB
December 31, 1977Johnny EvansNorth Carolina StateQB
Richard CarterNorth Carolina StateDB
December 25, 1978Mark HerrmannPurdueQB
Calvin ClarkPurdueDT
December 31, 1979Mike BrannanBaylorQB
Andrew MelontreeBaylorDE
January 2, 1981Jim KellyMiami (Fla.)QB
Jim BurtMiami (Fla.)MG
December 31, 1981Mickey WalczakWest VirginiaRB
Don StempleWest VirginiaDB
December 31, 1982Chuck LongIowaQB
Clay UhlenhakeIowaDT
December 28, 1983Eric ThomasFlorida StateQB
Alphonso CarrekerFlorida StateDT
December 31, 1984Howard PettyVirginiaTB
Ray DalyVirginiaQB
December 31, 1985Rob HealyArmyQB
Peel ChronisterArmyS
December 31, 1986Erik KramerNorth Carolina StateQB
Derrick TaylorNorth Carolina StateCB
January 2, 1988Reggie CobbTennesseeTB
Van WaitersIndianaLB
December 31, 1988Shane MontgomeryNorth Carolina StateQB
Michael BrooksNorth Carolina StateCB
December 30, 1989Michael OwensSyracuseRB
Terry WoodenSyracuseLB
Rodney HamptonGeorgiaRB
Morris LewisGeorgiaLB
December 29, 1990Stan WhiteAuburnQB
Darrel CrawfordAuburnLB
Vaughn DunbarIndianaRB
Mike DumasIndianaFS
January 1, 1992Jeff BlakeEast CarolinaQB
Robert JonesEast CarolinaLB
Terry JordanNorth Carolina StateQB
Billy Ray HaynesNorth Carolina StateDB
January 2, 1993Natrone MeansNorth CarolinaRB
Bracey WalkerNorth CarolinaDB
Greg PlumpMississippi StateQB
Marc WoodardMississippi StateLB
December 31, 1993Emory SmithClemsonRB
Brentson BucknerClemsonDE
Pookie JonesKentuckyQB
Zane BeehnKentuckyLB
January 1, 1995Tremayne StephensNorth Carolina StateRB
Damien CovingtonNorth Carolina StateILB
Carl ReevesNorth Carolina StateDT
December 30, 1995Tiki BarberVirginiaRB
Skeet JonesVirginiaLB
Hines WardGeorgiaQB
Whit MarshallGeorgiaLB
December 28, 1996Herb TylerLSUQB
Anthony McFarlandLSUDL
Raymond PriesterClemsonRB
Trevor PryceClemsonLB
January 2, 1998Dameyune CraigAuburnQB
Takeo SpikesAuburnLB
Raymond PriesterClemsonRB
Anthony SimmonsClemsonLB
December 31, 1998Olandis GaryGeorgiaRB
Champ BaileyGeorgiaDB
Aaron BrooksVirginiaQB
Wali RainerVirginiaLB
December 30, 1999Wayne MadkinMississippi StateQB
Keith AdamsClemsonLB
December 29, 2000Rohan DaveyLSUQB
Bradie JamesLSULB
December 31, 2001Ronald CurryNorth CarolinaQB
Ryan SimsNorth CarolinaDL
December 31, 2002Scott McBrienMarylandQB
E.J. HendersonMarylandLB
January 2, 2004Chad JasminClemsonRB
Leroy HillClemsonLB
December 31, 2004Roscoe ParrishMiami (Fla.)WR
Devin HesterMiami (Fla.)CB
December 30, 2005Matt FlynnLSUQB
Jim MorrisMiami (Fla.)DT
December 30, 2006Matthew StaffordGeorgiaQB
Tony TaylorGeorgiaLB
December 31, 2007C.J. SpillerClemsonRB
Pat SimsAuburnDT
December 31, 2008Jordan JeffersonLSUQB
Perry RileyLSULB
December 31, 2009Ryan WilliamsVirginia TechRB
Cody GrimmVirginia TechLB
December 31, 2010Chris ThompsonFlorida StateRB
Greg ReidFlorida StateCB
December 31, 2011Onterio McCalebbAuburnRB
Chris DavisAuburnCB
December 31, 2012Tajh BoydClemsonQB
Kevin MinterLSULB


2North Carolina State74-3
3Louisiana State65-1
T4North Carolina52-3
T8West Virginia43-1
T8Virginia Tech42-2
T8Georgia Tech40-4
T12Florida State32-1
T12Mississippi State31-2
T15South Carolina20-2
T22Ole Miss11-0
T22Arizona State11-0
T22East Carolina11-0
T22Texas Tech10-0-1
T22Iowa State10-1

Conference records[edit]

Records are based on a team's conference at the time of the game (e.g. South Carolina is 0-1 as an SEC member and 0-1 as an ACC member).

ConferenceAppearancesWinsLossesTiesWinning Percentage
Atlantic Coast Conference3415190.441
Southeastern Conference3116141.532
Big Ten Conference7250.286
Southwest Conference2101.750
Western Athletic Conference11001.000
Big Eight Conference1010.000
Prior to 1996 merger of four Southwest Conference schools into the Big Eight.
Conference no longer sponsors football

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2011-2012 College Football Bowl Game Schedule". Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Auburn-Clemson Match-up Gives Chick-fil-A Bowl 11th Straight Sellout". Auburn University. 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  4. ^ Tim Tucker (April 24, 2013). "Atlanta lands role in College Football Playoff". Atlanta Journal-Constitutition. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Chick-fil-A Bowl name to change". ESPN. April 25, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "College Football Playoff". College Football Playoff. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Auburn uses new spread offense, defeats Clemson for bowl win". ESPN. 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  8. ^ Matthew Zemek (2008-01-01). "Burns shows how bright future is for Tigers". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  9. ^ "Chick-fil-A Bowl a ratings success as game sets records". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  10. ^ Thamel, Pete (2008-01-02). "Marquee Mismatches: Blame the System". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  11. ^ Murphy, Austin, and Dan Wetzel, "Does It Matter?", Sports Illustrated, 15 November 2010, p. 45.
  12. ^ "Viewership Increases for ESPN Bowl Games". Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "NCAA Bowls: Clemson/LSU Hits Record-High on ESPN; Music City, Liberty Bowls Down". Sports Media Watch. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Company not chicken about bowl spending". Sports Business Journal. 2007-12-03. 

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