Outback Bowl

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Outback Bowl
Outback Bowl logo
StadiumRaymond James Stadium
LocationTampa, Florida
Previous stadiumsLegion Field (1977–85)
Tampa Stadium (1986–98)
Conference tie-insBig Ten, SEC
PayoutUS$7,200,000 (As of 2013)
Outback Steakhouse (1996-present)
Former names
Hall of Fame Bowl (1986–1995)
2014 matchup
LSU vs. Iowa (LSU 21-14)
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Outback Bowl
Outback Bowl logo
StadiumRaymond James Stadium
LocationTampa, Florida
Previous stadiumsLegion Field (1977–85)
Tampa Stadium (1986–98)
Conference tie-insBig Ten, SEC
PayoutUS$7,200,000 (As of 2013)
Outback Steakhouse (1996-present)
Former names
Hall of Fame Bowl (1986–1995)
2014 matchup
LSU vs. Iowa (LSU 21-14)

The Outback Bowl is an annual New Year's Day college football bowl game played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. 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.


The Outback Bowl is not Tampa's first bowl game, as the Cigar Bowl was played at old Phillips Field near downtown from 1947–1954. However, the earlier event matched small college teams, so the Outback Bowl was the first major bowl game to be played in the area. (A notable participant in the 1950 Cigar Bowl was Florida State, but the FSU football program had just begun at the time and they were not yet considered a major college team.)

The Hall of Fame Classic 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 realign with a new bowl game to be played in Tampa Stadium which would inherit the Hall of Fame Bowl name. The bowl did not have agreements to bring in teams from particular conferences in its early years but often matched a school from either the Southeastern Conference or the Atlantic Coast Conference against a team from another region.

In 1999, the Outback Bowl was moved from Tampa Stadium into newly built Raymond James Stadium next door.

The game[edit]

Outback Steakhouse became the game's title sponsor in 1995. Since that game, the Outback Bowl has matched teams from the SEC and the Big Ten. The minimum payout for each participating school is US$3.3 million. In late 2009, 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[2] (the Outback Bowl and the Cotton Bowl Classic both pick third after the BCS selections and the Capital One Bowl; due to geographical considerations the Outback Bowl selects from the SEC's Eastern Division).

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 date 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 in 2010, ESPN now broadcasts the game on either ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2, in conjunction with the Capital One Bowl and the Gator Bowl. The contract is through 2014.[3] Between 1988 and 1992, the bowl aired on NBC.

Game results[edit]

For "Hall of Fame Bowl" results from 1977-1985, see All-American Bowl.
SeasonDate PlayedWinning TeamLosing TeamNotes
1986December 23, 1986Boston College27#17 Georgia24notes
1987January 2, 1988Michigan28Alabama24notes
1988January 2, 1989#17 Syracuse23#16 LSU10notes
1989January 1, 1990#9 Auburn31#21 Ohio State14notes
1990January 1, 1991#14 Clemson30#16 Illinois0notes
1991January 1, 1992Syracuse24Ohio State17notes
1992January 1, 1993Tennessee38Boston College23notes
1993January 1, 1994Michigan42NC State7notes
1994January 2, 1995Wisconsin34Duke20notes
1995January 1, 1996Penn State43Auburn14notes
1996January 1, 1997Alabama17Michigan14notes
1997January 1, 1998Georgia33Wisconsin6notes
1998January 1, 1999Penn State26Kentucky14notes
1999January 1, 2000Georgia28Purdue25 (OT)notes
2000January 1, 2001South Carolina24Ohio State7notes
2001January 1, 2002#14 South Carolina31Ohio State28notes
2002January 1, 2003#11 Michigan38Florida30notes
2003January 1, 2004#13 Iowa37#15 Florida17notes
2004January 1, 2005#7 Georgia24#17 Wisconsin21notes
2005January 2, 2006#17 Florida31Iowa24notes
2006January 1, 2007Penn State20#17 Tennessee10notes
2007January 1, 2008#16 Tennessee21#18 Wisconsin17notes
2008January 1, 2009Iowa31South Carolina10notes
2009January 1, 2010Auburn38Northwestern35 (OT)notes
2010January 1, 2011Florida37Penn State24notes
2011January 2, 2012#17 Michigan State33#16 Georgia30 (3OT)notes
2012January 1, 2013#10 South Carolina33#18 Michigan28notes
2013January 1, 2014#14 LSU21Iowa14notes


December 23, 1986James JacksonGeorgiaQB
Garry MossGeorgiaCB
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

Appearances by Team[edit]

T3Penn State43–1
T3South Carolina43–1
T3Ohio State40–4
T11Boston College21–1
T15Michigan State11–0
T15NC State10–1


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