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Belk Bowl

The Charlotte, North Carolina-based Belk Bowl began existence in 2002 as the Continental Tire Bowl. It was later played as the Meineke Car Care Bowl, and since 2011 the Belk Bowl. It’s the only bowl game played in North Carolina, and currently matches teams from the ACC and SEC. The game is played each December between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

This bowl hosted some very entertaining games over the years. Four Meineke Car Care/Belk Bowls in a row from 2008 to 2011 were decided by seven points or less, and the game that broke that streak was Cincinnati’s crazy 48-34 victory over Duke in 2012. Also, seven Belk Bowls from 2010 to 2016 averaged 63 points.

The Virginia Cavaliers won the first two Charlotte-based bowl games, defeating West Virginia 48-22 in 2002 and Pittsburgh 23-16 in 2003. In 2004 North Carolina made its first appearance in its home-state bowl, but lost to Boston College 37-24. The following season North Carolina State made its first appearance and shut out South Florida 14-0.

In 2007 Wake Forest made its first appearance in its home-state bowl, and beat Connecticut 24-10. And in 2012 Duke played in the Belk Bowl, losing that memorable battle with the Bearcats 48-34. In all, North Carolina-based teams were 4-5 SU but 5-4 ATS in the Charlotte-based bowl game through 2016.

Other notable Belk Bowls include Boston College’s last-second 25-24 victory over Navy in 2006 and Mississippi State’s 51-28 victory over North Carolina State in 2015 in which Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott, now of the Dallas Cowboys, accounted for over 400 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns.

This year’s Belk Bowl features a matchup between two 7-5 SU clubs, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Texas A&M Aggies. Wake Forest has covered the spread in four of its last five games, while Texas A&M has been a nice OVER bet, going above the total in three of its last four games. For more on this matchup, check out our Belk Bowl betting preview.

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Belk Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2002Continental BowlWest Virginia22Virginia48+5.5VIRGNAVIRGNA
2003Continental BowlPittsburgh16Virginia23-3VIRGNAVIRGNA
2004Continental BowlBoston College37North Carolina24-4BOST.CBOST.C
2005Meineke Car Care BowlSouth Florida0NC State14-3.5N.C.STN.C.ST
2006Meineke Car Care BowlNavy24Boston College25-7.5NAVYBOST.C
2007Meineke Car Care BowlConnecticut10Wake Forest24-2WAKEWAKE
2008Meineke Car Care BowlWest Virginia31North Carolina30+2.5UNCWESTV
2009Meineke Car Care BowlNorth Carolina17Pittsburgh19EvPITTPITT
2010Meineke Car Care BowlSouth Florida31Clemson26-5.5S.FLAS.FLA
2011Belk BowlLouisville24NC State31-1.5N.C.STN.C.ST
2012Belk BowlCincinnati48Duke34+10CINCCINC
2013Belk BowlNorth Carolina39Cincinnati17+2.5UNCUNC
2014Belk BowlLouisville14Georgia37-7GeorgiaGeorgia
2015Belk BowlNC State28MISS.ST51-6MISS.STMISS.ST
2016Belk BowlArkansas24Virginia Tech35-7.5VA.TECHVA.TECH
2017Belk BowlWake Forest-Texas A&M-   

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