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Gasparilla Bowl

The Gasparilla Bowl was first played in 2008 as the St. Petersburg Bowl, before a series of corporate name changes (Beef ’O Brady’s, Bitcoin). The current moniker is taken from the famous Gasparilla Pirate Festival, an annual parade and party held across the bay from St. Petersburg in neighboring Tampa, Florida.

Played at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays of MLB, the Gasparilla Bowl is one of only three NCAA bowl games to take place in a baseball stadium.

The game pits a representative from the American Athletic Conference against an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference or Conference USA. However, contingencies allow for the Mid-American and Sun Belt conferences to compete on occasion, and the Southeast Conference sent Mississippi State in 2016.

Given that wide pool of potential participants, which includes no less than six in-state universities, it’s no surprise to see the Sunshine State well represented in Gasparilla Bowl history.

In 2008, the hometown University of South Florida rolled over Memphis 41-14 in the inaugural game, covering as 10.5-point favorites in the Bulls’ only appearance. The following year, the University of Central Florida lost 45-24, failing to cover as 2.5-point underdogs. Florida International University fell 20-10 to Marshall as 4-point dogs in 2011.

Favorites tend to excel in this one, compiling a 6-3 record against the spread through 2016. Overall, favorites had cashed in with a cover three of four times when the spread was set at 7 points or more.

This year’s Gasparilla Bowl will see the Temple Owls take on the FIU Golden Panthers. FIU was an excellent OVER bet during the regular season, topping the mark in eight of its 11 games, including its last four. Temple is on a profitable OVER streak as well, cashing in five straight. For more on the Gasparilla Bowl, check out our betting preview.

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Gasparilla Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2008Beef 'O' Brady's BowlMemphis14South Florida41-10.5S.FLAS.FLA
2009Beef 'O' Brady's BowlCentral Florida24Rutgers45-2.5RUTGERRUTGER
2010Beef 'O' Brady's BowlLouisville31Southern Miss28+2LOUISVLOUISV
2011Beef 'O' Brady's BowlFlorida International10Marshall20+4MARSHLMARSHL
2012Beef 'O' Brady's BowlBall State17Central Florida38-7.5C.FLAC.FLA
2013Beef 'O' Brady's BowlOhio20East Carolina37-14.5ECUECU
2014St. Petersburg BowlNC State34Central Florida27-2NC StateNC State
2015St. Petersburg BowlConnecticut10Marshall16-3MarshallMarshall
2016St. Petersburg BowlMiami Ohio16Mississippi State17-14.5Miami OhioMiss.State
2017Gasparilla BowlTemple-FIU-   

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