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Holiday Bowl

The Holiday Bowl has been played since 1978 in San Diego at what is now known as Qualcomm Stadium, although its future there is unclear after 2018. Because the NFL’s Chargers moved to Los Angeles, Qualcomm Stadium could be razed and the Holiday Bowl might move to Petco Park, home of MLB’s Padres. This bowl was created to give the WAC, now defunct in college football, an automatic bowl bid after the Fiesta Bowl severed ties with the conference because of Arizona and Arizona State moving to what is now the Pac-12.

The 2016 Holiday Bowl, won by Minnesota 17-12 over Washington State, was the last to be televised by ESPN – Fox Sports now has the rights. ESPN had televised the bowl for 30 years, making it the longest-running partner in the network’s history (it was ESPN’s first bowl). The Pac-12 has had a tie with the Holiday Bowl for two decades, and the Big Ten has sent a team since 2014.

BYU, now an independent, has made the most appearances by far with 11. In 1984, the top-ranked Cougars beat Michigan 24-17 to win the national title as the country’s only unbeaten team. That’s the last time a school not currently in a Power 5 conference or including Notre Dame was crowned national champion.

The Holiday Bowl has hosted some of the great players in modern NCAA history, among them former BYU quarterbacks Jim McMahon, Steve Young and Ty Detmer as well as ex-Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders. In 1988, Sanders had the greatest season ever for a college tailback in winning the Heisman Trophy. The future Detroit Lions legend set the NCAA record with 2,628 yards rushing that still stands. Back then, however, the NCAA didn’t count bowl totals. Sanders added 222 yards and a Holiday Bowl-record five rushing scores in a 62-14 blowout win over Wyoming.

The Big Ten representative was the underdog in three straight Holiday Bowls starting in 2014, covering them all and winning the last two.

The Michigan State Spartans and Washington State Cougars will go toe to toe in this year’s Holiday Bowl. Both teams went 7-5 ATS during the regular season. The Spartans have been a great team to back during bowl season, as they’ve covered the spread in four of their last five bowl games. For more on the game, check out our Holiday Bowl betting preview

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Holiday Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Holiday BowlColorado State21Kansas State54-8KAN.STKAN.ST
1996Holiday BowlColorado33Washington21+6COLOCOLO
1997Holiday BowlColorado State35Missouri24+3COLOSTCOLOST
1998Holiday BowlNebraska20Arizona23+3.5ARIZONARIZON
1999Holiday BowlWashington20Kansas State24+11KAN.STKAN.ST
2000Holiday BowlTexas30Oregon35+7OREGOREG
2001Holiday BowlWashington43Texas47-13.5WASHTEXAS
2002Holiday BowlKansas State34Arizona State27+17.5ARIZSTKAN.ST
2003Holiday BowlTexas28Washington State20+9WSHSTTEXAS
2004Holiday BowlTexas Tech45California31-10.5TXTECHTXTECH
2005Holiday BowlOklahoma17Oregon14-3OKLAOKLA
2006Holiday BowlTexas A&M10California45-3.5CALCAL
2007Holiday BowlTexas52Arizona State34+1TEXASTEXAS
2008Holiday BowlOregon42Oklahoma State31+1OREGOREG
2009Holiday BowlNebraska33Arizona0+2NEBRNEBR
2010Holiday BowlWashington19Nebraska7-13.5WASHWASH
2011Holiday BowlCalifornia10Texas21-3TEXASTEXAS
2012Holiday BowlBaylor49UCLA26EvBAYLORBAYLOR
2013Holiday BowlArizona State23Texas Tech37+16.5T TECHT TECH
2014Holiday BowlNebraska42USC45-7NEBRUSC
2015Holiday BowlUSC21Wisconsin23+3.5WisconsinWisconsin
2016Holiday BowlMinnesota17Washington State12-9MinnesotaMinnesota
2017Holiday BowlMichigan State-Washington State-   

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