Cheez-It Bowl

Cheez-It Bowl Betting History

The Cheez-It Bowl has undergone a number of changes in name and venue since first being christened as the Copper Bowl in 1989. The Arizona Wildcats enjoyed home-field advantage in the inaugural edition of the Copper Bowl, handing the North Carolina State Wolfpack a 17-10 loss on the familiar turf of Arizona Stadium, which would serve as the site of this contest until 1999.

This game has seen several name changes, starting with a renaming to the Insight.com Bowl in 1997, which was later modified to the Insight Bowl in 2002. That again changed to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl for two years starting in 2012, before being rechristened as the Cactus Bowl in time for the 2014-15 bowl season. Now, it’s known as the Cheez-It Bowl.

The Cactus Bowl has also seen numerous changes in venue during its three decades of existence.  The game left Tucson following the 1999 Insight.com Bowl, taking up residence at Bank One Ballpark, home of baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks, for six years before settling in Tempe at Sun Devil Stadium, home of the Wildcats’ archrivals, the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Starting with the 2015-16 edition of the Cactus Bowl, in which the West Virginia Mountaineers shaded the Sun Devils 43-42 as 3-point underdogs, the game returned temporarily to the home of the Diamondbacks, now known as Chase Field, while Sun Devil Stadium underwent major offseason renovations.

The Cheez-It Bowl now features teams from the Pac-12 and Big 12 conferences, and has produced some notable game MVPs. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers claimed 2003 MVP honors as a member of the California Golden Bears, and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was selected as 2012 MVP while with the Michigan State Spartans.

The 2018 Cheez-It Bowl will see the California Golden Bears vs the TCU Horned Frogs. For the latest odds, a free pick and handicapping information, visit our Cheez-It Bowl Game Center. 

Cheez-it Bowl History
Year Bowl Team Score Team Score Spread ATS Sportsbook SU Sportsbook
1995 Insight Bowl Texas Tech 55 Air Force 41 +4 TXTECH TXTECH
1996 Insight Bowl Wisconsin 38 Utah 10 +8 WISCSN WISCSN
1997 Insight Bowl New Mexico 14 Arizona 20 -9 NEWMEX ARIZON
1998 Insight Bowl West Virginia 31 Missouri 34 -2 MIZZOU MIZZOU
1999 Insight Bowl Colorado 62 Boston College 28 +9 COLO COLO
2000 Insight Bowl Pittsburgh 29 Iowa State 37 -3 IOWAST IOWAST
2001 Insight Bowl Syracuse 26 Kansas State 3 -6 SYRACU SYRACU
2002 Insight Bowl Pittsburgh 38 Oregon State 13 -1.5 PITT PITT
2003 Insight Bowl Virginia Tech 49 California 52 +3 CAL CAL
2004 Insight Bowl Oregon State 38 Notre Dame 21 +3 OREGST OREGST
2005 Insight Bowl Rutgers 40 Arizona State 45 -9 RUTGER ARIZST
2006 Insight Bowl Minnesota 41 Texas Tech 44 -8 MINN TXTECH
2007 Insight Bowl Indiana 33 Oklahoma State 49 -6.5 OKLAST OKLAST
2008 Insight Bowl Minnesota 21 Kansas 42 -9 KANSAS KANSAS
2009 Insight Bowl Iowa State 14 Minnesota 13 -2 IOWAST IOWAST
2010 Insight Bowl Missouri 24 Iowa 27 +3 IOWA IOWA
2011 Insight Bowl Iowa 14 Oklahoma 31 -14 OKLA OKLA
2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Michigan State 17 TCU 16 -2 MICHST MICHST
2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Michigan 14 Kansas State 31 -7 KSU KSU
2014 Cactus Bowl Oklahoma State 30 Washington 22 -7 OKLAST OKLAST
2015 Cactus Bowl West Virginia 43 Arizona State 42 +3 ARIZST WVU
2016 Cactus Bowl Boise State 12 Baylor 31 +7 Baylor Baylor
2017 Cactus Bowl Kansas State 35 UCLA 17 +6 Kansas State Kansas State
2018 Cheez-It Bowl California 7 TCU 10 +1.5 TCU TCU