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Foster Farms Bowl

The Foster Farms Bowl is played in the greater San Francisco area and debuted in 2002. It was then known as the San Francisco Bowl and was played at AT&T Park, home of baseball’s San Francisco Giants. In 2004, it became the Emerald Bowl and in 2010, the Fight Hunger Bowl. In 2014, the game got its current name and moved to Levi’s Stadium, home of the NFL’s 49ers, in Santa Clara.

Since then, the bowl has matched teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten. It has been played in late December each year except following the 2010 season when it was moved to Jan. 9 – the night before the BCS Championship Game between Auburn and Oregon.

The biggest rout in the bowl game was in 2012 when Arizona State was a 12.5-point favorite, the heaviest in the game’s history, and blew out Navy 62-28. Behind quarterback Taylor Kelly’s four touchdown passes and one rushing score, the Sun Devils managed to score a touchdown on their first nine possessions. The closest game in the bowl’s history was in 2016 when Utah was an 8-point favorite and beat Indiana 26-24.  The Utes’ Joe Williams rushed for a Foster Farms Bowl-record 222 yards.

UCLA and Boston College have played in this bowl three times each, the most of any school. Perhaps the best-known NFL bowl alum from this game is former BC linebacker Luke Kuechly, now starring with the Carolina Panthers. Colin Kaepernick was Nevada’s senior QB when the Wolf Pack beat Kuechly’s Eagles 20-13 in the Jan. 9, 2011, game.

The Bruins, meanwhile, lost all three bowls, most recently in 2015 to Nebraska. The Cornhuskers’ Mike Riley became the first coach to win the bowl twice, also doing so in 2007 when his Oregon State team beat Maryland 21-14.

The Arizona Wildcats will take on the Purdue Boilermakers in this year’s Foster Farms Bowl. Purdue posted an 8-4 ATS record this season and was an excellent UNDER bet, going below the total in nine of its 12 games. For more on Arizona vs Purdue, check out our Foster Farms Bowl betting preview

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Foster Farms Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2002Emerald BowlAir Force13Virginia Tech20-11AIRFORVTECH
2003Emerald BowlColorado State21Boston College35-2BOST.CBOST.C
2004Emerald BowlNavy34New Mexico19-1NAVYNAVY
2005Emerald BowlUtah38Georgia Tech10-9UTAHUTAH
2006Emerald BowlFlorida State44UCLA27-3.5FLASTFLAST
2007Emerald BowlMaryland14Oregon State21-4.5OREGSTOREGST
2008Emerald BowlMiami17California24-10MIAMICAL
2009Emerald BowlBoston College13Southern Cal24-7.5USCUSC
2010Fight Hunger BowlBoston College13Nevada20-8BOST.CNEVADA
2011Fight Hunger BowlUCLA14Illinois20-3ILLINOILLINO
2012Fight Hunger BowlArizona State62Navy28+12.5ARIZSTARIZST
2013Fight Hunger BowlWashington31BYU16+4.5WASHWASH
2014Foster Farms BowlMaryland21Stanford45-10.5StanfordStanford
2015Foster Farms BowlUCLA29Nebraska37+4.5NebraskaNebraska
2016Foster Farms BowlIndiana24Utah26-3.5IndianaUtah
2017Foster Farms BowlArizona-Purdue-   

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