The Redbox Bowl, formerly 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.
This year, the Michigan State Spartans will face off against the Oregon Ducks. For the latest odds, a free pick and handicapping information, visit our Redbox Bowl Game Center.
|Year||Bowl||Team||Score||Team||Score||Spread||ATS Sportsbook||SU Sportsbook|
|2002||Emerald Bowl||Air Force||13||Virginia Tech||20||-11||AIRFOR||VTECH|
|2003||Emerald Bowl||Colorado State||21||Boston College||35||-2||BOST.C||BOST.C|
|2004||Emerald Bowl||Navy||34||New Mexico||19||-1||NAVY||NAVY|
|2005||Emerald Bowl||Utah||38||Georgia Tech||10||-9||UTAH||UTAH|
|2006||Emerald Bowl||Florida State||44||UCLA||27||-3.5||FLAST||FLAST|
|2007||Emerald Bowl||Maryland||14||Oregon State||21||-4.5||OREGST||OREGST|
|2009||Emerald Bowl||Boston College||13||Southern Cal||24||-7.5||USC||USC|
|2010||Fight Hunger Bowl||Boston College||13||Nevada||20||-8||BOST.C||NEVADA|
|2011||Fight Hunger Bowl||UCLA||14||Illinois||20||-3||ILLINO||ILLINO|
|2012||Fight Hunger Bowl||Arizona State||62||Navy||28||+12.5||ARIZST||ARIZST|
|2013||Fight Hunger Bowl||Washington||31||BYU||16||+4.5||WASH||WASH|
|2014||Foster Farms Bowl||Maryland||21||Stanford||45||-10.5||Stanford||Stanford|
|2015||Foster Farms Bowl||UCLA||29||Nebraska||37||+4.5||Nebraska||Nebraska|
|2016||Foster Farms Bowl||Indiana||24||Utah||26||-3.5||Indiana||Utah|
|2017||Foster Farms Bowl||Arizona||35||Purdue||38||+2.5||Purdue||Purdue|
|2018||Redbox Bowl||Michigan State||6||Oregon||7||+1||Oregon||Oregon|