Held annually in Mobile, Alabama, since 1999, the Dollar General Bowl was originally conceived as a vehicle for the Mid-American Conference (MAC)
In a clever bit of marketing work, the game was sponsored by General Motors Acceptance Corporation as the GMAC Bowl between 2000 and 2010. From there, sponsorship was transferred to GoDaddy.com (2011-2015), before shifting to discount store Dollar General.
Interestingly, despite being held at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile – home of the South Alabama Jaguars – the Dollar General Bowl involved representatives from the MAC and Conference USA through 2009. The only in-state team to play in either conference is the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which never managed to reach the game.
In fact, it took a scheduling snafu in 2010 to bring the Sun Belt Conference into the mix, as champion Troy lost a 44-41 overtime heartbreaker to Central Michigan. That game was a push with CMU favored by 3, but Troy also represented Alabama in 2016, finally getting the home state on the board with a 28-23 win over Ohio as 3.5-point favorites.
Owing to the parity across the MAC, Conference USA and the Sun Belt Conference over the years, bettors have only seen a single double-digit spread – when Miami of Ohio upset Louisville 49-28 as 13-point underdogs in 2003.
Underdogs were outright Sportsbooks three times between 2009 and 2016, including Georgia Southern’s 58-27 romp over Bowling Green in 2015 against a 4.5-point number, and Arkansas State downing Ball State 23-20 while laying 6.5 points a year earlier.
This year’s Dollar General Bowl will see the Buffalo Bulls take on the Troy Trojans. For the latest odds, a free pick and handicapping information, visit our Dollar General Bowl Game Center.
|Year||Bowl||Team||Score||Team||Score||Spread||ATS Sportsbook||SU Sportsbook|
|1999||Mobile Alabama Bowl||TCU||28||East Carolina||14||-5.5||TCU||TCU|
|2000||Mobile Alabama Bowl||TCU||21||Southern Miss||28||+7||S.MISS||S.MISS|
|2001||GMAC Bowl||Marshall||64||East Carolina||61||-2||MARSHL||MARSHL|
|2003||GMAC Bowl||Miami (Ohio)||49||Louisville||28||+13||MIA.OH||MIA.OH|
|2004||GMAC Bowl||Memphis||35||Bowling Green||52||-6||BGREEN||BGREEN|
|2005||GMAC Bowl||Texas El Paso||13||Toledo||45||-3||TOLEDO||TOLEDO|
|2006||GMAC Bowl||Ohio||7||Southern Miss||28||-6.5||S.MISS||S.MISS|
|2007||GMAC Bowl||Bowling Green||7||Tulsa||63||-5.5||TULSA||TULSA|
|2008||GMAC Bowl||Ball State||13||Tulsa||45||-2.5||TULSA||TULSA|
|2009||GMAC Bowl||Troy||41||Central Michigan||44||-3||Push||CMICH|
|2010||GoDaddy.com Bowl||Middle Tennessee||21||Miami (Ohio)||35||+2||MIA.OH||MIA.OH|
|2011||GoDaddy.com Bowl||Arkansas State||20||Northern Illinois||38||Ev||N.ILL||N.ILL|
|2012||GoDaddy.com Bowl||Arkansas State||17||Kent State||13||+2||ARKST||ARKST|
|2013||GoDaddy.com Bowl||Ball State||20||Arkansas State||23||+6.5||ARKST||ARKST|
|2014||GoDaddy Bowl||Toledo||63||Arkansas State||44||+3||TOLEDO||TOLEDO|
|2015||GoDaddy Bowl||Georgia Southern||58||Bowling Green||27||-4.5||Ga.Southern||Ga.Southern|
|2016||Dollar General Bowl||Ohio||23||Troy||28||-6||Ohio||Troy|
|2017||Dollar General Bowl||Appalachian State||34||Toledo||0||-6.5||Appalachian State||Appalachian State|
|2018||Dollar General Bowl||Buffalo||32||Troy||42||+2.5||Troy||Troy|