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Heart of Dallas Bowl

The prestigious Cotton Bowl, now part of the New Year’s Six bowl lineup, used to be played at, well, the actual Cotton Bowl in Dallas at Fair Park. That’s where the annual State Fair of Texas is held as well as the Oklahoma-Texas Red River Showdown game every October. The Cotton Bowl, however, moved to mammoth AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, in 2010. The Cotton Bowl was then replaced by the Ticket City Bowl, now known as the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

The first eight matchups included teams from the Big 12, Big Ten, American Athletic Conference, Pac-12, Conference USA, Mountain West and independent Army. The Big Ten played in the bowl for its first three years – and lost all three (to Texas Tech, Houston and Oklahoma State). The 2017 game was to feature a school from the Big Ten and Big 12. In 2018, it will be Big Ten vs Conference USA, and in 2019, Big 12 vs C-USA. The game moved from Jan. 1 or Jan. 2 to late December in the 2014 season.

In 2016, Army was -9 and beat North Texas 38-31 in overtime. The Black Knights, who run the triple option, attempted just four passes in the game and rushed 74 times for 480 yards and six touchdowns. In the first Ticket City Bowl, Texas Tech was -7.5 and beat Northwestern 45-38. Other than those two favorites failing to cover, every other Heart of Dallas Bowl up to 2017 had been decided by double digits.

This year’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will see the Utah Utes take on the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Utes were a great team to back this season as they went 8-3-1 ATS, but they have just two outright wins in their last eight games. Check out our Heart of Dallas Bowl betting preview to get an edge for the game.

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Heart of Dallas Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2010Ticket City BowlNorthwestern38Texas Tech45-7.5NWESTNTXTECH
2011Ticket City BowlPenn State14Houston30-6.5HOUSTOHOUSTO
2012Heart of Dallas BowlOklahoma State58Purdue14+17OKLA STOKLA ST
2013Heart of Dallas BowlUNLV14North Texas36-6.5NO TEXNO TEX
2014Heart of Dallas BowlIllinois18Louisiana Tech35-7LA.TECHLA.TECH
2015Heart of Dallas BowlWashington44Southern Miss31+7.5WashingtonWashington
2016Heart of Dallas BowlArmy38North Texas31+10.5North TexasArmy
2017Heart of Dallas BowlUtah-West Virginia-   

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