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Military Bowl

Held each year between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, the Military Bowl features an annual matchup of teams from the ACC and the American Athletic Conference at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.

Originally conceived as a way to bring college football bowl game action to Washington, D.C., for the first time, organizers initially planned on branding the game as the Congressional Bowl, but sponsorship by Maryland-based EagleBank resulted in the first two editions of the contest being named the EagleBank Bowl.

Defense industry giant Northrop Grumman took over sponsorship of the game, which was rebranded the Military Bowl, starting in 2010. After drawing fewer than 18,000 fans for a 2012 matchup between San Jose State and Bowling Green, the Military Bowl ended a five-year run at Washington’s RFK Stadium, moving to its current home in Annapolis.

Starting with the 2014 edition, the Military Bowl features matchups between teams from the ACC and the American until at least 2019. ACC squads enjoyed early success in the first nine editions of the Military Bowl, claiming victory in four of six appearances. Four teams made multiple Military Bowl appearances during that stretch, but the Wake Forest Demon Deacons were the only squad to record multiple victories, posting wins in 2008 and 2016.

Underdogs have been historically strong performers in this contest. Wake Forest stunned the Navy Midshipmen with a 29-19 win as 3-point underdogs in the inaugural edition of the EagleBank Bowl in 2008, starting a run of six outright victories by betting underdogs before the Virginia Tech Hokies become the first betting favorite to win and cover with a 33-14 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats in 2014.

Virginia and Navy will square off in this year’s Military Bowl and both teams are ice-cold. Navy has lost six of its last seven games while Virginia has lost five of its last six. For more on this game, check out our Military Bowl betting preview.

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Military Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2008Eagle Bank BowlNavy19Wake Forest29-3WAKEWAKE
2009Eagle Bank BowlUCLA30Temple21+4UCLAUCLA
2010Military BowlEast Carolina20Maryland51-7.5MARYLMARYL
2011Military BowlToledo42Air Force41+3AIRFORTOLEDO
2012Military BowlSan Jose State29Bowling Green20+7.5SJ STATESJ STATE
2013Military BowlMarshall31Maryland20+3MARSHMARSH
2014Military BowlVirginia Tech33Cincinnati14-2VATECHVATECH
2015Military BowlPittsburgh28Navy44-3NAVYNAVY
2016Military BowlTemple26Wake Forest34+10.5WAKEWAKE
2017Military BowlVirginia-Navy-   

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