Military Bowl Betting History

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. The Navy Midshipmen won their second in 2017, blasting Virginia 49-7.

Underdogs have been historically strong performers in this contest. Wake Forest stunned Navy with a 29-19 win as a 3-point underdog 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.

The Hokies will play the Bearcats this year in the 2018 Military Bowl. For the latest odds, a free pick and handicapping information, visit our Military Bowl Game Center

Military Bowl History
Year Bowl Team Score Team Score Spread ATS Sportsbook SU Sportsbook
2008 Eagle Bank Bowl Navy 19 Wake Forest 29 -3 WAKE WAKE
2009 Eagle Bank Bowl UCLA 30 Temple 21 +4 UCLA UCLA
2010 Military Bowl East Carolina 20 Maryland 51 -7.5 MARYL MARYL
2011 Military Bowl Toledo 42 Air Force 41 +3 AIRFOR TOLEDO
2012 Military Bowl San Jose State 29 Bowling Green 20 +7.5 SJ STATE SJ STATE
2013 Military Bowl Marshall 31 Maryland 20 +3 MARSH MARSH
2014 Military Bowl Virginia Tech 33 Cincinnati 14 -2 VATECH VATECH
2015 Military Bowl Pittsburgh 28 Navy 44 -3 NAVY NAVY
2016 Military Bowl Temple 26 Wake Forest 34 +10.5 WAKE WAKE
2017 Military Bowl Virginia 7 Navy 49 -2.5 NAVY NAVY
2018 Military Bowl Virginia Tech 31 Cincinnati 35 -5.5 Virginia Tech Cincinnati