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Outback Bowl

The Outback Bowl is played annually on New Year’s Day in Tampa, Florida. This event was originally called the Hall of Fame Bowl from 1986 to 1994 before being renamed the Outback Bowl under new sponsorship in 1995. In the event that New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, the game is played on January 2 on Monday instead.

When it was the Hall of Fame Bowl, this bowl game had no formal tie-ins, usually grabbing a team from the Southeastern Conference or the Atlantic Coast Conference to play a team from another part of the nation. Since becoming the Outback Bowl in 1995, the game has had agreements locked in with the SEC and Big Ten. From 1995 to 2016, the SEC held a 13-8 lead in this head-to-head series.

From 2011 to 2014, betting underdogs in the Outback Bowl had a nice run of 4-0 ATS with two outright upsets. That stretch came to an end at the heels of back-to-back blowout wins by SEC favorites, with Tennessee beating Northwestern 45-9 as 9.5-point chalk at the end of the 2015 season and Florida winning 30-3 as a 2.5-point favorite over Iowa at the end of 2016.

The January 1, 2000, Outback Bowl was dubbed “The First Sporting Event of the Millennium.” Despite being on the losing end of a game that saw Georgia come from behind to tie and win the game 28-25 in overtime, Purdue’s Drew Brees won the MVP award with 378 passing yards and four passing touchdowns.

In a more recent Outback Bowl overtime thriller, Melvin Gordon scored the MVP award with 251 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in Wisconsin’s 34-31 win over Auburn.

This year’s Outback Bowl will see the Michigan Wolverines take on the South Carolina Gamecocks. Both teams went 8-4 SU during the regular season and failed to break into the upper echelon of college football after being dusted by top-ranked teams. South Carolina was a great bet away from its home field, however, going a perfect 5-0 ATS. For more on the Outback Bowl, check out our betting preview.

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Outback Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Outback BowlPenn State43Auburn14+3PENNSTPENNST
1996Outback BowlAlabama17Michigan14+1ALABALAB
1997Outback BowlWisconsin6Georgia33-8.5GEORGIGEORGI
1998Outback BowlKentucky14Penn State26-8.5PENNSTPENNST
1999Outback BowlGeorgia28Purdue25+5.5PURDUEGEORGI
2000Outback BowlSouth Carolina24Ohio State7-6.5S.CAROS.CARO
2001Outback BowlOhio State28South Carolina31EvS.CAROS.CARO
2002Outback BowlFlorida30Michigan38-1.5MICHMICH
2003Outback BowlIowa37Florida17-4IOWAIOWA
2004Outback BowlWisconsin21Georgia24-7WISCSNGEORGI
2005Outback BowlIowa24Florida31+1FLAFLA
2006Outback BowlPenn State20Tennessee10-4PENNSTPENNST
2007Outback BowlWisconsin17Tennessee21-2.5TENNTENN
2008Outback BowlIowa31South Carolina10+3.5IOWAIOWA
2009Outback BowlNorthwestern35Auburn38-9NWESTNAUBRN
2010Outback BowlPenn State24Florida37-7FLAFLA
2011Outback BowlMichigan State33Georgia30-2.5MICHSTMICHST
2012Outback BowlSouth Carolina33Michigan28+5.5MICHS.CARO
2013Outback BowlLSU21Iowa14+8LSUIOWA
2014Outback BowlWisconsin34Auburn31-6WISCSNWISCSN
2015Outback BowlNorthwestern6Tennessee45-9.5TENNTENN
2016Outback BowlFlorida30Iowa3+1FLAFLA
2017Outback BowlMichigan-South Carolina-   

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