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TaxSlayer Bowl

What originally started in 1946 as the Gator Bowl is now known as the TaxSlayer Bowl. The college bowl game is played annually in Florida and is the sixth oldest of all the college bowl games. It’s no coincidence that schools from Florida typically play in the game, as Florida, Clemson and Florida State rank near the top of the list for most appearances in the game.

Prior to being played at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, the game was played at Gator Bowl Stadium from 1946 to 1993, and was played once in 1994 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The inaugural game in this college bowl series saw Wake Forest defeat South Carolina 26-14.

The TaxSlayer Bowl has a history of one-sided games, as from 1991 to 2015, 18 of the games were decided by double digits. This is a trend that carried over from the early days of the bowl game, as 13 of the games from 1946 to 1965 were decided by 10 points or more. Surprisingly, though, the game didn’t see one double-digit spread between 1995 and 2016.

Many standout players have played in the TaxSlayer Bowl over the years, including Archie Manning, Earl Campbell, Thurman Thomas, Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, Philip Rivers and Calvin Johnson. All were named MVP of the games they competed in.

A couple of 8-4 SU teams will get together for this year’s TaxSlayer Bowl with the Louisville Cardinals taking on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Cardinals come into the game on a 3-0 ATS streak where they’ve won by an average of 30 points. For more on this matchup, check out our TaxSlayer Bowl betting preview.

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TaxSlayer Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Gator BowlSyracuse41Clemson0-2SYRACUSYRACU
1996Gator BowlNorth Carolina20West Virginia13+6UNCUNC
1997Gator BowlVirginia Tech3North Carolina42-9UNCUNC
1998Gator BowlGeorgia Tech35Notre Dame28+2.5GATECHGATECH
1999Gator BowlMiami28Georgia Tech13-4.5MIAMIMIAMI
2000Gator BowlClemson20Virginia Tech41-6.5VTECHVTECH
2001Gator BowlVirginia Tech17Florida State30EvFLASTFLAST
2002Gator BowlNorth Carolina State28Notre Dame6+2N.C.STN.C.ST
2003Gator BowlWest Virginia7Maryland41-4.5MARYLMARYL
2004Gator BowlWest Virginia18Florida State30-9.5FLASTFLAST
2005Gator BowlLouisville24Virginia Tech35-9.5VTECHVTECH
2006Gator BowlGeorgia Tech35West Virginia38-9GATECHWESTV
2007Gator BowlTexas Tech31Virginia28+6.5VIRGNATXTECH
2008Gator BowlClemson21Nebraska26-1NEBRNEBR
2009Gator BowlFlorida State33West Virginia21-2.5FLASTFLAST
2010Gator BowlMichigan14Mississippi State52-3MIS.STMIS.ST
2011Gator BowlFlorida24Ohio State17+2.5FLAFLA
2012Gator BowlNorthwestern34Mississippi State20-1NWESTNWEST
2013Gator BowlGeorgia19Nebraska24+8.5NEBNEB
2014TaxSlayer BowlIowa28Tennessee45-3TennesseeTennessee
2015TaxSlayer BowlGeorgia24Penn State17+6.5GeorgiaGeorgia
2016TaxSlayer BowlGeorgia Tech33Kentucky18+3GATECHGATECH
2017TaxSlayer BowlLouisville-Mississippi State-   

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