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Who Has Home-Field Advantage This Bowl Season?

One of the angles for bettors during bowl season is geography. 

The feeling is, the closer teams are to their school, the more familiar they’ll be with their surroundings and the larger number of their fans will show up. 

It can work the other way too. Sometimes there’s nothing special about a bowl game in your own backyard and teams just aren’t motivated. 

Either way, it’s something you have to handicap in these proximity games. Below is a look at the teams this bowl season that are playing within a five-hour drive of their school. 

There are four teams playing in their home stadiums: FAU, Navy, Memphis and Miami. Keep an eye when those dates approach. 

Chiribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl - at FAU Football Stadium in Boca Raton

Akron vs Florida Atlantic -22.5, 61.5 
At FAU’s home stadium. 

DXL Frisco Bowl - Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas

La Tech vs SMU -5, 70
Part of the Dallas metroplex. SMU is located in Dallas. 

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl - Tropicana Field 

Temple vs FIU +7, 56 
269 miles to St. Petersburg from FIU, about a 4-hour drive. 

Quick LANE BOWL - Ford Field, Detroit 

Duke vs NIU +5, 47.5 
About 342 miles to Detroit from DeKalb, 5-hour drive. 

Cactus Bowl - Chase Field, Phoenix 

Kansas State vs UCLA +2, 63.5 
About 373 miles, 5-hour drive from Los Angeles to Phoenix. 

New Era Pinstripe Bowl - Yankee Stadium, New York 

Iowa vs Boston College +3, 46
About 215 miles, or 3-hour 45-minute drive to NYC from Boston. 

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl - NRG Stadium, Houston 

Texas vs Missouri -3, 60.5 
About 165 miles or 2.5 hours to Houston from Austin.

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman - Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD 

Virginia vs Navy N/A 
Home stadium for Navy.

Valero Alamo Bowl - Alamodome, San Antonio 

Stanford vs TCU -2.5, 49
About 270 miles or 4-hour drive to San Antonio for TCU. 

Belk Bowl - Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte 

Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M -25, 49
Charlotte is about 80 miles or 1 hr, 15 mins drive from Winston-Salem. 

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl - Nissan Stadium, Nashville 

Kentucky vs Northwestern -7, 51
About 215 miles or 3 hours, 15 minutes driving time to Nashville from Lexington. 

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl 

New Mexico State vs Utah State -4, 61.5
About 275 miles or 4 hours driving time to Tucson from Las Cruces, NM.

Autozone Liberty Bowl - Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis 

Iowa State vs Memphis -3.5, 66
At Memphis’ home stadium. 

Capital One Orange Bowl - Hard Rock Stadium, Miami 

Wisconsin vs Miami +6.5, 45
At Miami’s home stadium.

AllState Sugar Bowl - MercedeS-Benz Superdome, New Orleans 

Alabama vs Clemson +2.5, 47
About 292 miles or 4 hours 15 minutes driving time to New Orleans from Tuscaloosa.