The Outback Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, usually on New Years Day. The event was originally called the Hall of Fame Bowl from 1986 to 1994 until being renamed in 1995 for its new title sponsor, Outback Steakhouse. It is organized by the Tampa Bay Bowl Association under Jim McVay, who has been the president and CEO since 1988.
|Stadium||Raymond James Stadium|
|Previous stadiums||Tampa Stadium (1986–1998)|
|Conference tie-ins||Big Ten, SEC|
|Payout||US$3,500,000 (as of 2015)|
Outback Steakhouse (1996–present)
Hall of Fame Bowl (1986–1995)
|2017 season matchup|
|Michigan vs. South Carolina|
(South Carolina 26–19)
|2018 season matchup|
|Iowa vs. Mississippi State (Iowa 27–22)|
The Outback Bowl was not Tampa's first bowl game; the Cigar Bowl was played at old Phillips Field near downtown from 1947 to 1954. However, the earlier event matched small college teams, so the Outback / Hall of Fame Bowl is the first major bowl game to be played in the area.
The Hall of Fame Classic was held at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama from 1977 to 1985. In the spring of 1986, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame decided to discontinue their association with the bowl and realign with a new bowl game to be played in Tampa Stadium which would inherit the Hall of Fame Bowl name. Initially, the Hall of Fame Bowl did not have agreements with any conferences, so it usually matched a school from either the Southeastern Conference or the Atlantic Coast Conference against a team from another region of the country.
Outback Steakhouse became the game's title sponsor in 1995. At the same time, the newly renamed Outback Bowl signed agreements with the Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten Conference, creating an annual inter-sectional matchup that has continued ever since.
In 1999, the Outback Bowl moved from Tampa Stadium into Raymond James Stadium, which had recently been built adjacent to the old stadium.
The Outback Bowl is played on New Year's Day unless January 1 falls on a Sunday, in which case it is moved to the following Monday. It is usually the first game to start on a day which is traditionally full of college bowl games, and has kicked off as early as 11AM. ESPN has had television rights to the game since 1993. Under an extension of those rights signed in 2010, ESPN broadcasts the game on either ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2, in conjunction with the Citrus Bowl and the New Year's Six bowl games. Before 1993, the Hall of Fame Bowl aired on NBC.
Upon signing agreements with the SEC and Big Ten in 1995, the Outback Bowl had the third pick of teams from each conference after the Bowl Championship Series teams were placed. Since 2014, both the SEC and Big Ten have worked with a group of several bowl games, including the Outback Bowl, to place their bowl-eligible teams after the College Football Playoff and associated bowls have made their selections.
As of 2017, the Outback Bowl payout was $3.5 million for each team.
Rankings are based on the AP Poll prior to the game being played.
|Season||Date Played||Winning Team||Losing Team||Attnd.||Notes|
|1986||December 23, 1986||Boston College||27||#17 Georgia||24||41,000||notes|
|1987||January 2, 1988||Michigan||28||Alabama||24||61,075||notes|
|1988||January 2, 1989||#17 Syracuse||23||#16 LSU||10||51,112||notes|
|1989||January 1, 1990||#9 Auburn||31||#21 Ohio State||14||68,085||notes|
|1990||January 1, 1991||#14 Clemson||30||#16 Illinois||0||63,154||notes|
|1991||January 1, 1992||Syracuse||24||Ohio State||17||57,789||notes|
|1992||January 1, 1993||Tennessee||38||Boston College||23||52,056||notes|
|1993||January 1, 1994||Michigan||42||NC State||7||52,649||notes|
|1994||January 2, 1995||Wisconsin||34||Duke||20||61,384||notes|
|1995||January 1, 1996||Penn State||43||Auburn||14||65,313||notes|
|1996||January 1, 1997||Alabama||17||Michigan||14||53,161||notes|
|1997||January 1, 1998||Georgia||33||Wisconsin||6||56,186||notes|
|1998||January 1, 1999||Penn State||26||Kentucky||14||66,005||notes|
|1999||January 1, 2000||Georgia||28||Purdue||25 (OT)||54,059||notes|
|2000||January 1, 2001||South Carolina||24||Ohio State||7||65,229||notes|
|2001||January 1, 2002||#14 South Carolina||31||Ohio State||28||66,249||notes|
|2002||January 1, 2003||#11 Michigan||38||Florida||30||65,101||notes|
|2003||January 1, 2004||#13 Iowa||37||#15 Florida||17||65,657||notes|
|2004||January 1, 2005||#7 Georgia||24||#17 Wisconsin||21||62,414||notes|
|2005||January 2, 2006||#16 Florida||31||#25 Iowa||24||65,881||notes|
|2006||January 1, 2007||Penn State||20||#17 Tennessee||10||65,601||notes|
|2007||January 1, 2008||#16 Tennessee||21||#18 Wisconsin||17||60,121||notes|
|2008||January 1, 2009||Iowa||31||South Carolina||10||55,117||notes|
|2009||January 1, 2010||Auburn||38||Northwestern||35 (OT)||49,383||notes|
|2010||January 1, 2011||Florida||37||Penn State||24||60,574||notes|
|2011||January 2, 2012||#17 Michigan State||33||#16 Georgia||30 (3OT)||49,429||notes|
|2012||January 1, 2013||#10 South Carolina||33||#18 Michigan||28||54,527||notes|
|2013||January 1, 2014||#14 LSU||21||Iowa||14||51,296||notes|
|2014||January 1, 2015||#18 Wisconsin||34||#19 Auburn||31 (OT)||44,023||notes|
|2015||January 1, 2016||#23 Tennessee||45||#13 Northwestern||6||53,202||notes|
|2016||January 2, 2017||#20 Florida||30||#21 Iowa||3||51,119||notes|
|2017||January 1, 2018||South Carolina||26||Michigan||19||45,687||notes|
|2018||January 1, 2019||Iowa||27||#18 Mississippi State||22||40,518||notes|
|December 23, 1986||James Jackson||Georgia||QB|
|January 2, 1988||Jamie Morris||Michigan||TB|
|January 2, 1989||Robert Drummond||Syracuse||RB|
|January 1, 1990||Reggie Slack||Auburn||QB|
|January 1, 1991||DeChane Cameron||Clemson||QB|
|January 1, 1992||Marvin Graves||Syracuse||QB|
|January 1, 1993||Heath Shuler||Tennessee||QB|
|January 1, 1994||Tyrone Wheatley||Michigan||RB|
|January 2, 1995||Terrell Fletcher||Wisconsin||RB|
|January 1, 1996||Bobby Engram||Penn State||WR|
|January 1, 1997||Dwayne Rudd||Alabama||LB|
|January 1, 1998||Mike Bobo||Georgia||QB|
|January 1, 1999||Courtney Brown||Penn State||DE|
|January 1, 2000||Drew Brees||Purdue||QB|
|January 1, 2001||Ryan Brewer||South Carolina||RB|
|January 1, 2002||Phil Petty||South Carolina||QB|
|January 1, 2003||Chris Perry||Michigan||TB|
|January 1, 2004||Fred Russell||Iowa||RB|
|January 1, 2005||David Pollack||Georgia||DE|
|January 2, 2006||Dallas Baker||Florida||WR|
|January 1, 2007||Tony Hunt||Penn State||RB|
|January 1, 2008||Erik Ainge||Tennessee||QB|
|January 1, 2009||Shonn Greene||Iowa||RB|
|January 1, 2010||Darvin Adams||Auburn||WR|
|January 1, 2011||Ahmad Black||Florida||S|
|January 2, 2012||Brandon Boykin||Georgia||CB|
|January 1, 2013||Ace Sanders||South Carolina||WR/PR|
|January 1, 2014||Jeremy Hill||LSU||RB|
|January 1, 2015||Melvin Gordon||Wisconsin||RB|
|January 1, 2016||Jalen Hurd||Tennessee||RB|
|January 2, 2017||Chauncey Gardner||Florida||DB|
|January 1, 2018||Jake Bentley||South Carolina||QB|
|January 1, 2019||Nick Easley||Iowa||WR|
Updated through the January 2019 edition (33 games, 66 total appearances).
Updated through the January 2019 edition (33 games, 66 total appearances).
|T4||Big East[n 2]||2||1||1||.500|
The 1997 Outback Bowl, part of the 1996 bowl game season, took place on January 1, 1997, at Houlihan's Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The competing teams were the Alabama Crimson Tide, representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the Michigan Wolverines of the Big Ten Conference (Big 10). Alabama was victorious in by a final score of 17–14.1998 Outback Bowl
The 1998 edition to the Outback Bowl featured the Georgia Bulldogs, and the Wisconsin Badgers.
Georgia scored first on a 2-yard touchdown run from running back Robert Edwards, giving Georgia an early 6-0 lead. Edwards later scored on a 40-yard touchdown run, but the ensuing 2-point conversion failed, making the score 12-0.
In the second quarter, Olandis Gary scored on a 3-yard touchdown run, increasing Georgia's lead to 19-0. In the third quarter, Robert Edwards ran for his 3rd touchdown run of the game, with a 13-yard touchdown run.
In the fourth quarter, quarterback Mike Bobo fired a 7-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Corey Allen, making the score 33-0. He was later named MVP of the game, after connecting on 26 of 28 passes for 267 yards. Wisconsin scored its only points of the game on a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Scott Kavanagh to tight end Dague Retzlaff.1999 Outback Bowl
The 1999 Outback Bowl featured the Kentucky Wildcats, and the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Penn State entered the game with an 8-3 record and #22 ranking in the AP poll; the Nittany Lions had been ranked as high as #7 in the AP poll that season. Kentucky entered the game at 7-4, unranked, though having been ranked earlier in the season in the USA Today coaches' poll. Penn State was favored by 7 points. Kentucky entered the game with three starting offensive linemen replaced by freshman reserves.The game proved to be the first sellout in the history of the Outback Bowl.Kentucky started the scoring with a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tim Couch to wide receiver Lance Mickelsen for an early 7-0 Kentucky lead. Penn State responded with a 43-yard field goal from kicker Travis Forney. Minutes later, Tim Couch found Anthony White for a 16-yard touchdown pass, to give Kentucky a 14-3 lead.
In the second quarter, Penn State quarterback Kevin Thompson connected with Joe Nastasi for a 56-yard touchdown pass, pulling Penn State to within 14-10. Travis Forney kicked a 26-yard field goal before half to make the score 14-13.
In the third quarter, Forney connected on two field goals of 21 and 25 yards to give Penn State a 19-14 lead. In the fourth quarter, Chafie Fields scored on a 19-yard touchdown run with four minutes left to give Penn State a 26-14 lead. Penn State's defense held, and the final score stood up.2000 Outback Bowl
The 2000 edition to the Outback Bowl featured the Georgia Bulldogs and the Purdue Boilermakers.
Purdue quarterback Drew Brees threw touchdown passes of 3 and 11 yards to wide receiver Chris Daniels as Purdue opened up a 13-0 lead. Brees fired a 21-yard touchdown pass to Vinny Sutherland as Purdue led 19-0 at the end of the 1st quarter. In the second quarter, Brees fired a 32-yard touchdown pass to Chris James, and Purdue led 25-0. Georgia's Terrence Edwards scored on a 74-yard touchdown run cutting the margin to 25-7. A Georgia field goal before halftime made the score 25-10.
In the third quarter, Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter scored on an 8-yard touchdown run, and the 2-point conversion attempt was good making the score Purdue 25, Georgia 18, after 3 quarters. In the fourth quarter, Carter found Randy McMichael for an 8-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 25. In overtime Hap Hines kicked a 21-yard field goal as Georgia escaped with a 28-25 victory.2001 Outback Bowl
The 2001 edition to the Outback Bowl featured the South Carolina Gamecocks, and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
After a scoreless first quarter, South Carolina's kicker Jason Corse put the Gamecocks on the board with a 23-yard field goal, giving USC an early three to nothing lead. That score would hold until halftime, with both teams playing terrific defense.
In the third quarter, South Carolina's Ryan Brewer rushed seven yards for a touchdown, increasing the margin to ten to nothing. South Carolina's defense held again and got the ball back. South Carolina fumbled on that drive, and Ohio State's Mike Gurr recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, pulling OSU to within three points.
Early in the fourth quarter, quarterback Phil Petty found Ryan Brewer for a 28-yard touchdown pass, increasing the lead to seventeen to seven. With seven minutes left in the game, Brewer again scored from two yards out, making the final 24 to seven.
Ohio State's head coach, John Cooper, was fired following the game.2003 Outback Bowl
The 2003 Outback Bowl was a college football bowl game held on January 1, 2003 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Michigan Wolverines, third-place finishers in the Big Ten Conference, defeated the Florida Gators, who finished second the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference, 38-30. Michigan running back Chris Perry was named the game's MVP.2006 Outback Bowl
The 2006 Outback Bowl was an American college football bowl game played January 2, 2006 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. It was the 20th edition of the Outback Bowl and featured the Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten Conference, and the Florida Gators from the Southeastern Conference. Florida came into the game under first year head coach Urban Meyer with an 8-3 record. The Hawkeyes, led by 7th year head coach Kirk Ferentz, came into the game with a 7-4 record.2007 Outback Bowl
The 2007 Outback Bowl Game was a college football bowl game sponsored by Outback Steakhouse. It was part of the 2006–2007 bowl game season that concluded the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Outback Bowl has been played annually since 1986 (until 1994 it was known as the Hall of Fame Bowl). The 2007 game was played on January 1, 2007, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The game pitted the #18 Tennessee Volunteers against the unranked Penn State Nittany Lions and was televised on ESPN.2008 Outback Bowl
The 2008 Outback Bowl, part of the 2007-08 NCAA football bowl games season, was played on January 1, 2008 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
As is the case every year, the opposing teams are from the Big Ten Conference (Wisconsin) and Southeastern Conference (Tennessee). The Volunteers were runners-up in the SEC, having lost to LSU, 21–14, in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Georgia on December 1. The Badgers were trying for a second straight 10-win season under head coach Bret Bielema.
Tennessee won, 21–17. Wisconsin had a chance to win the game in the final minute, but Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan was intercepted on a desperation pass, sealing a Volunteers win. Game MVP Erik Ainge completed 25 of his 43 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns. Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill ran the ball 16 times for 132 yards.2009 Outback Bowl
The 2009 Outback Bowl was a college football bowl game played as the first official sporting event in the USA on January 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Scheduled for a kickoff of 11 AM US EST and telecast on ESPN, the game pitted the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa jumped out to a huge lead, leading South Carolina 21–0 at halftime and 31–0 at the end of the third quarter. Shonn Greene, the MVP, had 30 rushes for 132 yards and three rushing touchdowns.2010 Outback Bowl
The 2010 Outback Bowl was the 24th edition of the college football bowl game, and was played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The game started at 11 AM US EST on Friday, January 1, 2010. The game was telecast on ESPN and matched Auburn University against Northwestern University. The game drew 5.69 million viewers (up 30% from the previous year), making it the 7th highest viewing on cable television for the week.The game marked Auburn's third appearance in the Outback Bowl. It was the team's first appearance in the bowl since a 1996 43-14 loss to Penn State. The game marked Northwestern's first appearance in the Outback Bowl. The Wildcats sought their first postseason win since the 1949 Rose Bowl. The two teams had never played each other prior to the Outback Bowl. Darvin Adams, the MVP, had 12 receptions for 142 yards.2011 Outback Bowl
The 2011 Outback Bowl, the 25th edition of the college football bowl game, matched the Florida Gators of the SEC against the Penn State Nittany Lions of the Big Ten, at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The game kicked off at 1 p.m. US EST on January 1, 2011 and was telecast on ABC. The Florida Gators won with a final score of 37-24.2013 Outback Bowl
The 2013 Outback Bowl, the 27th edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on January 1, 2013, at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, as part of the 2012–13 NCAA Bowl season.
The game, which was telecast at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, featured the South Carolina Gamecocks from the Southeastern Conference versus the Michigan Wolverines from the Big Ten Conference. South Carolina won 33–28. The game was sponsored by the restaurant chain Outback Steakhouse.2014 Outback Bowl
The 2014 Outback Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on January 1, 2014 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The 28th edition of the Outback Bowl (which was originally called the Hall of Fame Bowl), it featured the LSU Tigers from the Southeastern Conference and the Iowa Hawkeyes from the Big Ten Conference. It was one of the 2013–14 bowl games that concluded the 2013 FBS football season. The game started at 1:00 p.m. EST and was telecast on ESPN. It was sponsored by the Outback Steakhouse restaurant franchise.
Louisiana State defeated Iowa by a score of 21–14.
LSU had a regular season record of 9–3 (5–3 SEC). Ranked #16 in the BCS, they finished in third place in the Southeast Conference Western Division. Iowa had a record of 8–4 (5–3 Big Ten). Unranked, they finished the season second place in the Big Ten Legends Division. Iowa won the only previous meeting between the two teams, in the 2005 Capital One Bowl.2015 Outback Bowl
The 2015 Outback Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on 1 January 2015 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. It was the 29th edition of the Outback Bowl (previously called the Hall of Fame Bowl) and featured the #17 Wisconsin Badgers from the Big Ten and the #19 Auburn Tigers from the SEC. It was one of the 2014-15 bowl games that concluded the 2014 FBS football season. It kicked off at Noon EST and was nationally televised by ESPN2. It was sponsored by the Outback Steakhouse restaurant franchise.2016 Outback Bowl
The 2016 Outback Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on January 1, 2016, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. It was the 30th edition of the Outback Bowl (previously called the Hall of Fame Bowl), featuring the #13 Northwestern Wildcats from the Big Ten and the #23 Tennessee Volunteers from the SEC. It was one of the 2015-16 bowl games that concluded the 2015 FBS football season, with kickoff at noon EST on ESPN2. It was sponsored by the Outback Steakhouse restaurant franchise.2017 Outback Bowl
The 2017 Outback Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on January 2, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The 31st annual Outback Bowl featured the Iowa Hawkeyes from the Big Ten Conference and the Florida Gators from the Southeastern Conference, and was one of the 2016–17 NCAA football bowl games concluding the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The game was nationally televised by ABC, and its title sponsor was the Outback Steakhouse restaurant franchise.2018 Outback Bowl
The 2018 Outback Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on January 1, 2018, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The 32nd annual Outback Bowl was one of the 2017–18 NCAA football bowl games concluding the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The game was nationally televised on ESPN2, and its title sponsor is the Outback Steakhouse restaurant franchise. The 2018 Outback Bowl marked the first appearance of SB Nation sportswriter Ryan Nanni as the Bloomin' Onion mascot.2019 Outback Bowl
The 2019 Outback Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2019. It was the 33rd edition of the Outback Bowl, and one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. The game was sponsored by Outback Steakhouse and played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
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