Cure Bowl

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Cure Bowl
AutoNation Cure Bowl
Auto Nation Cure Bowl logo.png
Stadium Camping World Stadium
Location Orlando, Florida
Operated 2015–present
Conference tie-ins American, Sun Belt
Sponsors
AutoNation (2015–present)
2016 matchup
Arkansas State vs. UCF (Arkansas State 31–13)
2017 matchup
TBD (December 16, 2017)

The Cure Bowl, officially the AutoNation Cure Bowl for sponsorship purposes, is an annual American college football bowl game played in December of each year starting in 2015.[1] The Cure Bowl is so named to promote awareness and research of breast cancer, with proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The AutoNation Cure Bowl, which features a match-up of teams from the American Athletic Conference and the Sun Belt Conference, is played at Camping World Stadium in downtown Orlando, Florida. It is the third annual college bowl game at the Camping World Stadium, joining the Camping World Bowl and the Citrus Bowl. The inaugural AutoNation Cure Bowl took place on December 19, 2015,[2] and was nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network.[3]

On October 24, 2014, AutoNation signed on as the inaugural title sponsor of the game.[4]

History[edit]

In the fall of 2007, college football in Orlando experienced a surge of support thanks to the completion of a new on-campus stadium at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The community enthusiasm inspired a group of Orlando leaders and philanthropists, many of which were UCF alums, to bring a new college bowl game to Orlando and to make it different by directly tying it to a charitable cause.

Among those initial supporters were the founding Board of Director members and Advisory Board members: Mack Mclaughlin, Alan Fidelo, Joe Mckinney, Jeff Lagos, Dave Almstead, Joe Hornstein, Megan Dowdy, Scott Rose, Alan Morrison, Mike Foristall, George Lamelza, and Executive Director, Alan Gooch.

Through years of experience working with and supporting college athletics, Florida Citrus Sports and the NCAA College Football Bowl system, this group knew that each college bowl game donated its profits to a charitable cause. However, the general public typically is unaware of which charitable causes are being supported. To separate this bowl from the rest, the founding board wanted the bowl game to be different, to allow the public to support the game as well as a significant cause. To do this it was decided the cause would be incorporated into the game title. As a result, the AutoNation Cure Bowl was born.

The inaugural Cure Bowl was played in 2015. The game currently features opponents from The American and the Sun Belt Conference. Rather than play at Bright House Networks Stadium on the campus of UCF, it was decided to hold the game at the newly-renovated Camping World Stadium in downtown Orlando.

Game results[edit]

Date Winning Team Losing Team Attendance Notes
December 19, 2015 San Jose State 27 Georgia State 16 18,536 notes
December 17, 2016 Arkansas State 31 UCF 13 27,213 notes

MVPs[edit]

Year MVP Team Position
2015 Kenny Potter San Jose State QB
2016 Kendall Sanders Arkansas State WR

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Arkansas State 1 1–0
T1 San Jose State 1 1–0
T1 Georgia State 1 0–1
T1 UCF 1 0–1

Wins by conference[edit]

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
Sun Belt Conference 1 1 .500
Mountain West Conference 1 0 1.000
American Athletic Conference 0 1 .000

Media coverage[edit]

Television[edit]

Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2016 CBS Sports Network Carter Blackburn Aaron Taylor Jenny Dell
2015 CBS Sports Network Carter Blackburn Aaron Taylor Jenny Dell

Radio[edit]

Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2016 Touchdown Radio Bernie Guenther Gino Torretta Jamie Seh
2015 iHeartRadio Paul Kennedy Max Starks Jamie Seh

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