Military Bowl

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Military Bowl
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
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StadiumNavy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
LocationAnnapolis, Maryland
Previous stadiumsRobert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Previous locationsWashington, D.C. (2008–2012)
Operated2008–present
Conference tie-insACC & American
Previous conference tie-insArmy, Navy, C-USA
PayoutUS$1 million (each)
Sponsors
EagleBank (2008–2009)
Northrop Grumman (2010–present)
Former names
Congressional Bowl (2008, working title)
EagleBank Bowl (2008–09)
2017 matchup
Virginia vs. Navy (Navy 49–7)
2018 matchup
Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech (Cincinnati 35–31)

The Military Bowl is a post-season National Collegiate Athletic Association-sanctioned Division I college football bowl game that has been played annually each December in the Washington metropolitan area since 2008. The game was originally held at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. before moving to Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland in 2013.[1] The 2014 through 2019 games are featuring teams from the American Athletic Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference.[2][3]

During initial planning stages, the game was known as the Congressional Bowl, but was first played in 2008 as the EagleBank Bowl sponsored by Washington-area financial institution EagleBank. After Northrop Grumman, one of the world's leading defense contractors, became its sponsor in 2010, it was officially renamed the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman.[4]

Origins[edit]

The idea for the EagleBank Bowl originated with the Washington, D.C. Bowl Committee, a group founded by Marie Rudolph and Sean Metcalf in December 2006 with the intended purpose of bringing a bowl game to the Washington, D.C. area as a boon to the region's economy.[5] The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission and the Washington, D.C. Convention and Tourism Corporation announced their support of the proposed event in 2007.[5]

History[edit]

The bowl game was one of two approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the 2008 college football bowl season, the other being the St. Petersburg Bowl. The NCAA's Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee approved the bowl on April 30, 2008, allowing the committee that had proposed the game to host it after the 2008 college football season.[6] The inaugural game had its kickoff scheduled for 11 AM EST on December 20, 2008, making it the first bowl game of the 2008–09 bowl season.

In 2010, organizers announced that the NCAA had granted a four-year extension of the game's Bowl Certification, taking it through the 2013–14 bowl season;[7] additionally, the game received sponsorship from Northrop Grumman and was renamed. In 2010, the game generated in excess of $18 million for the Washington, D.C. area. Also, over $100,000 was donated to the USO.[8]

Conference tie-ins[edit]

Prior to the game's approval by the NCAA, Navy and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) signed agreements to participate in the game if it was approved.[9][10] Under the agreement, the ACC would provide its ninth-best team for the bowl if the league had nine bowl eligible teams.[11][dead link] In December 2008, the initial game featured Navy against Wake Forest representing the ACC.

Along with its ACC tie-in, the bowl signed an agreement with Army to play in the 2009 edition of the game,[citation needed] however Army did not finish its season bowl eligible. Additionally, the ACC did not have enough eligible teams and Conference USA (C-USA) could not provide a team, so organizers chose Mid-American Conference (MAC) team Temple to fill one spot and Pac-10 Conference team UCLA to fill the other spot.

For the 2010 through 2013 games, the bowl reached agreement for an ACC team to face a C-USA team (2010), Navy (2011), Army (2012), and a Big 12 team (2013).[7] If Navy or Army were not bowl eligible, a Big 12 team would be selected in 2011, and a C-USA team in 2012.[12] In 2012, Army was not bowl eligible and the ACC could not supply a team,[13] so a MAC vs. Western Athletic Conference (WAC) matchup was organized.

Starting with the 2014 game, organizers entered a six-year agreement for the game to feature an ACC vs. American Athletic Conference (The American) matchup.[14][3]

Season Contracted tie-ins Date played Actual participants
2008 ACC Navy December 20, 2008 ACC Navy
2009 Army December 29, 2009 MAC Pac-10
2010 C-USA December 29, 2010 ACC C-USA
2011 Navy alt. Big 12 December 28, 2011 MAC Mountain West
2012 Army alt. C-USA December 27, 2012 MAC WAC
2013 Big 12 December 27, 2013 ACC C-USA
2014 The American December 27, 2014 ACC The American
2015 December 28, 2015 ACC The American
2016 December 27, 2016 ACC The American
2017 December 28, 2017 ACC The American
2018 December 31, 2018 ACC The American
2019

Bold conference denotes winner of games played.

Game results[edit]

Rankings are based on the AP Poll prior to the game.

No. Date Bowl name Winning team Losing team Attendance
1 December 20, 2008 EagleBank Wake Forest 29 Navy 19 28,777
2 December 29, 2009 EagleBank UCLA 30 Temple 21 23,072
3 December 29, 2010 Military Maryland 51 East Carolina 20 38,062
4 December 28, 2011 Military Toledo 42 Air Force 41 25,042
5 December 27, 2012 Military # 24 San Jose State 29 Bowling Green 20 17,835
6 December 27, 2013 Military Marshall 31 Maryland 20 30,163
7 December 27, 2014 Military Virginia Tech 33 Cincinnati 17 34,277
8 December 28, 2015 Military # 21 Navy 44 Pittsburgh 28 36,352
9 December 27, 2016 Military Wake Forest 34 # 23 Temple 26 26,656
10 December 28, 2017 Military Navy 49 Virginia 7 35,921
11 December 31, 2018 Military Cincinnati 35 Virginia Tech 31 32,832
First five editions at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Subsequent games at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland

MVPs[edit]

Date MVP School Position
December 20, 2008 Riley Skinner Wake Forest QB
December 29, 2009 Akeem Ayers UCLA LB
December 29, 2010 Da'Rel Scott Maryland RB
December 28, 2011 Bernard Reedy Toledo WR
December 27, 2012 David Fales San Jose State QB
December 27, 2013 Rakeem Cato Marshall QB
December 27, 2014 J. C. Coleman Virginia Tech RB
December 28, 2015 Keenan Reynolds Navy QB
December 27, 2016 Thomas Brown Wake Forest LB
December 28, 2017 Zach Abey Navy QB
December 31, 2018 Mike Warren Cincinnati RB

Most appearances[edit]

Updated through the December 2018 edition (11 games, 22 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Navy 3 2–1
T2 Wake Forest 2 2–0
T2 Cincinnati 2 1–1
T2 Maryland 2 1–1
T2 Virginia Tech 2 1–1
T2 Temple 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Marshall, San Jose State, Toledo, UCLA
Lost: Air Force, Bowling Green, East Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia

Appearances by conference[edit]

Updated through the December 2018 edition (11 games, 22 total appearances).

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
ACC 8 4 4 .500 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018
The American 5 3 2 .600 2015, 2017, 2018 2014, 2016
MAC 3 1 2 .333 2011 2009, 2012
C-USA 2 1 1 .500 2013 2010
Pac-10 1 1 0 1.000 2009  
WAC 1 1 0 1.000 2012  
Independents 1 0 1 .000   2008
Mountain West 1 0 1 .000   2011
  • Independent appearances: Navy (2008)

Media coverage[edit]

The bowl has been televised by ESPN since its inception.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patterson, Chip (May 20, 2013). "Military Bowl moving to Annapolis, adds Conference USA for '13". Eye on College Football. CBSSports.com. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  2. ^ "American Athletic Conference Partners With Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman". theamerican.org.
  3. ^ a b http://www.militarybowl.org/military-bowl-presented-by-northrop-grumman-announces-continued-partnership-with-the-atlantic-coast-conference/
  4. ^ "Bowl game in U.S. capital renamed Military Bowl". ESPN.com. 26 October 2010.
  5. ^ a b Proposed D.C. Bowl Would Feature Service Academies The Washington Post. November 29, 2007. Accessed April 30, 2008.
  6. ^ NCAA committee approves 34 football bowl games The Associated Press, ESPN.com. April 30, 2008. Accessed April 30, 2008.
  7. ^ a b http://militarybowl.org/d-cs-eaglebank-bowl-granted-four-year-extension/
  8. ^ http://militarybowl.org/uso-district-of-columbia-to-again-benefit-from-the-military-bowls-return-to-rfk-stadium-on-december-28/
  9. ^ Mids could play in new D.C. bowl game in 2008 The Navy Times, December 12, 2007. Accessed April 30, 2008.
  10. ^ Johnson on DC Bowl: We'll play Navy Scout.com. March 31, 2008. Accessed April 30, 2008.
  11. ^ Group awaits decision on bowl Tim Lemke, The Washington Times. April 18, 2008. Accessed April 30, 2008.
  12. ^ http://militarybowl.org/eaglebank-bowl-announces-bowl-lineups-for-2010-2013/
  13. ^ /http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/12/military_bowl_reports_college.html
  14. ^ http://collegefootball.ap.org/article/military-bowl-strikes-deal-american

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