|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)
|2016 season matchup|
|Florida vs. Iowa (Florida 30–3)|
|2017 season matchup|
|Michigan vs. South Carolina (South Carolina 26–19)|
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/CEO since 1988.
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.
Hall of Fame Bowl
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 10 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 10 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|
|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|
- Teams with multiple appearances
- Teams with a single appearance
Appearances by conference
Through the January 2018 playing, there have been 32 games (64 total appearances).
|T4||Big East[n 2]||2||1||1||.500|
- Boston College (1986) and Syracuse (1988) were not affiliated with a conference during their first appearance.
- Syracuse (1992) and Boston College (1993) later participated as members of the original Big East Conference.
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- SEC Bowl Schedule
- Big 10 Bowl Partners
- "Quick Game Summary". outbackbowl.com. 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2018.