Birmingham Bowl

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Birmingham Bowl
Birmingham Bowl logo.png
Stadium Legion Field
Location Birmingham, Alabama
Operated 2006-present
Conference tie-ins The American, SEC
Alternates: C-USA, MAC
Payout US$1,950,000 (As of 2013)[1]
Papa John's (2006–2010)
BBVA Compass (2011–2014)
Former names
Birmingham Bowl (2006, working title) Bowl (2006–2010)
BBVA Compass Bowl (2011–2014)
2016 matchup
USF vs. South Carolina (USF 46–39, OT)
2017 matchup
TBD (December 23, 2017)

The Birmingham Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A college football bowl game approved in April 2006 and played annually at the 71,594-seat Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. ESPN Regional Television (doing business as ESPN Plus, a subsidiary of ESPN) owns and manages the bowl's operations, sponsorships and marketing, including broadcast of the game on ESPN.[2] The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) also provides marketing, management and game-day operations support.

From 2006 through 2010, the game was the Bowl, named after Papa John's Pizza, who became the title sponsor signing a multi-year agreement in November 2006.[3] From 2011 through 2014, the game was the BBVA Compass Bowl, as it was sponsored by BBVA Compass, a subsidiary of Bilbao, Spain-based Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria which is based in Birmingham; their sponsorship was announced in November 2010.[4] BBVA Compass declined to renew its sponsorship following the January 2014 game.[5]

The bowl originally had a four-year agreement with Conference USA to match a representative of that conference against an opponent from the Big East Conference, but the bowl's officials later appealed to the NCAA for a recertification which was granted in late April 2008. In 2008 and 2009, the bowl featured the Southeastern Conference's ninth bowl-eligible team and a team from the Big East Conference.[6]

The game currently features teams from the SEC and the American Athletic Conference. Should either of these conferences not fulfill their bowl commitments, a team from C-USA or the Mid-American Conference will take their place, provided it is bowl eligible.[7] Otherwise, the game will choose an at-large team. This happened in 2008, when the SEC was unable to send a team; the bowl selected ACC team North Carolina State to face Rutgers from the Big East despite the fact that the bowl had an arrangement with the Sun Belt Conference at the time and it had at least one bowl-eligible team it could send.


The Bowl marked the return of post-season football to the city of Birmingham, which previously hosted the Dixie Bowl from 1947-1948, the Hall of Fame Classic from 1977-1985 (relocated to Tampa and now named the Outback Bowl), and the All-American Bowl from 1986-1990 (canceled when the SEC awarded their championship game to the city).

In the inaugural game, played on December 23, 2006, the South Florida Bulls, the Big East's representative, beat Conference USA's East Carolina Pirates, 24-7 in front of an announced crowd of 32,023.[8] Benjamin Williams scored the game's first points just over ninety seconds into the game as one of his two touchdowns on the day, and earned the game's MVP honors. Notably, South Florida had previously been a member of C-USA.

The 2007 matchup featured the Southern Miss Golden Eagles and the Cincinnati Bearcats.[9] As with the previous year's game, the participants were a former Conference USA member (Cincinnati) and a current C-USA member (Southern Miss).

After being held in December for its first three years, the Bowl was played on January 2, 2010. As a result, there was no game during the 2009 calendar year. It was one of five bowl games to take place that day, joining the Cotton Bowl Classic, International, Alamo, and Liberty bowls. Connecticut faced South Carolina in the 2010 edition of the bowl.[10] Once again, the unique link with C-USA returned, as South Carolina is an associate member in the conference for men's soccer.

On August 6, 2010, announced it would not renew its sponsorship, after having secured a sponsorship deal with the National Football League.[11] Following the announcement, the game was temporarily renamed the Birmingham Bowl until BBVA Compass was announced as its title sponsor on November 4, 2010, officially changing its name to the BBVA Compass Bowl.[11][12]

Game results[edit]

Name Date Winning team Losing team Attendance Notes
2006 Bowl December 23, 2006 South Florida 24 East Carolina 7 32,023
2007 Bowl December 22, 2007 Cincinnati 31 Southern Miss 21 35,258
2008 Bowl December 29, 2008 Rutgers 29 NC State 23 38,582
2010 Bowl January 2, 2010 Connecticut 20 South Carolina 7 45,254
2011 BBVA Compass Bowl January 8, 2011 Pittsburgh 27 Kentucky 10 41,207
2012 BBVA Compass Bowl January 7, 2012 SMU 28 Pittsburgh 6 29,726
2013 BBVA Compass Bowl January 5, 2013 Ole Miss 38 Pittsburgh 17 59,135
2014 BBVA Compass Bowl January 4, 2014 Vanderbilt 41 Houston 24 42,717
2015 Birmingham Bowl (January) January 3, 2015 Florida 28 East Carolina 20 30,083
2015 Birmingham Bowl (December) December 30, 2015 Auburn 31 Memphis 10 59,430
2016 Birmingham Bowl December 29, 2016 South Florida 46 South Carolina 39 31,229 OT


Date Name School Position
December 23, 2006 Benjamin Williams South Florida RB
December 22, 2007 Ben Mauk Cincinnati QB
December 29, 2008 Mike Teel Rutgers QB
January 2, 2010 Andre Dixon Connecticut RB
January 8, 2011 Dion Lewis Pittsburgh RB
January 7, 2012 Darius Johnson SMU WR
January 5, 2013 Bo Wallace Ole Miss QB
January 4, 2014 Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt WR
January 3, 2015 Adam Lane Florida RB
December 30, 2015 Jovon Robinson Auburn RB
December 29, 2016 Quinton Flowers South Florida QB

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Pittsburgh 3 1–2
T2 South Florida 2 2–0
T2 South Carolina 2 0–2
T2 East Carolina 2 0–2
T5 Cincinnati 1 1–0
T5 Connecticut 1 1–0
T5 Florida 1 1–0
T5 Ole Miss 1 1–0
T5 Rutgers 1 1–0
T5 SMU 1 1–0
T5 Vanderbilt 1 1–0
T5 Auburn 1 1–0
T5 Memphis 1 0–1
T5 Houston 1 0–1
T5 Kentucky 1 0–1
T5 N.C. State 1 0–1
T5 Southern Miss 1 0–1

Wins by conference[edit]

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
SEC 4 3 .571
The American[n 1] 6 5 .545
C-USA 1 2 .333
ACC 0 1 .000
  1. ^ Following the 2013 split of the original Big East along football lines, the FBS schools reorganized as the American Athletic Conference, which retains the charter of the original Big East. Teams in the original Big East compiled a record of 5–2 from 2006 through 2013.

Television coverage[edit]

Previous logos[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BBVA Compass Bowl — About Us: Past Results". BBVA Compass Bowl. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "ESPN Regional Television to Own and Operate New Bowl Game". 2006-05-09. Retrieved 2006-12-25. 
  3. ^ " Signs on as Title Sponsor of Inaugural Bowl Game". 2006-11-16. Archived from the original on 2007-03-27. Retrieved 2006-12-25. 
  4. ^ Hubbard, Russell (2010-11-04). "BBVA Compass to take over sponsorship of Birmingham bowl game". The Birmingham News. 
  5. ^ "BBVA Compass to end sponsorship of bowl game in Birmingham" The Biz Journals. 2013-04-03
  6. ^ " Bowl receives two-year tie-in with SEC". Associated Press. May 1, 2008. Archived from the original on May 5, 2008. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Solomon, Jon (2006-12-24). "Cheers for Bowl". The Birmingham News. Retrieved 2006-12-25. 
  9. ^ "It's official: Cincinnati is Southern Mississippi's opponent in Bowl in Birmingham " (November 28, 2007) Birmingham News
  10. ^ Boyer, Zac (2009-12-06). "UConn accepts bid to Bowl". Retrieved 2006-12-06. 
  11. ^ a b Solomon, Jon (2010-08-07). "Papa John's: New NFL strategy, higher ESPN financial demand mean cutting bowl ties". The Birmingham News. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  12. ^ Russell, Hubbard (2010-11-04). "BBVA Compass to take over sponsorship of Birmingham bowl game". The Birmingham News. Archived from the original on 7 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 

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