Peach Bowl

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Peach Bowl
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Peach Bowl logo.svg
Stadium Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Previous stadiums Georgia Dome (1993–2016)
Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium (1971–1992)
Grant Field (1968–1970)
Operated 1968–present
Conference tie-ins At-large/Group of Five (2014–present)
Previous conference tie-ins SEC, ACC
Payout US$3,967,500 (ACC) (As of 2011)[1]
US$2,932,500 (SEC) (As of 2011)[1]
Sponsors
Chick-fil-A (1997–present)
Former names
Peach Bowl (1968–1996)
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (1997–2005)
Chick-fil-A Bowl (2006–2013)
2016 season matchup
Alabama vs. Washington (Alabama 24–7)
2017 season matchup
TBD (January 1, 2018)[2]

The Peach Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played in Atlanta, Georgia since December 1968. It has been sponsored by Chick-fil-A since 1997, and is officially known as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. From 2006 to 2013, it was officially referred to as simply the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

The first three Peach Bowls were played at Grant Field on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta. Between 1971 and 1992, Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium hosted the game. Between 1993 and 2016, the Georgia Dome has played host. The bowl will then be moved to Mercedes-Benz Stadium after that facility opens, scheduled for mid-2017. Since the 2014 season, the Peach Bowl has featured College Football Playoff matchups, with the 2016, 2019, 2022, and 2025 games hosting a national semifinal.[3]

History[edit]

Seven of the first ten meetings (all but the 1968, 1971, and 1974 games) pitted an Atlantic Coast Conference team against an at-large opponent. From 1993 until 2013, the game matched a Southeastern Conference team against one from the ACC. In 2005, the bowl hosted its first-ever matchup of top 10 ranked teams.

The game was originally created as a fund-raiser by the Lions Clubs of Georgia in 1968, but after years of lackluster attendance and revenue, the game was taken over by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Chick-fil-A, a fast food restaurant chain based in nearby College Park, has sponsored the game since 1997. From 2006 until 2013, Chick-fil-A's contract gave it full naming rights and the game was referred to as the Chick-fil-A Bowl as a result. The traditional "Peach Bowl" name was reinstated following the announcement that the bowl would be one of the six College Football Playoff bowls.[4][5][6]

The funds from the deal were used to increase payouts for the participating teams. In response, from 2006 to 2014 the ACC gave the committee the first pick of its teams after the BCS—usually the loser of the ACC Championship Game or one of the division runners-up. Also from 2006, the bowl got the fifth overall selection from the SEC (including the BCS). However, the BCS took two SEC schools in every season for the last nine years of its run, leaving the Chick-Fil-A with the sixth pick from the conference—usually one of the division runners-up. It ascended to major-bowl status when it was added to the "New Year's Six" bowls starting with the 2014 season, assuring that it would feature major conference champions and/or prestigious runners-up.

As of 2013, the bowl was sold out for 17 straight years, the second-longest streak behind only the Rose Bowl Game.[7] In 2007, the Chick-fil-A Bowl became the best-attended non-BCS bowl for the previous decade.

The 2007 game was played on December 31, 2007 featuring the second Peach Bowl matchup between #15 Clemson and #21 Auburn. It was the first time the Peach Bowl had ended regulation play with a tie, and with the rules in play since the early 1990s, required an overtime, which Auburn won, 23–20.[8][9] With a 5.09 share (4.92 million households), the 2007 game was the highest-rated ESPN-broadcast bowl game of the 2007-2008 season as well as the highest rated in the game's history.[10] The rating was also higher than two New Year's Day bowls, the Cotton and the Gator.[11] In October 2009, the bowl extended the Atlantic Coast Conference contract through 2013. According to Sports Illustrated, although the bowl generated $12.3 million in profit in 2007, only $5.9 million of that was paid out to the participating schools.[12] On December 31, 2012 the bowl set new records for viewership. The New Year's Eve telecast – a 25-24 Clemson victory over LSU – averaged 8,557,000 viewers (a 5.6 household coverage rating), making it ESPN's most-viewed non-BCS bowl ever.[13][14]

Statistics[edit]

  • Ninth-oldest bowl game in college football history.[15]
  • A then-Georgia Dome attendance record of 75,406 set in 2006 (Georgia vs. Virginia Tech).[15]
  • 17 straight sellouts (from 1998 through 2013).[16]
  • Highest-attended non-BCS bowl game.[17]
  • More than $125 million in cumulative payout (through the 2013 season).[15]

Results[edit]

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team Notes
December 30, 1968 LSU 31 No. 19 Florida State 27 notes
December 30, 1969 No. 19 West Virginia 14 South Carolina 3 notes
December 30, 1970 No. 8 Arizona State 48 North Carolina 26 notes
December 30, 1971 No. 17 Mississippi 41 Georgia Tech 18 notes
December 29, 1972 NC State 49 No. 18 West Virginia 13 notes
December 28, 1973 Georgia 17 No. 18 Maryland 16 notes
December 28, 1974 Texas Tech 6 Vanderbilt 6 notes
December 31, 1975 West Virginia 13 NC State 10 notes
December 31, 1976 Kentucky 21 No. 19 North Carolina 0 notes
December 31, 1977 NC State 24 Iowa State 14 notes
December 25, 1978 No. 17 Purdue 41 Georgia Tech 21 notes
December 31, 1979 No. 19 Baylor 24 No. 18 Clemson 18 notes
January 2, 1981 No. 20 Miami (FL) 20 Virginia Tech 10 notes
December 31, 1981 West Virginia 26 Florida 6 notes
December 31, 1982 Iowa 28 Tennessee 22 notes
December 30, 1983 Florida State 28 North Carolina 3 notes
December 31, 1984 Virginia 27 Purdue 24 notes
December 31, 1985 Army 31 Illinois 29 notes
December 31, 1986 Virginia Tech 25 #18 NC State 24 notes
January 2, 1988 No. 17 Tennessee 27 Indiana 22 notes
December 31, 1988 NC State 28 Iowa 23 notes
December 30, 1989 Syracuse 19 Georgia 18 notes
December 29, 1990 Auburn 27 Indiana 23 notes
January 1, 1992 No. 12 East Carolina 37 No. 21 NC State 34 notes
January 2, 1993 No. 19 North Carolina 21 No. 24 Mississippi State 17 notes
December 31, 1993 No. 24 Clemson 14 Kentucky 13 notes
January 1, 1995 No. 23 NC State 28 No. 16 Mississippi State 24 notes
December 30, 1995 No. 18 Virginia 34 Georgia 27 notes
December 28, 1996 No. 17 LSU 10 Clemson 7 notes
January 2, 1998 No. 13 Auburn 21 Clemson 17 notes
December 31, 1998 No. 19 Georgia 35 No. 13 Virginia 33 notes
December 30, 1999 No. 15 Mississippi State 17 Clemson 7 notes
December 29, 2000 LSU 28 #15 Georgia Tech 14 notes
December 31, 2001 North Carolina 16 Auburn 10 notes
December 31, 2002 No. 20 Maryland 30 Tennessee 3 notes
January 2, 2004 Clemson 27 No. 6 Tennessee 14 notes
December 31, 2004 No. 14 Miami (FL) 27 No. 20 Florida 10 notes
December 30, 2005 No. 10 LSU 40 No. 9 Miami (FL) 3 notes
December 30, 2006 Georgia 31 No. 14 Virginia Tech 24 notes
December 31, 2007 No. 22 Auburn 23 No. 15 Clemson 20 (OT) notes
December 31, 2008 LSU 38 No. 14 Georgia Tech 3 notes
December 31, 2009 No. 12 Virginia Tech 37 Tennessee 14 notes
December 31, 2010 No. 23 Florida State 26 No. 19 South Carolina 17 notes
December 31, 2011 Auburn 43 Virginia 24 notes
December 31, 2012 No. 14 Clemson 25 No. 9 LSU 24 notes
December 31, 2013 No. 20 Texas A&M 52 No. 22 Duke 48 notes
December 31, 2014 No. 6 TCU 42 No. 9 Mississippi 3 notes
December 31, 2015 No. 14 Houston 38 No. 9 Florida State 24 notes
December 31, 2016 No. 1 Alabama 24 No. 4 Washington 7 notes

MVPs[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Clemson 8 3–5
2 NC State 7 4–3
3 LSU 6 5–1
T4 Auburn 5 4–1
T4 Georgia 5 3–2
T4 North Carolina 5 2–3
T4 Tennessee 5 1–4
T8 West Virginia 4 3–1
T8 Virginia Tech 4 2–2
T8 Virginia 4 2–2
T8 Florida State 4 2–2
T8 Georgia Tech 4 0–4
T13 Miami (FL) 3 2–1
T13 Mississippi State 3 1–2
T15 Iowa 2 1–1
T15 Kentucky 2 1–1
T15 Maryland 2 1–1
T15 Purdue 2 1–1
T15 Mississippi 2 1–1
T15 Indiana 2 0–2
T15 South Carolina 2 0–2
T15 Florida 2 0–2
T23 Arizona State 1 1–0
T23 Baylor 1 1–0
T23 Army 1 1–0
T23 Syracuse 1 1–0
T23 Houston 1 1–0
T23 East Carolina 1 1–0
T23 TCU 1 1–0
T23 Texas A&M 1 1–0
T23 Alabama 1 1–0
T23 Vanderbilt 1 0–0–1
T23 Texas Tech 1 0–0–1
T23 Duke 1 0–1
T23 Iowa State 1 0–1
T23 Illinois 1 0–1
T23 Washington 1 0–1

Conference records[edit]

Records are based on a team's conference at the time of the game (e.g. South Carolina is 0–1 as an SEC member and 0–1 as an ACC member).

Conference Appearances Wins Losses Ties Winning Percentage
Atlantic Coast Conference 34 15 19 0 .441
Southeastern Conference 32 16 15 1 .516
Independents 14 9 5 0 .643
Big Ten Conference 7 2 5 0 .286
Southwest Conference 2 1 0 1 .750
Big 12 Conference 1 1 0 0 1.000
American Athletic Conference 1 1 0 0 1.000
Western Athletic Conference 1 1 0 0 1.000
Big Eight Conference 1 0 1 0 .000
Pac-12 Conference 1 0 1 0 .000
Prior to 1996 merger of the four Southwest Conference schools and the eight Big Eight schools.
Conference no longer sponsors football

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stites, Adam (December 6, 2015). "2015 Peach Bowl, Florida State vs. Houston: Date, time, location and more". SB Nation. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ "PLAYOFF". chick-fil-apeachbowl.com. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Auburn-Clemson Match-up Gives Chick-fil-A Bowl 11th Straight Sellout". Auburn University. 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  4. ^ Tim Tucker (April 18, 2014). "Chick-fil-A Bowl will restore 'Peach' to its name". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Chick-Fil-A Bowl adds 'Peach' back to name after playoff inclusion". CBSSports.com. 
  6. ^ "Bowl complies with new playoff". ESPN.com. 
  7. ^ http://www.chick-fil-abowl.com/PressBox/BowlNews/BowlNewsViewer/tabid/122/ArticleId/106/Chick-fil-A-Bowl-Achieves-Earliest-Sellout-in-its-History.aspx
  8. ^ "Auburn uses new spread offense, defeats Clemson for bowl win". ESPN. 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  9. ^ Matthew Zemek (2008-01-01). "Burns shows how bright future is for Tigers". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  10. ^ "Chick-fil-A Bowl a ratings success as game sets records". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  11. ^ Thamel, Pete (2008-01-02). "Marquee Mismatches: Blame the System". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  12. ^ Murphy, Austin, and Dan Wetzel, "Does It Matter?", Sports Illustrated, 15 November 2010, p. 45.
  13. ^ "Viewership Increases for ESPN Bowl Games". ESPN.com. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "NCAA Bowls: Clemson/LSU Hits Record-High on ESPN; Music City, Liberty Bowls Down". Sports Media Watch. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c "Did You Know/General FAQ". cvent. 2015-12-31. 
  16. ^ "No sellout, no problem for Peach Bowl". AJC. 2014-12-31. 
  17. ^ "Company not chicken about bowl spending". Sports Business Journal. 2007-12-03. 

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