Venue: Birmingham Bowl
When: Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 2 p.m. ET / ESPN
Where: Birmingham's Legion Field - Birmingham, Ala.
Who: South Florida Bulls vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
The Birmingham Bowl isn't exactly a premier destination for SEC teams, but the AAC only had a couple teams picked to go to bowl games before the South Florida Bulls. USF has a fantastic, budding program and would love to cap off this season with an 11th win at the expense of the South Carolina Gamecocks, one of the last teams picked for a bowl game in the SEC.
The Bulls and Gamecocks are polar opposite teams, and that should make this one interesting. South Florida gets up to the line of scrimmage as fast as it can and uses its superior athletes, led by quarterback Quinton Flowers to put points on the board in a hurry. The team posted at least 30 points in every game this season. South Carolina meanwhile, scored 30 just three times, that coming against Massachusetts, Missouri and Western Carolina. Needless to say, this is going to be tough for Will Muschamp's team to keep up if USF is playing at a high level offensively, and even if it isn't, the Gamecocks are going to have to do something they didn't do a lot of this year just to have any shot: Score points.
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Opening Line: South Florida -11
Preview: We've been saying this all season long, but the South Florida Bulls might be the best team in America you don't really know a whole heck of a lot about. Oregon though, definitely noticed, as it snared Willie Taggart as its head coach from USF. If the Bulls remain motivated, they shouldn't have a problem taking care of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Birmingham Bowl to wrap up what would be an 11-win season. Continue...
Who will win the Birmingham Bowl in 2016?
The Birmingham Bowl will host their annual NCAA bowl game on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm ET at Legion Field in Birmingham, home to the UAB Blazers, and seats nearly 72,000 Sports betting fans.
This bowl game will feature a team from the Big East, SEC or American Conference, and there is also the chance of an at-large team depending on how many bowl-eligible teams emerge from those conferences.
That flexibility has allowed the Birmingham Bowl to draw some pretty strong programs in its short history. The bowl is managed by ESPN Regional Television, an ESPN subsidiary and the sports network has naturally held broadcast rights to the game since its creation.
As far as College football bettors are concerned, the annual Birmingham Bowl matchup looks like a value-packed venture that gridiron gamblers will have a good chance of cashing in against, no matter whether they like backing the Favorite or Underdog.
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Patton Robinette threw two 50-yard touchdown passes to Jordan Matthews, and Vanderbilt recovered after blowing a 24-point lead to beat Houston 41-24 on Saturday in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
After Houston (8-4) pulled even by scoring 24 points in the third quarter, Vanderbilt reclaimed the lead on Brian Kimbrow's 21-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
|Date||Winning Team||Losing Team||Attendance|
|January 04, 2014||Vanderbilt||41||Houston||24||42,717|
|January 05, 2013||Ole Miss||38||Pittsburgh||17||59,326|
|January 07, 2012||SMU||28||Pittsburgh||6||29,726|
|January 08, 2011||Pittsburgh||27||Kentucky||10||41,207|
|January 02, 2010||Connecticut||20||South Carolina||7||45,254|
|December 29, 2008||Rutgers||29||NC State||23||38,582|
|December 22, 2007||Cincinati||31||Southern Miss||21||35,258|
|December 23, 2006||South Florida||24||ECU||7||32,023|
*Note: All times Eastern
|New Mexico Bowl||Dec. 17||2 p.m.||Albuquerque, N.M.||New Mexico vs. UTSA|
|Las Vegas Bowl||Dec. 17||3:30 p.m.||Las Vegas, Nev.||Houston vs. San Diego St.|
|Camellia Bowl||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Montgomery, Ala.||Appalachian St. vs. Toledo|
|Cure Bowl||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Arkansas St. vs. UCF|
|New Orleans Bowl||Dec. 17||9 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Southern Mississippi|
|Miami Beach Bowl||Dec. 19||2:30 p.m.||Miami, Fla.||Central Michigan vs. Tulsa|
|Boca Raton Bowl||Dec. 20||7 p.m.||Boca Raton, Fla.||West. Kentucky vs. Memphis|
|Poinsettia Bowl||Dec. 21||9 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||BYU vs. Wyoming|
|Potato Bowl||Dec. 22||7 p.m.||Boise, Idaho||Colorado St. vs. Idaho|
|Bahamas Bowl||Dec. 23||1 p.m.||Nassau, Bahamas||Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion|
|Armed Forces Bowl||Dec. 23||4:30 p.m.||Fort Worth, Tex.||Louisiana Tech vs. Navy|
|Dollar General||Dec. 23||8 p.m.||Mobile, Ala.||Ohio vs. Troy|
|Hawaii Bowl||Dec. 24||8 p.m.||Honolulu, Hawaii||Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee|
|St. Petersburg Bowl||Dec. 26||11 a.m.||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi St.|
|Quick Lane Bowl||Dec. 26||2:30 p.m.||Detroit, Mich.||Boston College vs. Maryland|
|Independence Bowl||Dec. 26||5 p.m.||Shreveport, La.||NC State vs. Vanderbilt|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||Dec. 27||Noon||Dallas, Texas||Army vs. North Texas|
|Military Bowl||Dec. 27||3:30 p.m.||Annapolis, Md.||Temple vs. Wake Forest|
|Holiday Bowl||Dec. 27||7 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||Minnesota vs. Wash. St.|
|Cactus Bowl||Dec. 27||10:15 p.m.||Phoenix, Ariz.||Baylor vs. Boise State|
|Pinstripe Bowl||Dec. 28||2 p.m.||New York, NY||Northwestern vs. Pittsburgh|
|Russell Athletic Bowl||Dec. 28||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Miami (Fla.) vs. West Virginia|
|Foster Farms Bowl||Dec. 28||8:30 p.m.||Santa Clara, Calif.||Indiana vs. Utah|
|Texas||Dec. 28||9 p.m.||Houston, Texas||Kansas St. vs. Texas A&M|
|Birmingham Bowl||Dec. 29||2 p.m.||Birmingham, Ala.||South Carolina vs. South Fla.|
|Belk Bowl||Dec. 29||5:30 p.m.||Charlotte, N.C.||Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech|
|Alamo Bowl||Dec. 29||9 p.m.||San Antonio, Texas||Colorado vs. Oklahoma St.|
|Arizona||Dec. 30||5:30 p.m.||Tucson, Ariz.||Air Force vs. South Alabama|
|Liberty Bowl||Dec. 30||Noon||Memphis, Tenn.||Georgia vs. TCU|
|Sun Bowl||Dec. 30||2 p.m.||El Paso, Texas||North Carolina vs. Stanford|
|Music City Bowl||Dec. 30||3:30 p.m.||Nashville, Tenn.||Nebraska vs. Tennessee|
|Orange Bowl||Dec. 30||8 p.m.||Miami Gardens, Fla.||Florida State vs. Michigan|
|Peach Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||3 p.m.||Atlanta, Ga.||Alabama vs. Washington|
|Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||7 p.m.||Glendale, Ariz.||Clemson vs. Ohio State|
|TaxSlayer Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Jacksonville, Fla.||Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky|
|Citrus Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Louisville vs. LSU|
|Outback Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Tampa, Fla.||Florida vs. Iowa|
|Cotton Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Arlington, Texas||Western Mich. vs. Wisconsin|
|Rose Bowl||Jan. 2||5 p.m.||Pasadena, Calif.||Penn State vs. USC|
|Sugar Bowl||Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Auburn vs. Oklahoma|
|CFP National Championship||Jan. 9||TBD||Tampa, Fla.||Peach Winner vs. Fiesta Winner|
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