Venue: TaxSlayer Bowl Game
When: Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 11 a.m. ET (ESPN)
Where: Jacsonville, FL - EverBank Field
Who:Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Kentucky Wildcats
We love it when we see two teams who overachieved playing in bowl games against each other, even if those bowl games are considered to be the relative undercards of the rest of the bowl season. The TaxSlayer Bowl is a perfect example. It's a bowl game played on New Year's Eve morning at 11 a.m. ET, and it comes on a day where the two national semifinals will be played. Yet the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Kentucky Wildcats both made huge strides this season and would love to cap off their season with a win in Jacksonville.
The Ramblin' Wreck have at least been in this type of a spot before. It was just a couple years ago they were playing in the ACC Championship Game, only to ultimately be beaten by Florida State. They didn't go to a bowl last year and are giving Justin Thomas a nice sendoff here in the Sunshine State. Kentucky meanwhile, hasn't won a bowl game since 2008, and you know that Mark Stoops, in a year that he had to start winning to cement his job for 2017, would love nothing more than to end that streak of futility out of one of the traditional SEC doormats.
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Opening Line: Georgia Tech -4.5
Preview: Almost quietly, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Kentucky Wildcats had pretty darn good seasons. Their reward is getting a chance to play on New Year's Eve against each other in the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, a game that has sneaky good potential for college football bettors. Continue...
Who will win the TaxSlayer Bowl Classic in 2016?
The game is held at the EverBank Field, home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and will telecast on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 11:00 am ET, televised on ESPN.
The Bet on this years TaxSlayer Bowl, as teams from the Southeastern Conference versus a team from the Big Ten Conference, head to EverBank Field in search of bragging rights and a coveted postseason title.
As far as college football bettors are concerned, the annual TaxSlayer 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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One of the first things to look for when examining the college football bowl odds is the current form of the teams. Some teams are coming into the bowl game playing very well, while others are coming in flat or disappointed.
Motivation is a big key factor when it comes to looking at college football bowl betting lines, we also have to look at other things.
Schedule strength, turnovers, recent form, and overall team power ratings are things to consider as the bowl games begin. You also want to take the individual game odds into consideration.
The Gator Bowl, which has made sports betting odds available to its annual event since 1946, features teams from the ACC and the Big East, and many historic battles have taken place over time. The game is one of the oldest non-BCS contests and the tradition of playing in Florida on New Year's Day is something to which every college football team aspires.
The first bowl game was played on Jan. 1, 1946, the Gator Bowl drew only 7,362 fans and it struggled with low attendance figures until the mid-1960s. Since then, however, attendance has been well over 60,000 in most years, with a high of 82,911 for the game in December of 1989.
The Gator Bowl Association has a long memorable tradition and the game has showcased many of college football's biggest names including Heisman Trophy winners George Rogers, Pat Sullivan, Earl Campbell, and John David Crow. Outstanding players such as Dan Marino, Michael Vick, Thurman Thomas, Archie Manning, Larry Csonka, and Peyton Manning are also part of the Gator Bowl Mystique.
The Gator Bowl has also featured many of America's best coaches including Bobby Bowden, Steve Spurrier, and Vince Dooley.
With great teams and players come committed sports betting fans and alumni, charging their way into Jacksonville to cheer and root their team to victory.
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score|
|1 Jan. 2014||Nebraska||24||Georgia||19|
|1 Jan. 2013||Northwestern||34||Mississippi State||20|
|2 Jan. 2012||Florida||24||Ohio State||17|
|1 Jan. 2011||Mississippi State||52||Michigan||14|
|1 Jan. 2010||Florida State||33||West Virginia||21|
|1 Jan. 2009||Nebraska||26||Clemenson||21|
|1 Jan. 2008||Texas Tech||31||Virginia||28|
|1 Jan. 2007||West Virginia||38||Georgia Tech||35|
|2 Jan. 2006||Virginia Tech||35||Louisville||24|
|1 Jan. 2005||Florida State||30||West Virginia||18|
|1 Jan. 2004||Maryland||41||West Virginia||7|
|1 Jan. 2003||North Carolina State||28||Notre Dame||6|
|1 Jan. 2002||Florida State||30||Virginia Tech||17|
|1 Jan. 2001||Virginia Tech||41||Clemson||20|
|1 Jan. 2000||Miami||28||Georgia Tech||13|
|1 Jan. 1999||Georgia Tech||35||Notre Dame||28|
|1 Jan. 1998||North Carolina||42||Virginia Tech||3|
|1 Jan. 1997||North Carolina||20||West Virginia||13|
|1 Jan. 1996||Syracuse||41||Clemson||0|
|30 Dec. 1994||Tennessee||45||Virginia Tech||23|
|31 Dec. 1993||Alabama||24||North Carolina||10|
|31 Dec. 1992||Florida||27||North Carolina State||10|
|29 Dec. 1991||Oklahoma||48||Virginia||14|
|1 Jan. 1991||Michigan||35||Mississippi||3|
|20 Dec. 1989||Clemson||27||West Virginia||7|
|1 Jan. 1989||Georgia||34||Michigan State||27|
|31 Dec. 1987||LSU||30||South Carolina||13|
|27 Dec. 1986||Clemson||27||Stanford||21|
|30 Dec. 1985||Florida State||34||Oklahoma||23|
|28 Dec. 1984||Oklahoma State||21||South Carolina||14|
|30 Dec. 1983||Florida||14||Iowa||6|
|30 Dec. 1982||Florida State||31||West Virginia||12|
|28 Dec. 1981||North Carolina||31||Arkansas||27|
|29 Dec. 1980||Pittsburgh||37||South Carolina||9|
|28 Dec. 1979||North Carolina||17||Michigan||15|
|29 Dec. 1978||Clemson||17||Ohio State||15|
|30 Dec. 1977||Pittsburgh||34||Clemson||3|
|27 Dec. 1976||Notre Dame||20||Penn State||9|
|29 Dec. 1975||Maryland||13||Florida||0|
|30 Dec. 1974||Auburn||27||Texas||3|
|29 Dec. 1973||Texas Tech||28||Tennessee||19|
|30 Dec. 1972||Auburn||24||Colorado||3|
|31 Dec. 1971||Georgia||7||North Carolina||3|
|2 Jan. 1971||Auburn||35||Mississippi||28|
|27 Dec. 1969||Florida||14||Tennessee||13|
|28 Dec. 1968||Missouri||35||Alabama||10|
|30 Dec. 1967||Florida State||17||Penn State||17|
|31 Dec. 1966||Tennessee||18||Syracuse||12|
|31 Dec. 1965||Georgia Tech||31||Texas Tech||21|
|2 Jan. 1965||Florida State||36||Oklahoma||19|
|28 Dec. 1963||North Carolina||35||Air Force||0|
|29 Dec. 1962||Florida||17||Penn State||7|
|30 Dec. 1961||Penn State||30||Georgia Tech||15|
|31 Dec. 1960||Florida||13||Baylor||12|
|2 Jan. 1960||Arkansas||14||Georgia Tech||7|
|27 Dec. 1958||Mississippi||7||Florida||3|
|28 Dec. 1957||Tennessee||3||Texas A&M||0|
|29 Dec. 1956||Georgia Tech||21||Pittsburgh||14|
|31 Dec. 1955||Vanderbilt||25||Auburn||13|
|31 Dec. 1954||Auburn||33||Baylor||13|
|1 Jan. 1954||Texas Tech||35||Auburn||13|
|1 Jan. 1953||Florida||14||Tulsa||13|
|1 Jan. 1952||Miami||14||Clemson||0|
|1 Jan. 1951||Wyoming||20||Washington & Lee||7|
|2 Jan. 1950||Maryland||20||Missouri||7|
|1 Jan. 1949||Clemson||24||Missouri||23|
|1 Jan. 1948||Maryland||20||Georgia||20|
|1 Jan. 1947||Oklahoma||34||NC State||13|
|1 Jan. 1946||Wake Forest||26||South Carolina||14|
*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||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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