When: Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 12 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Where: Jacsonville, FL - EverBank Field
Who: Louisville Cardinals vs Mississippi State Bulldogs
The TaxSlayer Bowl might be the sexiest of all of the non-New Year's Six bowl games this year due to the fact that Nick Fitzgerald and Lamar Jackson are both playing in the game. These are two of the most exciting quarterbacks in college football with both their arm and their legs, and that could make for an exciting game.
Mississippi State finished the season ranked in the Top 25 thanks to the fact that it plays in the SEC. The team does have some nice wins over LSU, Kentucky and Texas A&M, but aside from that, the schedule really wasn't much. Had the Bulldogs beaten Alabama when they were up in the fourth quarter, we would have had a much different feeling about the entire season.
As it is, Dan Mullen's crew should be proud, though obviously, the Bulldogs are going forward without their leader after he left Starkville for the Florida job vacated by Jim McElwain.
Louisville had the hype of a National Championship team this season, but the hopes for that came to a screeching halt early in the year. The Cardinals were out of the ACC race by October 5 when they were saddled with their second loss in division against N.C. State on a Thursday night.
The next week, the team was beaten by Boston College, and that was followed up by another defeat against Wake Forest.
The Cards did finish out the year with wins over Virginia, Syracuse and Kentucky, but 8-4 feels disappointing in a season with so much promise.
Mullen will leave Starkville having taken the Bulldogs to eight straight bowl games. The Dogs have won three straight non-New Year's Six games, including last year's St. Petersburg Bowl.
Louisville is playing in a bowl game for the eight straight season. Last year, Jackson's Heisman Trophy campaign was spoiled just a bit by LSU in the Citrus Bowl.
Opening Line: Louisville -5
Preview: The Louisville Cardinals are unranked, but they are favored in the TaxSlayer Bowl against the No. 23 Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday, December 30 on ESPN. Not only do the Cardinals have last year’s Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, but Mississippi State will be without head coach Dan Mullen who left for Florida and without star quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. The Bulldogs will also be without their defensive coordinator. Bettors have been all over the Cardinals since this line came out, as the Cardinals opened as a 5-point favorite and now the Cardinals are laying 6.5-points. Continue...
Who will win the TaxSlayer Bowl Classic in 2017?
The game is held at the EverBank Field, home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and will telecast on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. 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.
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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.
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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|
|BOWL||DATE||TIME / TV||LOCATION||MATCHUP|
|CELEBRATION BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ABC||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||North Carolina A&T vs Grambling State|
|NEW ORLEANS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||Troy vs North Texas|
|CURE BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||2:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Georgia State vs Western Kentucky|
|LAS VEGAS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada||Oregon vs No. 25 Boise State|
|NEW MEXICO BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM||Marshall vs Colorado State|
|CAMELLIA BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama||Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State|
|BOCA RATON BOWL||Dec. 19, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida||Akron vs Florida Atlantic|
|FRISCO BOWL||Dec. 20, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas||SMU vs Louisiana Tech|
|GASPARILLA BOWL||Dec. 21, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida||Temple vs Florida International|
|BAHAMAS BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas||UAB vs Ohio|
|FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho||Wyoming vs Central Michigan|
|BIRMINGHAM BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ESPN||Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama||Texas Tech vs South Florida|
|ARMED FORCES BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas||Army vs San Diego State|
|DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama||Appalachian State vs Toledo|
|HAWAI'I BOWL||Dec. 24, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawai'i||Fresno State vs Houston|
|HEART OF DALLAS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||1:20 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas||Utah vs West Virginia|
|QUICK LANE BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan||Duke vs Northern Illinois|
|CACTUS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||10 p.m. ET on ESPN||Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona||Kansas State vs UCLA|
|INDEPENDENCE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana||Florida State vs Southern Miss|
|PINSTRIPE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York||Boston College vs Iowa|
|FOSTER FARMS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on FOX||Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California||Arizona vs Purdue|
|TEXAS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas||Texas vs Missouri|
|MILITARY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland||Virginia vs Navy|
|CAMPING WORLD BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Oklahoma State vs Virginia Tech|
|ALAMO BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas||Stanford vs TCU|
|HOLIDAY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on FOX||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California||Michigan State vs Washington State|
|BELK BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina||Wake Forest vs Texas A&M|
|SUN BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||2 p.m. ET on CBS||Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas||NC State vs Arizona State|
|MUSIC CITY BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee||Kentucky vs Northwestern|
|ARIZONA BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||5:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona||Utah State vs New Mexico State|
|COTTON BOWL CLASSIC||Dec. 29, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas||USC vs Ohio State|
|TAXSLAYER BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12 p.m. ET||EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida||Louisville vs Mississippi State|
|LIBERTY BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee||Iowa State vs Memphis|
|FIESTA BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona||Washington vs Penn State|
|ORANGE BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida||Wisconsin vs Miami|
|OUTBACK BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12 p.m. ET on ESPN2||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida||Michigan vs South Carolina|
|PEACH BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||Auburn vs UCF|
|CITRUS BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||1 p.m. ET on ABC||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Notre Dame vs LSU|
|ROSE BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||5 p.m. ET on ESPN||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California||No. 2 Oklahoma vs No. 3 Georgia|
|SUGAR BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||No. 1 Clemson vs No. 4 Alabama|
|NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP||Jan. 8, 2018||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||TBD vs TBD|
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