South Carolina Gamecocks
2016 Birmingham Bowl Line: TBA
Location: Legion Field, Birmingham, AL.
Date and time: Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, 2:00 PM ET.
Last year’s result: Auburn 31, Memphis 45.
Conference tie-ins: The American, SEC
Teams with the most all-time appearances: Pittsburgh, 3.
Teams with the most all-time wins:South Florida, 1
Formerly known as the PapaJohns.com Bowl and the BBVA Compass Bowl, the Birmingham Bowl is an annual game played since 2006 at the Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Currently, the game features teams from the SEC and the American Athletic Conference, but if neither of these conferences have any eligible candidates, a team from C-USA or the Mid-American Conference will take their place, provided it is bowl eligible. Otherwise, the Bowl commission picks an at-large team (as 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).
In the inaugural Papa Johns.com Bowl was played on December 23, 2006. The South Florida Bulls, representing the Big East Conference, beat Conference USA’s East Carolina Pirates, 24-7. The 2007 matchup featured the Southern Miss vs. Cincinnati. The Bearcats claimed a victory over the Golden Eagles 31-21.
After four years as the official game sponsor, Papajohns.com announced it would not renew its sponsorship, after having secured a sponsorship deal with the NFL. Following the announcement, the game was temporarily renamed the Birmingham Bowl until BBVA Compass was announced as its title sponsor on November 4, 2010. On April 3, 2013, BBVA Compass decided not to renew its sponsorship of the BBVA Compass Bowl following the January 2014 game.
Over the last four years, favorites have won and covered the college football betting line four consecutive times with each winner hailing from the perennially powerful SEC.
Last year, Auburn ran roughshod over Memphis en route to a convincing 31-10 while easily covering the spread as a 3-point favorite. Over/Under total bettors should know the Under is 6-2 in the last eight Birmingham bowls and 2-0 over the last two.