Dollar General Bowl
2016 Dollar General Bowl Line: TBA
Location: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL.
Date and time: Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, 8:00 PM ET.
Last year’s result: Georgia Southern 58, Bowling Green 27.
Conference tie-ins: Sun Belt, MAC
Teams with the most all-time appearances: Arkansas State, 4.
Teams with the most all-time wins:Arkansas State, 2
The game was known as the Mobile Alabama Bowl from 1999 to 2000. It was then known as the GMAC Bowl from 2000 to 2010 when its corporate sponsorship was GMAC Financial Services, then known as first the GoDaddy.com Bowl from 2011 to 2013 when Go Daddy took over sponsorship and then the GoDaddy Bowl from 2014 to 2015. From 1999 to 2009, the bowl pitted a Conference USA team against a team from either the Mid-American Conference or the Western Athletic Conference. For the 2010 game the Atlantic Coast Conference was to participate in the bowl as its ninth bowl tie-in. The ACC failed to have sufficient bowl-eligible teams to fill the slot, and the bowl chose Sun Belt conference champion Troy as a replacement. The Mid-American Conference was the other conference tie-in..
Dollar General, a variety store chain, took over sponsorship on August 17, 2016.
The 2001 game between the Marshall Thundering Herd and East Carolina Pirates set the record as the highest-scoring bowl game of all time, and Marshall achieved what was then the greatest scoring comeback in bowl history. In this contest, Marshall battled back from a 38–8 deficit to win 64–61 in double overtime. Thundering Herd quarterback Byron Leftwich threw for 576 yards in the game.
When the GoDaddy Bowl first began, it was played as one of the first games of the bowl season and occupied a pre-Christmas date. The 2006-07 season saw the game moved to after New Year’s Day, and it served as one of the last bowls played before the national championship game of either the Bowl Championship Series or the College Football Playoff. For the 2015-16 season, the GoDaddy Bowl was moved back to its pre-Christmas slot.
Last year Georgia Southern laid a convincing 58-27 smackdown on Bowling Green to easily cover the college football betting line as a 5.5-point underdog while the game’s 85 combined points played well Over the 63-point Total. Underdogs have fared very well in this annual postseason pairing, going 11-3-1 ATS over the last 15 games.