Birmingham Bowl Preview

2017 Birmingham Bowl Betting Preview

Written by on November 21, 2017

If you can’t wait to get your 2017 Birmingham Bowl bets in, then you have come to the right place. MyBookie.ag will have live betting odds available for every Bowl game as soon as the matchups are released.

2017 Birmingham Bowl Betting Preview

The University of Pittsburgh, now in the ACC, has made the most appearances in this bowl with three, playing in three straight from 2011-13. The Panthers hold the record for fewest points scored in this bowl, 6 in a 22-point loss to SMU in 2012. Following the 2013 split of the original Big East Conference along football lines, the FBS schools reorganized as the American Athletic Conference, which retains the charter and ties in of the original Big East.

Of the four schools to play in this bowl more than once, South Florida is the only one without a loss at 2-0. Last year as a 10.5-point favorite, the Bulls of the AAC beat South Carolina of the SEC 46-39 in overtime – the first OT in this bowl.

USF had to play under an interim coach then because Willie Taggart already had taken the Oregon job. The 46 points scored by USF was a record for this bowl as were the 85 combined points. Bulls QB Quinton Flowers set the bowl record with five touchdowns responsible for, throwing for three and rushing for two – including the winner in overtime. He was deservedly named the game’s MVP.

South Florida wasn’t the biggest favorite in this bowl’s history. That was Cincinnati at -11 in the 2007 bowl against Southern Miss. The Bearcats didn’t cover but won 31-21. That game was interesting in that both starting QBs, Southern Miss Jeremy Young and Cincinnati’s Ben Mauk, were picked off three times. Mauk was still named the game’s MVP as he threw four touchdowns.

Previous Results

  • 2016: South Florida 46 – South Carolina 39
  • 2015: Auburn 31 – Memphis 10
  • 2015: Florida 28 – East Carolina 20
  • 2014: Vanderbilt 41 – Houston 24
  • 2013: Ole Miss 38 – Pittsburgh 17
  • 2012: SMU 28 – Pittsburgh 6
  • 2011: Pittsburgh 27 – Kentucky 10
  • 2010: Connecticut 20 – South Carolina 7
  • 2008: Rutgers 29 – NC State 23
  • 2007: Cincinnati 31 – Southern Miss 21
  • 2006: South Florida 24 – East Carolina 7