2016 TaxSlayer Bowl Line: TBA
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL. Date and time: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, 11:00 AM ET. Last year’s result: South Florida 35, Western Kentucky 45. Conference tie-ins: SEC, Big Ten/ACC Teams with the most all-time appearances: Florida, 9. Teams with the most all-time wins:Florida, 7
Originally known as the Gator Bowl, the TaxSlayer Bowl has been held every year since 1946, making it the sixth oldest college bowl, as well as the first bowl games to be featured on national TV. From 1946–1952, the bowl game featured a team from the Southern Conference against an at-large opponent. From 1953 to 1973, at least one SEC team played in 20 out of the 24 games, and in 3 of those games, both rivals were from the SEC. From 1976 to 1995 the game involved a Southeastern team against a team from another region. Teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) were invited to play in 10 of these 20 games.
From 1996–2006, the Gator Bowl hosted the second-place ACC team against the second-place Big East Conference team, but in 2007 the ACC runner-up became contractually tied to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and the Gator Bowl began hosting the third-place ACC team versus a team from either the Big East, the Big 12 Conference or the independent Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
In 2014, Gator Bowl Sports announced the bowl would be renamed the TaxSlayer Bowl following a new six-year deal with tax preparation company TaxSlayer. As a result of the deal, the bowl increased its payout and moved to a new time slot on January 2 for 2015 and 2016. A new logo was released on April 3, 2014.
The favorite in this annual postseason matchup has covered the college football betting line in each of the last two games and three times in the last five games TaxSlayer bowls overall. SEC teams have also won the last two affairs and three of five overall while the Under has gone 4-1 in the last five games overall.
One year ago, the Georgia Bulldogs picked up a hard-fought 24-17 win over Penn State to narrowly cover the spread as a 6.5-point favorite while the game’s 41 combined points played Under the 44-point O/U Total.