Peach Bowl Information

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Peach Bowl
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Peach Bowl logo.svg
Stadium Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Location Atlanta
Previous stadiums Georgia Dome (1993–2016)
Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium (1971–1992)
Grant Field (1968–1970)
Operated1968–present
Conference tie-insAt-large/Group of Five, CFP (2014–present)
Previous conference tie-ins SEC, ACC
Payout US$3,967,500 (ACC) (As of 2011) [1]
US$2,932,500 (SEC) (As of 2011) [1]
Sponsors
Chick-fil-A (1997–present)
Former names
Peach Bowl (1968–1996)
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (1997–2005)
Chick-fil-A Bowl (2006–2013)
2018 matchup
Michigan vs. Florida ( Florida 41–15)
2019 matchup
CFP Semifinal ( December 28, 2019)

The Peach Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played in Atlanta since December 1968. Since 1997, it has been sponsored by Chick-fil-A and officially known as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. From 2006 to 2013, it was officially referred to as simply the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

The first three Peach Bowls were played at Grant Field on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta. Between 1971 and 1992, Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium hosted the game. Between 1993 and 2016, the Georgia Dome played host. The bowl then moved to Mercedes-Benz Stadium starting in 2017. Since the 2014 season, the Peach Bowl has featured College Football Playoff matchups, with the 2016, 2019, 2022, and 2025 games hosting a national semifinal. [2]

The Peach Bowl has donated more than 32 million dollars to charity since 2016. [3]

History

Seven of the first ten meetings (all but the 1968, 1971, and 1974 games) pitted an Atlantic Coast Conference team against an at-large opponent. The bowl had no automatic berths prior to 1993, but usually featured an ACC team or a team from the Southeastern Conference. From 1993 until 2013, the game matched an SEC team against one from the ACC. From 1993 to 2005, this matchup was the third selection from the ACC against the fourth from the SEC. In 2005, the bowl hosted its first-ever matchup of top 10 ranked teams.

The game was originally created as a fund-raiser by the Lions Clubs of Georgia in 1968, but after years of lackluster attendance and revenue, the game was taken over by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. [4]

Chick-fil-A, a fast food restaurant chain based in nearby College Park, has sponsored the game since 1997. From 2006 until 2013, Chick-fil-A's contract gave it full naming rights and the game was referred to as the Chick-fil-A Bowl as a result. The traditional "Peach Bowl" name was reinstated following the announcement that the bowl would be one of the six College Football Playoff bowls. [5] [6] [7]

The funds from the deal were used to increase payouts for the participating teams. In response, from 2006 to 2014 the ACC gave the committee the first pick of its teams after the BCS—usually the loser of the ACC Championship Game or one of the division runners-up. Also from 2006, the bowl got the fifth overall selection from the SEC (including the BCS). However, the BCS took two SEC schools in every season for the last nine years of its run, leaving the Chick-Fil-A with the sixth pick from the conference—usually one of the division runners-up. It ascended to major-bowl status when it was added to the "New Year's Six" bowls starting with the 2014 season, assuring that it would feature major conference champions and/or prestigious runners-up.

As of 2013, the bowl was sold out for 17 straight years, the second-longest streak behind only the Rose Bowl Game. [8] In 2007, the Chick-fil-A Bowl became the best-attended non-BCS bowl for the previous decade.

The 2007 game was played on December 31, 2007 featuring the second Peach Bowl matchup between #15 Clemson and #21 Auburn. It was the first time the Peach Bowl had ended regulation play with a tie, and with the rules in play since the early 1990s, required an overtime, which Auburn won, 23–20. [9] [10] With a 5.09 share (4.92 million households), the 2007 game was the highest-rated ESPN-broadcast bowl game of the 2007–2008 season as well as the highest rated in the game's history. [11] The rating was also higher than two New Year's Day bowls, the Cotton and the Gator. [12] In October 2009, the bowl extended the Atlantic Coast Conference contract through 2013. According to Sports Illustrated, although the bowl generated $12.3 million in profit in 2007, only $5.9 million of that was paid out to the participating schools. [13] On December 31, 2012 the bowl set new records for viewership. The New Year's Eve telecast – a 25-24 Clemson victory over LSU – averaged 8,557,000 viewers (a 5.6 household coverage rating), making it ESPN's most-viewed non-BCS bowl ever. [14] [15]

The 2017 season matchup, played January 1, 2018, featured an undefeated UCF playing an Auburn team that had in the regular season defeated both National Championship contenders Georgia and Alabama (the eventual 2017 College Football Playoffs Champion). A 34-27 UCF victory resulted in UCF being the only undefeated FBS team for the 2017 season. As such, UCF was selected as the 2017 National Champions by at least one NCAA recognized selector and thus claims a share of the 2017 National Championship. [16]

Statistics

  • Ninth-oldest bowl game in college football history. [17]
  • A then-Georgia Dome attendance record of 75,406 set in 2006 (Georgia vs. Virginia Tech). [17]
  • 17 straight sellouts (from 1998 through 2013). [18]
  • Highest-attended non-BCS bowl game. [19]
  • More than $125 million in cumulative payout (through the 2013 season). [17]

Game results

Rankings are based on the AP Poll prior to the game being played. Italics denote a tie game.

Date played Winning team Losing team Venue Attnd. [20] Notes
December 30, 1968 LSU 31 #19 Florida State 27 Grant Field 35,545 notes
December 30, 1969 #19 West Virginia 14 South Carolina 3 48,452 notes
December 30, 1970 #8 Arizona State 48 North Carolina 26 52,126 notes
December 30, 1971 #17 Mississippi 41 Georgia Tech 18 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 36,771 notes
December 29, 1972 NC State 49 #18 West Virginia 13 52,671 notes
December 28, 1973 Georgia 17 #18 Maryland 16 38,107 notes
December 28, 1974 Texas Tech 6 Vanderbilt 6 31,695 notes
December 31, 1975 West Virginia 13 NC State 10 45,134 notes
December 31, 1976 Kentucky 21 #19 North Carolina 0 54,132 notes
December 31, 1977 NC State 24 Iowa State 14 36,733 notes
December 25, 1978 #17 Purdue 41 Georgia Tech 21 20,277 notes
December 31, 1979 #19 Baylor 24 #18 Clemson 18 57,371 notes
January 2, 1981 #20 Miami (Florida) 20 Virginia Tech 10 45,384 notes
December 31, 1981 West Virginia 26 Florida 6 37,582 notes
December 31, 1982 Iowa 28 Tennessee 22 50,134 notes
December 30, 1983 Florida State 28 North Carolina 3 25,648 notes
December 31, 1984 Virginia 27 Purdue 24 41,107 notes
December 31, 1985 Army 31 Illinois 29 29,857 notes
December 31, 1986 Virginia Tech 25 #18 NC State 24 53,668 notes
January 2, 1988 #17 Tennessee 27 Indiana 22 58,737 notes
December 31, 1988 NC State 28 Iowa 23 44,635 notes
December 30, 1989 Syracuse 19 Georgia 18 44,991 notes
December 29, 1990 Auburn 27 Indiana 23 38,912 notes
January 1, 1992 #12 East Carolina 37 #21 NC State 34 59,322 notes
January 2, 1993 #19 North Carolina 21 #24 Mississippi State 17 Georgia Dome 69,125 notes
December 31, 1993 #24 Clemson 14 Kentucky 13 63,416 notes
January 1, 1995 #23 NC State 28 #16 Mississippi State 24 64,902 notes
December 30, 1995 #18 Virginia 34 Georgia 27 70,825 notes
December 28, 1996 #17 LSU 10 Clemson 7 63,622 notes
January 2, 1998 #13 Auburn 21 Clemson 17 71,212 notes
December 31, 1998 #19 Georgia 35 #13 Virginia 33 72,876 notes
December 30, 1999 #15 Mississippi State 17 Clemson 7 73,315 notes
December 29, 2000 LSU 28 #15 Georgia Tech 14 73,614 notes
December 31, 2001 North Carolina 16 Auburn 10 71,827 notes
December 31, 2002 #20 Maryland 30 Tennessee 3 68,330 notes
January 2, 2004 Clemson 27 #6 Tennessee 14 75,125 notes
December 31, 2004 #14 Miami (Florida) 27 #20 Florida 10 69,322 notes
December 30, 2005 #10 LSU 40 #9 Miami (Florida) 3 65,620 notes
December 30, 2006 Georgia 31 #14 Virginia Tech 24 75,406 notes
December 31, 2007 #22 Auburn 23 #15 Clemson 20 (OT) 74,413 notes
December 31, 2008 LSU 38 #14 Georgia Tech 3 71,423 notes
December 31, 2009 #12 Virginia Tech 37 Tennessee 14 73,777 notes
December 31, 2010 #23 Florida State 26 #19 South Carolina 17 72,217 notes
December 31, 2011 Auburn 43 Virginia 24 72,919 notes
December 31, 2012 #14 Clemson 25 #9 LSU 24 68,027 notes
December 31, 2013 #20 Texas A&M 52 #22 Duke 48 67,946 notes
December 31, 2014 #6 TCU 42 #9 Mississippi 3 65,706 notes
December 31, 2015 #14 Houston 38 #9 Florida State 24 71,007 notes
December 31, 2016 CFP #1 Alabama 24 #4 Washington 7 75,996 notes
January 1, 2018 #10 UCF 34 #7 Auburn 27 Mercedes-Benz Stadium 71,109 notes
December 29, 2018 #10 Florida 41 #8 Michigan 15 74,006 notes
^CFP Denotes College Football Playoff semifinal game

Future games

Season Date Day
Future game dates [21] [22]
2019dagger December 28, 2019 Saturday
2020 January 1, 2021 Friday
2021 December 30, 2021 Thursday
2022dagger December 31, 2022 Saturday
2023 December 29, 2023 Friday
2024 December 28, 2024 Saturday
2025dagger December 27, 2025 Saturday

dagger denotes game is a College Football Playoff semifinal

MVPs

An offensive and defensive MVP are selected for each game; from 1989 through 1998, selections were made for both teams.

Game Offensive MVP Defensive MVP
Player Team Position Player Team Position
1968 Mike Hillman LSU QB Buddy Millican LSU DE
1969 Ed Williams West Virginia FB Carl Crennel West Virginia MG
1970 Monroe Eley Arizona State HB Junior Ah You Arizona State DE
1971 Norris Weese Mississippi QB Crowell Armstrong Mississippi LB
1972 Dave Buckey NC State QB George Bell NC State DT
1973 Louis Carter Maryland TB Sylvester Boler Georgia LB
1974 Larry Isaac Texas Tech TB Dennis Harrison Vanderbilt DB
1975 Dan Kendra West Virginia QB Ray Marshall West Virginia LB
1976 Rod Stewart Kentucky TB Mike Martin Kentucky LB
1977 Johnny Evans NC State QB Richard Carter NC State DB
1978 Mark Herrmann Purdue QB Calvin Clark Purdue DT
1979 Mike Brannan Baylor QB Andrew Melontree Baylor DE
1981 Jim Kelly Miami (Florida) QB Jim Burt Miami (Florida) MG
1981 Mickey Walczak West Virginia RB Don Stemple West Virginia DB
1982 Chuck Long Iowa QB Clay Uhlenhake Iowa DT
1983 Eric Thomas Florida State QB Alphonso Carreker Florida State DT
1984 Howard Petty Virginia TB Ray Daly Virginia CB
1985 Rob Healy Army QB Peel Chronister Army S
1986 Erik Kramer NC State QB Derrick Taylor NC State CB
1988 Reggie Cobb Tennessee TB Van Waiters Indiana LB
1988 Shane Montgomery NC State QB Michael Brooks NC State CB
1989 Michael Owens Syracuse RB Terry Wooden Syracuse LB
Rodney Hampton Georgia RB Morris Lewis Georgia LB
1990 Stan White Auburn QB Darrel Crawford Auburn LB
Vaughn Dunbar Indiana RB Mike Dumas Indiana FS
1992 Jeff Blake East Carolina QB Robert Jones East Carolina LB
Terry Jordan NC State QB Billy Ray Haynes NC State DB
Jan. 1993 Natrone Means North Carolina RB Bracey Walker North Carolina DB
Greg Plump Mississippi State QB Marc Woodard Mississippi State LB
Dec. 1993 Emory Smith Clemson RB Brentson Buckner Clemson DE
Pookie Jones Kentucky QB Zane Beehn Kentucky LB
Jan. 1995 Tremayne Stephens NC State RB Damien Covington
Carl Reeves
NC State ILB
DT
Tim Rogers Mississippi State K Larry Williams Mississippi State DL
Dec. 1995 Tiki Barber Virginia RB Skeet Jones Virginia LB
Hines Ward Georgia QB Whit Marshall Georgia LB
1996 Herb Tyler LSU QB Anthony McFarland LSU DL
Raymond Priester Clemson RB Trevor Pryce Clemson LB
Jan. 1998 Dameyune Craig Auburn QB Takeo Spikes Auburn LB
Raymond Priester Clemson RB Anthony Simmons Clemson LB
Dec. 1998 Olandis Gary Georgia RB Champ Bailey Georgia DB
Aaron Brooks Virginia QB Wali Rainer Virginia LB
1999 Wayne Madkin Mississippi State QB Keith Adams Clemson LB
2000 Rohan Davey LSU QB Bradie James LSU LB
2001 Ronald Curry North Carolina QB Ryan Sims North Carolina DL
2002 Scott McBrien Maryland QB E.J. Henderson Maryland LB
Jan. 2004 Chad Jasmin Clemson RB Leroy Hill Clemson LB
Dec. 2004 Roscoe Parrish Miami (Florida) WR Devin Hester Miami (Florida) CB
2005 Matt Flynn LSU QB Jim Morris Miami (Florida) DT
2006 Matthew Stafford Georgia QB Tony Taylor Georgia LB
2007 C. J. Spiller Clemson RB Pat Sims Auburn DT
2008 Jordan Jefferson LSU QB Perry Riley LSU LB
2009 Ryan Williams Virginia Tech RB Cody Grimm Virginia Tech LB
2010 Chris Thompson Florida State RB Greg Reid Florida State CB
2011 Onterio McCalebb Auburn RB Chris Davis Auburn CB
2012 Tajh Boyd Clemson QB Kevin Minter LSU LB
2013 Johnny Manziel Texas A&M QB Toney Hurd Jr. Texas A&M DB
2014 Trevone Boykin TCU QB James McFarland TCU DE
2015 Greg Ward, Jr. Houston QB William Jackson III Houston CB
2016 Bo Scarbrough Alabama RB Ryan Anderson Alabama LB
Jan. 2018 McKenzie Milton UCF QB Shaquem Griffin UCF LB
Dec. 2018 Feleipe Franks Florida QB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson Florida DB

Appearances

Updated through the December 2018 edition (51 games, 102 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Clemson 8 3–5
2 NC State 7 4–3
T3 LSU 6 5–1
T3 Auburn 6 4–2
T5 Georgia 5 3–2
T5 North Carolina 5 2–3
T5 Tennessee 5 1–4
T8 West Virginia 4 3–1
T8 Virginia Tech 4 2–2
T8 Virginia 4 2–2
T8 Florida State 4 2–2
T8 Georgia Tech 4 0–4
T13 Miami (FL) 3 2–1
T13 Florida 3 1–2
T13 Mississippi State 3 1–2
T16 Iowa 2 1–1
T16 Kentucky 2 1–1
T16 Maryland 2 1–1
T16 Purdue 2 1–1
T16 Mississippi 2 1–1
T16 Indiana 2 0–2
T16 South Carolina 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Alabama, Arizona State, Army, Baylor, East Carolina, Houston, Syracuse, TCU, Texas A&M, UCF
Lost: Duke, Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan, Washington
Tied: Texas Tech, Vanderbilt

Appearances by conference

Updated through the December 2018 edition (51 games, 102 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Ties Win pct.
T1 SEC 36 19 16 1 .542
T1 ACC 36 15 21 0 .417
3 Independents 14 9 5 0 .643
4 Big Ten 8 2 6 0 .250
T5 The American 2 2 0 0 1.000
T5 SWC [n 1] 2 1 0 1 .750
T7 Big 12 1 1 0 0 1.000
T7 WAC [n 2] 1 1 0 0 1.000
T7 Big Eight [n 1] 1 0 1 0 .000
T7 Pac-12 1 0 1 0 .000
  1. ^ a b Appearances prior to the 1996 merger of four Southwest Conference schools and eight Big Eight schools, which created the Big 12.
  2. ^ Conference no longer sponsors football

Records are based on a team's conference at the time of the game.
For example, South Carolina is 0–1 as an SEC member and 0–1 as an ACC member.

Game Records

Team Record, Team vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored
Most points scored (losing team)
Most points scored (both teams)
Fewest points allowed
Largest margin of victory
Total yards
Rushing yards
Passing yards
First downs
Fewest yards allowed
Fewest rushing yards allowed
Fewest passing yards allowed
Individual Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
All-purpose yards
Touchdowns (all-purpose)
Rushing yards
Rushing touchdowns
Passing yards
Passing touchdowns
Receiving yards
Receiving touchdowns
Tackles
Sacks
Interceptions
Long Plays Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown run
Touchdown pass
Kickoff return
Punt return
Interception return
Fumble return
Punt
Field goal
Miscellaneous Record, Team vs. Team Year
Game Attendance

See also

References

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