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The Military Bowl, officially the Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman, is a post-season National Collegiate Athletic Association -sanctioned Division I college football bowl game that is played annually each December since 2008, and is currently played at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. The 2014 through 2019 games are featuring teams from the American Athletic Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference. [4] [5]

During initial planning stages, the game was known as the Congressional Bowl, but was first played as the EagleBank Bowl with sponsored by Washington-area financial institution EagleBank. After Northrop Grumman, one of the world's leading defense contractors, became its sponsor in 2010, it was renamed the Military Bowl. [6] The game was held at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. through its 2012 edition, after which it was moved to its current venue beginning with the 2013 edition. [7]

Origins

The idea for the EagleBank Bowl originated with the Washington, D.C. Bowl Committee, a group founded by Marie Rudolph and Sean Metcalf in December 2006 with the intended purpose of bringing a bowl game to the Washington, D.C. area as a boon to the region's economy. [8] The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission and the Washington, D.C. Convention and Tourism Corporation announced their support of the proposed event in 2007. [8]

History

The bowl game was one of two approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the 2008 college football bowl season, the other being the St. Petersburg Bowl. The NCAA's Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee approved the bowl on April 30, 2008, allowing the committee that had proposed the game to host it after the 2008 college football season. [9] The inaugural game had its kickoff scheduled for 11 AM EST on December 20, 2008, making it the first bowl game of the 2008–09 bowl season.

In 2010, organizers announced that the NCAA had granted a four-year extension of the game's Bowl Certification, taking it through the 2013–14 bowl season; [10] additionally, the game received sponsorship from Northrop Grumman and was renamed. In 2010, the game generated in excess of $18 million for the Washington, D.C. area. Also, over $100,000 was donated to the USO. [11]

Conference tie-ins

Prior to the game's approval by the NCAA, Navy and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) signed agreements to participate in the game if it was approved. [12] [4] Under the agreement, the ACC would provide its ninth-best team for the bowl if the league had nine bowl eligible teams. [4] In December 2008, the initial game featured Navy against Wake Forest representing the ACC.

Along with its ACC tie-in, the bowl signed an agreement with Army to play in the 2009 edition of the game, however Army did not finish its season bowl eligible. Additionally, the ACC did not have enough eligible teams and Conference USA (C-USA) could not provide a team, so organizers chose Mid-American Conference (MAC) team Temple to fill one spot and Pac-10 Conference team UCLA to fill the other spot.

For the 2010 through 2013 games, the bowl reached agreement for an ACC team to face a C-USA team (2010), Navy (2011), Army (2012), and a Big 12 team (2013). [10] If Navy or Army were not bowl eligible, a Big 12 team would be selected in 2011, and a C-USA team in 2012. [4] In 2012, Army was not bowl eligible and the ACC could not supply a team, [16] so a MAC vs. Western Athletic Conference (WAC) matchup was organized.

Starting with the 2014 game, organizers entered a six-year agreement for the game to feature an ACC vs. American Athletic Conference (The American) matchup. [4] [5]

Season Contracted tie-ins Date played Actual participants
2008 ACC Navy December 20, 2008 ACC Navy
2009 ACC Army December 29, 2009 MAC Pac-10
2010 ACC C-USA December 29, 2010 ACC C-USA
2011 Navy alt. Big 12 December 28, 2011 MAC Mountain West
2012 Army alt. C-USA December 27, 2012 MAC WAC
2013 Big 12 December 27, 2013 ACC C-USA
2014 ACC The American December 27, 2014 ACC The American
2015 December 28, 2015 ACC The American
2016 December 27, 2016 ACC The American
2017 December 28, 2017 ACC The American
2018
2019

Bold conference denotes winner of games played.

Game results

No. Game Date Winning Team Losing Team Site Attendance
1 2008 EagleBank Bowl December 20, 2008 Wake Forest 29 Navy 19 Robert F. KennedyMemorial Stadium Washington, D.C. 28,777
2 2009 EagleBank Bowl December 29, 2009 UCLA 30 Temple 21 23,072
3 2010 Military Bowl December 29, 2010 Maryland 51 East Carolina 20 38,062
4 2011 Military Bowl December 28, 2011 Toledo 42 Air Force 41 25,042
5 2012 Military Bowl December 27, 2012 San Jose State 29 Bowling Green 20 17,835 [16]
6 2013 Military Bowl December 27, 2013 Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Navy–Marine CorpsMemorial Stadium Annapolis, MD 30,163
7 2014 Military Bowl December 27, 2014 Virginia Tech 33 Cincinnati 17 34,277
8 2015 Military Bowl December 28, 2015 Navy 44 Pittsburgh 28 36,352
9 2016 Military Bowl December 27, 2016 Wake Forest 34 Temple 26 26,656
10 2017 Military Bowl December 28, 2017 Virginia vs. Navy

MVPs

Date MVP School Position
December 20, 2008 Riley Skinner Wake Forest QB
December 29, 2009 Akeem Ayers UCLA LB
December 29, 2010 Da'Rel Scott Maryland RB
December 28, 2011 Bernard Reedy Toledo WR
December 27, 2012 David Fales San Jose State QB
December 27, 2013 Rakeem Cato Marshall QB
December 27, 2014 J. C. Coleman Virginia Tech RB
December 28, 2015 Keenan Reynolds Navy QB
December 27, 2016 Thomas Brown Wake Forest LB

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Navy 3 1–1
T2 Wake Forest 2 2–0
T2 Maryland 2 1–1
T2 Temple 2 0–2
T5 Marshall 1 1–0
T5 Virginia Tech 1 1–0
T5 San Jose State 1 1–0
T5 Toledo 1 1–0
T5 UCLA 1 1–0
T5 Pittsburgh 1 0–1
T5 Air Force 1 0–1
T5 Bowling Green 1 0–1
T5 Cincinnati 1 0–1
T5 East Carolina 1 0–1
T5 Virginia 1 0–0

Conference record

Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
ACC 6 4 2 .667
MAC 3 1 2 .333
The American 3 1 2 .333
C-USA 2 1 1 .500
Pac-10 1 1 0 1.000
WAC 1 1 0 1.000
Independent 1 0 1 .000
Mountain West 1 0 1 .000

Records reflect conference membership at the time each game was played. Navy has appeared twice – once as an Independent (2008) and once as a member of The American (2015).

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