Bowl Bowl Bowl
Godaddy.gif Bowl Logo
Stadium Ladd Peebles Stadium
Location Mobile, Alabama
Operated 1999-present
Conference tie-ins Sun Belt, MAC
Previous conference tie-ins ACC, C-USA, WAC
Payout US$750,000 (2006)
Sponsors (2011-present)
Former names
Mobile Alabama Bowl (1999-2000)
GMAC Bowl (2000-2010)
2010 matchup
Central Michigan vs. Troy (CMU 44-41)
2011 matchup
Middle Tennessee vs. Miami (Ohio) (Miami 35-21)

The Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game that has been played annually at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama since 1999. It currently matches teams from the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid-American Conference, and will through 2013. After 2013, the bowl is expected to feature teams from the Big East Conference and another Top-10 football school in the East region of the United States.

The game was previously known as the Mobile Alabama Bowl from 1999 to 2000. The game was then known as the GMAC Bowl from 2000 to 2010 when its corporate sponsorship was GMAC Financial Services. From 1999 to 2009, it pitted a Conference USA team (home team) against a team from either the Mid-American Conference or the Western Athletic Conference. For the game to be played in 2010 the Atlantic Coast Conference was to participate in the bowl as its ninth bowl tie-in, replacing the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, in the conference's postseason lineup. The ACC failed to have sufficient bowl-eligible teams to fill the slot, and the bowl chose Sun Belt conference champion Troy to fill the spot.[1] The Mid-American Conference was the other conference tie-in.[2]

The 2001 game between the Marshall Thundering Herd and East Carolina Pirates set the record as the highest scoring bowl game of all time (which has since been surpassed), and Marshall achieved what was then the greatest scoring comeback in Bowl history.[3] 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.

The 2007 edition of the game was played on January 7, 2007, making it the next-to-last bowl game in the 2006–07 bowl season prior to the BCS National Championship Game the following night. The Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi knocked off the Ohio Bobcats, 28–7. The 2008 edition of the contest took place the night before the BCS National Championship Game once again on Sunday, January 6, 2008. The game became the largest blowout in bowl history, with Tulsa beating Bowling Green, 63–7.

On October 18, 2010 it was announced that the GMAC Bowl was renamed the Bowl.[4] Financial terms and the length of the agreement have not been announced. The 2011 edition of the bowl will be played on Thursday, January 6, 2011. Kickoff will be at 7:00 p.m. CST, 8:00 p.m. EST and will be televised live on ESPN. The 12th annual (GMAC) Bowl will feature the MAC vs. Sun Belt.


Game results

Title Date Winning team Losing team
1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl December 22, 1999 TCU 28 East Carolina 14
2000 GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl December 20, 2000 Southern Miss 28 TCU 21
2001 GMAC Bowl December 19, 2001 Marshall 64 East Carolina 61 (2 OT)
2002 GMAC Bowl December 18, 2002 Marshall 38 Louisville 15
2003 GMAC Bowl December 18, 2003 Miami (Ohio) 49 Louisville 28
2004 GMAC Bowl December 22, 2004 Bowling Green 52 Memphis 35
2005 GMAC Bowl December 21, 2005 Toledo 45 UTEP 13
2007 GMAC Bowl January 7, 2007 Southern Miss 28 Ohio 7
2008 GMAC Bowl January 6, 2008 Tulsa 63 Bowling Green 7
2009 GMAC Bowl January 6, 2009 Tulsa 45 Ball State 13
2010 GMAC Bowl January 6, 2010 Central Michigan 44 Troy 41 (2 OT)
2011 Bowl January 6, 2011 Miami (OH) 35 Middle Tennessee 21

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Marshall 2 2–0
T1 Southern Mississippi 2 2–0
T1 Tulsa 2 2–0
T1 Miami (Ohio) 2 2–0
T1 Bowling Green 2 1–1
T1 TCU 2 1–1
T1 East Carolina 2 0–2
T1 Louisville 2 0–2
T9 Central Michigan 1 1–0
T9 Toledo 1 1–0
T9 Mid-Tennessee State 1 0-1
T9 Ball State 1 0–1
T9 Memphis 1 0–1
T9 Ohio 1 0–1
T9 Troy 1 0–1
T9 UTEP 1 0–1

Wins by conference

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
MAC 7 3 .700
WAC 1 1 .500
C-USA 4 6 .400
Sun Belt 0 2 .000


Date played MVP School Position
December 22, 1999 Casey Printers TCU QB
December 20, 2000 LaDainian Tomlinson TCU RB
December 19, 2001 Byron Leftwich Marshall QB
December 18, 2002 Byron Leftwich Marshall QB
December 18, 2003 Ben Roethlisberger Miami (OH) QB
December 22, 2004 Omar Jacobs Bowling Green QB
December 21, 2005 Bruce Gradkowski Toledo QB
January 7, 2007 Damion Fletcher Southern Miss RB
January 6, 2008 Paul Smith Tulsa QB
January 6, 2009 Tarrion Adams Tulsa RB
January 6, 2010 Dan LeFevour Central Michigan QB

See also

  • GMAC Bowl broadcasters


External links

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