The Peach Bowl

The Peach Bowl has been hosted in Atlanta since 1968 and is one of the highest profile, post-season games in college football.

Who will play in the 2018 Peach Bowl of College Football?

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On the eve of the new year, the 2018 Peach Bowl will feature the Michigan Wolverines out of the Big Ten Conference. They will play the Florida Gators from the SEC. Michigan went 8-1 in conference play and 10-2 overall, while the University of Florida holds a 5-3 conference and 9-3 season of wins and losses.

The History of College Football’s Peach Bowl

The Peach Bowl was inaugurated in 1968 and currently plays out of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1993-2016 it was hosted by the Georgia Dome. Prior to that, the game was played in the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium from 1971-1992.

As the key sponsor, the event was rebranded as the Chik-fil-A Bowl from 2006-2013 due to sponsorship. It was renamed the The Peach Bowl in 2014 and joined the College Football Playoff (CFP) system as one of six bowl games eligible to host a national semi-final game or the National Championship game.

Peach Bowl Historic Moments

The 2016 Peach Bowl was a CFP semi-final contest and highest-rated matchup in Peach Bowl history between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Washington. The Crimson Tide won 24-7 in front of a record Peach Bowl crowd of 75,996 in the final college football game played at the Georgia Dome. The 1992 Peach Bowl was the first played at the Georgia Dome and at the time set a record attendance of 69,125 as North Carolina beat Mississippi State 21-17.

The 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl was the first match-up of 10-win teams in Chick-fil-A Bowl history as Clemson beat LSU 25-24 on a 37-yard field goal as time expired.

The only overtime game in Chick-fil-A Bowl history was in 2007 when Auburn defeated Clemson 23-20.

The 1991 Peach Bowl was the final one played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, and was the largest crowd (59,322) in Peach Bowl history at the time.

The 1974 Peach Bowl was the only tie in its history,  with a 6-6 result between Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.

The highest-scoring game in Peach Bowl history was in 2013 when Texas A&M rallied from a 38-17 halftime deficit to beat Duke 52-48 behind Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

The 2018 Peach Bowl is Saturday, Dec. 29 between Michigan and Florida.

 


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