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.
|Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl|
|Previous stadiums||Georgia Dome (1993–2016)|
Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium (1971–1992)
Grant Field (1968–1970)
|Conference tie-ins||At-large/Group of Five, CFP (2014–present)|
|Previous conference tie-ins||SEC, ACC|
|Payout||US$3,967,500 (ACC) (As of 2011[update])|
US$2,932,500 (SEC) (As of 2011[update])
Peach Bowl (1968–1996)
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (1997–2005)
Chick-fil-A Bowl (2006–2013)
|Michigan vs. Florida (Florida 41–15)|
|CFP Semifinal (December 28, 2019)|
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.
The Peach Bowl has donated more than 32 million dollars to charity since 2016.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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. The rating was also higher than two New Year's Day bowls, the Cotton and the Gator. 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. 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.
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.
- Ninth-oldest bowl game in college football history.
- A then-Georgia Dome attendance record of 75,406 set in 2006 (Georgia vs. Virginia Tech).
- 17 straight sellouts (from 1998 through 2013).
- Highest-attended non-BCS bowl game.
- More than $125 million in cumulative payout (through the 2013 season).
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.||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, 2016CFP||#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|
|2019||December 28, 2019||Saturday|
|2020||January 1, 2021||Friday|
|2021||December 30, 2021||Thursday|
|2022||December 31, 2022||Saturday|
|2023||December 29, 2023||Friday|
|2024||December 28, 2024||Saturday|
|2025||December 27, 2025||Saturday|
denotes game is a College Football Playoff semifinal
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|
|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
|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|
Updated through the December 2018 edition (51 games, 102 total appearances).
- Teams with multiple appearances
- Teams with a single appearance
Appearances by conferenceEdit
Updated through the December 2018 edition (51 games, 102 total appearances).
|T7||Big Eight[n 1]||1||0||1||0||.000|
- Appearances prior to the 1996 merger of four Southwest Conference schools and eight Big Eight schools, which created the Big 12.
- 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.
|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|
|Fewest yards allowed|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed|
|Fewest passing yards allowed|
|Individual||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Long Plays||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Miscellaneous||Record, Team vs. Team||Year|
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