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The Belk Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The game was first played in 2002 as the Continental Tire Bowl after then-title sponsor Continental Tire. It was renamed the Meineke Car Care Bowl in 2004 after Meineke Car Care Center became the game's sponsor. The game then acquired the Belk Bowl name when department store chain Belk became the sponsor in 2011. The game currently features a matchup between the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Belk Bowl
Belk Bowl logo.svg
StadiumBank of America Stadium
LocationCharlotte, North Carolina
Operated2002–present
Conference tie-insACC and SEC
Previous conference tie-insAAC
PayoutUS$1.7 million (as of 2015)[1]
Sponsors
Continental Tire (2002–2004)
Meineke Car Care Center (2004–2010)
Belk (2011–present)
Former names
Queen City Bowl (2002, working title)
Continental Tire Bowl (2002–2004)
Meineke Car Care Bowl (2005–2010)
2018 matchup
Virginia vs. South Carolina (Virginia 28–0)
2019 matchup
TBD vs. TBD (December 31, 2019)[2]

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HistoryEdit

A new college football based bowl game in Charlotte, North Carolina, was established in 2002 by Raycom Sports. The game was certified by the NCAA as the Queen City Bowl, which became the Continental Tire Bowl (2002–2004) and the Meineke Car Care Bowl (2005–2010), prior to its current name.

The game previously featured a matchup between the #5 selected Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) team and the #3 selected American Athletic Conference (AAC) (originally the bowl selected a team from the Big East Conference, until the conference's breakup in 2013).

In 2011, Charlotte-based department store chain Belk acquired the title sponsorship for a three-year period through 2013. After the initial period, Belk extended its sponsorship six years through 2019.[3] As of 2014 the bowl features the second pooled selection from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) paired against the second pooled selection from the Southeastern Conference (SEC), after the College Football Playoff (CFP) teams are selected.

Game resultsEdit

Rankings are based on the AP Poll prior to the game being played.

Date Bowl name Winning Team Losing Team Attnd.[4]
December 28, 2002 Continental Tire Bowl Virginia 48 No. 15 West Virginia 22 73,535
December 27, 2003 Continental Tire Bowl Virginia 23 Pittsburgh 16 51,236
December 30, 2004 Continental Tire Bowl No. 25 Boston College 37 North Carolina 24 73,258
December 31, 2005 Meineke Car Care Bowl NC State 14 USF 0 57,937
December 30, 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl No. 23 Boston College 25 Navy 24 52,303
December 29, 2007 Meineke Car Care Bowl Wake Forest 24 Connecticut 10 53,126
December 27, 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl West Virginia 31 North Carolina 30 73,712
December 26, 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl No. 17 Pittsburgh 19 North Carolina 17 50,389
December 31, 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl USF 31 Clemson 26 41,122
December 27, 2011 Belk Bowl N.C. State 31 Louisville 24 58,427
December 27, 2012 Belk Bowl Cincinnati 48 Duke 34 48,128
December 28, 2013 Belk Bowl North Carolina 39 Cincinnati 17 45,211
December 30, 2014 Belk Bowl No. 13 Georgia 37 No. 20 Louisville 14 45,671
December 30, 2015 Belk Bowl Mississippi State 51 NC State 28 46,423
December 29, 2016 Belk Bowl No. 18 Virginia Tech 35 Arkansas 24 46,902
December 29, 2017 Belk Bowl Wake Forest 55 Texas A&M 52 32,784
December 29, 2018 Belk Bowl Virginia 28 South Carolina 0 48,263

MVPsEdit

Game MVP School Position
2002 Wali Lundy Virginia TB
2003 Matt Schaub Virginia QB
2004 Paul Peterson Boston College QB
2005 Stephen Tulloch NC State LB
2006 JoLonn Dunbar Boston College LB
2007 Kenneth Moore Wake Forest WR
2008 Pat White West Virginia QB
2009 Dion Lewis Pittsburgh RB
2010 B. J. Daniels South Florida QB
2011 Mike Glennon NC State QB
2012 Brendon Kay Cincinnati QB
2013 Ryan Switzer North Carolina WR
2014 Nick Chubb Georgia RB
2015 Dak Prescott Mississippi State QB
2016 Cam Phillips Virginia Tech WR
2017 John Wolford Wake Forest QB
2018 Olamide Zaccheaus Virginia WR

Most appearancesEdit

Updated through the December 2018 edition (17 games, 34 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 North Carolina 4 1–3
T2 North Carolina State 3 2–1
T2 Virginia 3 3–0
T4 Boston College 2 2–0
T4 Cincinnati 2 1–1
T4 Pittsburgh 2 1–1
T4 South Florida 2 1–1
T4 Wake Forest 2 2–0
T4 West Virginia 2 1–1
T4 Louisville 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Georgia, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech
Lost: Arkansas, Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Navy, South Carolina, Texas A&M

Ten of the ACC's current 14 members (Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest) have appeared in the game. Members that have yet to appear include Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami and Syracuse. Both of Pitt's appearances, and one Boston College's appearances, and one of Louisville's appearances came while a member of the Big East Conference.

Appearances by conferenceEdit

Updated through the December 2018 edition (17 games, 34 total appearances).

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
ACC 17 10 7 .588 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015
The American 11 5 6 .455 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013
SEC 5 2 3 .400 2014, 2015 2016, 2017, 2018
Independents 1 0 1 .000   2006
  • The American record includes appearances of the Big East Conference, as The American retains the charter of the original Big East, following its 2013 realignment. Teams representing the Big East appeared in 10 games, compiling a 5–5 record.
  • Independents: Navy (2006)

Game recordsEdit

Team Performance vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored 55, Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M 2017
Fewest points allowed 0, shared by:
N.C. State vs. South Florida
Virginia vs. South Carolina
 
2005
2018
Margin of Victory 28, Virginia vs. South Carolina 2018
Largest Comeback 24, Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas 2016
First downs 36, Duke vs. Cincinnati 2012
Rushing yards 322, Navy vs. Boston College 2006
Passing yards 380, Mississippi State vs. N.C. State 2015
Total yards 646, Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M[5] 2017
Individual Player, Team Year
Points Scored 24, Wali Lundy, Virginia 2002
Passing touchdowns 4, Brendon Kay, Cincinnati
4, Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
4, John Wolford, Wake Forest[5]
2012
2015
2017
Rushing yards 266, Nick Chubb, Georgia 2014
Passing yards 380, Dak Prescott, Mississippi State 2015
Receiving yards 217, Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina 2008

Media coverageEdit

The Belk Bowl was televised by ESPN2 from 2002 through 2004. Since 2005, the bowl has been televised by ESPN.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brain, Statistic (6 December 2018). "College Bowl Game Payouts". Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  2. ^ "18th Annual Belk Bowl will be Played in Charlotte on New Year's Eve". belkbowl.com (Press release). May 23, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2013-12-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Belk Bowl Media Guide" (PDF). belkbowl.com. 2017. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Football, A. C. C. (29 December 2017). ".@WakeFB piles up 646 total yards of offense and wins the @belkbowl 55–52! John Wolford throws for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns. Matt Colburn rushes for 150 yards and 1 touchdown. #GoDeacs #ACCFootballpic.twitter.com/DUGNhWkATZ". Retrieved 30 December 2018.

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