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The Cure Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game played in December of each year at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Cure Bowl is so named to promote awareness and research of breast cancer, with proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In its inaugural game in 2015 until the 2018 game, the game was sponsored by AutoNation and officially known as the AutoNation Cure Bowl.[1] As of 2019, AutoNation has dropped their sponsorship and it now known simply as the Cure Bowl.

Cure Bowl
Cure Bowl
AutoNation Cure Bowl logo.svg
StadiumExploria Stadium
LocationOrlando, Florida
Previous stadiumsCamping World Stadium (2015–2018)
Operated2015–present
Conference tie-insAmerican, Sun Belt
Sponsors
AutoNation (2015–2018)
2017 matchup
Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky (Georgia State 27–17)
2018 matchup
Louisiana vs. Tulane (Tulane 41–24)

The Cure Bowl features a match-up of teams from the American Athletic Conference and the Sun Belt Conference. The inaugural game took place on December 19, 2015,[2] and was nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network.[3]

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HistoryEdit

The inaugural Cure Bowl was played in 2015, featuring opponents from the Mountain West Conference San Jose State University and the Sun Belt Conference Georgia State University, due to The American not having enough teams to fill the tie-in. Thus, the Mountain West received the back-up slot.

The game currently features opponents from The American and the Sun Belt Conference. During the planning stages, it was originally proposed to hold the game at Bright House Networks Stadium on the campus of UCF. However, it was later decided to hold the game at the newly-renovated Camping World Stadium in downtown Orlando, joining the Camping World Bowl and the Citrus Bowl as annual bowl games at the venue. The bowl remained there through 2018,[4] when it was moved to Exploria Stadium starting in 2019.[5]

Game resultsEdit

Date Winning Team Losing Team Attendance Notes
December 19, 2015 San Jose State 27 Georgia State 16 18,536 notes
December 17, 2016 Arkansas State 31 UCF 13 27,213 notes
December 16, 2017 Georgia State 27 Western Kentucky 17 19,585 notes
December 15, 2018 Tulane 41 Louisiana 24 19,066 notes

MVPsEdit

Year MVP Team Position
2015 Kenny Potter San Jose State QB
2016 Kendall Sanders Arkansas State WR
2017 Conner Manning Georgia State QB
2018 Darius Bradwell[6] Tulane RB

Most appearancesEdit

Updated through the December 2018 edition (4 games, 8 total appearances).

Rank Team Appearances Record Win pct.
1 Georgia State 2 1–1 .500
T2 Arkansas State 1 1–0 1.000
T2 San Jose State 1 1–0 1.000
T2 Tulane 1 1–0 1.000
T2 Louisiana 1 0–1 .000
T2 UCF 1 0–1 .000
T2 Western Kentucky 1 0–1 .000

Appearances by conferenceEdit

Updated through the December 2018 edition (4 games, 8 total appearances).

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
Sun Belt 4 2 2 0.500 2016, 2017 2015, 2018
The American 2 1 1 0.500 2018 2016
Mountain West 1 1 0 1.000 2015  
C-USA 1 0 1 0.000   2017

Media coverageEdit

TelevisionEdit

Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2015 CBS Sports Network Carter Blackburn Aaron Taylor Jenny Dell
2016 CBS Sports Network Carter Blackburn Aaron Taylor Jenny Dell
2017 CBS Sports Network Carter Blackburn Aaron Taylor Jenny Dell
2018 CBS Sports Network Carter Blackburn Aaron Taylor Jenny Dell

RadioEdit

Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2015 iHeartRadio Paul Kennedy Max Starks Jamie Seh
2016 Touchdown Radio Bernie Guenther Gino Torretta Jamie Seh
2017 Touchdown Radio JP Shadrick Gino Torretta Jamie Seh
2018 Touchdown Radio JP Shadrick Gino Torretta Jamie Seh

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "AutoNation signs on as title sponsor of Cure Bowl". Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Citrus Bowl to host Cure Bowl in 2015". WESH.com. Hearst Television. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  3. ^ "AAC, Sun Belt to meet in 2015 Cure Bowl on CBS Sports Network". CBSSports.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  4. ^ "Orlando set to host third bowl game featuring teams from AAC, Sun Belt". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  5. ^ Murschel, Matt (May 1, 2019). "Orlando City Stadium to host Cure Bowl". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/Guersmith/status/1074063279239118849

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