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The Quick Lane Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that began play in the 2014 season. Backed by the Detroit Lions of the National Football League, the game features a bowl-eligible team from the Big Ten Conference competing against an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference, or a Mid-American Conference team if there are no more eligible teams from either.

Quick Lane Bowl
Quick Lane Bowl logo.svg
StadiumFord Field
LocationDetroit, Michigan
Conference tie-insBig Ten
MAC (secondary)
PayoutUS$1,200,000 [1]
Preceded byLittle Caesars Pizza Bowl
Ford Motor Company (2014–present)
2018 matchup
Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech (Minnesota 34–10)
2019 matchup
Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh (December 26, 2019)

The Quick Lane Bowl is played at Ford Field in Detroit as a de facto replacement for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, and inherited its traditional December 26 scheduling. Unlike its predecessor, which placed the 8th place team in the Big Ten against the Mid-American champion, the competing teams are selected by conference representatives and not based on final rankings.[2] The Ford Motor Company serves as title sponsor of the game through its auto shop brand Quick Lane.

The inaugural game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and North Carolina Tar Heels was played on December 26, 2014, marking the first time the two teams had ever played each other in a bowl game.[3]


Since 2002, Detroit's Ford Field had played host to the Motor City Bowl—later known as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl for sponsorship reasons; a bowl game between the 8th placed team in the Big Ten Conference and the champion of the Mid-American Conference (MAC), which was first played in 1997 at the Pontiac Silverdome. In May 2013, ESPN reported that the Detroit Lions were planning to organize a new Big Ten bowl game at Ford Field against an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponent—Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany had expressed a desire to revamp the conference's lineup of bowl games for the 2014 season to keep them "fresh".[4] In August 2013, the Lions officially confirmed the new, then-unnamed game, tentatively scheduled for December 30, 2014. The team had reached six-year deals with the Big Ten and ACC to provide tie-ins for the game; the teams playing in the bowl are to be picked by representatives from each participating conference.[2]

Ford Field, prior venue of the defunct Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and current venue of the Quick Lane Bowl

The announcement of the Lions' bowl game, and the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl's loss of Ford Field as a venue, left the fate of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl—which had a relatively lower-profile matchup—in jeopardy. Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand remarked that "very few" markets could adequately support hosting two major bowl games.[5][6] Organizers were open to the possibility of moving the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl across the street to Comerica Park, home stadium of the Detroit Tigers, for 2014 as an outdoor game.[5] Comerica Park, the Tigers, and game sponsor Little Caesars are all owned by Ilitch Holdings.[5] However, these plans never came to fruition.[4][6]

In August 2014, the Lions announced that the Ford Motor Company had acquired title sponsorship rights to the new Detroit bowl, now known as the Quick Lane Bowl—named for its auto shop brand, Quick Lane. It was also confirmed that the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl would inherit the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl's traditional date of December 26, and be televised by ESPN. In a statement to Crain's Detroit Business, Motor City Bowl co-founder Ken Hoffman confirmed that "there is no Pizza Bowl for 2014. We will have to see about the future", implying that the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl had been cancelled indefinitely;[6][7] the December 2013 playing proved to be the final edition of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

On October 21, 2014, the Quick Lane Bowl announced a secondary tie-in with the MAC.[8] The inaugural Quick Lane Bowl, played in December 2014, featured Rutgers of the Big Ten and North Carolina of the ACC. Through the first five playings of the bowl, four ACC teams, four Big Ten teams, and two MAC teams have been featured.

Game resultsEdit

Date Winning Team Losing Team Attendance Notes
December 26, 2014 Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 23,876 notes
December 28, 2015 Minnesota 21 Central Michigan 14 34,217 notes
December 26, 2016 Boston College 36 Maryland 30 19,117 notes
December 26, 2017 Duke 36 Northern Illinois 14 20,211 notes
December 26, 2018 Minnesota 34 Georgia Tech 10 27,228 notes


Year MVP Team Position
2014 Josh Hicks Rutgers RB
2015 Mitch Leidner Minnesota QB
2016 Defensive Line Boston College DL
2017 Daniel Jones Duke QB
2018 Mohamed Ibrahim Minnesota RB

Most appearancesEdit

Updated through the December 2018 edition (5 games, 10 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Minnesota 2 2–0
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Boston College, Duke, Rutgers
Lost: Central Michigan, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Northern Illinois
TBD: Eastern Michigan, Pittsburgh

Appearances by conferenceEdit

Updated through the December 2018 edition (5 games, 10 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Win pct.
1 Big Ten 5 3 1 .750
2 ACC 4 2 2 .500
3 MAC 3 0 2 .000

Media coverageEdit


Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2014 ESPN[9] Mark Neely Ray Bentley Niki Noto
2015 ESPN2 Dave Neal Matt Stinchcomb Kayce Smith
2016 ESPN Mark Neely Ray Bentley Alex Corddry
2017 ESPN Mike Couzens Ray Bentley Allison Williams
2018 ESPN Mark Neely Ray Bentley Allison Williams


WDVD-FM and WJR (AM) are the flagship stations for the Quick Lane Bowl Radio Network. Availability between the two to carry the game rotates depending on other Detroit area sporting events.

Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2014 Quick Lane Radio Network Doug Karsch Jon Jansen
2015 Quick Lane Radio Network Don Chiodo Brock Gutierrez Jim Costa
2016 Quick Lane Radio Network Frank Beckmann Lomas Brown Kenny Brown
2017 Quick Lane Radio Network Frank Beckmann Lomas Brown Kenny Brown
2018 Quick Lane Radio Network Frank Beckmann Joique Bell Matt Laurinec

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b "Detroit Lions announce agreement with ACC for Bowl Game at Ford Field". August 7, 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Rutgers will meet North Carolina in Detroit's inaugural Quick Lane Bowl". Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b Meinke, Kyle (May 21, 2013). "Report: Detroit Lions to host bowl game with Big Ten tie-in, Pizza Bowl getting dumped". Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Lacy, Eric (May 21, 2013). "Little Caesars Pizza Bowl organizers open to playing outside; Detroit Lions bowl interest confirmed". Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b c Shea, Bill (August 19, 2014). "Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field canceled". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Quick Lane Bowl Announced". Big Ten Conference. August 26, 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  8. ^ "MAC, Quick Lane Bowl Agree To Backup Tie-In". Hustle Belt (SB Nation). Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  9. ^ "ESPN College Football – Bowl Schedule and Commentators, College GameDay, College Football Awards, Division I Football Championship and More". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved December 10, 2014.

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