Cure Bowl

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Cure Bowl
FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl
Cure Bowl logo 5th annual.png
Stadium Exploria Stadium
Location Orlando, Florida
Previous stadiums Camping World Stadium (2015–2018)
Operated2015–present
Conference tie-ins The American, Sun Belt
Payout US$573,125 (2019) [1]
Sponsors
AutoNation (2015–2018)
FBC Mortgage (2019–present)
Former names
AutoNation Cure Bowl (2015–2018)
2018 matchup
Louisiana vs. Tulane ( Tulane 41–24)
2019 matchup
Liberty vs. Georgia Southern ( Liberty 23–16)

The Cure Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game played in December of each year in Orlando, Florida, currently at Exploria Stadium. The Cure Bowl is so named to promote awareness and research of breast cancer, with proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. From its inaugural game in 2015 through the 2018 game, the game was played at Camping World Stadium and was sponsored by AutoNation, being officially known as the AutoNation Cure Bowl. [2] In December 2019, FBC Mortgage became the new title sponsor, making the game officially the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl. [3] The Cure Bowl usually features teams from the American Athletic Conference and the Sun Belt Conference.

History

The game has tie-ins with the American Athletic Conference (The American) and the Sun Belt Conference. The inaugural game took place on December 19, 2015, [4] featuring the San Jose State Spartans from the Mountain West Conference and the Georgia State Panthers of the Sun Belt Conference. A Mountain West team was invited to the bowl due to The American not having enough bowl-eligible teams to fill the tie-in. The inaugural game was nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network, [5] as has each subsequent edition.

During the planning stages, it was originally proposed to hold the game at Bright House Networks Stadium on the campus of UCF. [6] 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. [7] The bowl remained at Camping World Stadium through 2018, and was moved to Exploria Stadium starting in 2019. [8]

Game results

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
December 21, 2019 Liberty 23 Georgia Southern 16 18,158 notes
December 19, 2020 TBD TBD TBD notes

MVPs

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 [9] Tulane RB
2019 Jessie Lemonier [10] Liberty DE

Most appearances

Updated through the December 2019 edition (5 games, 10 total appearances).

Rank Team Appearances Record Win pct.
1 Georgia State 2 1–1 .500
T2 Arkansas State 1 1–0 1.000
T2 Liberty 1 1–0 1.000
T2 San Jose State 1 1–0 1.000
T2 Tulane 1 1–0 1.000
T2 Georgia Southern 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 conference

Updated through the December 2019 edition (5 games, 10 total appearances).

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
Sun Belt 5 2 3 0.400 2016, 2017 2015, 2018, 2019
The American 2 1 1 0.500 2018 2016
Mountain West 1 1 0 1.000 2015  
Independents 1 1 0 1.000 2019  
C-USA 1 0 1 0.000   2017

Media coverage

Television

Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2015 CBS Sports Network Carter Blackburn Aaron Taylor Jenny Dell
2016
2017
2018
2019 John Schriffen

Radio

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
2019 Gameday Radio Jamie Seh Dani Welniak Melanie Newman

See also

References

  1. ^ "2019 Bowl Schedule". collegefootballpoll.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "AutoNation signs on as title sponsor of Cure Bowl". Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "FBC Mortgage Named Title Sponsor of the Cure Bowl and March 2 Cure". CureBowl.com (Press release). December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "Citrus Bowl to host Cure Bowl in 2015". WESH.com. Hearst Television. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  5. ^ "AAC, Sun Belt to meet in 2015 Cure Bowl on CBS Sports Network". CBSSports.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  6. ^ Washington, Chad (April 14, 2014). "Report: Sun Belt to be tie-in to new bowl game in Orlando". The Daily Advertiser. Lafayette, Louisiana. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  7. ^ Murschel, Matt (April 14, 2014). "Orlando set to host third bowl game featuring teams from AAC, Sun Belt". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  8. ^ Murschel, Matt (May 1, 2019). "Orlando City Stadium to host Cure Bowl". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  9. ^ @Guersmith (December 15, 2018). "Darius Bradwell Cure Bowl MVP" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ @ASeaofRed (December 21, 2019). "Jessie Lemonier is named MVP of the 2019 Cure Bowl" (Tweet). Retrieved December 21, 2019 – via Twitter.

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