College Football Playoff
In April, the Chick-fil-A Bowl was selected to be a part of a group of six bowls to host the new College Football Playoff beginning in 2014 (Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Rose, Sugar). Over the next 12 years, the Chick-fil-A Bowl will host a National Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3) every 3 years – the first following the 2016 season. In the other 8 years, the Bowl will host top-ranked teams as assigned by the CFP Selection Committee.
Rivalry in the South
The ACC leads the rivalry series with the SEC 11-10 since the two conferences first began to battle for regional bragging rights in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in 1992. However, teams from the SEC have outscored their ACC rivals 459-437 in what has turned into a very “streaky” series. The ACC won four straight from 1992-1995 followed by five years of SEC victories 1996-2000 which was followed by another four-game ACC run 2001-2004. Ten of the last 20 games have been decided by a touchdown or less.
Really Close Games
In its 45-year history, the bowl has recorded 13 games decided by a field goal or less and five one-point games. The Chick-fil-A Bowl is one of the most competitive bowl games in the history of college football. 56% of the games (25 of 45) have been decided by a touchdown or less.
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The Chick-fil-A Bowl has sold out 17 years in a row and 20 of 22 since moving into the Georgia Dome in 1992. The Bowl currently has the second-longest sellout streak out of all the bowl games, only second to the Rose Bowl. Over the last 10 years, the Chick-fil-A Bowl ranks second in average attendance among all non-BCS bowl games – 71,824 per game.
College Football’s Most Charitable Bowl Game
The Chick-fil-A Bowl leads all bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions. This year, the Bowl contributed a record $1.48 million to charities and educational institutions. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has given more than $15 million to various charitable organizations over the last 11 years.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl, telecast by ESPN since 1992, reached an average of 8.56 million viewersduring the 2012 bowl game, establishing it as the most-viewed non-BCS bowl game telecast in ESPN history. The game was also the most-viewed Chick-fil-A Bowl in history, surpassing the 2007 match-up of Auburn and Clemson that delivered 7.52 million viewers. Chick-fil-A Bowl games are now the number-one most-viewed, four of the top 10 and seven of the top-25 most-viewed non-BCS bowl game telecasts in ESPN history.