2013 BEEF 'O' BRADY'S BOWL GAME INFO:
Teams: Big East vs. C-USA
2012 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Results:
Central Florida took an early lead against Ball State in the first half leading the Cardinals 28-7 at half time. The second half of play would turn out to be the same as the Knights went on to beat Ball State 38-17.
BEEF 'O' BRADY'S BOWL INFORMATION:
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Venue: Tropicana Field
Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl History:
Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Sponsor
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Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Preview History
Although it is typically known as the home of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field is home to one of the up-and-coming college football bowl games. Originally known as the St. Petersburg Bowl, the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl was first announced in 2008. The game is usually played between a team from the Big East and a team from Conference USA.
The inaugural match up was played on December 20 of that year, and provided hometown fans with something to cheer about. The game pitted the local University of South Florida Bulls against the University of Memphis Tigers. South Florida dominated from the beginning, ending with a 41-14 victory, and Bulls' quarterback Matt Grothe was named MVP after he threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns.
In 2009, the game was slated for December 19 and matched the Rutgers Scarlet Knights of the Big East against the Central Florida Knights of Conference USA. Once again, the Big East was victorious, as Rutgers emerged with a 45-24 win, and receive Mohamed Sanu was named the Most Valuable Player.
While the games have certainly been exciting, the location of the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl make it one of the most unique postseason games in college football. Tropicana Field holds the distinction of being the only arena to host full seasons of pro baseball, football, hockey and arena football. Affectionately known as "The Trop," the stadium sits more than 43,000 spectators and its friendly confines make it a great place to watch a game of any variety.
In addition to the unique venue for the game, the stadiums location make the event one of the most promising new bowl games. St. Petersburg, Florida, is one of the most popular vacation destinations for both Americans and foreign tourists, and its warm weather can be a great draw for fans of the Big East teams from the North. Along with the appealing climate, St. Petersburg boasts a number of attractions, such as gorgeous beaches and a vibrant downtown area.