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BBVA Compass Bowl
Stadium Legion Field
Location Birmingham, Alabama
Operated 2006-present
Conference tie-ins Big East, SEC
Alternates: C-USA, MAC
Payout US$900,000 (As of 2010)
BBVA Compass (2010–present)
Former names Bowl (2006–2010)
Birmingham Bowl (2006)
2012 matchup
Pittsburgh vs. SMU (SMU 28-6)
2013 matchup
Pittsburgh vs. Ole Miss (January 5, 2013)

The BBVA Compass Bowl (formerly known as the Birmingham Bowl and the Bowl) is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A college football bowl game approved in April 2006 and played annually at the 71,594-seat Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. ESPN Regional Television (doing business as ESPN Plus, a subsidiary of ESPN) owns and manages the bowl's operations, sponsorships and marketing, including broadcast of the game on ESPN.[1] The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) also provides marketing, management and game-day operations support. The game is sponsored by BBVA Compass, a subsidiary of Bilbao, Spain-based Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria which is based in Birmingham. Compass and bowl officials announced the new sponsorship on November 4, 2010.[2]

The game formerly promoted the website of Papa John's Pizza, who became the title sponsor signing a multi-year agreement on November 16, 2006.[3] The company declined to renew its sponsorship in 2010, so the bowl name reverted back to its working title before the announcement of the Compass deal.[4]

The bowl originally had a four-year agreement with Conference USA to match a representative of that conference against an opponent from the Big East Conference, but the bowl's officials later appealed to the NCAA for a recertification which was granted in late April 2008. In 2008 and 2009, the bowl featured the Southeastern Conference's ninth bowl-eligible team and a team from the Big East Conference.[5] Should either of these conferences not fulfill their bowl commitments, a team from C-USA or the MAC will take their place, provided it is bowl eligible.[6] Otherwise, the game will choose an at-large team (as in 2008, when the SEC was unable to send a team; the bowl selected ACC team North Carolina State to face Rutgers from the Big East).


The Bowl marked the return of post-season football to the city of Birmingham, which previously hosted the Dixie Bowl from 1947-1948, the Hall of Fame Classic from 1977-1985 (relocated to Tampa and now named the Outback Bowl), and the All-American Bowl from 1986-1990 (canceled when the SEC awarded their championship game to the city).

In the inaugural game, played on December 23, 2006, the South Florida Bulls, the Big East's representative, beat Conference USA's East Carolina Pirates, 24-7 in front of an announced crowd of 32,023.[7] Benjamin Williams scored the game's first points just over ninety seconds into the game as one of his two touchdowns on the day, and earned the game's MVP honors. Notably, South Florida had previously been a member of C-USA.

The 2007 matchup featured the Southern Miss Golden Eagles and the Cincinnati Bearcats.[8] As with the previous year's game, the participants were a former Conference USA member (Cincinnati) and a current C-USA member (Southern Miss).

After being held in December for its first three years, the Bowl was played on January 2, 2010. As a result, there was no game during the 2009 calendar year. It was one of five bowl games to take place that day, joining the Cotton Bowl Classic, International, Alamo, and Liberty bowls. Connecticut faced South Carolina in the 2010 edition of the bowl.[9] Once again, the unique link with C-USA returned, as South Carolina is an associate member in the conference for men's soccer.

On August 6, 2010, announced it would not renew its sponsorship, after having secured a sponsorship deal with the National Football League.[10] Following the announcement, the game was temporarily renamed the Birmingham Bowl until BBVA Compass was announced as its title sponsor on November 4, 2010, officially changing its name to the BBVA Compass Bowl.[10][11]

Game results

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Birmingham Bowl logo

Date Winning team Losing team Attendance Notes
December 23, 2006 South Florida 24 East Carolina 7 32,023 notes
December 22, 2007 Cincinnati 31 Southern Miss 21 35,258 notes
December 29, 2008 Rutgers 29 NC State 23 38,582 notes
January 2, 2010 Connecticut 20 South Carolina 7 45,254 notes
January 8, 2011 Pittsburgh 27 Kentucky 10 41,207 notes
January 7, 2012 SMU 28 Pittsburgh 6 29,726 notes
January 5, 2013 Ole Miss 38 Pittsburgh 17 59,326 notes


Date Name School Position
December 23, 2006 Benjamin Williams South Florida RB
December 22, 2007 Ben Mauk Cincinnati QB
December 29, 2008 Mike Teel Rutgers QB
January 2, 2010 Andre Dixon Connecticut RB
January 8, 2011 Dion Lewis Pittsburgh RB
January 7, 2012 Darius Johnson SMU WR
January 5, 2013 Bo Wallace Ole Miss QB

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Pittsburgh 3 1–2
T2 Cincinnati 1 1–0
T2 Connecticut 1 1–0
T2 Ole Miss 1 1–0
T2 Rutgers 1 1–0
T2 SMU 1 1–0
T2 South Florida 1 1–0
T2 East Carolina 1 0–1
T2 Kentucky 1 0–1
T2 N.C. State 1 0–1
T2 South Carolina 1 0–1
T2 Southern Miss 1 0–1

Wins by conference

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
Big East 5 2 .714
C-USA 1 2 .333
ACC 0 1 .000
SEC 1 2 .333

Television coverage



  1. "ESPN Regional Television to Own and Operate New Bowl Game". 2006-05-09. Retrieved 2006-12-25.
  2. Hubbard, Russell (2010-11-04). "BBVA Compass to take over sponsorship of Birmingham bowl game". The Birmingham News.
  3. " Signs on as Title Sponsor of Inaugural Bowl Game". 2006-11-16. Archived from the original on 2007-03-27. Retrieved 2006-12-25.
  4. Solomon, Jon (2010-08-06). "Papa John's doesn't renew as sponsor of Birmingham's bowl". The Birmingham News.
  5. " Bowl receives two-year tie-in with SEC". (Associated Press). May 1, 2008.[dead link]
  7. Solomon, Jon (2006-12-24). "Cheers for Bowl". The Birmingham News. Retrieved 2006-12-25.
  8. "It's official: Cincinnati is Southern Mississippi's opponent in Bowl in Birmingham " (November 28, 2007) Birmingham News
  9. Boyer, Zac (2009-12-06). "UConn accepts bid to Bowl". Retrieved 2006-12-06.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Solomon, Jon (2010-08-07). "Papa John's: New NFL strategy, higher ESPN financial demand mean cutting bowl ties". The Birmingham News. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  11. Russell, Hubbard (2010-11-04). "BBVA Compass to take over sponsorship of Birmingham bowl game". The Birmingham News. Archived from the original on 7 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-04.

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