The Peach Bowl can also boast as being the most competitive bowl game in the business. In its history, the average margin of victory is only 9.5 points. Over the last 15 years, the margin has diminished to 7.9 points.
Since the Peach Bowl moved its venue to the Georgia Dome, they have sold the game out eleven times. In the last decade, it also ranks first in attendance in all non-BCS bowl games. This year's contest will mark the ninth consecutive sellout.
LSU In The Peach Bowl Record Books:
The Tigers hold two all-time records at the Peach Bowl. In 1996, they were part of a game that broke the record for fewest passes completed with 20. LSU completed 14 while Clemson only managed six completions.
Former LSU fullback Tommy Banks shares the record for most touchdowns in a game with two. These came from Rohan Davey in the 2000 Peach Bowl to help boost the Tigers to a victory over Georgia Tech.
This year's bowl marks the first time in Peach Bowl history that there has been a top ten match-up. Number nine ranked Miami and number ten ranked LSU will square off in both team's bid to remain undefeated at the Peach Bowl. Miami is 2-0 while LSU is 3-0. In addition, both teams are looking for their 18th bowl victory. In the all-time series record LSU is 8-3, though Miami has won three of the last four. Miami is also looking to become the only team in Peach Bowl history to repeat as back-to-back winners. In 2004, they defeated Florida 27-10.
This game will also be a contest of defensive prowess. Miami is number three in total defense while LSU is fifth. Miami is number two in the nation in scoring defense and LSU is six back at number eight. Miami also is first the nation in pass defense.
Peach Bowl MVPs Move On To The NFL:
Each team has players that were awarded the bowl MVP that went on to enjoy success in the NFL. In 1980, Miami quarterback Jim Kelly was awarded the honor and went on to lead the Buffalo Bills to four Super Bowls. The 2004 offensive MVP for Miami was wide receiver Roscoe Parrish who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the last year's draft. For LSU, the 1996 defensive MVP was Anthony "Booger" McFarland. He went on to be drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has been in the league for seven years. Rohan Davey and Bradie James were named the offensive and defensive MVPs in the 2000 Peach Bowl. Rohan Davey spent three seasons with the New England Patriots and is now with the Arizona Cardinals. Bradie James has spent all three years of his NFL experience with the Dallas Cowboys.
Peach Bowl's Role In The Community:
In addition to their sizeable payouts, the Peach Bowl is a consistent contributor to the betterment of the Atlanta community, ranking them number one out of all bowl games. In 2004 the Peach Bowl donated $410,286 to nine different organizations. Those services provided include: assistance to children without homes or those that suffer from chronic illnesses and disabilities, high school and college scholarships to deserving kids, healthcare to downtrodden communities in Atlanta. In the last seven years the bowl has donated 2 million dollars.
Festivities Surrounding Bowl Game:
At noon on game day, downtown Atlanta will have the feel of a Saturday afternoon in Baton Rouge.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade presented by Party City will lead about 20,000 fans through Atlanta. The Parade will end when the lines reach the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl FanFest presented by Coca-Cola. There fans will take part in multiple events. There will be tailgating and food, games, live music, and participants will have the chance to see the players take the walk from the busses to the stadium.
Events During The Game:
The Peach Bowl will present the "Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award" at halftime. This is awarded to the college football coach who experienced success on and off the field. This includes putting a premium on academics and community outreach.
Also at halftime two people will be inducted into the Peach Bowl Hall of Fame. It began in 2002 and counts eighteen players and coaches as its members. The 2005 inductees are former Tennessee head coach Johnny Majors and former Kentucky defensive end Art Still. Other notable members include: bowl founder George Crumbley, Georgia head coach and athletic director Vince Dooley, Miami quarterback Jim Kelly, Baylor linebacker Mike Singletary, and Tennessee defensive tackle Reggie White.
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