A short history of the Belk Bowl (12/27/11)

The Belk Bowl has never been played before. Talk about an extremely short history.

OK. That’s not entirely true. Tonight marks the first time the Belk Bowl will be played with the moniker the “Belk Bowl.” It was once known as the Continental Tire Bowl and the Meineke Car Care Bowl — not to be confused with the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, which replaced the Houston Bowl in 2006.

The game has been held at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina since its inception in 2002. It typically features teams from the ACC and the Big East facing off, but Navy once played in it in 2006 — who are independent.

The Belk Bowl currently invites the #5 ACC team to play against the #3 team in the Big East Conference, which one would think gives the upper hand to the “better” Big East team. The ACC has won four times and lost four times — three of these losses have come from the University of North Carolina, who is 0-3 in Belk Bowl matchups. The Big East is 5-4 in the Belk Bowl, but one of these wins have come against Navy, so the ACC and the Big East are essentially tied in the Belk Bowl/Continental Tire Bowl/Meineke Car Care Center Bowl history.

Whoever wins tonight’s Belk Bowl (which can be OtherScreened tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN) between Louisville from the Big East and N.C. State from the ACC will give their conference the edge. N.C. State is 1-0 in this bowl while Louisville has yet to play in it. For more stats about the Belk Bowl, take a look at our “Appearances and Record for the Belk Bowl” chart below.

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