Fiesta Bowl 2017 date, time
The 2017 Fiesta Bowl will be played on Dec. 30, 2017 at 2 p.m. MST.
Fiesta Bowl 2017 location
Fiesta Bowl history
The Fiesta Bowl began in 1971 as the state of Arizona’s first bowl game. Most recently, it served as the semifinal game of the College Football Playoff in 2016 with Clemson beating Ohio State 31-0. It marked the first time since Miami in 1994 that a team was shut out in a Fiesta Bowl.
When most people think of the Fiesta Bowl, they think of the classic 2007 game between Oklahoma and Boise State when the Broncos took down the Sooners 43-42 in overtime. Ian Johnson famously took the statue of liberty handoff and then proposed to his girlfriend after the game.
Arizona State and Ohio State have won the game five times while Penn State has taken home a victory six times. Nebraska holds the record for points scored when the Cornhuskers posted 62 on Florida in 1996. This also happens to be the largest margin of victory as the Gators were held to just 24 points.
Perhaps the most contreversial game came in 2003 when Ohio State played Miami. The Hurricanes thought they had won the game until a pass interference flag was thrown and Ohio State went on to win 31-24.
The game as gone through a number of sponsors over the years. The most notable and fitting sponsor was Tostitos from 1996 to 2014. Others include Sunkist, IBM, Vizio, BattleFrog, and most recently PlayStation.
The highest attendence at any Fiesta Bowl came in 1998 when 80,470 watched Tennesee beat Florida State 23-16. Peerless Price was the MVP of that game alongside Dwayne Goodrich on defense.
Some Fiesta Bowl MVPs have gone on to NFL careers both big and small. Deshaun Watson of Clemson was the most recent MVP. AJ Hawk was an MVP in both 2004 and 2006. Other notable names include Joey Harrington at Oregon, Cordell Stewart with Colorado, Eric Crouch with Nebraska, Blake Bortles with the University of Central Florida and Alex Smith with Utah.
The game has gone to overtime just three times in 2012, 2007 and 2003. It was hosted at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona until 2006 when it moved to its current location.