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Last Updated Jun 09, 2022, 03:13 PM


The First Responder Bowl, formerly known as the Heart of Dallas Bowl, began in 2011 and the matchup currently features schools from the Big TenBig 12 and Conference USA. The game takes place at the Cotton Bowl from Dallas, Texas.

Favorites have gone 9-0 straight up and 6-2-1 against the spread in this game. Conference USA (4-2) and the Big 12 (2-0) conferences have both performed well since this game began, while the Big Ten has gone winless in its four appearances.

In the first eight First Responder Bowls, the winning team has scored 30-plus points in all of them and have eclipsed 40 or more in three of them. In 2017, Utah cruised past West Virginia, 30-14. It was the fifth consecutive bowl win for the Utes and the 14th victory in the past 15 bowl appearances since 1999.

The 2018 installment between Boise State and Boston College was canceled because of the threat of severe weather.

Western Kentucky (-3) rallied past Western Michigan for a 23-20 win in the 2019 edition and bettors wagering on either side likely earned a push while the 'under' (56) was never in doubt.

In 2020, a heavily-favored Louisiana posted a 31-24 victory, but UTSA grabbed the cover as a 14-point underdog as the total ended up a push at most shops.

The game went off on Dec. 28, 2021 despite the COVID-19 global pandemic, and Air Force (-1) posted an impressive 31-28 win over Louisville, a Power 5 team, after using a surprising blend of passing and rushing. Normally the Falcons are a heavy ground-based attack. The favorite cashed for the first time since Utah's victory in 2017.

YearMatchupLineATS Result
2021Air Force 31 Louisville 28Air Force -1, 55Favorite, Over
2020Louisiana 31 UTSA 24Louisiana -14, 55Underdog, Push
2019Western Kentucky 23 Western MichiganWKU -3, 56.5Push, Under 56
2018Boston College vs. Boise State1, 50.5Canceled
2017Utah 30 West Virginia 14 Utah -7, 56Favorite, Under
2016Army 38 North Texas 31Army -10.5, 48Underdog, Over
2015Washington 44 Southern Mississippi 31Washington -8, 51.5Favorite, Over
2014Louisiana Tech 35 Illinois 17La. Tech -7, 54.5Favorite, Under
2013North Texas 36 UNLV 14North Texas -6.5, 54Favorite, Under
2012Oklahoma State 58 Purdue 14Oklahoma State -17.5, 68.5Favorite, Over
2011Houston 30 Penn State 14Houston -6.5, 55.5Favorite, Under
2010Texas Tech 45 Northwestern 38Texas Tech -7.5, 63Underdog, Over