Today in College Football America History – Dec. 26

Utah Cheerleaders

Today we celebrate this day in College Football America Yearbook history by looking back on the games we’ve covered on this date, Dec. 26. The staff at the College Football America Yearbook has been attending and coverings games since 2010, even before we actually had a physical yearbook to sell. Our staff travels the country to cover anywhere from 50 to 70 college football games per season. So, we’ve accumulated many games, many photos and many memories. Each day, we’ll encapsulate those memories here and include links to our photos and game coverage that will help you take a look back, too.

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So what did we do on this day in College Football America Yearbook history?

The North Carolina Tar Heels. (College Football America File Photo)

2011: Missouri (FBS) vs. North Carolina (FBS)

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Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox and editor Matthew Postins drove over to Shreveport, Louisiana, for the Independence Bowl, held at Independence Stadium. Recently, it’s been a game traditionally held shortly after Christmas, sometimes the day after Christmas Day. So the Independence Bowl will pop up quite a bit in the days after Christmas. On this day, the staff took in the contest between Missouri, then in the Big 12, and North Carolina. Mizzou won the game, 41-24.

2014: LA Tech (FBS) vs. Illinois (FBS)

Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox drove over to Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas, which is on the grounds of the State Fair of Texas. The stadium is one of the most iconic in college football, and on this day it hosted what was then the Heart of Dallas Bowl. In this one the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs faced the Illinois Fighting Illini, a game the Bulldogs won, 35-18.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane. (College Football America File Photo)

2015: Tulsa (FBS) vs. Virginia Tech (FBS)

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Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox had some more fun at the Independence Bowl, held at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. This contest pitted the Tulsa Golden Hurricane against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Hokies won an incredible game, 55-52. Oddly enough, Tulsa played in the first Independence Bowl back in 1976, as the Golden Hurricane lost to the McNeese State Cowboys, 20-16.

Utah fans trying to keep warm. (College Football America File Photo)

2017: Utah (FBS) vs. West Virginia (FBS)

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Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox and editor Matthew Postins were at the Heart of Dallas Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas, as the West Virginia Mountaineers and Utah Utes hit town to face each other on a cold, drizzly morning. Utah won the game, 30-14.

Boise State and Boston College. (College Football America File Photo)

2018: Boston College (FBS) vs. Boise State (FBS)

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Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins was, once again, back at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas, for the First Responder Bowl (what was formerly the Heart of Dallas Bowl). This was a rarity during bowl season — a game that never finished. The Boise State Broncos and the Boston College Eagles were the opponents, but the game barely got out of the first quarter before severe weather hit Dallas. The game was eventually called a no contest and both teams went home.

The Miami Hurricanes. (College Football America File Photo)

2019: LA Tech (FBS) vs. Miami (FL) (FBS)

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Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox was back at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana, for the Independence Bowl between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Miami (FL) Hurricanes. The honorary captains for the game were former Hurricane quarterback Brock Berlin and former LA Tech quarterback Luke McCown, who faced off against each other in a non-conference, neutral site game at Independence Stadium in 2003.

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