Today we celebrate this day in College Football America Yearbook history by looking back on the games we’ve covered on this date, Dec. 31. 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.
So what did we do on this day in College Football America Yearbook history?
2013: Arizona (FBS) vs. Boston College (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox and editor Matthew Postins were back at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana, for another edition of the Independence Bowl. This one featured the Arizona Wildcats and the Boston College Eagles, with the Wildcats winning the game, 42-19. What was cool about this game? Hall of Fame baseball player Ken Griffey Jr.’s son was playing for Arizona and the elder Griffey was actually shooting the game from the sideline.
2014: TCU (FBS) vs. Ole Miss (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb found himself at the Peach Bowl, one of the New Year’s Six bowl games that are part of the College Football Playoff rotation. On this day, the TCU Horned Frogs and the Ole Miss Rebels faced off and the Horned Frogs blew out the Rebels, 42-3. The Horned Frogs were the first Big 12 team to win the Peach Bowl.
2014: Boise State (FBS) vs. Arizona (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins was at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, for the annual Fiesta Bowl, part of the New Year’s Six bowl games that serve as venues for the College Football Playoff. This time around, it was just a normal Fiesta Bowl, as Boise State defeated Arizona, 38-30. At the time it was the Broncos’ third win in the Fiesta Bowl in nine years.
2016: Georgia Tech (FBS) vs. Kentucky (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb was at the Gator Bowl (at the time they were calling it the TaxSlayer Bowl, but it’s basically the Gator Bowl) in Jacksonville, Texas. One of the oldest bowl games in college football, it was also the first to be televised. This time around, the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets faced the Kentucky Wildcats, with Georgia Tech winning the game, 33-18.