|All-American Bowl (defunct)|
Hall of Fame Classic (1977–1985)
|North Carolina State vs. Southern Mississippi (31–27)|
The All-American Bowl was an annual postseason college football bowl game played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama from 1977 to 1990. The game was known as the Hall of Fame Classic from 1977 to 1985.
In 1986, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame decided to relocate the Hall of Fame bowl game to Tampa, Florida, where it eventually became known as the Outback Bowl. The game in Birmingham continued as the All-American Bowl, which was played for five years under a different organizing body.
When the Southeastern Conference expanded to twelve schools and began contesting a SEC Championship Game in 1992, Birmingham officials chose to host the conference title game and abandon the All-American Bowl. The SEC championship was moved to Atlanta's Georgia Dome two years later, leaving Legion Field without any Division I-A postseason college football until 2006, when ESPN and the city agreed to establish a new post-season game, the Birmingham Bowl.
The All-American Bowl played host to a number of successful teams from the premier college football conferences of the time (the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Eight (now Big 12 Conference), Big Ten Conference, Southeastern Conference and Southwest Conference). All of them placed teams in the All-American Bowl in various years. At least one of the power conferences fielded teams in the All-American Bowl in every year of its existence; often, two of those premier conferences met in the game. The Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference each placed five teams into the All-American Bowl. The Big Ten Conference proved to be the least successful conference, having never won a game despite placing teams in four different years.
|December 22, 1977||Maryland||17||Minnesota||7||47,000||notes|
|December 20, 1978||Texas A&M||28||#19 Iowa State||12||41,500||notes|
|December 29, 1979||Missouri||24||#16 South Carolina||14||62,785||notes|
|December 27, 1980||Arkansas||34||Tulane||15||30,000||notes|
|December 31, 1981||Mississippi State||10||Kansas||0||41,672||notes|
|December 31, 1982||Air Force||36||Vanderbilt||28||75,000||notes|
|December 22, 1983||#18 West Virginia||20||Kentucky||16||42,000||notes|
|December 29, 1984||Kentucky||20||#20 Wisconsin||19||47,300||notes|
|December 31, 1985||Georgia Tech||17||Michigan State||14||45,000||notes|
|December 31, 1986||Florida State||27||Indiana||13||30,000||notes|
|December 22, 1987||Virginia||22||Brigham Young||16||37,000||notes|
|December 29, 1988||Florida||14||Illinois||10||48,218||notes|
|December 28, 1989||#24 Texas Tech||49||#20 Duke||21||47,750||notes|
|December 28, 1990||North Carolina State||31||#23 Southern Mississippi||27||44,000||notes|
|1978||Curtis Dickey||Texas A&M||RB|
|1980||Billy Ray Smith||Arkansas||LB|
|1981||John Bond||Mississippi State||QB|
|1981||Johnie Cooks||Mississippi State||LB|
|1982||Carl Dieudonne||Air Force||DE|
|1983||Jeff Hostetler||West Virginia||QB|
|1985||Mark Ingram, Sr.||Michigan State||WR|
|1986||Sammie Smith||Florida State||RB|
|1989||James Gray||Texas Tech||RB|
|1990||Brett Favre||Southern Miss||QB|
On several occasions, the All-American Bowl winners finished the season ranked in the AP Top Twenty poll: