The Wiz of Odds is conducting a comprehensive study of bowl game expense reports. All of the data collected — expense reports for 56 teams and bowl surveys for 40 teams — are being posted on the site. Here is the latest installment. For an overview of the project, click here.
The Tampa-based Outback Bowl is operated by the nonprofit Tampa Bay Bowl Association. It was called the Hall of Fame Bowl from its inception in 1986 until 1995, when Outback became the title sponsor.
2011 participants: Florida and Penn State.
Florida expenses: The school had no trouble selling tickets to Urban Meyer's final game as Gator coach. Only 935 absorbed tickets were reported at a cost of $68,650. The team reported $65,000 in other expenses, which included pre-bowl practice ($50,000) and meeting room expenses at the team hotel ($15,000). Florida's travel party of 770 was eighth highest among the 56 team expense reports obtained by The Wiz of Odds. Download Florida Expenses
Survey: Florida did not provide a bowl survey to The Wiz of Odds.
Penn State: The school declined to offer its expense report or bowl survey to The Wiz of Odds.