2018 Birmingham Bowl
The 2018 Birmingham Bowl, officially the 2018 Jared Birmingham Bowl, was the 13th contest in the annual postseason Birmingham Bowl series at Legion Field which began in 2006. The game was played for the first year with Jared jewelers as corporate title sponsor. A new Birmingham Bowl trophy depicting Vulcan made its debut.
The contest kicked off at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 22, 2018. The American Athletic Conference's western division champion Memphis Tigers (8-5) faced the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6) from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Memphis was coached by Mike Norvell, capping his third season with the Tigers. Wake Forest was coached by Dave Clawson, in his fifth season with the Demon Deacons.
A Friday afternoon Street Fest and Pep Rally was held from 1:00 to 6:00 PM in the Uptown entertainment district. The event featured live music from the Martini Shakers and the Rock Candy Band, games and food and drink vendors, along with performances by both visiting marching bands. Fireworks capped the event. A "Fan Zone" outside Legion Field on the morning before the 11:00 AM kickoff also featured live music by Man's Best Friend.
|Site: Legion Field|
|Names: Papajohns.com Bowl (2006-2010), BBVA Compass Bowl (2011-2014), Birmingham Bowl (2015-2017), Jared Birmingham Bowl (2018)|
|By year: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, Jan. 2015, Dec. 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018|
- Birmingham Bowl website