Citrus Bowl

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This article is about the game. For the stadium, see Camping World Stadium.
Citrus Bowl
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
BWW Citrus Bowl logo.png
Stadium Camping World Stadium
Location Orlando, Florida
Previous stadiums Florida Field (1973)
Previous locations Gainesville, Florida (1973)
Operated 1947–present
Conference tie-ins Big Ten, SEC
Previous conference tie-ins OVC (1947–1967)
MAC (1968–1975)
SoCon (1968–1972)
SEC (1972–1973)
ACC (1987–1991)
Payout US$4,250,000 (As of 2015)
Sponsors
Florida Citrus Growers Association (1983–2002)
CompUSA (1994–1999)
Ourhouse.com (2000)
Capital One (2001–2014)
Buffalo Wild Wings (2015–present)
Former names
Tangerine Bowl (1947–1982)
Florida Citrus Bowl (1983–1993)
CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl (1994–1999)
Ourhouse.com Florida Citrus Bowl (2000)
Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (2001–2002)
Capital One Bowl (2003–2014)
2015 season matchup
Michigan vs. Florida (Michigan 41–7)
2016 season matchup
LSU vs. Louisville (LSU 29–9)

The Citrus Bowl, also known as the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl for sponsorship purposes, is an annual college football bowl game played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.[1] It was previously known as the Tangerine Bowl (1947–1982), the Florida Citrus Bowl (1983–2002), and the Capital One Bowl (2003–2014). The bowl is operated by Florida Citrus Sports, a non-profit group that also organizes the Russell Athletic Bowl and Florida Classic.

Since becoming one of the premier bowls, the Citrus Bowl is typically played at 1 p.m. EST on New Year's Day, immediately before the Rose Bowl, both of which have been televised on ESPN since 2011. (In years when New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, the game is played on Monday, January 2 to avoid conflicting with the National Football League schedule.) In 2004, the Capital One Bowl bid to become the fifth BCS game, but was not chosen, primarily due to the stadium's aging condition. On July 26, 2007, the Orange County Commissioners voted 5–2 in favor of spending $1.1 billion to build a new arena for the Orlando Magic, a performing arts center, and to upgrade the Citrus Bowl.

Currently, the bowl has tie-ins with the SEC and the Big Ten, holding the first selection after the CFP selection process for both conferences. As of 2015 at $4.25 million per team,[2] it has the largest payout of all the non-CFP bowls. In nearly every year since 1985, the game has featured both teams ranked in the Top 25. After the 2014 formation of the College Football Playoff, the Citrus Bowl has a chance to occasionally host an ACC team, replacing the Big Ten representative. This will happen the years in which the Orange Bowl is not a semi-final game and selects a Big Ten team to match against their ACC team.

Capital One ceased its sponsorship of the game following the 2014 game, and moved its sponsorship to the Orange Bowl.[3] Buffalo Wild Wings was announced as the new title sponsor of the bowl game in 2014. Buffalo Wild Wings had previously been the title sponsor of what is now the Cactus Bowl.[4]

History[edit]

The game, which began play in 1947, is one of the oldest of the non-CFP bowls, along with the Gator Bowl and Sun Bowl. The first game played before an estimated crowd of 9,000. By 1952, the game was dubbed the "Little Bowl with the Big Heart", because all the proceeds from the game went to charity. Before 1968 the game featured matchups between schools throughout the South, often featuring the Ohio Valley Conference champion or other small colleges (though a few major colleges did play in the bowl during this early era as well).

From 1964 through 1967, it was one of the four regional finals in the College Division (which became Division II (and III) in 1973), along with the Pecan, Grantland Rice, and Camellia bowls. The Boardwalk Bowl in Atlantic City took over as the Eastern regional in 1968 and the Tangerine Bowl became a major college bowl game; from 1968 through 1975 the bowl featured the Mid-American Conference champion against an opponent from the Southern Conference (through 1972), the SEC (1973–1974), or an at-large opponent (1975). As the major football conferences relaxed restrictions on post-season play in the mid-1970s, the game went to a matchup between two at-large teams from major conferences, with one school typically (but not always) from the South. From the 1987 season to 1991, it featured the ACC champion against an at-large opponent. Since the 1992 season, the game has featured one of the top teams from both the Big Ten and the SEC.

In 1986, it was one of the bowl games considered for the site of the "winner take all" national championship game between Penn State and Miami before the Fiesta Bowl was eventually chosen.

The 1990 season game featured National Championship implications. Georgia Tech won the Florida Citrus Bowl, finished 11–0–1, and were voted the 1990 UPI national champion.

The 1997 season game, which featured nearby Florida beating Penn State, holds the game's attendance record at 72,940. During the 1990s, the second-place finisher in the SEC (but not necessarily the loser of the SEC Championship Game) typically went to this bowl. Florida coach Steve Spurrier, speaking to the fact Tennessee occupied that spot three of four years as Florida finished first, famously quipped "You can't spell 'Citrus' without U-T!" In 1997, the Volunteers played for the last Bowl Alliance national championship in the Orange Bowl, and the Gators went to the Citrus Bowl, where it defeated Penn State 21-6. Florida defeated Tennessee 33-20 in the regular season, but were knocked out of the SEC East title race by losing to LSU and Georgia.

The 2016 season game will be played on December 31, 2016, rather than on January 2, 2017, it is the first time in 30 years that the Citrus Bowl will not be played on New Year's Day, the Outback Bowl, the Cotton Bowl Classic, the Rose Bowl Game and the Sugar Bowl are played on that date.

Racial integration[edit]

The undefeated 1955 Hillsdale College Football Team refused an invitation to the game when bowl officials insisted that Hillsdale's four African American players would not be allowed to play in the game.

The University at Buffalo's first bowl bid was to the Tangerine Bowl in 1958. The Tangerine Bowl Commission hoped that the Orlando High School Athletic Association, which operated the stadium, would waive its rule that prohibited integrated sporting events. When it refused, the team unanimously voted to skip the bowl because its two black players would not have been allowed on the field. Buffalo would not be bowl-eligible for another 50 years. During the 2008 season, when the Bulls were on the verge of bowl eligibility, the 1958 team was profiled on ESPN's Outside the Lines.[5] The 2008 team went on to win the Mid-American Conference title, and lost to University of Connecticut 38–20 in the International Bowl.

By 1966 the OHSA's rule had been changed, and Morgan State, of Baltimore, Maryland under head coach Earl C. Banks, a member of the NCAA College Football Hall of Fame, became the first historically black college (HBCU) to play in and win the Tangerine Bowl game by defeating West Chester State (Pennsylvania), finishing the season undefeated for the second straight year.

Gainesville[edit]

In early 1973, construction improvements were planned for the then 17,000-seat Tangerine Bowl stadium to expand to over 51,000 seats. In early summer 1973, however, construction was stalled due to legal concerns, and the improvements were delayed. Late in the 1973 season, Tangerine Bowl President Will Gieger and other officials planned to invite the Miami Redskins and the East Carolina Pirates to Orlando for the game. On November 19, 1973, East Carolina withdrew its interests, and the bowl was left with one at-large bid. In an unexpected and unprecedented move, game officials decided to invite the Florida Gators, and move the game to Florida Field in Gainesville, the Gators' home stadium. The larger stadium would be needed to accommodate the large crowd expected. The move required special permission from the NCAA, and special accommodations were made. Both teams would be headquartered in Orlando for the week, and spend most of their time there, including practices, and would be bused up to Gainesville.

The participants were greeted with an unexpected event, a near-record low temperature of 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 degrees Celsius). Despite the home-field advantage, in the game nicknamed the "Transplant Bowl", Miami (OH), who found the cold much more to its liking, defeated the Gators 16–7. One of the players on the victorious Redskins squad was future Gators coach Ron Zook.

The one-time moving of the game, and the fears of a permanent relocation, rejuvenated the stalled stadium renovations in Orlando. The game returned to Orlando for 1974, and within a couple of years, the expansion project was complete.

Mascot Challenge[edit]

The "Capital One Mascot Challenge" (formerly known as the "Capital One National Mascot of the Year") was a contest where fans voted for their favorite college mascot. The contest began in 2002 with the winner being named during the halftime; the winning school was awarded $20,000 towards their mascot program. With the ending of Capital One's sponsorship of the Citrus Bowl, the challenge was moved in 2014 to the Orange Bowl with Capital One's sponsorship of that game.

List of Capital One Mascot Challenge winners 
Season Mascot University
2002 Monte University of Montana
2003 Cocky University of South Carolina
2004 Monte University of Montana
2005 Herbie Husker University of Nebraska–Lincoln
2006 Butch T. Cougar Washington State University
2007 Zippy University of Akron
2008 Cy the Cardinal Iowa State University
2009 The Bearcat University of Cincinnati
2010 Big Blue Old Dominion University
2011 Wolfie Jr. University of Nevada, Reno
2012 Raider Red Texas Tech University
2013 Rocky the Bull University of South Florida
2014 Aubie Auburn University

Game results[edit]

Italics denote a tie game.

Season Date played Winning team Losing team
1946 January 1, 1947 Catawba 31 Maryville 6
1947 January 1, 1948 Catawba 7 Marshall 0
1948 January 1, 1949 Murray State 21 Sul Ross State 21
1949 January 2, 1950 Saint Vincent 7 Emory & Henry 6
1950 January 1, 1951 Morris Harvey 35 Emory & Henry 14
1951 January 1, 1952 Stetson 35 Arkansas State 20
1952 January 1, 1953 East Texas State 33 Tennessee Tech 0
1953 January 1, 1954 Arkansas State 7 East Texas State 7
1954 January 1, 1955 Omaha 7 Eastern Kentucky 6
1955 January 2, 1956 Juniata 6 Missouri Valley 6
1956 January 1, 1957 West Texas State 20 Southern Miss 13
1957 January 1, 1958 East Texas State 10 Southern Miss 9
1958 December 27, 1958 East Texas State 26 Missouri Valley 7
1959 January 1, 1960 Middle Tennessee 21 Presbyterian 12
1960 December 30, 1960 The Citadel 27 Tennessee Tech 0
1961 December 29, 1961 Lamar 21 Middle Tennessee 14
1962 December 22, 1962 Houston 49 Miami (OH) 21
1963 December 28, 1963 WKU 27 Coast Guard 0
1964 December 12, 1964 East Carolina 14 Massachusetts 13
1965 December 11, 1965 East Carolina 31 Maine 0
1966 December 10, 1966 Morgan State (MD) 14 West Chester (PA) 6
1967 December 16, 1967 Tennessee–Martin 25 West Chester (PA) 8
1968 December 27, 1968 Richmond 49 #15 Ohio 42
1969 December 26, 1969 #20 Toledo 56 Davidson 33
1970 December 28, 1970 #15 Toledo 40 William & Mary 12
1971 December 28, 1971 #14 Toledo 28 Richmond 3
1972 December 29, 1972 Tampa 21 Kent State 18
1973 December 22, 1973 #15 Miami (OH) 16 Florida 7
1974 December 21, 1974 #15 Miami (OH) 21 Georgia 10
1975 December 20, 1975 #12 Miami (OH) 20 South Carolina 7
1976 December 18, 1976 #14 Oklahoma State 49 BYU 21
1977 December 23, 1977 #19 Florida State 40 Texas Tech 17
1978 December 23, 1978 NC State 30 Pittsburgh 17
1979 December 22, 1979 LSU 34 Wake Forest 10
1980 December 20, 1980 Florida 35 Maryland 20
1981 December 19, 1981 Missouri 19 #18 Southern Miss 17
1982 December 18, 1982 #18 Auburn 33 Boston College 26
1983 December 17, 1983 Tennessee 30 #16 Maryland 23
1984 December 22, 1984 Georgia 17 #15 Florida State 17
1985 December 28, 1985 #17 Ohio State 10 #9 BYU 7
1986 January 1, 1987 #10 Auburn 16 USC 7
1987 January 1, 1988 #14 Clemson 35 #20 Penn State 10
1988 January 2, 1989 #9 Clemson 13 #10 Oklahoma 6
1989 January 1, 1990 #11 Illinois 31 #16 Virginia 21
1990 January 1, 1991 #2 Georgia Tech 45 #19 Nebraska 21
1991 January 1, 1992 #14 California 37 #13 Clemson 13
1992 January 1, 1993 #8 Georgia 21 #15 Ohio State 14
1993 January 1, 1994 #13 Penn State 31 #6 Tennessee 13
1994 January 2, 1995 #6 Alabama 24 #13 Ohio State 17
1995 January 1, 1996 #3 Tennessee 20 #4 Ohio State 14
1996 January 1, 1997 #9 Tennessee 48 #11 Northwestern 28
1997 January 1, 1998 #6 Florida 21 #11 Penn State 6
1998 January 1, 1999 #15 Michigan 45 #11 Arkansas 31
1999 January 1, 2000 #9 Michigan State 37 #10 Florida 34
2000 January 1, 2001 #17 Michigan 31 #20 Auburn 28
2001 January 1, 2002 #8 Tennessee 45 #17 Michigan 17
2002 January 1, 2003 #19 Auburn 13 #10 Penn State 9
2003 January 1, 2004 #11 Georgia 34 #12 Purdue 27 (OT)
2004 January 1, 2005 #11 Iowa 30 #12 LSU 25
2005 January 2, 2006 #20 Wisconsin 24 #7 Auburn 10
2006 January 1, 2007 #5 Wisconsin 17 #13 Arkansas 14
2007 January 1, 2008 Michigan 41 #12 Florida 35
2008 January 1, 2009 #15 Georgia 24 #18 Michigan State 12
2009 January 1, 2010 #11 Penn State 19 #15 LSU 17
2010 January 1, 2011 #16 Alabama 49 #9 Michigan State 7
2011 January 2, 2012 #9 South Carolina 30 #20 Nebraska 13
2012 January 1, 2013 #6 Georgia 45 #23 Nebraska 31
2013 January 1, 2014 #9 South Carolina 34 #19 Wisconsin 24
2014 January 1, 2015 #16 Missouri 33 #25 Minnesota 17
2015 January 1, 2016 #14 Michigan 41 #19 Florida 7
2016 December 31, 2016 #20 LSU 29 #13 Louisville 9

MVPs[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Only teams with at least three appearances are listed.

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Georgia 6 4–1–1
T1 Florida 6 2–4
T3 Tennessee 5 4–1
T3 Michigan 5 4–1
T3 Auburn 5 3–2
T3 Penn State 5 2–3
T7 East Texas State 4 3–0–1
T7 Miami (Ohio) 4 3–1
T7 LSU 4 2–2
T7 Ohio State 4 1–3
T11 Toledo 3 3–0
T11 Clemson 3 2–1
T11 South Carolina 3 2-1
T11 Wisconsin 3 2–1
T11 Michigan State 3 1–2
T11 Nebraska 3 0–3
T11 Southern Miss 3 0–3

Broadcasting[edit]

ABC televised the game from 1987 to 2010, with NBC airing it in 1984–85 and the syndicated Mizlou Television Network doing so prior to 1984. In March 2010, ESPN announced extensions to their television contracts with the Capital One Bowl and the Outback Bowl, along with a new contract with the Gator Bowl.[6] The contract for the now Citrus Bowl is through 2018. Under these new agreements, ESPN will broadcast all three games on either ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2.

Radio broadcast rights for the game are currently held by ESPN Radio. Sports USA Radio held the rights from 2003–2010.

Television[edit]

Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
December 31, 2016 ABC Dave Pasch Greg McElroy Tom Luginbill
January 1, 2016 ABC Mike Patrick Ed Cunningham Jerry Punch
January 1, 2015 ABC Mike Patrick Ed Cunningham Jeannine Edwards
January 1, 2014 ABC Dave Pasch Brian Griese Tom Luginbill
January 1, 2013 ABC Rece Davis Jesse Palmer and David Pollack Samantha Ponder
January 2, 2012 ESPN Joe Tessitore Rod Gilmore Quint Kessenich
January 1, 2011 ESPN Brad Nessler Todd Blackledge Holly Rowe
January 1, 2010 ABC[7] Brad Nessler Todd Blackledge Erin Andrews
January 1, 2009 ABC Mike Patrick Todd Blackledge Holly Rowe
January 1, 2008 ABC Mike Patrick Todd Blackledge Holly Rowe
January 1, 2007 ABC Brad Nessler Bob Griese and Paul Maguire Erin Andrews
January 2, 2006[8] ABC Ron Franklin Bob Davie Holly Rowe
January 1, 2005[9] ABC Gary Thorne Ed Cunningham Jerry Punch
January 1, 2004[10] ABC Gary Thorne David Norrie Jerry Punch
January 1, 2003 ABC Sean McDonough David Norrie
January 1, 2002 ABC Sean McDonough Ed Cunningham
January 1, 2001 ABC Sean Grande David Norrie Chip Tarkenton
January 1, 2000[11] ABC Brent Musburger Gary Danielson Jack Arute
January 1, 1999 ABC[12] Terry Gannon Tim Brant Dean Blevins
January 1, 1998 ABC Brad Nessler Gary Danielson Dean Blevins
January 1, 1997 ABC Mark Jones John Spagnola
January 1, 1995 ABC Mark Jones Tim Brant
January 2, 1994 ABC Mark Jones Tim Brant John Spagnola
January 1, 1993 ABC Roger Twibell Tim Brant
January 1, 1992 ABC Brent Musburger Dick Vermeil
January 1, 1991 ABC Brent Musburger Dick Vermeil Mark Jones and Cheryl Miller
January 1, 1990 ABC Gary Bender Dick Vermeil
January 1, 1989 ABC Gary Bender Dick Vermeil Becky Dixon
January 2, 1988 ABC Gary Bender Lynn Swann Steve Alvarez
January 1, 1987 ABC Frank Gifford Lynn Swann Mike Adamle
December 28, 1985 NBC Jay Randolph Dave Rowe Tom Hammond
December 22, 1984 NBC Don Criqui Bob Trumpy
December 18, 1982 Mizlou Howard David Danny Abramowicz Steve Grad and Mike Hogewood

Radio[edit]

Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
December 31, 2016 ESPN Radio Jason Benetti Kelly Stouffer Paul Carcaterra
January 1, 2016 ESPN Radio Beth Mowins Anthony Becht Paul Carcaterra
January 1, 2015 ESPN Radio Dave Lamont Tom Ramsey
January 1, 2014 ESPN Radio Dave Lamont Ray Bentley Ian Fitzsimmons
January 1, 2013 ESPN Radio Dave Lamont Kelly Stouffer Brett McMurphy
January 2, 2012 ESPN Radio Dave Lamont Ray Bentley

References[edit]

Additional sources[edit]

  • Orlando Sentinel-Star (November 20, 1973); Various articles- Accessed via microfilm 01-03-2007.

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