The Citrus Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The bowl is operated by Florida Citrus Sports, a non-profit group that also organizes the Camping World Bowl and Florida Classic.
The game was first played as the Tangerine Bowl in 1947 before being renamed as the Florida Citrus Bowl in 1983. When Capital One was the game's title sponsor between 2001 to 2014, the game was referred to simply as the Capital One Bowl from 2003 to 2014. Other previous sponsors include CompUSA (1994–1999), Ourhouse.com (2000), and Buffalo Wild Wings (2015–2017) and Overton's (2018). Presently, it is being sponsored by VRBO, a vacation rental marketplace, and is known as the VRBO Citrus Bowl.
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. When January 1 is a Sunday, the game has been played on January 2 or December 31, to avoid conflicting with the National Football League schedule. As of 2015, at $4.25 million per team, it has the largest payout of all the non-College Football Playoff (CFP) bowls. In nearly every year since 1985, the game has featured two teams ranked in the Top 25.
|VRBO Citrus Bowl|
|Stadium||Camping World Stadium|
|Previous stadiums||Florida Field (1973)|
|Previous locations||Gainesville, Florida (1973)|
|Conference tie-ins||Big Ten, SEC|
|Previous conference tie-ins||OVC (1948–1967)|
|Payout||US$4,250,000 (As of 2015)|
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)
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (2015–2017)
Citrus Bowl presented by Overton's (2018)
|2017 season matchup|
|Notre Dame vs. LSU (Notre Dame 21–17)|
|2018 season matchup|
|Penn State vs. Kentucky (Kentucky 27–24)|
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. 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, although a few major colleges did play in the bowl during this early era as well.
In 1968, the Boardwalk Bowl in Atlantic City took over as a regional final, and the Tangerine Bowl became a major college bowl game, featuring teams from the University Division (which became Division I in 1973).
In 2004, the bowl bid to become the fifth BCS game, but was not chosen, primarily due to the stadium's aging condition. In July 2007, the Orange County Commissioners voted in favor of spending $1.1 billion to build the Amway Center for the Orlando Magic, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and to upgrade the Citrus Bowl stadium.
Following the 2014 game, Capital One ceased its sponsorship of the bowl, and moved its sponsorship to the Orange Bowl. 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. In the offseason of 2017, Buffalo Wild Wings ceased sponsoring the bowl as the search for a new sponsor is ongoing.
The 2016 season game was played on December 31, the first time in 30 years that the game was not played on January 1st or 2nd.
From 1968 through 1975, the bowl featured the Mid-American Conference (MAC) champion against an opponent from the Southern Conference (1968–1971), the Southeastern Conference (SEC) (1973–1974), or an at-large opponent (1972, 1975). MAC teams were 6–2 during those games.
As the major football conferences relaxed restrictions on post-season play in the mid-1970s, the bowl 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 through the 1991 season, the bowl featured the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) champion against an at-large opponent. ACC teams were 3–2 during those games.
From the 1992 season through the 2015 season, the bowl featured an SEC vs. Big Ten matchup – the SEC won 14 of those games, while the Big Ten won 10.
During the 1990s, the second-place finisher in the SEC typically went to this bowl. Florida coach Steve Spurrier, speaking to the fact that Tennessee occupied that spot three of four years as Florida finished first, famously quipped "You can't spell 'Citrus' without U-T!"
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. Since the formation of the CFP, 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 CFP semi-final game and selects a Big Ten team to match against their ACC team. This happened following the 2016 season, as the Orange Bowl was not a CFP semi-final and invited Michigan of the Big Ten to face Florida State of the ACC; the Citrus Bowl then invited Louisville of the ACC to face LSU of the SEC. The next year, Wisconsin was invited to the Orange Bowl, so the SEC's LSU was pitted against Notre Dame, who received an invite in lieu of an ACC team.
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 (OHSAA), 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 (halfback Willie Evans and end Mike Wilson) 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. The 2008 team went on to win the Mid-American Conference title, and played in the International Bowl.
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.
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.
Rankings are based on the AP Poll prior to the game being played. Italics denote a tie game.
|No.||Season||Date played||Winning team||Losing team||Attnd.||Notes|
|1||1946||January 1, 1947||Catawba||31||Maryville||6||9,000||notes|
|2||1947||January 1, 1948||Catawba||7||Marshall||0||9,000||notes|
|3||1948||January 1, 1949||Murray State 21, Sul Ross State 21||9,000||notes|
|4||1949||January 2, 1950||Saint Vincent||7||Emory & Henry||6||9,500||notes|
|5||1950||January 1, 1951||Morris Harvey||35||Emory & Henry||14||10,000||notes|
|6||1951||January 1, 1952||Stetson||35||Arkansas State||20||12,500||notes|
|7||1952||January 1, 1953||East Texas State||33||Tennessee Tech||0||12,340||notes|
|8||1953||January 1, 1954||Arkansas State 7, East Texas State 7||12,976||notes|
|9||1954||January 1, 1955||Omaha||7||Eastern Kentucky||6||12,759||notes|
|10||1955||January 2, 1956||Juniata 6, Missouri Valley 6||10,000||notes|
|Teams competing from both NCAA College & University divisions|
|11||1956||January 1, 1957||West Texas State||20||Mississippi Southern||13||11,000||notes|
|12||1957||January 1, 1958||East Texas State||10||Mississippi Southern||9||10,500||notes|
|13||1958||December 27, 1958||East Texas State||26||Missouri Valley||7||4,000||notes|
|14||1959||January 1, 1960||Middle Tennessee||21||Presbyterian||12||12,500||notes|
|15||1960||December 30, 1960||The Citadel||27||Tennessee Tech||0||13,000||notes|
|16||1961||December 29, 1961||Lamar||21||Middle Tennessee||14||6,000||notes|
|17||1962||December 22, 1962||Houston||49||Miami (OH)||21||7,500||notes|
|18||1963||December 28, 1963||Western Kentucky||27||Coast Guard||0||7,500||notes|
|NCAA College Division (Small College) East Regional Final|
|19||1964||December 12, 1964||East Carolina||14||Massachusetts||13||8,000||notes|
|20||1965||December 11, 1965||East Carolina||31||Maine||0||8,350||notes|
|21||1966||December 10, 1966||Morgan State||14||West Chester||6||7,138||notes|
|22||1967||December 16, 1967||Tennessee–Martin||25||West Chester||8||5,500||notes|
|NCAA University Division (Major College)|
|23||1968||December 27, 1968||Richmond||49||#15 Ohio||42||16,114||notes|
|24||1969||December 26, 1969||#20 Toledo||56||Davidson||33||16,311||notes|
|25||1970||December 28, 1970||#15 Toledo||40||William & Mary||12||15,664||notes|
|26||1971||December 28, 1971||#14 Toledo||28||Richmond||3||16,750||notes|
|27||1972||December 29, 1972||Tampa||21||Kent State||18||20,062||notes|
|NCAA Division I|
|28||1973||December 22, 1973||#15 Miami (OH)||16||Florida||7||37,234||notes|
|29||1974||December 21, 1974||#15 Miami (OH)||21||Georgia||10||20,246||notes|
|30||1975||December 20, 1975||#12 Miami (OH)||20||South Carolina||7||20,247||notes|
|31||1976||December 18, 1976||#14 Oklahoma State||49||BYU||21||37,812||notes|
|32||1977||December 23, 1977||#19 Florida State||40||Texas Tech||17||44,502||notes|
|NCAA Division I-A|
|33||1978||December 23, 1978||NC State||30||Pittsburgh||17||31,356||notes|
|34||1979||December 22, 1979||LSU||34||Wake Forest||10||38,666||notes|
|35||1980||December 20, 1980||Florida||35||Maryland||20||52,541||notes|
|36||1981||December 19, 1981||Missouri||19||#18 Southern Miss||17||50,045||notes|
|37||1982||December 18, 1982||#18 Auburn||33||Boston College||26||51,296||notes|
|38||1983||December 17, 1983||Tennessee||30||#16 Maryland||23||50,500||notes|
|39||1984||December 22, 1984||Georgia 17, #15 Florida State 17||51,821||notes|
|40||1985||December 28, 1985||#17 Ohio State||10||#9 BYU||7||50,920||notes|
|41||1986||January 1, 1987||#10 Auburn||16||USC||7||51,113||notes|
|42||1987||January 1, 1988||#14 Clemson||35||#20 Penn State||10||53,152||notes|
|43||1988||January 2, 1989||#9 Clemson||13||#10 Oklahoma||6||53,571||notes|
|44||1989||January 1, 1990||#11 Illinois||31||#16 Virginia||21||42,890||notes|
|45||1990||January 1, 1991||#2 Georgia Tech||45||#19 Nebraska||21||73,328||notes|
|46||1991||January 1, 1992||#14 California||37||#13 Clemson||13||64,192||notes|
|47||1992||January 1, 1993||#8 Georgia||21||#15 Ohio State||14||65,861||notes|
|48||1993||January 1, 1994||#13 Penn State||31||#6 Tennessee||13||72,456||notes|
|49||1994||January 2, 1995||#6 Alabama||24||#13 Ohio State||17||71,195||notes|
|50||1995||January 1, 1996||#3 Tennessee||20||#4 Ohio State||14||70,797||notes|
|51||1996||January 1, 1997||#9 Tennessee||48||#11 Northwestern||28||63,467||notes|
|52||1997||January 1, 1998||#6 Florida||21||#11 Penn State||6||70,797||notes|
|53||1998||January 1, 1999||#15 Michigan||45||#11 Arkansas||31||67,584||notes|
|54||1999||January 1, 2000||#9 Michigan State||37||#10 Florida||34||62,011||notes|
|55||2000||January 1, 2001||#17 Michigan||31||#20 Auburn||28||66,928||notes|
|56||2001||January 1, 2002||#8 Tennessee||45||#17 Michigan||17||59,653||notes|
|57||2002||January 1, 2003||#19 Auburn||13||#10 Penn State||9||66,334||notes|
|58||2003||January 1, 2004||#11 Georgia||34||#12 Purdue||27 (OT)||64,565||notes|
|59||2004||January 1, 2005||#11 Iowa||30||#12 LSU||25||70,229||notes|
|60||2005||January 2, 2006||#20 Wisconsin||24||#7 Auburn||10||57,221||notes|
|NCAA Division I FBS|
|61||2006||January 1, 2007||#5 Wisconsin||17||#13 Arkansas||14||60,774||notes|
|62||2007||January 1, 2008||Michigan||41||#12 Florida||35||69,748||notes|
|63||2008||January 1, 2009||#15 Georgia||24||#18 Michigan State||12||59,681||notes|
|64||2009||January 1, 2010||#11 Penn State||19||#15 LSU||17||63,025||notes|
|65||2010||January 1, 2011||#16 Alabama||49||#9 Michigan State||7||61,519||notes|
|66||2011||January 2, 2012||#9 South Carolina||30||#20 Nebraska||13||61,351||notes|
|67||2012||January 1, 2013||#6 Georgia||45||#23 Nebraska||31||59,712||notes|
|68||2013||January 1, 2014||#9 South Carolina||34||#19 Wisconsin||24||56,629||notes|
|69||2014||January 1, 2015||#16 Missouri||33||#25 Minnesota||17||48,624||notes|
|70||2015||January 1, 2016||#14 Michigan||41||#19 Florida||7||63,113||notes|
|71||2016||December 31, 2016||#20 LSU||29||#13 Louisville||9||46,063||notes|
|72||2017||January 1, 2018||#14 Notre Dame||21||#17 LSU||17||57,726||notes|
|73||2018||January 1, 2019||#16 Kentucky||27||#13 Penn State||24||59,167||notes|
Multiple players were recognized in some games – detail, where known, is denoted with B (outstanding back), L (outstanding lineman), O (outstanding offensive player), D (outstanding defensive player), or M (overall MVP) per contemporary newspaper reports.
Three players have been recognized in multiple games; Chuck Ealey of Toledo (1969, 1970, 1971), Brad Cousino of Miami (OH) (1973, 1974), and Anthony Thomas of Michigan (1999, 2001).
Only teams with at least three appearances are listed.
Includes two Southern Miss appearances under their former name, Mississippi Southern.
Note: this table reflects games played since 1968, when the bowl started hosting major college teams.
Updated through the January 2019 edition (51 games, 102 total appearances).
Note: When there is a tie, the most recent one will be listed.
|Team||Performance vs. Opponent||Year|
|Most points scored (one team)||56, Toledo||1969|
|Most points scored (both teams)||91, Richmond vs. Ohio||1968|
|Most points scored (losing team)||42, Ohio||1968|
|Fewest points scored (winning team)||7, Omaha (tied with 2 others)||1955|
|Fewest points scored (both teams)||7, Catawba vs. Marshall||1948|
|Fewest points allowed||0, East Carolina (tied with 4 others)||1965|
|Largest margin of victory||42, Alabama||2011|
|Fewest yards allowed|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed|
|Fewest passing yards allowed|
|Individual||Record, Player vs. Opponent||Year|
|Long Plays||Record, Player vs. Opponent||Year|
|Miscellaneous||Record, Team vs. Team||Year|
Most editions of the Citrus Bowl have been televised by ABC, who is the current broadcaster. ESPN televised the game in 2011 and 2012, NBC televised it in 1984 and 1985, and Mizlou televised it in 1979 and 1982. Broadcast information for the bowl's early years is incomplete.
The 1984 Florida Citrus Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game that featured the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida State Seminoles.1985 Florida Citrus Bowl
The 1985 Florida Citrus Bowl was the 40th held. It featured the BYU Cougars and the Ohio State Buckeyes.1987 Florida Citrus Bowl
The 1987 Florida Citrus Bowl was held on January 1, 1987 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The #10 Auburn Tigers defeated the USC Trojans by a score of 16–7. The first score of the game came when the Trojans intercepted an Auburn pass and returned it 24 yards to take the lead. No other scoring took place in the first quarter, which ended 7–0. The second quarter saw Auburn retaliate, as the Tigers found the end zone twice (a 3-yard pass and a 4-yard run) to lead 14-7 at halftime. The third quarter saw no scoring and Auburn capped off the game with a safety in the fourth quarter, and the game ended 16-7.
Auburn finished the game with 9 more first downs, 156 more rushing yards, and 133 more total yards. However, the Trojans out-passed the Tigers by 23 yards.1989 Florida Citrus Bowl
The 1989 Florida Citrus Bowl was held on January 2, 1989 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The #13 Clemson Tigers defeated the #10 Oklahoma Sooners by a score of 13–6.1991 Florida Citrus Bowl
The 1991 Florida Citrus Bowl was a college football bowl game played after the 1990 regular season, with national championship implications. Played on January 1 in Orlando, Florida, the 45th edition of the Citrus Bowl featured the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight Conference.
Georgia Tech came into the game with a 10–0–1 record and #2 ranking, whereas Nebraska was at 9–2 with a #13 UPI coaches' poll ranking. After their win, Georgia Tech climbed to first in the Coaches' Poll, enabling the Yellow Jackets to claim their fourth national championship, shared with Colorado.1992 Florida Citrus Bowl
The 1992 Florida Citrus Bowl matched the Clemson Tigers and the California Golden Bears. It was the final game for both teams for the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season and the 46th annual Citrus Bowl game held.1993 Florida Citrus Bowl
The 1993 Florida Citrus Bowl was a college football bowl game played between the Big Ten Conference's Ohio State Buckeyes and the Southeastern Conference's Georgia Bulldogs. The game was dominated by the running back. Georgia's Garrison Hearst ad two touchdowns and was named the game's MVP. Ohio State's Robert Smith had a touchdown and ran for over 100 yards. Georgia won 21–14.1994 Florida Citrus Bowl
The 1994 Florida Citrus Bowl was a college football bowl game featuring the Penn State Nittany Lions of the Big Ten, against the Tennessee Volunteers of the SEC.1995 Florida Citrus Bowl
The 1995 CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl, part of the 1994 bowl game season, took place on January 2, 1995, at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The competing teams were the Alabama Crimson Tide, representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Big Ten Conference (Big 10). Alabama was victorious in by a final score of 24–17. This was the 49th Citrus Bowl played.1996 Florida Citrus Bowl
The 1996 Florida Citrus Bowl was a college football bowl game featuring the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Big Ten, against the Tennessee Volunteers of the SEC. The Buckeyes were sparked by their senior Heisman Trophy winner running back Eddie George. The Vols were led by sophomore quarterback Peyton Manning. Both teams entered the game with losses to rival teams.
The Buckeyes started off the season with a surprising win over Notre Dame. However, the media buzz around the Big Ten surrounded the Northwestern Wildcats who earned their way to an unbeaten conference run. Because the Buckeyes held the tiebreaker over the Wildcats, the only thing between the Buckeyes invitation into the Rose Bowl and a possible National Championship was their rival the Michigan Wolverines. However, running back Tim Biakabutuka led the Wolverines to a 31-23 upset, sending the 'Cats to the Rose Bowl.
Tennessee started off the season with victories over East Carolina and Georgia, before heading off to Gainesville to play the rival Gators. The Vols held a 30–21 halftime lead only to be outscored 41–7 in the second half, suffering a 62–37 defeat. However, the team won their remaining 8 regular season games, including a 41–14 win over Alabama. The Vols ended the season ranked third.1997 Florida Citrus Bowl
The 1997 Florida Citrus Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1997, at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The game featured the Northwestern Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers.1998 Florida Citrus Bowl
The 1998 Florida Citrus Bowl featured the Florida Gators and the Penn State Nittany Lions.1999 Florida Citrus Bowl
The 1999 Florida Citrus Bowl featured the Arkansas Razorbacks of the SEC against the Michigan Wolverines of the Big Ten. Both teams were surprised to be playing in the game. The defending National Champion Wolverines, with their two early season losses and the Razorbacks playing under first year coach Houston Nutt caused very different expectations.2001 Florida Citrus Bowl
The 2001 Florida Citrus Bowl was a college football bowl game held on January 1, 2001 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The Michigan Wolverines, co-champions of the Big Ten Conference, defeated the Auburn Tigers, champions of the Southeastern Conference's Western Division, 31-28. Michigan running back Anthony Thomas was named the game's MVP.2002 Florida Citrus Bowl
The 2002 Florida Citrus Bowl was a college football bowl game held on January 1, 2002 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The Tennessee Volunteers, champions of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division, defeated the Michigan Wolverines, second-place finishers in the Big Ten Conference, 45-17. Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen was named the game's MVP. This was the last Citrus Bowl before the game was renamed the Capital One Bowl.2016 Citrus Bowl (December)
The 2016 Citrus Bowl (December) was an American college football bowl game played on December 31, 2016 at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The 71st edition of the Citrus Bowl, it was one of the 2016-17 NCAA football bowl games concluding the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The game was nationally televised by ABC. It was sponsored by the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant franchise and was officially titled the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.2016 Citrus Bowl (January)
The 2016 Citrus Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on January 1, 2016 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The 70th edition was one of the 2015–16 NCAA football bowl games that concluded the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The game was televised by ABC. It was sponsored by the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant franchise and is officially known as the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.2018 Citrus Bowl
The 2018 Citrus Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on January 1, 2018, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. This was the 72nd edition of a game that has been played annually since 1946, under several different names. It was one of the 2017–18 NCAA football bowl games concluding the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The game was nationally televised on ABC. Sponsored by Overton's, a boating and marine supply retailer, the game was officially known as the Citrus Bowl presented by Overton's.Camping World Stadium
Camping World Stadium is a stadium in Orlando, Florida, located in the West Lakes neighborhood of Downtown Orlando, west of new sports and entertainment facilities including the Amway Center, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and Exploria Stadium. It opened in 1936 as Orlando Stadium and has also been known as the Tangerine Bowl and Florida Citrus Bowl. The City of Orlando owns and operates the stadium.Camping World Stadium is the current home venue of the Citrus Bowl and the Camping World Bowl. It is also the regular host of other college football games including the Florida Classic between Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman, the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, and the Camping World Kickoff. The stadium was built for football and in the past, it has served as home of several alternate-league American football teams. From 2011 to 2013, it was the home of the Orlando City SC, a soccer team in USL Pro. From 1979 to 2006, it served as the home of the UCF Knights football team (since 2007, the team has played at campus-owned and based Spectrum Stadium). It was also one of the nine venues used for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
|List of Capital One Mascot Challenge winners|
|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|
Tangerine / Florida Citrus / Capital One / Citrus Bowl
|History & conference tie-ins|
|Florida Citrus Bowl|
|Capital One Bowl|
There was a game in January and December of 1958, 1960, and 2016. There was no game in 1959, 1986 or 2017.
|College Football Playoff|
|Other bowl games|
|Future bowl games|