Citrus Bowl

The Citrus Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.[1] 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,[2] 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.

Citrus Bowl
VRBO Citrus Bowl
VRBO Citrus Bowl logo
StadiumCamping World Stadium
LocationOrlando, Florida
Previous stadiumsFlorida Field (1973)
Previous locationsGainesville, Florida (1973)
Operated1947–present
Conference tie-insBig Ten, SEC
Previous conference tie-insOVC (1948–1967)
MAC (1968–1975)
SoCon (1968–1972)
SEC (1972–1973)
ACC (1987–1991)
PayoutUS$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 (2015–2017)
Overton's (2018)
HomeAway (2019-)
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)
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)

History

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.

From 1964 through 1967, it was one of the four regional finals in the College Division (which became Division II and Division III in 1973), along with the Pecan, Grantland Rice, and Camellia bowls.

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 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 had 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.

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.[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] 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.

Conference tie-ins

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!"[5]

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.[6] 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.

Racial integration

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.[7][8]

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.[9] 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.[10][11] The 2008 team went on to win the Mid-American Conference title, and played in the International Bowl.

By 1966, the OHSAA's rule had been changed, and Morgan State of Baltimore, under head coach Earl Banks, became the first historically black college to play in (and win) the Tangerine Bowl.[12]

Gainesville

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",[13] 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

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.

Game results

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

MVPs

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.

Game MVP(s) Team Pos. Type
Jan. 1949 Dale McDaniel Murray State HB
Ted Scown Sul Ross State HB
Jan. 1950 Don Henigin St. Vincent FB
Chick Davis Emory & Henry QB
Jan. 1951 Pete Anania Morris Harvey QB
Charles Hubbard Morris Harvey E
Jan. 1952 Bill Johnson Stetson QB
Jan. 1953 Marvin Brown East Texas State HB
Jan. 1954 Bobby Spann Arkansas State QB
Jan. 1955 Bill Englehardt Omaha HB
Jan. 1956 Barry Drexler Juniata E
Jan. 1957 Ron Mills West Texas State HB
Jan. 1958 Norman Roberts East Texas State E
Dec. 1958 Sam McCord East Texas State QB
Jan. 1960 Bob Waters Presbyterian QB
Dec. 1960 Jerry Nettles Citadel QB
Dec. 1961 Ralph Stone Lamar HB
Dec. 1962 Billy Roland Houston QB
Dec. 1963 Sharon Miller Western Kentucky QB
Dec. 1964 Bill Cline East Carolina TB
Dec. 1965 Dave Alexander East Carolina FB
Dec. 1966 Willie Lanier Morgan State LB
Dec. 1967 Errol Hook Tennessee–Martin QB O
Gordon Lambert Tennessee–Martin DE D
Dec. 1968 Buster O'Brien Richmond QB B
Walker Gillette Richmond SE L
Dec. 1969 Chuck Ealey Toledo QB B
Dan Crockett Toledo WB L
Dec. 1970 Chuck Ealey Toledo QB O
Vince Hubler William & Mary LB D
Dec. 1971 Chuck Ealey Toledo QB B
Mel Long Toledo DT L
Dec. 1972 Freddie Solomon Tampa QB B
Jack Lambert Kent State LB L
Dec. 1973 Chuck Varner Miami (OH) FB B
Brad Cousino Miami (OH) MG L
Dec. 1974 Sherman Smith Miami (OH) QB B
Brad Cousino Miami (OH) MG L
John Roudabush Miami (OH) LB
Dec. 1975 Rob Carpenter Miami (OH) TB O
Jeff Kelly Miami (OH) MG D
Dec. 1976 Terry Miller Oklahoma State HB M, O
Phillip Dokes Oklahoma State DT D
Dec. 1977 Jimmy Jordan Florida State QB M, O
Willie Jones Florida State LB D
Game MVP(s) Team Pos. Type
Dec. 1978 Ted Brown North Carolina State RB M
Nathan Ritter North Carolina State K O
John Stanton North Carolina State MG D
Dec. 1979 David Woodley LSU QB M
Jerry Murphree LSU RB O
Benjy Thibodeaux LSU DT D
Dec. 1980 Cris Collinsworth Florida WR M
Charlie Wysocki Florida RB O
David Galloway Florida DT D
Dec. 1981 Jeff Gaylord Missouri LB
Dec. 1982 Randy Campbell Auburn QB
Dec. 1983 Johnnie Jones Tennessee RB
Dec. 1984 James Jackson Georgia QB
Dec. 1985 Larry Kolic Ohio State LB
Jan. 1987 Aundray Bruce Auburn LB
Jan. 1988 Rodney Williams Clemson QB
Jan. 1989 Terry Allen Clemson RB
Jan. 1990 Jeff George Illinois QB
Jan. 1991 Shawn Jones Georgia Tech QB
Jan. 1992 Mike Pawlawski California QB
Jan. 1993 Garrison Hearst Georgia RB
Jan. 1994 Bobby Engram Penn State WR
Jan. 1995 Sherman Williams Alabama RB
Jan. 1996 Jay Graham Tennessee RB
Jan. 1997 Peyton Manning Tennessee QB
Jan. 1998 Fred Taylor Florida RB
Jan. 1999 Anthony Thomas Michigan RB
Jan. 2000 Plaxico Burress Michigan State WR
Jan. 2001 Anthony Thomas Michigan RB
Jan. 2002 Casey Clausen Tennessee QB
Jan. 2003 Ronnie Brown Auburn RB
Jan. 2004 David Greene Georgia QB
Jan. 2005 Drew Tate Iowa QB
Jan. 2006 Brian Calhoun Wisconsin RB
Jan. 2007 John Stocco Wisconsin QB
Jan. 2008 Chad Henne Michigan QB
Jan. 2009 Matthew Stafford Georgia QB
Jan. 2010 Daryll Clark Penn State QB
Jan. 2011 Courtney Upshaw Alabama LB
Jan. 2012 Alshon Jeffery South Carolina WR
Jan. 2013 Aaron Murray Georgia QB
Jan. 2014 Connor Shaw South Carolina QB
Jan. 2015 Markus Golden Missouri DE
Jan. 2016 Jake Rudock Michigan QB
Dec. 2016 Derrius Guice LSU RB
Jan. 2018 Miles Boykin Notre Dame WR
Jan. 2019 Benny Snell Jr. Kentucky RB

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).

Most appearances

Only teams with at least three appearances are listed.

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Georgia 6 4–1–1
T1 Florida 6 2–4
T1 Penn State 6 2–4
T4 Tennessee 5 4–1
T4 Michigan 5 4–1
T4 Auburn 5 3–2
T4 LSU 5 2–3
T8 Miami (OH) 4 3–1
T8 Ohio State 4 1–3
T10 Toledo 3 3–0
T10 Clemson 3 2–1
T10 South Carolina 3 2–1
T10 Wisconsin 3 2–1
T10 Michigan State 3 1–2
T10 Nebraska 3 0–3
T10 Southern Missdagger 3 0–3

daggerIncludes two Southern Miss appearances under their former name, Mississippi Southern.

Appearances by conference

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).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Ties Pct.
1 SEC 35 21 13 1 .614
2 Big Ten 27 12 15 0 .444
3 ACC 11 4 6 1 .409
T4 MAC 8 6 2 0 .750
T4 Independents 8 2 6 0 .250
T6 Big Eight 4 2 2 0 .500
T6 Southern 4 1 3 0 .250
T8 Pac-10 2 1 1 0 .500
T8 WAC 2 0 2 0 .000
10 SWC 1 1 0 0 1.000
Records are based on a team's conference affiliation at the time the game was played.
For example, Penn State has appeared both as a Big Ten team and as an Independent team.

Game records

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
Total yards
Rushing yards
Passing yards
First downs
Fewest yards allowed
Fewest rushing yards allowed
Fewest passing yards allowed
Individual Record, Player vs. Opponent Year
All-purpose yards
Touchdowns (overall)
Rushing yards
Rushing touchdowns
Passing yards
Passing touchdowns
Receiving yards
Receiving touchdowns
Tackles
Sacks
Interceptions
Long Plays Record, Player vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown run
Touchdown pass
Kickoff return
Punt return
Interception return
Fumble return
Punt
Field goal
Miscellaneous Record, Team vs. Team Year
Bowl Attendance

Media coverage

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.

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Additional sources

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

External links

1984 Florida Citrus Bowl

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 
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
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