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College Football Betting Online: The Sunshine State is one of the premier destinations for bowl games. Orlando now has three games in its arsenal over the course of the bowl season, the best of which is clearly the Citrus Bowl. Generally speaking, there are a pair of ranked teams playing against each other in the Citrus Bowl, and though this year's game departs from the format of SEC vs. Big Ten, it should still be one of the premier events on New Year's Day.
The 2017 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl will take place on Saturday, January 1, 2018 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. ABC will have all of the action starting at 1 p.m. ET.
Citrus Bowl Format
The Citrus Bowl was a Big Ten vs. SEC game for over two decades. In the 2016 bowl season, the ACC replaced the Big Ten in this game. Louisville became the first ACC team to play in the Citrus Bowl since Georgia Tech in 1990.
That said, the Big Ten still has a tie-in to the Orange Bowl. The Citrus Bowl must take five different teams over the course of a six-year span, and that could see the SEC left out of the Citrus Bowl for the first time since 1991.
The ACC is guaranteed a place in the Citrus Bowl this year, though Notre Dame is also affiliated with the ACC in spite of the fact that it isn't a formal member of the conference. The Fighting Irish would be a logical team to put in the Citrus Bowl if they win eight or nine games and aren't quite good enough to reach the New Year's Six.
Citrus Bowl Game Results
|2016 ||LSU ||Louisville |
|2015 ||Michigan ||Florida |
|2014 ||Missouri ||Minnesota |
|2013 ||South Carolina ||Wisconsin |
|2012 ||Georgia ||Nebraska |
|2011 ||South Carolina ||Nebraska |
|2010 ||Alabama ||Michigan State |
|2009 ||Penn State ||LSU |
|2008 ||Georgia ||Michigan State |
|2007 ||Michigan ||Florida |
|2006 ||Wisconsin ||Arkansas |
|2005 ||Wisconsin ||Auburn |
|2004 ||Iowa ||LSU |
|2003 ||Georgia ||Purdue |
|2002 ||Auburn ||Penn State |
|2001 ||Tennessee ||Michigan |
|2000 ||Michigan ||Auburn |
|1999 ||Michigan State ||Florida |
|1998 ||Michigan ||Arkansas |
|1997 ||Florida ||Penn State |
|1996 ||Tennessee ||Northwestern |
|1995 ||Tennessee ||Ohio State |
|1994 ||Alabama ||Ohio State |
|1993 ||Penn State ||Tennessee |
|1992 ||Georgia ||Ohio State |
|1991 ||California ||Clemson |
|1990 ||Georgia Tech ||Nebraska |
|1989 ||Illinois ||Virginia |
|1988 ||Clemson ||Oklahoma |
|1987 ||Clemson ||Penn State |
|1986 ||Auburn ||USC |
|1985 ||Ohio State ||BYU |
|*1984 ||Georgia/Florida State ||Georgia/Florida State |
|1983 ||Tennessee ||Maryland |
|1982 ||Auburn ||Boston College |
|1981 ||Missouri ||Southern Miss |
|1980 ||Florida ||Maryland |
|1979 ||LSU ||Wake Forest |
|1978 ||N.C. State ||Pittsburgh |
|1977 ||Florida State ||Texas Tech |
|1976 ||Oklahoma State ||BYU |
|1975 ||Miami (OH) ||South Carolina |
|1974 ||Miami (OH) ||Georgia |
|1973 ||Miami (OH) ||Florida |
|1972 ||Tampa ||Kent State |
|1971 ||Toledo ||Richmond |
|1970 ||Toledo ||William & Mary |
|1969 ||Toledo ||Davidson |
|1968 ||Richmond ||Ohio |
|1967 ||Tennessee-Martin ||West Chester |
|1966 ||Morgan State ||West Chester |
|1965 ||East Carolina ||Maine |
|1964 ||East Carolina ||Massachusetts |
|1963 ||Western Kentucky ||Coast Guard |
|1962 ||Houston ||Miami (OH) |
|1961 ||Lamar ||Middle Tennessee |
|1960 ||The Citadel ||Tennessee Tech |
|1959 ||Middle Tennessee ||Presbyterian |
|1958 ||East Texas State ||Missouri Valley |
|1957 ||East Texas State ||Mississippi Southern |
|1956 ||West Texas State ||Mississippi Southern |
|*1955 ||Juniata/Missouri Valley ||Juniata/Missouri Valley |
|1954 ||Omaha ||Eastern Kentucky |
|1953 ||Arkansas State/East Texas State ||Arkansas State/East Texas State |
|1952 ||East Texas State ||Tennessee Tech |
|1951 ||Stetson ||Arkansas State |
|1950 ||Morris Harvey ||Emory & Henry |
|1949 ||Saint Vincent ||Emory & Henry |
|1948 ||Murray State/Sul Ross State ||Murray State/Sul Ross State |
|1947 ||Catawba ||Marshall |
|1946 ||Catawba ||Maryville |
*1948, 1955 and 1984 Citrus Bowls ended in ties
Like so many of the older bowl games, there were a lot of schools who were involved early on which made more geographic sense than matchup sense. Schools like Catawba, Saint Vincent, Morris Harvey and Stetson won the early additions of the Citrus Bowl (then known as the Tangerine Bowl). It wasn't until 1968 that teams from major universities were exclusive allowed to partake in the Citrus Bowl. In 1973, the Citrus Bowl changed into a Division I only game, and in 1978, the game almost exclusively was played between two teams in the southeast.
The Citrus Bowl officially became one of the big New Year's Day bowl games on January 1, 1987, a day that Clemson beat Penn State. It was just the second time two ranked teams played against each other in the Citrus Bowl, the first being two years early when Ohio State beat BYU.
From that point forward, though, there were two ranked teams in this game almost exclusively. The only unranked team to play in the Citrus Bowl since that point since Michigan on New Year's Day 2008, and the Wolverines beat Tim Tebow's Florida Gators 41-35.
The last team from outside the Big Ten, ACC or SEC to play in the Citrus Bowl was in 1991 when California beat Clemson.
Most All-Time Wins at Citrus Bowl
|4 ||Georgia ||1992, 2003, 2008, 2012 |
|4 ||Tennessee ||1983, 1995, 1996, 2001 |
|4 ||Michigan ||1998, 2000, 2007, 2015 |
|3 ||Auburn ||1982, 1986, 2002 |
|3 ||East Texas State ||1952, 1957, 1958 |
|3 ||Miami (OH) ||1973, 1974, 1975 |
|3 ||Toledo ||1969, 1970, 1971 |
In this modern day and age of bowls trying to get different teams involved in their games, it's unlikely we'll ever see a team win three straight Citrus Bowls again. Two teams who are now in the MAC, Miami (OH) and Toledo pulled off the feat. The two MAC schools combined to win six of the seven Tangerine Bowls from 1969 through 1975.
Georgia and Florida have been in the Citrus Bowl most often with six appearances apiece, while Tennessee and Auburn each have five showings. The Big Ten has two teams that have been represented five times apiece, Michigan and Penn State.
The SEC has played in the Citrus Bowl 33 times and has a tremendous 20-12-1 record in said games. The Big Ten? Not so much at 12-14.
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