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2020 Citrus Bowl - Michigan Wolverines vs Alabama Crimson Tide

Citrus Bowl Betting

Teams with preseason visions of playing in the College Football Playoff will instead lock horns in the 74th edition of the Citrus Bowl in what is likely to be the most intriguing non-playoff bowl game. The Alabama Crimson Tide had a down year by their standards losing two games and failing to reach the CFP for the first time. The Michigan Wolverines look to snap back from a drubbing at the hands of rival Ohio State and reach the 10-win mark for the fourth time in five seasons.

2020 VRBO Citrus Bowl at a Glance

Date: Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

TV: ESPN

Matchup: Michigan Wolverines vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Odds: Alabama -7, total 59

Citrus Bowl Preview

Michigan will look to avoid what happened to them last year around this time. After getting rolled by Ohio State in their regular season finale, the Wolverines tiptoed through the Peach Bowl and got boat raced, 41-15, by Florida. Guess what happened to them a few weeks ago. Another thumping from the Buckeyes sends UM to their record-tying sixth Citrus Bowl. The Wolverines are 21-25 all-time in bowl games with losses in three straight and five of the last six. They are 4-1 in their previous five Citrus Bowl visits, the last after the 2016 season, a 41-7 thumping of Florida. That win is the only postseason triumph for Jim Harbaugh.

Despite giving up 56 points and 577 yards to Ohio State in their last game, the Wolverines have one of the best defensive units in college football. They enter this matchup ranked sixth in yards allowed at 292.8 per game while holding opposing quarterbacks to just 173.8 passing yards per game. During a four-game winning streak prior to the Ohio State contest, they gave up a total of 45 points and finished the regular season conceding fewer than 20 points per game. The offense caught up in the second half of the season averaging 38.6 points over the final five games. Shea Patterson threw for over 300 yards in each of the last three games with 10 of his 22 touchdown passes in that span.

This is an unfamiliar spot for Alabama, which had been the only team to participate in every CFP. However, playing in the postseason is nothing new. The Tide has appeared in a FBS record 70 bowl games with a 41-26-3 record. They are making their third appearance in the Citrus Bowl with a perfect 2-0 record heading in. They beat Michigan State, 49-7, following the 2010 season and toppled Ohio State in the 1994 season game. Under Nick Saban Alabama is 11-5 in bowl games.

Michigan had a tough time containing Ohio State’s playmakers and they will get tested by Alabama’s group. In two games since taking over for Tua Tagovailoa, Mac Jones has thrown for 610 yards and seven touchdowns. Most of the work was done by the best group of receivers in the country. The quartet of Devonta Smith, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and Jaylen Waddle combined for 206 catches, 3,431 yards and 35 touchdowns. And just to change things up Najee Harris rushed for 1,088 yards and 11 scores. Bama had the second highest scoring team in the country with 48.3 points per outing and didn’t falter too much when Tua went down.

Citrus Bowl Format

A team from the Big Ten has squared off against a counterpart from the SEC in most games since the two conferences agreed to send a representative here in 1992. The Citrus Bowl gets first pick of both conferences after the CFP selection process is complete.

In years when the Orange Bowl is not a CFP semifinal and selects a Big Ten team as a participant, the Citrus Bowl can offer an invitation to the ACC, which it did for the 2016 Citrus Bowl. Michigan was plucked by the Orange Bowl and Louisville accepted an offer to play, becoming the first ACC team to compete in the Citrus Bowl since Georgia Tech in 1990.

VRBO Citrus Bowl Game Results (Since 2000)

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2018 Kentucky Penn State 27-24
2017 Notre Dame LSU 21-17
2016 LSU Louisville 29-9
2015 Michigan Florida 41-7
2014 Missouri Minnesota 33-17
2013 South Carolina Wisconsin 34-24
2012 Georgia Nebraska 45-31
2011 South Carolina Nebraska 30-13
2010 Alabama Michigan State 49-7
2009 Penn State LSU 19-17
2008 Georgia Michigan State 24-12
2007 Michigan Florida 41-35
2006 Wisconsin Arkansas 17-14
2005 Wisconsin Auburn 24-10
2004 Iowa LSU 30-25
2003 Georgia Purdue 34-27 (OT)
2002 Auburn Penn State 13-9
2001 Tennessee Michigan 45-17
2000 Michigan Auburn 31-28

Like so many of the older bowl games, there were a lot of schools involved early on which made more geographic sense than matchup sense. Schools like Catawba, Saint Vincent, Morris Harvey and Stetson won the Citrus Bowl in its early years. It wasn't until 1968 that the then-Tangerine Bowl became a major college postseason event featuring teams from the University Division, later known as Division I and currently the FBS.

In 1973, the Citrus Bowl changed into a Division I only game. The game officially became one of the big New Year's Day bowl games on January 1, 1987, when No. 10 Auburn beat unranked USC, 16-7.

One year later saw No. 14 Clemson beat No. 20 Penn State 35-10. It was just the second time two ranked teams played against each other in the Citrus Bowl, the first being two years earlier when Ohio State beat BYU. It began a streak where 30 of the next 31 games would see both participants ranked in the Top 25. The only unranked team to play in the Citrus Bowl in that stretch was Michigan on New Year's Day 2008, and UM 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 Cal in 1991 when the Bears beat Clemson, 37-13, behind MVP Mike Pawlawski.

Most All-Time Wins at VRBO Citrus Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
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, Ohio 1973, 1974, 1975
3 Toledo 1969, 1970, 1971

In this 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. Miami (OH) and Toledo, two teams that are now in the MAC, are the only ones to pull it off. 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. In 2017, LSU joined Tennessee and Auburn with each school making five trips to this game. 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 35 times since the game began hosting major colleges in 1968, and the conference has a tremendous 21-13-1 record.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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