Capital One Bowl 2014 News and Updates
9/2/14 - In a year of postseason upheaval in College Football, it’s nice to know that some things are staying the same! The 2015 Capital One Bowl has not (yet) been squeezed out of the new Year’s Day bowl lineup, despite the College Football Playoff’s monopoly on the holiday since crowning the “New Year’s Six.” You can expect the likes of Wisconsin Georgia, Ohio State, Ole Miss, LSU, Michigan State or South Carolina to appear at the Citrus Bowl in Florida, as all of these elite schools have been included in early projections. With big names such as these, you wont want to miss the opportunity to be a part of one of college football’s most coveted bench-gripping events with Capital One Bowl tickets today!
12/10/13 – The South Carolina Gamecocks return to the Capital One Bowl for the second time in the last three years. The SEC squad will matchup against what some are calling “the most underrated football team in the country” No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers that boasts two talented running backs in Melvin Gordon and James White. South Carolina has a duo of their own in linebackers Kaiwan Lewis and Skai Moore who will look to shut down Wisconsin’s elite rushing attack. This is the third Capital One Bowl for both teams who are projected to play an extremely tight game (Wisconsin opens as a one-point favorite over South Carolina). Capital One Bowl tickets average $178 and are the fifth most expensive among non-BCS bowl games.
Capital One Bowl History
The Capital One Bowl is an annual non-College Football Playoff bowl game that has rung in the New Year annually since 1987, when it was still called the Florida Citrus Bowl. Though it’s not part of the “New Year’s Six” (Rose, Sugar, Peach, Orange, Cotton, Fiesta) bowl games, the Capital One bout will maintain its tradition of playing on January 1. The Citrus Bowl game had the privilege of first selection after top teams were decided for the SEC and Big Ten in the BCS era, and in the new CFP era, the Capital One Bowl will maintain its tie-ins with these staunch conferences.
The Capital One Bowl brings the edge-of-your-seat action back to Orlando, Florida every College Football postseason, but what kind of nail-biting action can Capital One Bowl ticket holders expect in the new College Football Playoff era? While semifinal games like the Rose and Sugar Bowl won’t know their contenders’ conferences until the 13-person Selection Committee picks their Top Four schools, you know you’re in for an ultra-competitive SEC (No.2) vs. Big Ten (No.2 or ACC if B1G is in Orange) battle at the Capital One Bowl!
Founded in 1947, the Capital One Bowl was previously called the Tangerine and the Florida Citrus Bowl, and is one of the oldest college football bowls around. It became known as the “Little Bowl with the Big Heart” as all proceeds went to charity, and since 1985—boasting $4.55 million a year, and proudly presents the largest payout of all non-College Football Playoff bowls. Fans wont want to miss out on the Capital One Bowl’s famous Mascot Challenge, where fans vote for their favorite college mascot among 15 nominees. The winner is announced at halftime, and receives $20,000 to benefit the school’s mascot program.