Capital One Bowl 2014 News and Updates
The Capital One Bowl will be bringing the edge-of-your-seat action back to Orlando, Florida for its 68th annual football extravaganza! It will kickoff right before the Rose Bowl, as is tradition, to ring in the New Year at the Citrus Bowl. The Capital One Bowl has the privilege of first selection after BCS Championship teams are decided for both conferences, and typically includes top-notch competitors from the SEC and Big Ten.
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—it proudly presents the largest payout of all non-BCS 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: recently Raider Red from Texas Tech was crowned king.
The Capital One Bowl always features the nation's cream of the crop: in 2010, the Alabama Crimson Tide rolled over the Michigan State Spartans, for a decisive 49-7 victory. Last year the bowl hosted winners of the SEC East, the Georgia Bulldogs and winners of the Big Ten, the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Bulldogs took down Nebraska, 45-31, who were also defeated at the Capital One Bowl a year prior, to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Nebraska is a possible candidate again this year; can they break their losing streak? Following Week 8 of college football, the Wisconsin Badgers are leading contenders from the Big Ten, while the LSU Tigers and Auburn Tigers have repeatedly appeared in projections for the SEC bid. 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 bowl games!