History: Capital One Bowl
Previously known as the Tangerine Bowl and the Florida Citrus Bowl, the Capital One Bowl is one of the oldest non-BCS bowls. The first game in 1947 drew 9,000 fans.
In 1952, the game earned a second name -- "The Little Bowl with the Big Heart," since all game proceeds went to charity.
In the game's early years it exclusively featured teams from the south -- and usually smaller colleges from conferences like the Ohio Valley Conference. After becoming a major bowl game, the pool of schools used grew substantially. In the 1970s, Southern Conference, SEC or even at-large schools were invited.
In the late 80s and early 90s, the ACC champion played against an at-large team. Finally, in 1992, the game became a matchup between the Big Ten and the SEC, as it is now.
• Buffalo refused its invitation to the Tangerine Bowl in 1958 because the two African-American players on the team were not going to be allowed on the field. The next time the Bulls were bowl-eligible? Fifty years later, when they faced UConn in the 2008 International Bowl. (Buffalo lost that game 38-20.)
• In 1966, Morgan State became the first HBCU team to play in the Tangerine Bowl. Not only did it play, it won -- defeating West Chester to earn its second consecutive undefeated season.
• In 1973, due to delayed construction of improvements to the stadium, the game was moved to Gainesville, Fla. Why Gainesville? Florida was invited to play as an at-large team after East Carolina backed out. To lessen the financial impact, both teams were still based in Orlando, including for practices, and were bussed to Gainesville for the game.
• In the 1991 version of the game, Georgia Tech was named the UPI 1990 national champion after beating Nebraska 45-21.
• The largest attendance at this bowl happened in 1998 when Florida took on Penn State. The ironic part here is that after Tennessee had been invited to this bowl -- which traditionally has hosted the second-place SEC team -- three of four years, then-Florida head coach Steve Spurrier joked that you "can't spell citrus without U-T." While Spurrier and the Gators were in Orlando, Tennesee was playing for the national championship in the Orange Bowl.
|1949||Murray State||21||Sul Ross State||21|
|1950||Saint Vincent||7||Emory & Henry||6|
|1951||Morris Harvey||35||Emory & Henry||14|
|1953||East Texas State||33||Tennessee Tech||0|
|1954||Arkansas State||7||East Texas State||7|
|1957||West Texas||20||Southern Miss||13|
|1958||East Texas State||10||Southern Miss||9|
|1958 *||East Texas State||26||Missouri Valley||7|
|1960 *||The Citadel||27||Tennessee Tech||0|
|1966||Morgan State||14||West Chester||6|
|1970||Toledo||40||William & Mary||12|
|1975||Miami (Ohio)||20||South Carolina||7|
|1977||Florida State||40||Texas Tech||17|
|*--Two games played that year. One in early January, one in late December.|