After the creation of the Rose and Orange Bowls, Fred Digby, the sports editor for the New Orleans Item, began calling for New Orleans to create a similar experience.

In 1935, enough support had been garnered to play the first Sugar Bowl. It has been held annually since.

The bowl has a lengthy relationship with the SEC. The SEC fielded one of the bowl's teams in each year but one between 1950-95.

Of course, as with much of college football, conference realignments and the rising of different groups staging national championships have changed a lot of things. However, with the creation of the College Football Playoff in 2015, the Sugar Bowl, unless it is hosting a playoff game, will host an SEC team and a Big 12 team.

Memorable moments

• In 1956, Pitt's Bobby Grier became the first African-American player in the Sugar Bowl. That same year, there was talk that Georgia Tech would not play because of Georgia governor Marvin Griffin's opposition to segregation. Georgia Tech played, and won 7-0.

• In 1968, in the midst of the Vietnam War, Pentagon officials refused to let Army accept an invitation to the Sugar Bowl, citing demands on players' time and that football was not the academy's primary mission.

• The 2006 game was played in the Georgia Dome because the Superdome had suffered so much damage from Hurricane Katrina.

• When Michigan and Virginia Tech met in the 2012 game, it was only the sixth time in bowl history that no SEC team played. Alabama and LSU played for the national title and BCS rules say conferences are allowed just two teams in BCS bowls.

SUGAR BOWL RESULTS
YEARWINNERSCORELOSERSCORE
1935Tulane20Temple14
1936TCU3LSU2
1937Santa Clara21LSU14
1938Santa Clara6LSU0
1939TCU15Carnegie Tech7
1940Texas A&M14Tulane13
1941Boston College19Tennessee13
1942Fordham2Missouri0
1943Tennessee14Tulsa7
1944Georgia Tech20Tulsa18
1945Duke29Alabama26
1946Oklahoma State33Saint Mary's (Calif.)13
1947Georgia20North Carolina10
1948Texas27Alabama7
1949Oklahoma14North Carolina6
1950Oklahoma35LSU0
1951Kentucky13Oklahoma7
1952Maryland28Tennessee13
1953Georgia Tech24Mississippi7
1954Georgia Tech42West Virginia19
1955Navy21Mississippi0
1956Georgia Tech7Pittsburgh0
1957Baylor13Tennessee7
1958Ole Miss39Texas7
1959LSU7Clemson0
1960Ole Miss21LSU0
1961Ole Miss14Rice6
1962Alabama10Arkansas3
1963Ole Miss17Arkansas13
1964Alabama12Ole Miss7
1965LSU13Syracuse10
1966Missouri20Florida18
1967Alabama34Nebraska7
1968LSU20Wyoming13
1969Arkansas16Georgia2
1970Ole Miss27Arkansas22
1971Tennessee34Air Force13
1972Oklahoma40Auburn22
1972 *Oklahoma14Penn State0
1973 *Notre Dame24Alabama23
1974 *Nebraska13Florida10
1975 *Alabama13Penn State6
1977Pittsburgh27Georgia3
1978Alabama35Ohio State6
1979Alabama14Penn State7
1980Alabama24Arkansas9
1981Georgia17Notre Dame10
1982Pittsburgh24Georgia20
1983Penn State27Georgia23
1984Auburn9Michigan7
1985Nebraska28LSU10
1986Tennessee35Miami7
1987Nebraska30LSU15
1988Syracuse16Auburn16
1989Florida State13Auburn7
1990Miami33Alabama25
1991Tennessee23Virginia22
1992Notre Dame39Florida28
1993Alabama34Miami13
1994Florida41West Virginia7
1995Florida State23Florida17
1995 *Virginia Tech28Texas10
1997Florida52Florida State20
1998Florida State31Ohio State14
1999Ohio State24Texas A&M14
2000Florida State46Virginia Tech29
2001Miami37Florida20
2002LSU47Illinois34
2003Georgia26Florida State13
2004LSU21Oklahoma14
2005Auburn16Virginia Tech13
2006West Virginia38Georgia35
2007LSU41Notre Dame14
2008Georgia41Hawaiʻi10
2009Utah31Alabama17
2010Florida51Cincinnati24
2011Ohio State31Arkansas26
2012Michigan23Virginia Tech20
2013Louisville33Florida23
2014Oklahoma45Alabama31
* -- Game played on Dec. 31