FedEx Orange Bowl

Orange Bowl (game)

The Orange Bowl is an annual college football game that is usually played the first week in January in the Miami, Florida metro area, in the United States.

History

The game was played at Miami Field (located where Miami Orange Bowl was later built) from 1935 to 1937, the Miami Orange Bowl from 1938 to 1996 and 1999, being moved to its current site, Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, in December 1996. The corporate title sponsor has been FedEx (formerly Federal Express) since 1989 and the official title of the game is the FedEx Orange Bowl. The 1999 game was moved to the namesake stadium because the game was played on the same day the Miami Dolphins hosted an NFL Wild Card Playoff game. Coincidentally, both of those games were aired on ABC.

From 1968, the game usually featured the champion of the former Big Eight Conference (whose members formed the basis of the current Big 12 Conference). Since 1998, however, with the creation of the Bowl Championship Series system, team selection for the Orange Bowl is now tied into the other three BCS Bowls. From 1998-2005, the game hosted the champion of either the ACC or Big East conferences, unless they were invited to the National Championship game. Starting with the 2006 season, the Orange Bowl will be exclusively tied with the ACC and will use the brand Home of the ACC Champion. As one of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl games (the others being the Sugar, Fiesta, and Rose Bowls), the Orange Bowl had hosted the national championship game once every four years under the BCS system (as it did on January 4, 2005).

The Orange Bowl currently airs on Fox, having done so since 2007. ABC aired the game the previous eight years, with CBS (1995-1998) and NBC (1964-1994) previously carrying the game. The most recent Orange Bowl, played at Dolphin Stadium on January 3, 2008, featured ACC Champion Virginia Tech and Big 12 At-Large University of Kansas. Kansas won the game by a score of 24 to 21.

Previous results

+ - Denotes Bowl Coalition Championship game
^ - Denotes Bowl Alliance Championship game
* Denotes BCS National Championship Game
~ Game played at Miami Orange Bowl due to scheduling conflict with NFL playoff game
† Denotes overtime(s)

Date played Winning team Losing team Notes
January 1, 1935 Bucknell 26 Miami 0
January 1, 1936 Catholic University 20 Mississippi 19
January 1, 1937 Duquesne 13 Mississippi State 12
January 1, 1938 Auburn 6 Michigan State 0
January 2, 1939 Tennessee 17 Oklahoma 0
January 1, 1940 Georgia Tech 21 Missouri 7
January 1, 1941 Mississippi State 14 Georgetown 7
January 1, 1942 Georgia 40 TCU 26
January 1, 1943 Alabama 37 Boston College 21
January 1, 1944 LSU 19 Texas A&M 14
January 1, 1945 Tulsa 26 Georgia Tech 12
January 1, 1946 Miami (FL) 13 Holy Cross 6
January 1, 1947 Rice 8 Tennessee 0
January 1, 1948 Georgia Tech 20 Kansas 14
January 1, 1949 Texas 41 Georgia 28
January 2, 1950 Santa Clara 21 Kentucky 13
January 1, 1951 Clemson 15 Miami (FL) 14
January 1, 1952 Georgia Tech 17 Baylor 14
January 1, 1953 Alabama 61 Syracuse 6
January 1, 1954 Oklahoma 7 Maryland 0
January 1, 1955 Duke 34 Nebraska 7
January 2, 1956 Oklahoma 20 Maryland 6
January 1, 1957 Colorado 27 Clemson 21
January 1, 1958 Oklahoma 48 Duke 21
January 1, 1959 Oklahoma 21 Syracuse 6
January 1, 1960 Georgia 14 Missouri 0
January 2, 1961 Missouri 21 Navy 14
January 1, 1962 LSU 25 Colorado 7
January 1, 1963 Alabama 17 Oklahoma 0
January 1, 1964 Nebraska 13 Auburn 7
January 1, 1965 Texas 21 Alabama 17
January 1, 1966 Alabama 39 Nebraska 28
January 2, 1967 Florida 27 Georgia Tech 12
January 1, 1968 Oklahoma 26 Tennessee 24
January 1, 1969 Penn State 15 Kansas 14
January 1, 1970 Penn State 10 Missouri 3
January 1, 1971 Nebraska 17 LSU 12
January 1, 1972 Nebraska 38 Alabama 6
January 1, 1973 Nebraska 40 Notre Dame 6
January 1, 1974 Penn State 16 LSU 9
January 1, 1975 Notre Dame 13 Alabama 11
January 1, 1976 Oklahoma 14 Michigan 6
January 1, 1977 Ohio State 27 Colorado 10
January 2, 1978 Arkansas 31 Oklahoma 6
January 1, 1979 Oklahoma 31 Nebraska 24
January 1, 1980 Oklahoma 24 Florida State 7
January 1, 1981 Oklahoma 18 Florida State 17
January 1, 1982 Clemson 22 Nebraska 15
January 1, 1983 Nebraska 21 LSU 20
January 2, 1984 Miami (FL) 31 Nebraska 30 notes
January 1, 1985 Washington 28 Oklahoma 17
January 1, 1986 Oklahoma 25 Penn State 10
January 1, 1987 Oklahoma 42 Arkansas 8
January 1, 1988 Miami (FL) 20 Oklahoma 14
January 2, 1989 Miami (FL) 23 Nebraska 3
January 1, 1990 Notre Dame 21 Colorado 6
January 1, 1991 Colorado 10 Notre Dame 9 notes
January 1, 1992 Miami (FL) 22 Nebraska 0
January 1, 1993 Florida State 27 Nebraska 14 notes
January 1, 1994+ Florida State 18 Nebraska 16 notes
January 1, 1995+ Nebraska 24 Miami (FL) 17 notes
January 1, 1996 Florida State 31 Notre Dame 26 notes
December 31, 1996 Nebraska 41 Virginia Tech 21 notes
January 2, 1998^ Nebraska 42 Tennessee 17 notes
January 2, 1999~ Florida 31 Syracuse 10 notes
January 1, 2000 Michigan 35 Alabama 34 notes
January 3, 2001* Oklahoma 13 Florida State 2 notes
January 2, 2002 Florida 56 Maryland 23 notes
January 2, 2003 USC 38 Iowa 17 notes
January 1, 2004 Miami (FL) 16 Florida State 14 notes
January 4, 2005* USC 55 Oklahoma 19 notes
January 3, 2006††† Penn State 26 Florida State 23 notes
January 2, 2007 Louisville 24 Wake Forest 13 notes
January 3, 2008 Kansas 24 Virginia Tech 21 notes

MVPs

Year played MVP Team Position
1942 Bruce Alford Sr. TCU End
1965 Joe Namath Alabama QB
1966 Steve Sloan Alabama QB
1967 Larry Smith Florida TB
1968 Bob Warmack Oklahoma QB
1969 Donnie Shanklin Kansas HB
1970 Chuck Burkhart Penn State QB
Mike Reid Penn State DT
1971 Jerry Tagge Nebraska QB
Willie Harper Nebraska DE
1972 Jerry Tagge Nebraska QB
Rich Glover Nebraska DG
1973 Johnny Rodgers Nebraska WB
Rich Glover Nebraska DG
1974 Tom Shuman Penn State QB
Randy Crowder Penn State DT
1975 Wayne Bullock Notre Dame FB
Leroy Cook Alabama DE
1976 Steve Davis (quarterback) Oklahoma QB
Lee Roy Selmon Oklahoma OT
1977 Rod Gerald Ohio State QB
Tom Cousineau Ohio State LB
1978 Roland Sales Arkansas RB
Reggie Freeman Arkansas NG
1979 Billy Sims Oklahoma RB
Reggie Kinlaw Oklahoma NG
1980 J. C. Watts Oklahoma QB
Bud Hebert Oklahoma FS
1981 J. C. Watts Oklahoma QB
Jarvis Coursey Florida State DE
1982 Homer Jordan Clemson QB
Jeff Davis Clemson LB
1983 Turner Gill Nebraska QB
Dave Rimington Nebraska C
1984 Bernie Kosar Miami (Fla.) QB
Jack Fernadez Miami (Fla.) LB
1985 Jacque Robinson Washington TB
Ron Holmes Washington DT
1986 Sonny Brown Oklahoma DB
Tim Lasher Oklahoma K
1987 Spencer Tillman Oklahoma HB
Dante Jones Oklahoma LB
1988 Bernard Clark Miami (Fla.) LB
Darrell Reed Oklahoma DE
1989 Steve Walsh Miami (Fla.) QB
Charles Fryer Nebraska CB
1990 Raghib Ismail Notre Dame WR
Darian Hagan Colorado QB
1991 Charles S. Johnson Colorado QB
Chris Zorich Notre Dame NG
1992 Larry Jones Miami (Fla.) RB
Tyrone Leggette Nebraska CB
1993 Charlie Ward Florida State QB
Corey Dixon Nebraska SE
1994 Charlie Ward Florida State QB
Tommie Frazier Nebraska QB
1995 Tommie Frazier Nebraska QB
Chris T. Jones Miami (Fla.) WR
1996 Andre Cooper Florida State WR
Derrick Mayes Notre Dame WR
1997 Damon Benning Nebraska RB
Ken Oxendine Virginia Tech RB
1998 Ahman Green Nebraska RB
1999 Travis Taylor Florida WR
2000 David Terrell Michigan WR
2001 Torrance Marshall Oklahoma LB
2002 Taylor Jacobs Florida WR
2003 Carson Palmer USC QB
2004 Jarrett Payton Miami (Fla.) RB
2005 Matt Leinart USC QB
2006 Willie Reid FSU WR
2007 Brian Brohm Louisville QB
2008 Aqib Talib Kansas CB

Palm Festival Game

In 1932, George E. Hussey, official greeter of Miami, organized the first Palm Festival Game, predecessor of the Orange Bowl. With Miami suffering from both the Great Depression and the preceding Florida land bust, Hussey and other Miamians sought to help its economy by organizing a game similar to Pasadena's Rose Bowl.

Two games were played in this series at Moore Park in Miami, both pitting an invited opponent against a local team, the University of Miami. In the first game, played on January 2, 1933, Miami defeated Manhattan College 7-0. In the second game, played on New Year's Day 1934, Duquesne defeated Miami 33-7.

These games are not recognized as bowl games by the NCAA because one team was guaranteed a berth regardless of record. However, following the success of these games, backers organized another game for New Year's Day 1935 under the Orange Bowl name. This game, unlike the Palm Festival Games, did not automatically grant a berth to one team, although the University of Miami was again a participant. For this reason, the 1935 Orange Bowl was later recognized by the NCAA as an official bowl game.

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