2016 Citrus Bowl Line: TBA
Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL. Date and time: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, 11 AM ET. Last year’s result: Michigan 41, Florida 7. Conference tie-ins: SEC, Big Ten/ACC Teams with the most all-time appearances: Memphis, 1. Teams with the most all-time wins:Memphis, 1
Previously known as the Tangerine Bowl (1947–1982), the Florida Citrus Bowl (1983–2002), and the Capital One Bowl (2003–2014), the Citrus Bowl, also known as the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, is played at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The bowl is the third game organized and operated by Florida Citrus Sports, which also organizes the Russell Athletic Bowl and Florida Classic. The game, which began play in 1947, is also among the oldest of the non-CFP bowls, along with the Gator Bowl and Sun Bowl.
From 2003-2014, Capital One served as the main game sponsor, but it ceased its sponsorship deal following the 2014 game, and moved its sponsorship to the Orange Bowl. Buffalo Wild Wings (The previous sponsor of Cactus Bowl) was announced as the new title sponsor of the bowl game in 2014. Since becoming one of the premier bowls, the Citrus Bowl has also turned into one of the most profitable post season games for participating teams. As of 2012 at $4.55 million per team, it has the largest payout of all the non-CFP bowls.
Currently, the bowl has tie-ins with the SEC and the Big Ten, holding the first selection after the CFP selection process for both conferences. After the 2014 inception of the College Football Playoff, the Citrus Bowl has a chance to occasionally host an ACC team, replacing the Big Ten representative.
In last season’s Citrus Bowl matchup, Michigan pounded Florida 41-7 to easily cover the spread as a 3.5-point favorite while the game’s 48 combined points played Over the 40-point O/U Total.
Favorites have covered the spread in two straight and five of the last six Citrus bowls while teams from the SEC have won six of the past seven years. Georgia has had the most appearances in Citrus Bowl history by going 4-1-1 in six outings.